Ralph Grizzle fills big shoes.

About Ralph Grizzle

I began my journalistic career at the age of 32, following the conclusion of my ‘sabbatical decade.’ From 1980 through 1990, I bicycled across America, pedaled through Europe and island-hopped the South Pacific.

After backpacking through Bali, bussing through Java, hopping a boat to Singapore and crossing Malaysia to Thailand, I flew into Burma, tramped to Dhaka and endured a 32-hour train ride from calamitous Calcutta to bustling Bombay.

From there, I hopped a plane for Greece and traveled to Switzerland before returning home, where I settled, quite naturally, into a career of travel writing.

My main writing gig is for my website, Avid Cruiser. I spend 300 days a year on ships or in destinations that cruise ships visit.

I wrote regularly for HEMISPHERES, United Airlines’ award-winning inflight magazine. The North American Travel Journalism Association, awarded my article, Ship Shape, which appeared in the September 2005 issue of Hemispheres, in the category of ‘Best Cruise Writing.’

My work has also appeared in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today and numerous consumer magazines. I am the author of four books, including Remembering Charles Kuralt,’ a biography that Publisher’s Weekly called ‘a sweet and lovely homage, a welcome commemoration.’

I make my home in Asheville, North Carolina, where I have two wonderful children. When in Asheville, I enjoy mountain biking, hiking, lingering in coffee shops and frequent trips to the gorgeous Biltmore Estate.

But enough about wonderful me. My goal is to provide you with content that engages you and compels you to return often. Thanks for stopping by . . .

Bon Voyage, Ralph Grizzle

Read more about Ralph Grizzle in an article by Baroness Sheri de Borchgrave, Moving Is Living: A Life Spent Avidly Traveling

  • Jane Gibson Brown, Ph.D.

    Ralph, remember when we worked for Funny Business in Greensboro with Susan Allen. You dated Nancy Team. You were just beginning to tour on the bike through countries. I had a little boy named Fitch. I had been the editor of a magazine. Then I went to NC A&T State University where I am Director of Technical Writing and an Associate Professor of English. I remember fondly the Miller Beer time when you rode a huge bike. You look a little older but fine. I hope you are doing well. You sound as if you are and I know you are doing what you love–traveling. Take care.