“It’s very hard to get the essence of a place just by looking at it… you have to talk to people.”—Tracy Minkin

Host, Jody Maberry talks with Tracy Minkin, the Senior Travel and Features Editor of Coastal Living, live from the Ultimate Travel Writer’s Workshop in Austin, Texas.

Tracy’s a great conversationalist, which was proven when she won a conversation competition in high school—a title that came with a $1,000 prize!

Her inherent conversation skills have served her well…

“Loving to chit chat, hangout with locals and hear their stories is what makes travel writing better…and it makes it super fun!”

By nature, most journalists are curious and anxious to talk to people. As Tracy says, “We’re nosey!”

But what if you’re shy about opening up a conversation with a stranger?

Tracy suggests hiring a local guide.

“When you hire a local guide, you not only gain unique insights into a place, you also support the local economy.”

Listen in as Tracy and Jody discuss some of the interesting stories they’ve gathered from starting conversations with strangers. You’ll also get more tips on how to use these conversations in your writing.

If you’re interested in learning more about getting started with travel writing, visit: https://www.greatescapepublishing.com/start/travelwriting/.


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