Richard Varr is a well-rounded freelance writer, photographer and videographer with more than 30-years writing experience. A member of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW), he specializes in travel and feature writing, and is the author (main contributor) of the Dorling Kindersley Eyewitness Travel Guide to Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania Dutch Country. His first novel, Warming Up to Murder, is available online through Xlibris.com or BarnesandNoble.com.
Richard writes frequently for Porthole Cruise Magazine and the magazines found on board cruise ships of several cruise lines including Carnival, Holland America, Radisson Seven Seas, Princess, Disney, Celebrity, Royal Caribbean, Cunard, Seabourn, P&O, Costa, MSC, NCL and others.
His work and photography have also been published in newspapers, both print and online, including USA TODAY, Dallas Morning News, London Telegraph, Christian Science Monitor, Sydney Morning Herald, New Orleans Times-Picayune, Lowell Sun, Arizona Daily Star Main Line Life (Philadelphia) and the Worcester Sunday Telegram. Magazines include Islands, AAA Home & Away, AAA Arizona Highroads, AAA Journeys, the Good Sam Club’s Highways, Coast to Coast, Trailer Life, The Rotarian, New Jersey Monthly, German Life, French Magazine (UK), Portugal Magazine (UK), Smart Meetings Magazine, Grit, Houston Woman Magazine, Long Weekends, Camping Today, and International Railway Traveler. Websites and online publications include AOL Travel, GoWorldTravel.com, and Galveston.com, for which he wrote two blog posts monthly for six years. He has traveled extensively throughout North America, the Caribbean and Europe, while also visiting and writing about destinations in Africa, South America and Asia.
Richard’s other specialties include video production, business writing and copywriting. His current client list includes Kelsey-Seybold Clinic (Houston) where he writes, narrates and edits marketing videos. Past clients have included Methodist Hospital (Houston), GlaxoSmithKline, Mercy Health System, Pep boys Auto (Philadelphia), as well as advertising and public relations agencies. He has been published in The Philadelphia Business Journal. He has researched and ghostwritten corporate history books on two prominent Philadelphia-area companies – Commerce Bancorp, Inc. and Day & Zimmermann, Inc.
Before that, Richard worked for 15 years as a television reporter and anchor in Upstate New York, and Austin and Houston, Texas. He started his journalism career as a reporter at a suburban Boston daily newspaper after earning a Masters in Journalism from Boston University.