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Deevra Norling

Freelance Writer | Contact: [email protected]

Location icon South Africa,ZA

Press releases | magazine articles | journalism and news | website copy | blog articles | travel writing | advertorials | marketing and sales copywriting.
When writing in my personal capacity, my writing has been described as 'not afraid to tackle controversial topics' and 'at times humourous'. I have a love for travelling and exploring new places so enjoy a dash of travel writing!


Travel Writing

Go 4 Travel Blog
Beale Street Music Festival Guide

In celebration of Beale Street's illustrious history is the Beale Street Music Festival, part of "Memphis in May," which attracts hoards of crowds each year.

Go 4 Travel Blog
Best Minnesota Hotels near the Waterways

Minnesota is called the "Land of 10,000 Lakes" (there are actually 11,842, to be exact) with plenty of hotels to choose from near lakes and rivers.

The Huffington Post
8 Tips For Easier Business Travel

Traveling can be downright exhausting. While some things like lost luggage and flight delays are unavoidable, there are things you can do to make frequent business travel less stressful.

Go 4 Travel Blog
Best New York Boutique Hotels

If location is more important to you than price, exploring New York with one of these five hotels as your base will be a breeze.

Go 4 Travel Blog
Boutique Hotels & Inns in Monterey

Monterey, along Central California's rugged Pacific coast, is the perfect haven for a seaside stopover. Find the perfect hotel when visiting scenic Monterey.

Go 4 Travel Blog
Hipmunk Hotels: Explore West Coast USA

The sunny West Coast of America with ocean, lakes and rugged mountains is the perfect region to explore West Coast USA with some outdoor adventures.

Go 4 Travel Blog
Hipmunk Hotels: From Salem's Cherry City to the Beaches of Waikoloa

From the scenic beauty of Washington and Oregon to the arid desert of Arizona and all the way over to the sun-kissed beaches of Hawaii, the West Coast of the United States offers a diverse landscape and vacation for every type of traveler.

The Huffington Post
Interesting Places to Discover on a Texas Road Trip

With nearly 200,000 of lane miles and more than 50,000 bridges Texas has the biggest highway system in the United States. With this much road to cover, if you're a fan of the classic road trip there's a lot to discover in the Lone Star State.

Trendy Boutique Hotels in Marina del Rey

Marina del Rey is an affluent seaside community in Los Angeles. It's the largest manmade small yacht harbor in the world and a popular vacation spot with an abundance of beach and water activities.

Relaxing Seaside Hotels in Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach is a premier holiday destination and well-known for having a thriving art community. Enjoying the seven-mile long coastline is easy if you stay at one of these comfortable oceanfront hotels.

Great Family Friendly Hotels in Virginia Beach

Filled with sun, sand and surf Virginia Beach which lies just off the Atlantic Ocean is one of the best family holiday destinations.Here are 5 great family-friendly hotels to try.

Charming Rustic Hideaways in California

Most people head to California for a great beach holiday, but for those seeking a more secluded retreat, one of these five hideaways offer a more relaxing rustic experience.

Luxury Boutique Hotels in Seattle

Visiting the Emerald City? Here are five stylish boutique hotels to try the next time you visit the city of Seattle - each with their own unique feel but all offering the utmost comfort and luxury. Seattle in King County, Washington has a sound reputation for its coffee culture, booming craft beer industry, and chilled vibe.

Huffington Post
Have a Whale of a Time in Hermanus, South Africa!

Hermanus is a small seaside town along the southern coast of South Africa. But what Hermanus is most famous for is its giant guests who stop by once a year to frolic in the waters of Walker Bay.

Dead Curious
Surviving Graaff-Reinet

Travelling to out of the way places can be interesting! Graaff-Reinet is a small town in the Karoo, South Africa.

Newspaper Articles

Magazine Articles


Blog Writing

The Huffington Post
5 Pet Food Trends For Healthier Pets

Gone are the days of simply throwing a dog a bone or tossing out the scraps. These days pet food is gourmet, designer, and organic.

Career Addict
4 Trades That Will Always Be in Demand

We live in a fast-moving ever-changing world today in which many jobs have become redundant and new ones are popping up all the time. But there are some jobs that have stood the test of time and are still in demand today and will be for a very long time to come.

Career Addict
How to Handle PMS in the Workplace

Apart from the physical and emotional misery it inflicts, it can impact badly on interpersonal relationships, productivity and absenteeism in the workplace. How do you calm the choppy PMS waters and make it more smooth sailing?

Career Addict
Should you Have an Office Romance?

Drunken shags, casual flings and long-term relationships, it all happens at the office. It makes perfect sense if you think about it. We spend most of our day at work.

Career Addict
Why Do We Have the 40-Hour Work Week?

