John Lamkin

member for over 8 years

Member Since:
Sep 2008

John Lamkin is an award-winning travel journalist and photographer based in Taos, New Mexico USA. He also lives part-time in Quintana Roo, Mexico. John is a Board Member and Chairman of Member Publications Committee of IFWTWA and Executive Editor of FWT Magazine. He attended the San Francisco Art Institute. -- John founded the prestigious San Francisco Camerawork. -- In addition to food, wine and travel writing, John has done PR, copy writing, technical writing, and poetry. -- He has been editor of Camerawork Quarterly, Music of the Spheres magazine and several newsletters. He is owner/editor of Paloma Blanca Press, a small press and self-publishing consulting firm. -- John is readily available for assignment (commission) in the southwestern USA and Latin America and also other parts of the world with some lead time. -- He is a member of the International Travel Writers Alliance (ITWA); International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA); the North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA); the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ); Travel Writers' Network and Travelwriters.com. -- In addition to his freelance work, John is a contributing writer for Luxury Latin America, Luxury Avenue Magazine, Luxe Beat Magazine, Suite oi, Examiner.com, Reuters America, Global Writes Magazine, Travel Chronicles, Your Life Is A Trip, CityRoom Publishing Group, Jetsetter and The Syndicated News. -- He speaks Spanish fluently. 

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www.travelwritingandphotography.com
www.travelwritingandphotography.com/blog
www.tripatini.com/profile/JohnLamkin
www.winetwo.net/profile/JohnLamkin
www.wineandhospitalitynetwork.com/profile/JuanGalanAKAJohnLamkin

Published Books

Storied Wheels, an anthology

Who doesn’t have a story about their set of wheels? All Americans are ­identified with their cars; but in Taos, those stories take on the flavor of the vortex in […]
http://www.travelwritingandphotography.com/storied-wheels-somos-new-anthology/

OUR INTERWOVEN LIVES WITH THE ZAPOTEC WEAVERS: An Odyssey of the Heart

I hope this story serves as a reminder that business is not a negative word. Trading is as old as human history, whether for goods or services. It doesn’t have to […]
http://susannastarr.com/my-new-book-is-now-available/

Publishing Your Own Book: Self Publishing in the New Age (Out of Print)

A workbook for self-publishing authors. Out of print. A new self-publishing book by John Lamkin is in the works now. It will will contain more up-to-date information on POD print […]
http://PalomaBlancaPress.com

Published Articles (56)

Google Project Fi


The advertising tag line for Google’s Project Fi is: “A new way to say hello.” And, indeed, this appears to be true. Project Fi (Fi) is Google’s wireless service, launched […]

An Odyssey in the Tropical Sun: Ambergris Caye, Belize


Ambergris Caye (Caye is pronounced key) is one of the beautiful tropical, Caribbean islands off the coast of Belize, Central America. The official language of the country is English and […]

I’m Over 50, Is It Too Late to Become a Travel Writer


Sometime back I queried myself, “I’m over 50, is it too late to become a travel writer?” Of course, my answer to myself and anyone else is a resounding, “No”. […]

Thompson Playa del Carmen Boutique Hotel and Beach House


Thompson Playa is very young, hip, luxurious, and beautiful, which is obvious as soon as you enter the small lobby from a side street off Playa’s well-known pedestrian walk, Avenida […]

Acanto Boutique Hotel & Condominiums—Playa del Carmen


As you step into the small, modern, tastefully decorated lobby of Acanto, on a quiet and private street, you are immediately extended a personal welcome. The hotel is located right […]

NEW Hotel: Hip Luxury in Ancient Athens


For years Athens and the rest of Greece had been on our “bucket list.” Arriving at the Athens airport after our journey from the States it was a pleasant surprise […]

The many layers of the beautiful Cyclades island of Ios, Greece


Chora, Ios Island, Cyclades, Greece Chora, Ios Island, Cyclades, Greece by permission View all 5 photos by John Lamkin Ios-Mylopotas by permission Discovering the beautiful Greek island of Ios “Really,” […]

Luxury Real Estate in Placencia, Belize


Exploring luxury real estate opportunities in Placencia Belize and beyond.

