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Welcome to the Great Escape Radio with Lori Allen, 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.

Welcome to the Great Escape Radio with Lori Allen, 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.
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Welcome to the Great Escape Radio with Lori Allen, 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.

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Episodes

How to Prepare for a First International Trip

5/19/2019
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“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.”—Helen Keller Great Escape Radio host, Jody Maberry and Great Escape Publishing Director, Lori Allen talk about Jody’s first international trip. Believe it or not, Jody’s starting his experience with international travel with a trip to Kuwait. As he says, “the most exotic place I’ve ever been is Duluth, Minnesota!” Lori asks Jody what he has done to prepare for this trip. His response: “I bought a plane ticket and got a...

Duration:00:29:13

Writing 400 Articles

5/12/2019
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“You will never change your life until you change something that you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.”—John C. Maxwell Great Escape Radio host, Jody Maberry talks with Noreen Kompanik who is celebrating her 400th published article. Noreen spent 34 years in nursing before transitioning into travel writing. In just over four years, she’s written and published 400 articles. She’s often asked how she does it. “You will never change your life until you...

Duration:00:24:20

The People You Meet Through Travel Writing

4/28/2019
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“I meet people and they become chapters in my stories.”—Avijeet Das Great Escape Radio host, Jody Maberry brings travel writer, Noreen Kompanik back to the show. Noreen has transitioned from a 34-year career in nursing to life as a travel writer. She attended the Ultimate Travel Writer’s Workshop in 2014 when it was in San Diego where she lives. While she loves writing articles and traveling to so many wonderful destinations, she loves even more the people she meets along the way. “What...

Duration:00:23:09

Embracing Interesting Situations as a Travel Blogger

4/21/2019
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“Every secret of a writer’s soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind, is written large in his works.”— Virginia Woolf Great Escape Radio host, Jody Maberry and Great Escape Publishing Director, Lori Allen bring Connie Pearson to the show. Lori introduces us to Connie… “Connie is this sweet Alabama Christian grandmother that has not only had several travel articles published in a variety of outlets, she also has her own blog.” Jody talks with Connie about her blog and...

Duration:00:28:29

What It's Like Being a Travel Blogger

4/14/2019
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“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all: Read a lot and write a lot.”—Stephen King Great Escape Radio host, Jody Maberry and Great Escape Publishing Director, Lori Allen bring food blogger Nathan Aguilera to the show. Lori introduces us to Nathan… “Nathan is a blogger that I found when we were looking for someone who was blogging about food. I found him on Instagram and reached out to see if he would help some of Great Escape Publishing’s members that were interested...

Duration:00:23:14

Writing Listicles

4/9/2019
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“Listicles are like the ‘crack’ of travel writing, we just have to read them.” –Kyle Wagner Great Escape Radio host, Jody Maberry and Great Escape Publishing Director, Lori Allen bring Kyle Wagner to the show. To listen in to a previous episode with Kyle, go here. Lori introduces us to Kyle… “Kyle has a lot of spunk and I would imagine that’s why she’s such a great travel writer. She’s enthusiastic, funny and always entertaining. And she wants people to live a full life and love what they...

Duration:00:28:48

What It Means to Live the Gig Life

4/7/2019
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“I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring.”—David Bowie Great Escape Radio host, Jody Maberry and Great Escape Publishing Director, Lori Allen bring back Janette Tepas to the show. You can listen to our last episode with Janette here. In the past, people came to Great Escape Publishing to either study travel writing or photography. Generally, the two didn’t overlap. But things have changed, and Janette is a great example of that change. Janette is living...

Duration:00:22:23

How to Be Purposefully Authentic

3/31/2019
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“Less perfection. More authenticity.”—Anonymous Great Escape Radio host, Jody Maberry is joined by Breakfast Stock Club Creator, Bonnie Caton again this week. (You can listen in to the last episode with Bonnie here.) Jody talks with Bonnie about a term she uses in her photography: purposeful authentic. Bonnie shares what that means… “Thanks to social media, brands are looking to showcase real people in their advertising campaigns. They’re looking to get a peek inside the lives of real...

Duration:00:17:21

Creating Art for a Living

3/24/2019
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“Follow your own passion—not your parents’, not your teachers’—yours.”—Robert Ballard Great Escape Radio host, Jody Maberry is joined by Bonnie Caton to discuss making art for a living. Bonnie has always loved art and was one of those kids in school who couldn’t wait for art day. But it took her a while to realize she could use her passion for art to make a living. She was told she should follow a “safe route” and study something “normal.” When she discovered Great Escape Publishing and...

Duration:00:15:56

Collateral Benefit and Impact

3/17/2019
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“Each time we face our fear, we gain strength, courage, and confidence in the doing.”—Theodore Roosevelt Great Escape Radio host, Jody Maberry and Lori Allen, Director of Great Escape Publishing discuss the collateral effect of taking the first step toward your goals. Last week’s conversation about the power of streaks and taking a crow bar to bad habits set the stage for this week’s discussion. (You can listen to that episode here.) When you take the first step toward your goals—despite...