Not many people stop to question why it is they are trudging through a five-day, eight-hours-a-day, forty-hours-a-week working scenario. Here's a brief history.

Career Addict
Top 10 Exciting Careers For Graphic Designers

If visual thinking and creativity come naturally to you and you have a keen eye for layout and design coupled with a vivid imagination, a career in graphic design could be the perfect job for you!

Career Addict
4 Cool Apps to Help You Meditate

In a time where we are more stressed than ever before, technology is actually adding to our stress levels.But our smartphones can also be used to de-stress us.

Career Addict
5 Simple Ways to Start a Small Business

Starting a business can be daunting. You may require capital, premises and staff. However, many businesses started at home with low start-up costs. Being a solopreneur is often the easiest way to start a small business. But many who have started as a one-man show have grown their businesses into something bigger.

Career Addict
Need a Sideline? 10 Easy Ways to Make Extra Cash

Let's face it. Most of us can do with some extra cash. If you're scratching your head and wondering how to cover all your bills, it's time to do some 'out the box thinking'.

Career Addict
The Myth of Job Security

Many people still believe that a full-time job is secure. Not so - job security is just an illusion. Find out why...

Career Addict
Do You Have the Guts to be a Freelance Writer?

All the great things you hear about freelancing is true. You have freedom and the highly desired 'location independent' status. You can tap away at your computer in pyjamas all day if you wish. No longer do you have to call in sick or grovel to a boss for time off.

Journalism / News Stories

Blasting News
Air France bomb scare a false alarm

An Air France flight from Mauritius to Paris made an emergency landing at an airport in Mombasa, Kenya following a bomb scare on Sunday, December 20. A suspicious device was found in one of the airplane's toilets raising fears that it could be a bomb.

Blasting News
Zuma Must Fall Marches Take Place Across South Africa

South Africa is still trying to bounce back following last week's debacle which saw President Jacob Zuma make one of the biggest tactical errors of his political career. Zuma shuffled through three Finance Ministers in the space of four days, an irrational move which caused major consternation both nationally and abroad.

Blasting News
How a South African Negotiating Method Brought Quick Consensus to the Paris Climate Talks

Getting more than 190 countries to reach a uniform conclusion on an issue of such magnitude as the global response to the impact of climate change is no easy feat. Delegates who participated in the recent COP21 Climate Change Conference in Paris had every reason to raise their hands in victory at having concluded such a huge task in so short a space of time.

Blasting News
South Africa's Finance Minister Debacle Sparks Calls that the President be Recalled

In an unprecedented move last week that stunned the entire nation and the global community alike, South African President Jacob Zuma made a unilateral decision to remove respected Minister of Finance Nhlanhla Nene and replace him with relatively unknown David Van Rooyen, a candidate seen as inexperienced and under-qualified for such a crucial position.

Dead Curious
Kings of Chaos Rock Cape Town

"We are here for one reason and one reason only - to rock!" That's what Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top declared, and that's exactly what they did! The Kings of Chaos concert took South Africa by storm for the second year, much to the screaming delight of hundreds of rock fanatics!

Articles About Freelance Writing

Freelancer FAQs
What is Copywriting?

In the past, traditional copywriting involved mostly sales, marketing and advertising messages from cute jingles, cleverly-worded ads, direct mail, catchy headlines for posters, billboards, flyers to radio and TV scriptwriting, and continuity writing. While all of that still applies today, with the advent of the internet the scope of copywriting has evolved to include all the new platforms that words are required for.

Freelancer FAQs
Can Being Likeable Boost My Business?

"People do business with people they like." Have you ever noticed how you keep going back to a particular service provider or business that may not necessarily be the best in their field, yet you return time after time?

Freelancer FAQs
How Can Networking Land Clients?

Marketing is not a task most writers look forward to. It is, however, a necessary evil. Getting out there is scary. But the importance of including networking in your marketing strategy cannot be stressed enough.

Article Writing

The Huffington Post
Money Is Not About Finances, It's About Emotions

A change in our financial situation starts with a change in how we think about money. Clearing out the negative thoughts about money will remove the blockages that are preventing money from flowing to us.

Dead Curious
What does the Easter Bunny have to do with Easter?

It always baffles me that people do not question things. They perpetuate certain 'traditions' simply because they grew up keeping it, their parents kept it, their grandparents kept it and so on.

Interviews and Expert Round-ups I've Been Included In

From my point of view

Think Simple Now
How I Found the Courage to Quit My Job

Guest Post on Think Simple Now - another personal development website. Amended version of the same story published previously on YourLifeYourWay.

Scoop Post
2012 US Presidential Election: An Outsider's Perspective

I am a South African who was visiting the US during the run-up to the 2012 elections. As an outsider looking in, I watched the debates with interest and wrote an opinion piece. I am no political expert and these were just my views.

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