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Janis Turk: Full-Time Traveler

Janis Turk is a travel writer, photographer, editor and professor who divides her time between Texas and Louisiana.

Her work has appeared in magazines such as Hemispheres (United Airlines in-flight), Spirit (Southwest Airlines in-flight), Pontiac Performance, Luxx Jewellry, Louisiana Cookin, New York Resident as well as popular newspapers such as The Chicago Tribune, The Dallas Morning News, The Houston Chronicle and others.

She also contributes articles for popular travel sites such as Frommer’s and Virgin Atlantic Turk has written two travel guidebooks for Frommer's and and has been the travel editor for Today’s Groom, as well as the managing editor of four popular regional magazines.

Turk travels extensively and writes for many different publications. She is a former university professor, newspaper reporter, and magazine editor who now spends her time only on travel, travel writing and photography. 

Stories and photos by Janis Turk:


The A-Ma Temple in Macau, China

Macau, China: Contradictions and Tiny Miracles

It's midnight in Macau, and a stout little Chinese woman is standing on my back.

"Whoa! This is unexpected!" I think as my chest caves into itself on the tall, hard massage table of the Wong Chio On Mo Chong Sam salon.

It's only 120 Hong Kong dollars (about $20 US) for a one-hour massage, and soon a stern-looking woman whisks me upstairs. The place conjures images of a Haight Asbury hippie coffeehouse circa 1969, or worse an opium den.

In a dark room, the woman covers my naked back with threadbare towels and proceeds to climb upon the massage table. In one quick astonishing move, she's standing on my back where she will stay for the next hour - working intricate miracles, surprises in my sinews, massaging my muscles with her toes. Read more...


The Four Corners Region: Exploring the Mysteries of Hillerman Country


Horseshoe Bend on the Colorado River in Arizona

The four corners of mystery writer Tony Hillerman’s world aren’t on any map.

They lie someplace between fiction and fantasy, myth and memory, and are bordered by ancient cliff dwellings, steep canyon walls, sun-baked Zuni pueblos and dry winds that sweep across Navajo lands.

So the best way to experience Hillerman Country is to go by the book.

Take along some of Hillerman’s 20 best-selling novels while traveling through Arizona, Utah, New Mexico and Colorado, and see the Four Corners region of the Southwest through new eyes.

Hillerman recalls it as “love at first sight,” when he first beheld the Four Corners region, and says he’s “been getting acquainted with its mountains, canyons and interesting cultures ever since,” and so have his readers, who have fallen in love with Hillerman’s characters and the rugged country where his murder mysteries are set. Read more...

 

More Stories by Janis Turk on GoNOMAD:

Into a Still Country: On Safari in Namibia

Jordan: Lessons From the Other Holy Land

New Orleans Rising: Finding New Hope After Katrina

London Finally Figures out the Food Thing

The Marbles of Monroe County, Kentucky

 

 

Janis Turk

An elephant at the Sabi Sabi Game Reserve. Photos by Janis Turk. Meeting Goodness
. Village of Huangshan, China. photo by Janis Turk Click to return to the story.
Kids with their dad in Jordan. Photo by Janis Turk. Click on photo to return to Janis Turk's article about Jordan. A
Dye pots in FA(c)z. Photo by Janis Turk. Click on image to return to Janis Turk's article about Morocco.
Bedouin girls. Photo by Janis Turk. Click on photo to return to Janis Turk's article about Jordan.
The souk in Fez. Photo by Janis Turk. Click on image to return to Janis Turk's article about Morocco.
Saltwater pool at the Kempinksi Ishtar. Photo by Janis Turk. Click on photo to return
Chariot race at Jerash. Photo by Janis Turk. Click on photo to return to Janis Turk's article about Jordan.
. Village of Huangshan, China. photo by Janis Turk Click to return to the story.
Chariot race at Jerash. Photo by Janis Turk. Click on photo to return to Janis Turk's article about Jordan.
The tea man at the Hotel Minzah in Tangiers. Photo by Janis Turk. Click on image to return
Filming a documentary in Jerash, Jordan. Photo by Janis Turk. Click on photo to return
Near Little Petra in Jordan. Photo by Janis Turk. Click on photo to return to Janis Turk's article about Jordan.
A parade in Macau - photo by Janis Turk Click on photo to return to Janis Turk's story
Petra, an amazing city in Jordan carved from the naked rock. Photo by Janis Turk. Click

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
 


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