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The Travel Writing Podcast by Intrepid Times is the go-to podcast for wanderers, writers, and passionate travelers. Every other Friday, we share new episodes that include everything from in-depth interviews with renowned travel writers, conversations centered on sharing tips and tricks for your own travel writing, and behind-the-scenes insight into our most popular travel stories. Make sure to subscribe so you never miss an episode!

Intrepid Times The Travel Writing Podcast

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The Travel Writing Podcast by Intrepid Times is the go-to podcast for wanderers, writers, and passionate travelers. Every other Friday, we share new episodes that include everything from in-depth interviews with renowned travel writers, conversations centered on sharing tips and tricks for your own travel writing, and behind-the-scenes insight into our most popular travel stories. Make sure to subscribe so you never miss an episode!

    A Nuanced Look at Sustainable Tourism: A Conversation With Jeremy Sampson

    A Nuanced Look at Sustainable Tourism: A Conversation With Jeremy Sampson

    The idea of sustainable tourism can leave a weird taste in your mouth, especially as the term is used incorrectly in all kinds of contexts and scenarios. But the idea, in its authentic form, is an important one, and one that we know many of our listeners are interested in learning more about, so we decided to tackle it on this episode of The Travel Writing Podcast.

    For this conversation, which we knew would need a nuanced and candid approach, we invited on Jeremy Sampson, the CEO of The Travel Foundation, a nonprofit organization that helps the travel industry better manage its impact and improve local livelihoods.

    During the episode we talked about the important questions for travel writers to ask when writing about a destination, how the Glasgow Declaration on Climate Action and Tourism has created and maintained momentum toward positive change in the tourism sector, how writers’ ability to demonstrate nuance can be key in advancing positive tourism practices, and more.

    • 37 min
    Writing Your Story Is Important...So Is Editing It

    Writing Your Story Is Important...So Is Editing It

    Traveling is often full of joy and intrigue. Writing about those travel experiences can be difficult but almost always fulfilling. But editing...that's where writers tend to get stuck. Editing can feel not only overwhelming and intimidating, but also tedious. In this episode, Jennifer explores the reasons why editing can feel so tough, but also why it's one of the easiest ways to get across professionalism and interest, build trust with editors, and demonstrate that you care deeply about the story you're trying to tell. In the end, you don't have to be a professional editor in order to engage thoughtfully in the editing process, nor do you ever need to aim for perfection.

    • 23 min
    What It Means to Be a Writer in a World With AI

    What It Means to Be a Writer in a World With AI

    In this episode of The Travel Writing Podcast, Nathan and Jen take on the daunting topic of AI. It's a topic that (understandably) makes writers, in particular, very nervous, considering the advances in LLMs. Should we be as worried as we are? Will AI actually ever be able to replace the need for writers, or is there something about the act of putting ideas on paper (or a screen) that is uniquely human?

    During this conversation, the hosts also explore how they have personally experimented with tools like ChatGPT, where they see the most promise, what a future in which AI can replicate human personality may look like, why grappling with words is (and may always be) a deeply useful exercise, and why they remain hopeful even as LLMs advance.

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    • 36 min
    Why We Travel: Interview With Ash Bhardwaj

    Why We Travel: Interview With Ash Bhardwaj

    On this episode of The Travel Writing Podcast, Nathan interviews travel writer, filmmaker, and storyteller Ash Bhardwaj. The conversation includes a discussion about the role hedonism plays in our motivation to travel, how seeking out the “other” can push us to travel to certain places, why a desire for self-discovery can be a powerful motivator, how certain types of disconnection can lead to the most meaningful travel experiences, and much more.

    The interview is built around Ash's new book, Why We Travel: A Journey Into Human Motivation.

    • 28 min
    The Travel Writing Lifestyle: Interview With Katie Silcox

    The Travel Writing Lifestyle: Interview With Katie Silcox

    In her recent interview with Nathan Thomas, travel writer Katie Silcox talks about the experience that made her realize she would have to discover her inner strength if she wanted to live abroad; the many ways that her versatile skill set has served her travel writing lifestyle; her advice for female travelers; why a bit of chaos and uncertainty can be a good thing; and much more.

    • 27 min
    Has The Internet Ruined Travel Writing?

    Has The Internet Ruined Travel Writing?

    Welcome to an unusual episode of the Travel Writing Podcast — Here, I take the mic solo, for what may be described as a rant but is hopefully more of an exploration of the pressures bearing down on travel writers in today's world. The perverse incentives of Search Engine Optimization and social media. The perils of perpetual connectivity. How can you write something that will last when your editor only cares about what's going to rank highly on Google? How can you tune in and be present in the moment, soaking up the wonderful strangeness of an overnight train journey when your phone is vibrating in your pocket, giving you instant access to everyone you know and, perhaps more damagingly, all the obligations of your sedentary life? I explore this in today's episode of the travel writing podcast. Have no fear — we return to our normal conversation and interview format from the next episode onwards!

    • 20 min

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