Welcome to the Great Escape Radio with Lori Allen and Jody Maberry, where you’ll meet everyday people who broke out of their regular jobs and opted for an exciting life of getting paid to travel. Come along for the ride as we learn about breaking into travel writing, photography, import-export, and other exciting ways you can see the world and make an income with very little set-up.
Travel Meetup in Tanzania
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”― Mark Twain
Great Escape Radio host, Jody Maberry and Great Escape Publishing Director, Lori Allen discuss what’s on Lori’s mind right now.
Always having her finger on the pulse of what’s happening at Great Escape Publishing, Lori’s constantly looking for new things to teach members. And, she’s eager to discover what they’re interested in.
Lori shares what that’s like…
“I’m constantly trying to figure out what challenges we need to face. How can we best help people? People are out there doing great things and we want to continue to help them.”
Lori followed a recent Facebook conversation in one of Great Escape’s closed groups. People were wishing they could do one of our expeditions but couldn’t afford it. Lori came up with the idea of creating a Great Escape Meetup in an interesting destination.
Listen in as she shares this interesting new concept.
If this new idea and experience interests you, visit the www.greatescapepublishing.com events page for more information.
How to Find Your Place as a Travel Writer
“Take off on a quest or a personal search until you find yourself. You either find yourself or decide to go home.”--Bel Woodhouse
Great Escape Radio host, Jody Maberry and Great Escape Publishing Director, Lori Allen introduce us to Bel Woodhouse.
“Bel is quite the spitfire,” says Lori. “She’s an ex-Navy kick butt woman!”
Bel makes an indelible impression on everyone she meets. With her combination of British and Australian slang, she inspired the attendees at last September’s Ultimate Travel Writer’s Workshop in Austin, Texas where she was on the success panel.
Formerly in the Royal Australian Navy, she now lives in Mexico.
“I left the Navy, sold everything, went on a walkabout, and ended up in Guatemala teaching English for a couple of years.”
Bel attended her first Travel Workshop in Washington DC and decided she was going to write full time.
Today she’s living in Cozumel and loving the life she’s created. She’s added photography and creating travel videos to her skills too. Listen in as she shares her entertaining and inspiring story.
You can get started in Bel’s footsteps when you join us at The Ultimate Travel Writer’s Workshop this year. Live seats are SOLD OUT. But there’s a way to attend from the comfort of your home—and get access to every insider tip and secret—at a fraction of the price. Details here.
Which Stock Photos Sell the Best
“Taking pictures is like tiptoeing into the kitchen late at night and stealing Oreo cookies.”—Diane Arbus
Great Escape Radio host, Jody Maberry brings Elizabeth Coughlin back to the show.
Elizabeth refers to herself as a geriatric nomad. For 14 years, she and her husband taught in international schools around the world—with their daughters in tow.
When her husband retired, she needed something to do. She discovered Great Escape Publishing and decided to attend a photography workshop.
As a result, she has become a successful stock photographer.
Elizabeth shares a story about visiting her daughter in Abu Dhabi at the time the Louvre was inaugurated in November 2017 by French President Emmanuel Macron.
“I took photos of the outside of the Louvre the day after the big gala for the opening.”
At the urging of her son-in-law, Elizabeth uploaded the photos to the stock agencies right away and to her amazement, the photos began selling immediately.
It was all about being first.
Listen in as Elizabeth offers advice on how to find new and noteworthy events and how those events can help with your stock photography sales.
If you’re inspired to explore travel photography visit www.greatescapepublishing.com and sign up for The Right Way to Travel newsletter which offers information on travel writing, photography and more.
Learning as a Travel Writer
“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.”—Saint Augustine
Great Escape Radio host, Jody Maberry brings travel writer, Terri Marshall back to the show.
Jody catches up with Terri while she is in Delray Beach, Florida attending the AWAI Copywriting Bootcamp where she’s learning new writing skills and more about running her business as a writer.
Terri’s background is in law and accounting. She spent decades working as an accountant specializing in trusts and estates for law firms. In short, she’s educated.
But the education she has learned from her travels is never-ending.
As she explains…
“When I travel—whether it’s internationally or just to a different region of the country—I’m continually learning.”
From watching science unfold before her eyes in Antarctica…to the fascinating reality of what life was like behind the “Iron Curtain” in Eastern Europe, Terri’s travels have exposed her to the world on a much deeper level.
Listen in as she shares some of her experiences and what travel writing has taught her about the world. She also shares some tips for seeking out those educational experiences no matter where you’re traveling.
Visit www.greatescapepublishing.com/start/travelwriting to learn more about travel writing and the opportunities it provides.
Incorporating Your Background into Travel Writing
“Once you start writing about travel, you will never travel the same way again and your travels will become much richer.”—Jen Stevens
Great Escape Radio host, Jody Maberry brings Jen Stevens back to the show.
Jen is the Executive Editor for International Living magazine as well as the architect of the Ultimate Travel Writing Program for Great Escape Publishing.
Jen shares her thoughts on travel writing…
“Travel writing is arguably the best job on the planet. You’re getting paid to travel!”
That aspect of the travel writer’s life attracts people from really diverse backgrounds which is evident at the Ultimate Travel Writer’s Workshop.
“The workshop attracts people who have an interest in writing but don’t necessarily know how to pursue that as a career. Almost no one that comes to the Ultimate Travel Writer’s Workshop with a solid background in journalism.”
At the workshop, Jen pulls back the curtain on travel writing by teaching attendees actionable steps to becoming a travel writer.
Listen in as Jen shares some of the benefits of travel writing that many people don’t consider and how your unique background and hobbies can enhance your path to travel writing.
To learn more about the Ultimate Travel Writer’s Workshop in Little Rock, Arkansas this September, visit here.
Uncovering Stories for Local Publications
“Every time I wander a few miles from where I live, I find something new.”–Theresa St. John
Great Escape Radio host, Jody Maberry brings travel writer and photographer, Theresa St. John back to the show.
Theresa has been on the show previously to talk about her travel writing career which she built by starting local. She has written for 16 local publications.
She shares with us her thoughts on writing about her hometown for local publications…
“People often ask me if I get bored writing about my hometown, but I love writing about local places. I’ve learned so much about my community. Every time I wander even a few miles from where I live, I find something new.”
Listen in as Theresa describes the benefits of focusing your writing on local attractions for local publications.
Join us at our next Ultimate Travel Writer’s weekend to get started.
So much helpful information!
I am new to Great Escape Publishing and I'm hooked on these podcasts. I learn something (often a lot) from each one, so much so that I find myself wanting to apply and implement as soon as I'm done listening. But I realize it's best to jot down my ideas from each, then once I've caught up, I'll have an overview that I'll be able to prioritize. I love the audio clips from past events. I also want to shout out the host - his voice is postiviely mellifluous.
Love this podcast
I love this! I am working my way through the online course- can’t wait to get to a live!
Lori, host of the Great Escape podcast, highlights all aspects of publishing, photography and more in this can’t miss podcast! The host and expert guests offer insightful advice and information that is helpful to anyone that listens!