The Writer

Bob Riel in Patagonia

Author, travel writer, journalist and ghostwriter.

I have a variety of experiences and the ability to meet diverse writing needs:

Ghostwriting: I was the ghostwriter for the New York Times’ bestselling book, The Heart-Led Leader, by Tommy Spaulding (Random House, 2015).

Articles: I have experience as a journalist for a daily newspaper and have published feature stories, travel articles and op-ed columns in a variety of print and online publications, including the Arizona Daily Star, Matador, Trazzler, Boots ‘n All and others.

Travel writing: I wrote a travel memoir, Two Laps Around the World, and spent several years as the North American travel columnist for Examiner.com. I also have a background in cross-cultural consulting and have written more than 70 country-specific manuals for use in corporate trainings.

Blogging: I maintain a blog, Travels in the Riel World, that focuses on on travel, political history and ideas.

Business and nonprofit writing: I also have experience in writing for businesses and nonprofits, everything from proposals and case statements to web content and letters.

Travel: My professional skills are supported by considerable personal experience with the cultures of the world, as I’ve traveled to 45 countries on six continents and to 48 U.S. states.


The Traveler

There are so many places in the world I’m still aching to visit, but so far I’ve made it to 45 countries on six continents and to 48 U.S. states. Along the way, I’ve done two round-the-world trips during career breaks.

And, in case you’re wondering, I cannot pick my favorite place in the world. There are just too many of them. I love the streets and cafes of Paris, the divine light that rains down on the Greek islands, the Buddhist culture of Southeast Asia, the hospitality of the Jordanians and the Turks, the vibrant colors of Peru, the serenity of the Swiss Alps, the maddening unpredictability of India, the smell of blooming jacaranda trees in Buenos Aires. And on and on. The world is an astonishing place and we’re just lucky enough to be able to partake in some of its wonders.


Writing Samples

Links to my writing:


Travel Writing and Road Trips

Political History and Travel

Cross-Cultural Writing





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