Duration:00:22:24

The Power of Habits

3/10/2019
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“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”—Aristotle Great Escape Radio host, Jody Maberry and Lori Allen, Director of Great Escape Publishing discuss the power of a streak. Jody’s on an amazing streak. He’s closing in on three years of walking 10,000 steps EVERYDAY! Recently, there was a big snow storm near his home in the Pacific Northwest and he got so much snow he was able to bring back one of his favorite hobbies. He could leave from his front door...

Duration:00:28:20

Lori's Experience with Tidying Up

3/3/2019
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“For every minute spent organizing, an hour is earned.” –Anonymous Great Escape Radio host, Jody Maberry and Lori Allen, Director of Great Escape Publishing discuss The Lifechanging Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo. Although the book came out in 2014, it’s getting more attention now because the author has a Netflix series. The book and the series are about tidying up, but it’s more than that. It’s about changing the way you do things. As...

Duration:00:24:32

Photography Lessons with Nigel Danson

2/24/2019
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“Life is a gift. Wake up every day and realize that.”—Unknown Great Escape Radio host, Jody Maberry and Lori Allen, Director of Great Escape Publishing introduce us to Nigel Danson. Lori met Nigel by phone in the beginning of 2018. “Every year at the start of the year I call 100 people—members of GEP—to see that’s working for them, what’s not working and what their plans are for the coming year.” In 2018, Nigel was one of those people. During their phone call she learned that Nigel was...

Duration:00:36:26

Making Your Photography Goals Fun

2/17/2019
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“Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game.”—Michael Jordan Great Escape Radio host, Jody Maberry talks with Great Escape Photographer, Bonnie Caton. Bonnie returns to the show this week to build on her last show where she talked about setting goals. You can listen to that episode here first if you missed it. Jody shares his thoughts on goal-setting… “Sometimes when I’m setting goals, I push myself a little too hard and it becomes work.” But goal-setting and photography can be fun…it should...

Duration:00:17:25

Setting Action Based Goals

2/10/2019
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“Set your goals high, and don't stop till you get there.”—Bo Jackson Great Escape Radio host, Jody Maberry talks with Great Escape Photographer, Bonnie Caton. Good things have been happening for Bonnie. She moved from her home in Portland and bought a new home in Bend, Oregon. New environs bring new opportunities for photographers like Bonnie. She’s also been setting her goals for the new year—it’s something she does each year. “In the beginning, my photography was more of a hobby. I...

Duration:00:21:53

How to Mine For Your Leads

2/3/2019
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“That the great secret of creativity. You treat ideas like cats: you make them follow you.”—Ray Bradbury Great Escape Radio host, Jody Maberry and Great Escape Publishing Director, Lori Allen share some of the advantages of attending a live event. In recent podcasts, Jody has spoken with Tracey Minkin, Travel Editor for Coastal Living magazine. He has also shared portions of her presentations from the Ultimate Travel Writer’s Workshop in Austin, Texas last September. You’ll find one of...

Duration:00:15:35

Dealing with Rain on a Trip

1/27/2019
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“Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet.”—Bob Marley Great Escape Radio host, Jody Maberry brings award-winning photographer and videographer, Joe Sindorf back to the program this week. You can listen to last week’s episode with Joe here. Jody shares a recent travel experience… “I was in Orlando recently visiting Disney’s Animal Kingdom enjoying the safari when a storm rolled in which forced me to have to spend the rest of the day ducking in and out of places to avoid getting...

Duration:00:17:47

How to Connect with Locals

1/20/2019
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“When we meet another person and experience the life they live as a local, it changes us.”—Joe Sindorf Great Escape Radio host, Jody Maberry brings us a returning guest, award-winning filmmaker and photographer, Joe Sindorf. If there’s anyone who exemplifies living an exciting life, it’s Joe. At the time of the podcast recording, Joe is in the process of packing to go to Namibia…again. Jody shares his observations about Joe… “When Joe travels, I see him posting photos on social media of...

Duration:00:21:48

Travel Writing Myths

1/13/2019
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“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.”— Louis L’Amour Great Escape Radio host, Jody Maberry brings us a returning guest, Noreen Kompanik. You can find Noreen’s last interview with Jody here. Noreen attended the Ultimate Travel Writers Workshop in San Diego four years ago and has been travel writing ever since. During that time she has published 372 articles and counting. Noreen’s articles have been published in a variety of magazines both...

Duration:00:24:32

The Biggest Thing in Your Writer Toolbox

1/6/2019
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“The most important sentence in any article is the first one.” –William Zinsser Great Escape Radio host, Jody Maberry brings us another segment from the Ultimate Travel Writer’s Workshop in Austin, Texas. This week we’ll hear from Tracey Minkin again. Tracey is the Travel Editor for Coastal Living magazine. You can listen to last week’s episode with Tracey here. In this episode Tracey discusses the different types of ledes for articles. Understanding this will add a punch to your writing...

Duration:00:17:39