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HOW TO BECOME A PROFESSIONAL TRAVEL WRITER

How to Become a Professional Travel Writer takes you way beyond that much-touted dream of 'travelling for free'. It will show you how to earn from your travels and, more than that, how to carve a privileged lifestyle out of that dream. Whether you want to kick-start a career as a globe-trotting travel writer or simply want to make extra cash by monetising your holidays, this book will show you how.

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SECRET BANGKOK

Discover a temple boasting a million Buddhas that's often overlooked by visitors; offer bacon and eggs to tiger temple guardians; visit the lair of giant monitor lizards; meed David Beckham, Donald Duck and Popeye in a Buddhist temple; gain merit by sponsoring a coffin; or decipher, from a tree trunk, the winning lottery numbers offered by a beautiful female ghost. Meet a unique community of flute-players; eat a communal vegetarian breakfast with Bangkok's Sikh community; learn about the traditional Thai pastime of 'baldy butting' and meet a celebrated 'healer' who goes by the name of Madame Breast-slapper.

Secret Bangkok is more than just an indispensable guide to the hidden face of the city; it is written also to offer fascinating background information for those who love to connect with the soul of a place.

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SECRET BALI

Black sand that has healing power; why you should not whistle when you walk along a beach at night; Bali's most beautiful and least-visited rice terraces; a workshop where batiks are created with natural dyes; a place to petition the spirits for a baby; the flute-playing pigeons of Ubud; a haunting reunion of some of Bali's most outrageous demons; one of the world's best unofficial street-art exhibitions; a tree that is impossible to plant; an ancient fertility statue with 'more than the usual quota of penises'; a village of the deaf; spectacular traditional fishing craft; an architectural wonder in Bali's Christian heartland.

Far from the crowds and the usual cliches, Bali is still a reserve of well-concealed treasures that only reveal themselves to those who know how to wander off the beaten track.

Secret Bali is a guide for those who would like to discover the hidden face of the island.