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Travel Writing

Travel Writing: Sharing a sense of place

Deston Nokes grew up traveling the world and never lost the bug. For 30 years, he has been based in Portland serving as a travel writer for a variety of regional and national travel clients.

Deston enjoys the personalities and cultural quirks of different destinations. Rather than just listing things to see and do, he enjoys sharing the points of view of the folks who live in or visit a destination. Giving the reader a full sense of place is important.

From sharing his discoveries on Portland’s newest eateries and hotels, to more active pursuits such as paddle boarding, hiking and golfing in Hawaii, Nokes has been telling travel stories through features published in Alaska Airlines, Bon Appetit, The Oregonian, CityPASS, Seattle P.I., Boston Herald, Jetsetter, FORE, Fodor’s Travel Guides, Travel Portland, Hawaii Magazine and Robb Report. Check out his published works in the PORTFOLIO section of this website.

In 2010, he authored an iPhone application “Portland Essentials,” which has more than 311 entries and 2,520 photos on the essential places to visit, dine, play and tour in Portland, Ore. It sold nearly 4,000 downloads.
  • “As a freelance correspondent, he was enthusiastic and productive, offering many queries for possible subjects and cleanly executing our assignments. He also expanded his assignment area to Hawaii, producing several articles and photos for our Hawaii travel sections. I came to count on Deston many times over nearly two years to provide the material we needed, at the quality level we required.” – John Engstrom, former lifestyle editor, Seattle P.I.