Great Escape Radio Episode 48: The Unlikely Travel Writer
“I’m always excited by the unlikely, never by ordinary things.” – David Hockney
To find out more about how you can get started with travel writing visit: www.greatescapepublishing.com/program/travel-writing/.
Great Escape Radio host, Jody Maberry, and Director, Lori Allen, introduce us to travel writer, Kurt Jacobson.
“Kurt calls himself the unlikely travel writer,” says Lori. “He didn’t go to school for writing, wasn’t scholarly, and never considered himself to be a good writer.”
But Kurt’s not the only one… in fact, he’s like a lot of our members.
“There was a time when we sought out travel journalist for travel recommendations, but now we’re getting those recommendations from our neighbors, best friends, siblings, kids, and parents. Opinions come from everywhere.”
We don’t need a trained journalist to tell us where to go, so it makes sense that travel writers come from all kinds of unlikely places and backgrounds.
As Lori says…
“Kurt is pretty much the ‘poster child’ of who can be a travel writer today.”
Kurt shares his story with Jody…
“I grew up in the shadow of literary greatness in my household: my mother was a librarian, my father was a psychologist, and my brother was an A student. All were very well-spoken and well-read.”
Kurt says he was an underachiever… he never even finished the 11th grade.
Living with the stigma for decades of not being properly educated, Kurt never thought he would be a travel writer.
“My brother used to tell me I should write a book about my escapades from the years I was living in Alaska. My response was always ‘yea, right’ – I never thought I could write because of my lack of education.”
Instead, Kurt became a chef. And after being away from the culinary world for a while, he decided to start a food blog.
He goes on to share his story of how that led to travel and ultimately led him to our Ultimate Travel Writer’s Workshop in Denver, Colorado.
And that changed everything…
Today Kurt has over 80 articles published with another 25 or more in the works.
Listen in to hear what motivated him to get serious about his writing and why he’s decided to focus on local destinations despite having traveled extensively all over the world.
To find out more about how you can get started with travel writing visit: www.greatescapepublishing.com/start/travelwriting.