Shopping for luxury real estate in Placencia, Stann Creek District, Belize


Many publications have touted foreign ownership of real estate in Belize — and rightly so. With jungles, beautiful beaches and the second largest barrier reef in the world, the country […]

Hopkins Bay Resort, luxury in Stann Creek District, Belize Central America


The sound of the beating drums takes me back to some time before history, some time in the dark past where mystery lived. Someplace very far away from this mental/mechanical/electrical […]

Travel Chronicles


Exploring New Vistas, page 4

Luxury Real Estate in Placencia, Belize: Flying under the Radar


Many publications have touted foreign ownership of real estate in Belize — and rightly so. With jungles, beautiful beaches and the second largest barrier reef in the world, the country […]

Chabil Mar Villas – Placencia, Belize


Offering a more DIY alternative to service-oriented Robert’s Grove (outside of town) and Turtle Inn (a short walk away), Chabil Mar offers large, fully-equipped villas that can be rented by […]

Barefoot luxury in Placencia, Belize – Chabil Mar Villas


The driver took us a short way along this narrow peninsula that is Placencia, through the heavy, expertly carved, gigantic wooden gates and into this eye-popping lush tropical paradise. We […]

Nizuc Resort and Spa — Cancun


The latest addition to the Cancun luxury hotel scene, Nizuc displays stunning design, six restaurants, and a gorgeous bay a short hop from the airport.

Barefoot luxury in Placencia, Belize – Chabil Mar Villas


“When we arrived at our villa, a spacious and luxurious, accommodation, we found that, being valentine’s day, the staff had made the most elegant and exotic floral arrangement I’ve ever […]

A luxurious stay at the Duchess\’ beach house, Esencia Estate, Riviera Maya


It was rainy and and a blanket of mist covered everything as we turned into the unpretentious entrance to Esencia Estate. Driving through natural jungle vegetation we arrived at a […]

Nizuc Resort and Spa, a touch of zen luxury


Driving the short ten to fifteen minute distance from Cancun Airport to the resort I was amazed at how beautiful the scenery was. Instead of going through the town of […]

Nizuc Resort and Spa, a touch of zen luxury in Cancun, Mexico


Driving the short ten to fifteen minute distance from Cancun Airport to the resort I was amazed at how beautiful the scenery was. Instead of going through the town of […]

Adventure Travel with Tropic Air Belize


As much as I love adventure travel this trip was business, an assignment to review some of Belize’s finest luxury resorts and to investigate the luxury real estate scene in […]

I\’m over 50, is it too late to become a travel writer


The view from the balcony of this five-star resort is spectacular. The multi-colored Caribbean shimmers in the late day sun. I’m resting now after an afternoon of exploring Mayan archaeological […]

Day of the Dead: Dia de Muertos in the Oacaca Valley of Mexico


Death approached me in the guise of a skeleton wearing campesino garb, the clothing of a Mexican field worker. He offered me a drink of mescal from his gourd. Sure, why not! […]

Hopkins Bay Resort, luxury in Stann Creek District, Belize Central America


The sound of the beating drums takes me back to some time before history, some time in the dark past where mystery lived. Someplace very far away from this mental/mechanical/electrical […]

Trujillo, Honduras Real Estate – The Caribbean’s New Hotspot in Central America


With the economy picking up and the Honduras government stepping up tourism and other economic promotion, it is an opportune time for luxury investors to get in on the new […]

Luxury in ancient Mayaland. Hotel Marina Copán, Copán, Honduras, Central America


One place that I think should be on everyone’s bucket list is the amazing old Maya city of Copán. This is the best and most complete of the restored ancient […]

Six figures, making it big on Ambergris Caye, Belize, Central America


A long time ago I started travel writing thinking it would provide me with a little independence, I could live wherever there was a mailbox (a mailbox is an archaic […]

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Northern New Mexico Travel – Where Can I Find a Farmers Market in Taos Part 1


Locally produced agriculture, farmers markets and urban/backyard gardening are seeing a dramatic Increase in popularity: Taos, New Mexico follows the national trend.The Taos Sunday Farmers’ Market is one of the […]

Cuenca, Ecuador


Perfect spring-like weather year round, reasonable cost of living, great quality of life and a place where luxury real estate values are manythat pretty much describes Cuenca, Ecuador. And no […]

