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003: Jumpstart Your Travel Career by Starting Local with Adam Sawyer

Adam Sawyer did what many of us dream about; he quit his day job in pursuit of his passion and love of the outdoors. He began his career change with a brief stint as a landscape photographer that led to becoming a travel writer and photographer. He began his travel writing career focusing on his home town of Portland, Oregon and has become a sought after Nortwest travel writer and photographer.

More About Adam:
Today’s guest went from Information Technology specialist with a well-paying job to freelance travel writer, travel photographer, and tour guide in pursuit of a happier and more fulfilling life.

He quit his office job in search of a way to enjoy the great outdoors – and has succeeded… He is a “Resident Expert” for Portland Walking Tours and his travel writing and photography work has appeared in the Portland Mercury, Northwest Travel, Portland Monthly, Columbia River Gorge, Central Oregon, Red Tricycle, Examiner.com and Backpacker Magazine and wrote a bi-weekly column for Portland Family Outdoors.

His guidebook, Hiking Waterfalls in Oregon for Falcon Guides was published in June and he was the co-host of the KEEN HybridLife Radio show and now serves as a Brand Ambassador for the company.

His objective is to share a unique perspective of the Pacific Northwest and beyond through words and images.

Join us to hear what he has to say on 3rd episode of Break Into Travel Writing.

The Finer Details of This Show Include:

  • Why you should explore the U.S. and learn about its geological diversity.
  • How Adam jumpstarted his travel writing and photography career.
  • How he landing a guide book deal.
  • How he became a brand ambassador for Keen.
  • Adam’s favorite Portland Restaurants.
  • Adam’s favorite Portland excursions and hikes.
  • How much we both love Lucy Gibson!
  • And loads more!

Adam has lived in 20 U.S. cities and now calls Portland, Oregon home. After a trip on the Columbia River Gorge, Adam found himself craving home time in the outdoors. After leaving the world of IT, he landed a job as a Portland Walking Tours guide and started his travel writing and photography tour.

Adam also shares his insights on how to break into travel writing and photography. Some of the main points we discuss are:

  • How one connection can jumpstart your travel writing career.
  • Tips to get a FAM (press trip)
  • How to use your published articles to connect with new PR.
  • How a little hustle can put you ahead of the pack to land a press trip or assignment.
  • Adam’s tips to break into travel writing.
  • How to use networking effectively.

There’s plenty more Adam shares on today’s show on that same subject – and offers great insights! One of my favorites is, Be nice and doors will open! Be sure to listen to hear what he has to say on the importance connecting with local PR to get your travel career going. Have a listen to get the inside scoop, and then join me in thanking Adam for being here! And thank you as well. We’ll see you next time!

Episode Resources
Adam Sawyer’s website
Portland Walking Tours
Hiking Waterfalls in Oregon: A Guide to the State’s Best Waterfall Hikes (Adam’s book)
The 4T Trail
Creek Canyon Hike (McClay Trail)

Portland Restaurants you must try:
Pok Pok
Le Pigeon
Wild Abandon
Paley’s Place
Le Vant on East Burnside
Country Cat
The Screendoor

Connect with Adam on Social Media:
Adam Sawyer on Facebook
Adam Sawyer on Twitter

Connect with Break Into Travel Writing
The Aspiring Travel Writer, the Facebook group

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