Mark Rogers

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Mark Rogers’ travel assignments have taken him to 56 countries. Rogers is currently a favored freelancer with USA Today. He’s well-known in travel trade circles for his coverage of Hawaii, California, the Caribbean, the South Pacific and Asia, as well as Mexico, where he is based. In 2013, Rogers received the Golden Deer award from the Mazatlan Tourism Board, as Travel Writer of the Year. Rogers has also won the CTO Worldwide Travel Writer/Photographer Award for Best Feature Article in a Trade Publication, for his cover story on St. Lucia; and the Marcia Vickery Wallace Memorial Award for Travel Journalism, given by the Jamaica Tourist Board for his Hurricane Ivan coverage. In 2009 he created his own travel marketing company, go! Destination Marketing, with such clients as the Jamaica Tourist Board, Sandals Resorts and the Thailand Tourism Authority.

Posts by Mark Rogers

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  • 1
    What's your most exciting or surprising travel experience?

    Around midnight I was touring the rough side of Santo Domingo with a local radio personality. He took me to a ramshackle club where the locals danced Cuban son. A woman with a tough face and a kind smile offered to teach me the dance. As we took a solo spin on the tiny dance floor, a gent got up and drew a circle of lighter fluid on the floor around us. The gent struck a match and my partner and I danced in a ring of fire.

  • 2
    What's the most underrated destination in your opinion?

    Haiti. In 2014 I fell in love with the place, a country of constant surprises. It looked like they were finally going to begin welcoming visitors again. Then their politics went to hell when they were unable to finesse an election. Poor Haiti can’t catch a break. But it’s an amazing country.

  • 3
    Do you prefer traveling alone or with a companion? Why?

    I like traveling with the right companion, especially my wife Sophy. As a travel writer I’m used to traveling alone or with a group of fellow writers, who I’m often meeting for the first time. This can be good or really bad. Most times, alone works for me, especially in an urban or semi-urban setting.

  • 4
    What is the most important thing you've learned from traveling?

    There’s always two trips I take. The trip in my imagination, before I even leave home. And the real trip. Sometimes the one in my imagination is more fascinating than the real one.