Cerocahui, Chihuahua, Mexico–ancient Spanish mission, Jesuit vineyards and spectacular vistas


Cerocahui Valley, Copper Canyon, Mexico – photo: by John Lamkin Cerocahui – Mexico A side trip from the Bahuichivo Station of the Chihuahua Pacific Railway (CHEPE) takes one to the […]

Touring Zurich, Switzerland – or other exciting world cities – With a Local Friend


Discovering the World “a la Carte” Two young Swiss entrepreneurs aim at revolutionizing the traditional way of traveling with a combination of map, guidebook and piece of art.

Now, a practical laptop for the road warrior


Now available to the traveler, a laptop computer that will fit in your purse or briefcase and is as easy to use as it is to carry.Acer Aspire One is […]

My Dream House – Quintana Roo, Nova Scotia and New Mexico


Sitting here watching the sunrise on the lagoonLaguna BacalarI recall the time we arrived by canoe at the little cove here and decided that this would be an excellent spot […]

The Lost Maya City


Cora Amalia, the president of the municipality, affirmed the stories Id heard for a while. There was a lost Maya city in the nearby jungle that rivals Tikal in Guatemala […]

Angels beneath my window, Cuenca, Ecuador


I am now in Cuenca, Ecuador staying at the Villa Nova Inn. It is reasonably priced and right next to the Tomebamba River.Earlier this morning a procession of angels, a […]

Manatee Hormones


The story of Dani, a Manatee that lives in a remote Mexican lagoon.

Two Recipes Compliments of Australias Chef Susanita


Australian* Chef Susanita (AKA Susanne Wilder) shares these two winter warm-up recipes with us:

Day of the Dead in a Typical Oaxacan Village


The celebration of the Day of the Dead in Teotitlan del Valle, Oaxaca, Mexico.

Tulum & Sian Ka’an Real Estate: From Backpacking to Luxe


As the whole Caribbean coast of Mexico goes steadily more upscale in its real estate offerings, the ex-backpacker enclave of Tulum and regions to the south are heating up in […]

Wine, Food, Good Friends, Perks & Scholarships


The storm clouds were gathering and an icy wind ripped across the mesa. We hurried from the car and into the wood-stove warm comfort of Ken and Madonnas house.The aroma […]

Art, Food & Wine


It may come as a surprise to learn that the first wine production in the United States started in what now is called New Mexico by Spanish monks in 1633. […]

Mision Wine from Cerocahui, Mexico


Bumping along 45 minutes of dirt road from the train station, through the wooded landscape, the forest opens to reveal the alpine-like valley of Cerocahui (sero-kah-wee), a mile-high paradise. Below, […]

Interview with Travel Journalist/Photographer


Judith Fein, award-winning travel journalist, photographer, filmmaker and teacher, has contributed to over 80 publications and is a regular travel columnist for three.

Ballooning getaway in Northern Arizona


Northern Arizona is a wonderful place to escape the chill of the northern climes. Among the many interesting and fun activities in the area is hot air ballooning. Outside of […]

Merida, Mexico Museum Displays Catherwood Art


The famous 19th century lithographs of Maya ruins by Frederick Catherwood (1799-1854) can now be seen by the public in a restored mansion in Merida, Yucatan’s capital.

Interview with Travel Photographer & Journalist


Photographer and travel writer Paul Ross, gives some insight into how he works and offers advice to both the beginner and the professional travel writer and photographer.

Chef Joseph Wrede of Taos, New Mexico Goes Green


When visiting Taos, New Mexico a “must visit” is Joseph’s Table Restaurant on the historic Plaza. The food of this award-winning eatery is always fresh and natural.

Bacalar, Quintana Roo, MexicoEco-Destination


The village of Bacalar and Laguna Bacalar, Mexico’s second largest fresh water lake, are fast becoming ecologically sound places to vacation and to consider investment.

