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What’s it really like to be a successful travel writer? Our new video series gives you the inside story.

As part of our efforts to celebrate and promote travel writing, we’ve launched a new video series offering a behind the scenes look at the life of travel writers.

Humbly shot and directed by myself, the first profile features the gonzo travel writer and tv host Robin Esrock, wandering around his current hometown of Vancouver, BC.

The idea is to offer a realistic take on what it means to be a travel writer: the good, the bad, and sometimes…the ugly. Each profile is presented on behalf of MatadorU, where travel writers of all levels can advance their careers.

I hope you enjoy the video (and feel free to share far and wide!)

Do you know a travel writer who should be featured in an upcoming profile? Share your ideas in the comments!

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About The Author

Ian MacKenzie

Ian MacKenzie is the founder and former editor of Brave New Traveler. He is Head of Video at Matador Network. Ian is also an independent filmmaker, with his first feature (One Week Job) released in 2010. His more recent projects include Sacred Economics and Occupy Love.

  • Dave

    Nice video. I drew a lot of inspiration from Robin’s short video that he made after his RTW trip. Then I took my own, and experienced what he talks about with regard to readers responding to his writing. It only made me want to write more, see more, do more, so I could share with them (especially when they said family would prevent them from ever taking such a trip themselves).

    Oh, and he turned me on to Bedouin Soundclash in that video too!

  • Nancy

    Fantastic video. Great series. Love seeing travel writers present the profession with truth and passion. Would enjoy seeing videos featuring the Matador editors and other folks like Kira Salak or Grant Lingel. :)

  • Michelle

    It’s a dream job if your dream is to travel, not if your dream is to make money. So true, and something a lot of people don’t seem to understand! Great vid, and awesome series idea.

  • Lola

    Sweeeeeeet! Robin oozes inspiration, and fantastic production Ian.

    Travel writing is definitely not a get-rich-quick while traveling on someone’s dime scheme.

    You have to truly love it. It requires resilience.

  • Lily

    I loved it!! Looking forward to viewing more of these.

  • Candice

    Awesome series, I love it.

  • neha

    Loved it. The words. The production. Everything.

  • Hal Amen

    Great job, Ian.

  • WildJunket

    Awww such an inspiring video.

  • Megan Hill

    Very cool! Look forward to the next ones!

  • Joshywashington

    Here here! The production quality of this video is great, nice work! looking forward to many more!

  • Carlo

    Awesome. And what a location! :)

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