Accidental Travel Writer Press Kit

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Here I am at the W Resort and Spa Seminyak, Bali. As you can see, I’m an avid fan of American football. Can you guess what my favourite team is?

About Me

Hi! My name is Michael Taylor, I live in Hong Kong, and I’m a self-described Accidental Travel Writer.

I’m a life-long aviation buff, a helpless foodie, a committed oenophile, and an enthusiastic swimmer, cyclist, and Muay Thai practitioner.

I like to read, study foreign languages, and follow sports.

And there’s one more thing I like to do: I like to travel! That’s why I call myself the Accidental Travel Writer. This all just happened by accident. It wasn’t really planned …

Look my shoulder as I explore Hong Kong, wander the world, and root for my favourite teams!

About My Blog

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Between food tastings and interviews and exploring heritage sites, I sometimes just take a moment to relax.

The Accidental Travel Writer is a global travel blog with an Asian accent. Published three days a week, it chronicles my personal travel experiences when I am on the road.

When I am not traveling, I focus on what’s happening in Hong Kong and other key cities in the region. I review hotels,food and beverage outlets, day spas, sightseeing attractions, travel guides – the list goes on.

New in 2017 is Foodie Friday, a weekly feature that will include Celebrity Chef interviews, restaurant reviews, and recipe file, in which I will test-cook recipes sourced from fine dining restaurants in my own kitchen.

One of my niche topics is LGBT. I’m  firmly committed to the concept that all men – AND women – are created equal. The travel industry ignores this important market at its peril.

My Bio

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Here I am checking out the spectacular art collection at the St. Regis Singapore.

I have a Master’s Degree in English from San Francisco State University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Chinese Studies from California State University at Eastbay (formerly Hayward).

I taught English as a Second Language for many years. Then I became a journalist, working full time at newspapers for several year. I have been freelancing  for the last decade and launched my travel blog six years ago.

English is my native tongue. I also speak Mandarin, read and write Chinese, and am proficient in Portuguese.

I was born in Oakland, California. I have also lived in Honolulu, Taipei, New York City, San Francisco, and Macau.  I have spent most of my so-called adult life in Hong Kong.

Where I’ve Been


I have visited or lived  in the following countries: Brazil, Canada, People’s Republic of China, Croatia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Macao, Malaysia, Panama, Philippines, Portugal, Qatar, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States, and Vietnam.

Who My Readers Are

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My readers like to read and learn about new places. So I review books set in the exotic places I visit.

Readership is global in scope, with half of readers living in the United States and Hong Kong. Japan also accounts for a significant share, and the number of readers in Europe is growing.

  • United States – 34%
  • Russia – 15%
  • Hong Kong – 14%
  • Singapore – 4%
  • Japan – 4%
  • United Kingdom – 2%
  • Canada – 2%
  • Philippines – 2%
  • Australia – 2%
  • Thailand – 2%

Last Updated: 10 January 2017

My Key Stats

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Is Business Class worth the extra cash?  I do in-depth reviews of the flights I take.

Traffic fluctuates. Some of my most popular posts have attracted tens of thousands of hits!

  • Monthly Page Views – 10,203
  • Unique Visitors – 7,531
  • Average Page Views – 1.2
  • Duration – 33 seconds
  • Returning Visits – 13%
  • Bounce Rate  – 87%
  • Alexa Global Rank – 459,330
  • Alexa US Rank –

Last Updated: 10 October 2016

My Social Media Platforms


Commitment to diversity: here I am marching in the Pride Parade in Seattle, Washington.

I am very active on social media, especially Facebook, where you will find me interacting with friends and fans all day every day. I am a relative newcomer to Instagram. But I’m learning!

Last Updated: 10 October 2016

What I Can Do for You

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Here I am in Stockholm Sweden, attending Travel Bloggers Exchange, a.k.a. TBEX, a professional development and networking event for travel bloggers and industry professionals.

The Accidental Travel Writer provides the perfect backdrop against which to promote your travel related product or service. Click on the following links for more information:

Public Relations

Click HERE for how we can work together.


Click HERE for testimonials from some of the industry professionals I have worked with.

Case Study

Please HERE for an in-depth case study of the impact I can make.

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