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Welcome to the Great Escape Radio with Lori Allen and Jody Maberry, 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.... Show More

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August 4, 2019

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”― Mark Twain  

Great Escape Radio host, Jody Maberry and Great Escape Publishing Director, Lori Allen discuss what’s on Lori’s mind right now.

Always having her finger on the pulse of what’s happeni...

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“Take off on a quest or a personal search until you find yourself. You either find yourself or decide to go home.”--Bel Woodhouse

Great Escape Radio host, Jody Maberry and Great Escape Publishing Director, Lori Allen introduce us to Bel Woodhouse.

“Bel is quite the spitfire,” says Lori. “She’s an ex-Navy kick butt woman!”

Bel makes an indelible impression on everyone she meets. With her combination of British and Australian slang, ...

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“Taking pictures is like tiptoeing into the kitchen late at night and stealing Oreo cookies.”—Diane Arbus

Great Escape Radio host, Jody Maberry brings Elizabeth Coughlin back to the show.

Elizabeth refers to herself as a geriatric nomad. For 14 years, she and her husband taught in international schools around the world—with their daughters in tow.

When her husband retired, she needed something to do. She discovered Great Escape Pub...

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“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.”—Saint Augustine

 Great Escape Radio host, Jody Maberry brings travel writer, Terri Marshall back to the show.

Jody catches up with Terri while she is in Delray Beach, Florida attending the AWAI Copywriting Bootcamp where she’s learning new writing skills and more about running her business as a writer.

Terri’s background is in law and accounting. She spent decad...

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“Once you start writing about travel, you will never travel the same way again and your travels will  become much richer.”—Jen Stevens

Great Escape Radio host, Jody Maberry brings Jen Stevens back to the show.

Jen is the Executive Editor for International Living magazine as well as the architect of the Ultimate Travel Writing Program for Great Escape Publishing.

Jen shares her thoughts on travel writing…

“Travel writing is arguably...

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“Every time I wander a few miles from where I live, I find something new.”–Theresa St. John

Great Escape Radio host, Jody Maberry brings travel writer and photographer, Theresa St. John back to the show.

Theresa has been on the show previously to talk about her travel writing career which she built by starting local. She has written for 16 local publications.

She shares with us her thoughts on writing about her hometown for local p...

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“You don’t have to know all the steps to getting where you want to be, you just have to know the next step.” ―Valerie Young

Great Escape Radio host, Jody Maberry and Great Escape Publishing Director, Lori Allen introduce us to Valerie Young.

Lori introduces us to Valerie…

“Valerie describes herself as the “dreamer in residence” at changingcourse.com. I go to her when I have questions for people interested in transitioning to new ca...

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“I went all the way across the world and realized people there are just like me.”—Jody Maberry

Great Escape Radio host, Jody Maberry and Great Escape Publishing Director, Lori Allen reflect on Jody’s first international trip.

Jody had never left the country before his recent trip to Kuwait. It was a “go big or go home” jump into international travel starting with 14 hours of flight.

His first impression—he didn’t like it. He didn’t...

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“The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.”—Chinese Proverb

Great Escape Radio host, Jody Maberry welcomes Tracey Minkin, Senior Travel Editor for Coastal Living magazine back to the show.

Jody and Tracey met at the Ultimate Travel Writer’s Workshop in Austin, Texas last September where they both experienced the excitement and energy of the workshop through the attendees.

Tracey will be returning to the w...

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June 2, 2019

“Social media is just a buzzword until you come up with a plan.”—Unknown

Great Escape Radio host, Jody Maberry welcomes Bonnie Caton back to the podcast.

At the recent Ultimate Photographer’s Workshop in St. Louis, Bonnie spoke to attendees about Instagram.

Jody confesses he resisted Instagram for years even though people told him he should be there. He’s on Facebook and wasn’t sure he wanted to add another social media channel to ...

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“Good fortune is what happens when opportunity meets planning.”—Thomas Edison

Great Escape Radio host, Jody Maberry and Great Escape Publishing Director, Lori Allen talk about the recent Ultimate Photographer’s Workshop in St. Louis, Missouri.

Lori shares her thoughts on the event…

“This was our 174th live event and I think it may be my favorite one yet!”

From the outstanding staff at the Chase Park Plaza where the workshop was hel...

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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 re...

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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...

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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 l...

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April 28, 2019

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. A...

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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...

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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...

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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 Janet...

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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. ...

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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 “...

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