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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 2017, Deston covered Portland for the new Bindu Trips website. His travel itineraries cover the top activities in five different areas of the Rose City.
  • “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.  

Saturday Evening Post

November/December 2019

National Veterans Memorial and Museum opens in Columbus

Bindu Trips

Bindu Trips website on Portland

A culinary review of Portland strip clubs for Bon Appetít magazine. Yes, really.

How to choose and prepare fresh Hawaiian fish for Bon Appetít magazine.

The top Oregon attractions for Alaska Airline

The magic of the Kona Coast for The Oregonian.