We’re glad you’d like to work with us!
We’re Janice and George Mucalov. Launched in 2012, our luxury travel blog – Sand In My Suitcase – appeals to a large, steadily growing, niche audience of travel lovers. They are primarily sophisticated, educated and well-traveled.
About “Sand In My Suitcase”
We write about luxury travel with a twist of adventure (and have a penchant for cruising). Our posts focus on hotel reviews, cruise stories, good food (with wine, of course!) and soft adventure – everything from river cruising in Myanmar to splashing out in private pool villas in Bali offering guided rice paddy hikes to exploring the waterways of our own home city by pickle boat.
We craft our posts with care. Posts are well-researched and in-depth, and we spend time on the quality of writing. We also take many of the photos that illustrate our posts. Readers often comment that the photos are beautiful (and we’re always tickled when magazines publish our travel photos).
Award-winning travel blog
Sand In my Suitcase won the Silver award for “Best Travel Blog” in the 2015 North American Travel Journalists Association annual competition (like the Oscars for travel writing).
We’re professional, award-winning travel writers
We started writing travel articles for print magazines and newspapers – and we still contribute many articles each year to leading consumer and travel industry publications in the U.S. and Canada, like ISLANDS, TravelAge West, NUVO, Cruise & Travel Lifestyles, AAA Carolinas GO and Interval World. We’ve also won many travel writing awards for these stories.
Our award-winning blog is another important online venue for sharing our travel stories with the world. Readers can find excerpts and stories adapted from our print articles, as well as travel posts written just for this site.
What can CVBs, hotels, tour operators and other travel partners expect by working with us?
You may receive double coverage. One, you’ll get great exposure on our luxury travel blog. And we hope you’ll see the value in this alone. But two, you may also be featured in a magazine or newspaper (and/or their website) which publishes our article. (Our freelance outlets often ask us to contribute stories after we’ve experienced a trip.) We can’t promise the second, though. (If we have an assignment in advance of a visit, we’ll let you know.) See Sample Blog and Magazine/Newspaper Coverage for what’s possible.
As professional travel writers, we follow the ethical codes of conduct set by professional travel writing organizations. We’re both members of the Travel Media Association of Canada (TMAC) and Janice is also a member of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) and North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA).
Our blog stats
Travel partners and sponsors have access through our blog to a targeted niche of luxury travel lovers.
- Unique visitors per month: 8,500 to 9,500
- Monthly page views: 13,000 to 16,000
We have 19,000+ additional followers through Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and other social media – and, since we’re choosy about who we follow, we don’t follow everyone back :-).
We promote all posts via Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram.
- Blog: www.SandInMySuitcase.com
- Twitter: @SandInSuitcase – 6,894
- Facebook: SandInMySuitcase – 1,919 and Janice.Mucalov – 2,476
- Instagram: sandinmysuitcase – 3,269
- Pinterest: pinterest.com/SandInSuitcase – 3,268
- Google+: plus.google.com/+JaniceMucalov – 1,581
Several of our posts have been viewed and re-shared on social media thousands of times – like our post on the nine best luxury hotels in Bali and our Flam Railway post (on one of the world’s most beautiful train rides).
Readers rely on our blog to help them make their luxury travel decisions
There’s the groom who booked a particular honeymoon safari lodge in South Africa after reading our review (corresponding with us further by email), the couple who booked a different luxury cruise after reading our update on a particular cruise ship, the people who ask us which Pueblo Bonito resort in Cabo to book, the frequent fliers keen to know what the best seats are on EVA Air… Read the comments, and you’ll get an idea.