The ‘State of Travel Writing’ Roundtable with Award-Winning Journalist Adam Skolnick
Award-winning international journalist, author, and serial pundit, Adam Skolnick, co-hosted our pandemic edition “state of travel writing” roundtable with several like-minded travel junkies.
Adam is an award-winning independent journalist and author covering adventure sports, environmental issues, travel, and human rights for The New York Times, Outside, Playboy, and many others. He recently began a co-hosting gig on The Rich Roll Podcast.
He’s traveled to over 50 countries, worked on six continents, and contributed to over 35 Lonely Planet travel guides.
He is also the author of One Breath: Freediving, Death and the Quest to Shatter Human Limits, and was the ghostwriter and narrator of David Goggins’ hit memoir and audiobook Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds, which has sold over two million copies and counting worldwide.
MaSovaida Morgan is a travel journalist whose wayfaring tendencies have taken her to more than 50 countries across all seven continents.
As a Lonely Planet author, she contributes to guidebooks on destinations throughout Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and the Americas. Prior to going freelance in 2018, MaSovaida spent four years in-house at Lonely Planet’s Nashville office as a Destination Editor, where she oversaw all of the company’s content on South America and Antarctica.
Celeste Brash has been a travel writer for Lonely Planet since 2005 and has contributed to over 80 books and countless articles.
Her travels have brought her to around 45 countries and have helped her learn to communicate in French, Spanish, Thai, Malay and Tahitian. Along the way, she’s written for numerous other outlets such as Islands Magazine and National Geographic’s Intelligent Travel. She’s also had her photography published in magazines including Travel & Leisure and has starred in videos produced by Lonely Planet.
Aaron Millar is an award-winning travel writer, photographer, journalist, and podcast host who has worked for National Geographic Traveller (UK), The Times of London, The Guardian, The Telegraph and others. He has also taught travel writing at a university level.
His travel podcast, Armchair Explorer – “The world’s greatest adventurers tell their best story from the road,” – was named Best Podcasts for Pure Escapism by Sunday Times and Best Travel Podcasts 2020 by The Guardian.
*NOTE: Host Kelton Reid had technical difficulties on the recording thus Adam Skolnick took over most of the hosting duties.
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In this file Adam Skolnick and the panel discussed:
- The unknown and unstable future of travel, tourism, and travel writing
- How the industry can change for the better post COVID-19
- The different types of travel writers and the impacts of geo-tagging Instagram photos
- Why humans need to travel
- The pitfalls of being a female or a woman of color as a travel writer
- What the travel writing revolution means for the industry
- And insider tips on how to break into writing about exotic (and not so) locales
- How to Ghostwrite a Bestseller with Author Adam Skolnick: Part One
- Adam Skolnick on Instagram
- Adam Skolnick on The Rich Roll Podcast
- MaSovaida Morgan on Instagram
- Celeste Brash on Instagram
- Aaron Millar — TheBlueDotPerspective.com
- Aaron Millar on Instagram
- Armchair Explorer podcast hosted by Aaron Millar
- Kelton Reid on Twitter
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