Dick Jordan

About Dick Jordan

DICK JORDAN is a freelance travel writer who publishes the online travel magazine Tales Told From The Road.

His freelance travel stories and photographs have appeared in the Contra Costa Times, Dallas Morning News, Los Angeles Times, Marin I-J, Oakland Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, and San Jose Mercury News.

He is a member of Left Coast Writers, a group whose mission is to support new and established writers in the production and promotion of their work in a stimulating atmosphere of creativity and community.

He also belongs to the San Francisco Bay Area Journalists, Bay Area Traveler Writers, North American Travel Journalists Association,and the Community Media Center of Marin, where he is a TV producer.

In January of 2015 he was named a "Featured Journalist" by the North American Travel Journalists Association.

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Choosing “The Right Camera” for Travel Photography

Travel Photo Thursday

I’ve had this experience, and perhaps you have, too. You show someone the photos from a trip you’ve just returned from and they say “Wow, what great shots! What kind of camera do you have?”

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Solar Eclipse “Camp Out” in Oregon

Destination Updates
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A couple of months ago, a friend from California asked me (now an Oregonian) for help in finding lodging anywhere near the path that the total solar eclipse will take across Oregon on the morning of August 21, 2017. I had both good and bad news for her. The good news was that there seemed […]

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Preserving Pismo’s Scenic Ridgelands

Destination Updates
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For Northern Californians, Pismo Beach, about 180 miles north of Los Angeles, is an eclectic little town that offers a convenient and scenic stopping point along Highway 101 for breaking up one long day’s drive to Greater L.A. into a more manageable and less stressful two-day trip. But what most travelers don’t know, is that […]

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Say It Ain’t So, Seattle!

Destination Updates
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I spent the first twenty-one years of my life in Seattle, so it’s only natural that I would write about the city from time to time. For example, four years ago I posted the following video, “Seattle in Motion,” Edward Aites’ “moving portrait” full of familiar-to-me scenes of my old hometown. Seattle in Motion from […]

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Will Trump’s Words and Deeds Scare Off Travelers to the U.S.?

Travel News Updates
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(Updated April 2, 2017). Donald Trump has not been known to mince words, either when he was on the campaign trail or after he entered the White House. He says what’s on his mind without apparent regard for what anyone else thinks. Couple that with his so-far unsuccessful attempt to unilaterally ban residents of certain […]

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Pan Am to Launch New International Service

Travel News Updates
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Pan Am, the iconic airline of luxurious international air travel back in the Last Century, announced today that by the end of the year it plans to re-institute intercontinental flights between 20 cities. New York, Los Angeles San Francisco and Chicago will be the airline’s U.S. departure points. Beijing, Tokyo, Singapore, and Hong Kong are […]

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Travel Apps to Help You When You Fly

App Reviews
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Over the last few years I’ve reviewed several smartphone and tablet apps designed to help you plan and take a trip, including those of use when you’re travelling by air. Way back in the Last Century, air travel within the U.S. wasn’t too complicated.

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Don’t Fall for the “Can You Hear Me?” Travel Scam

Travel News Updates
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About five years ago I wrote about a travel scam that typically came by letter or postcard and offered free airfare and a hotel stay any city served by an airline (pick an airline, any airline). The scammers’ plan was to lure you to a meeting where they would aggressively push you to join a […]

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Will Laptop and Tablet In-Flight Ban Affect You?

Travel News Updates
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On Tuesday of this week the U.S. announced that those traveling by plane to the U.S. from ten airports in eight predominately Muslim countries in the Middle East would not be allowed to carry electronic devices larger than a cellphone on board. Those passengers will be required to pack laptops and tablets into checked luggage, […]

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Planning Your National Park Vacation

Destination Updates
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As winter wanes and spring waxes, summer isn’t far in the future. But if you want a visit to a national park in the Western U.S. to be in that future, and haven’t already booked your accommodations, you may find that there is no room at the inn, lodge, or cabins. This isn’t a new […]

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Getting Up the Inside Passage to Southeast Alaska

Destination Updates
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I’m an independent traveler. That means I roam from place to place, and book my lodging and transportation, on my own without paying a tour company to do that for me and without being accompanied by anyone other than my wife. But sometimes working with a tour company to put a trip together makes sense, […]

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