JS 24: Becoming A Travel Writer with Franz Wisner Author of ‘Honeymoon With My Brother’ & ‘How The World Makes Love’

November 3rd, 2010 by Jason Hartman | Comments Off on JS 24: Becoming A Travel Writer with Franz Wisner Author of ‘Honeymoon With My Brother’ & ‘How The World Makes Love’

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Jason Hartman talks with Franz Wisner, a reformed cubicle worker and the author of Honeymoon With My Brother, the true story of how Franz was left at the altar, then decided to take a two-year, 53-country honeymoon with his younger brother, Kurt. The best-selling memoir is currently being made into a movie by Sony Pictures. In addition, Franz has penned numerous articles and opinion pieces for The San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, Redbook Magazine, and Coast Magazine, among others. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Tracy Middendorf Wisner, and their children/future backpackers, Calvin and Oscar.

In 1999, he was dumped at the altar, just days before his scheduled wedding. The guests were en-route, the food and wine were on location, and the whole party was pre-paid. So he chose to have a weekend wedding bash anyway… just without a bride. He then decided to go on the planned two-week honeymoon to Costa Rica, substituting his brother Kurt for the Runaway Bride. They had such a good time exploring the country and reconnecting as siblings that they opted to extend the festivities for two years and fifty-three countries in Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia, South America and Africa.

Throughout the “honeymoon,” he penned a series of emails to family and friends about the quirks and oddities of travel. Until then he’d written for others (PR clients or politicians) but never for himself. Some of the essays made their way into newspapers and magazines thanks to a few encouraging friends in the media.  If you’re interested in becoming a travel writer, this is your show!

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