Making a Difference – Taos Magazine November/December 2009


Bringing Mexico’s Zapotec Indian Culture into the 21st Century

Northern New Mexico Travel – Where Can I Find a Farmers Market in Taos Part 3 – Red Willow Market


At the edge of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, in Northern New Mexico, lies Taos Indian (Tewa) Pueblo, beneath Taos Mountain (sacred to the Tewa).Every summer the Pueblo people bring […]

Northern New Mexico Travel – Where Can I Find a Farmers Market in Taos Part 2


Farmers’ markets are springing up all over the country — a trend that that presents a statement that people are more and more wanting locally produced…

Cusarare Falls, The Place of the Eagle, Tarahumara and Sierra Mountain Lodge


The morning sun filtering through the pine trees splattered shadows across the lodge steps and the Tarahumara women setting up their impromptu crafts markets.The young Tarahumara girl with the heart […]

Mexicanos – VIVA MEXICO! (Luxury Avenue Magazine – Summer 2010)


“Mexico is in even more of a party mood this year, finds John Lamkin, as it prepares to celebrate its revolution and independence.”

Autumn in New Mexico & Trapiche Wines


The autumn leaves sang with color. The brisk air quickened our step as we walked down the tree-lined dirt road to our Northern New Mexico home.The tree limbs bowed with […]

BOOMTOWN (Luxury Avenue Magazine – Pg. 98-100)


Despite the shaky global economy, buyers are stillinvesting in property in Cancn and on the Riviera Maya.John Lamkin visits some of the new developments takingshape to find out why the […]

Investing in Tranquility: Paradise found in Bacalar (LuxuryLatinAmerica)


Few outside of Mexico have heard of Lake Bacalar, even though it lies between the Riviera Maya below Cancun and the hot growth area of Ambergris Caye in Belize. Its […]

Global Writes (10)

Global Writes Gone But Not Forgotten

As of July 15, 2015 the old, familiar Global Writes ceased publication. “GW” served us very well for many years, but now IFWTWA has created a new, exciting digital publication, FWT Magazine:  food  wine  travel. The new magazine will offer IFWTWA member contributors much better exposure to the public in […]

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Barefoot Luxury in Tropical Placencia, Belize – Chabil Mar Villas

Chabil Mar Villas, Placencia, Belize The driver took us a short way along this narrow peninsula that is Placencia, through the heavy, expertly carved, gigantic wooden gates and into this eye-popping lush tropical paradise. We had arrived at Chabil Mar Villas. The first thing I noticed was the verdant, tropical […]

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The Brujo and the Ring of Fire in the Land of Magic, Suchitlan, Colima, Mexico

  It was in Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico and I was staying at a five-star hotel on the beach called Las Hadas (meaning the fairies). (“Bo Derek slept here” while filming 10.) I heard that in the morning there was a van leaving on a trip to the Magic Town (Pueblo […]

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A Farm to Fork Revival: Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm in Ranchos de Albuquerque, New Mexico

Farm land has been disappearing rapidly in Albuquerque's North Valley in the last few years. New high-end residential development is taking its place. Matt Rembe and family, owners of Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm, are doing something about it…

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The Mexican Spa

“SPA TREATMENTS” read the hand-lettered sign, which seemed perfectly normal…until I remembered I was in a prison, in Mexico!

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La Petite Crêpe, A Mexican Culinary Experience

We were having a culinary adventure (and mis-adventure) coming up from the Belize border, heading toward Cancun. On the way down from Cancun we had a quest – find the Peninsula's best flan. We did, at Rancho Encantado in Bacalar.

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BOOK REVIEW: Life is a Trip: The Transformative Magic of Travel

The nature of travel writing has changed, as has travel itself. Today the emphasis is on cultural travel and experiential travel, on learning first hand about the cultures one visits – their customs, their food, and how they think and feel.

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The Hippie Hat

We were looking for sombreros--hats. Viewing the giant hat sculpture in the village plaza, there was no doubt we had arrived at the hat-making town of Becal, Campeche, Mexico.

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Cerocahui, Mexico: Tarahumara Indians, Jesuits and Wine

…I could have been somewhere in Southern Europe, but I am actually near the edge of the Barrancas de Cobre (Copper Canyon), Mexico's Grand Canyon. Little did I expect to find ancient vineyards here on top of the world.

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Rancho Encantado: Hidden gem of the Yucatán

Nestled on Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula, far from Cancún, travelers can find relaxation and adventure at Rancho Encantado…

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