October 2017 Featured Journalist: Adam Groffman
Monday, October 16, 2017 12:51 PM

Adam Groffman is a freelance writer and travel blogger from the USA. He received his B.S. in Communication (Advertising) in 2007 in Boston, Massachusetts and has worked in the publishing industry since then. In 2009, he left his job at a book publisher and traveled around the world for 15 months where he blogged about his adventures on one of the largest travel blogs, travelsofadam.com. Since then, he's written about city breaks in Europe and around the world, including topics like expat life, LGBT issues, gay travel, festivals, nightlife and culinary tourism. His work has been featured in The Guardian, AFAR, Fodors Travel Guides, Vanity Fair, Conde Nast Traveler and numerous online publications.

 

What got you into travel writing?

I grew up traveling, always curious about the world. A lot of that is thanks to my dad who inspired me to get out and explore the world (he works for an airline and boy do I miss those standby travel experiences as a kid!). 

What's the most challenging part of travel writing for you?

I think it's something a lot of writers struggle with - that self-doubt. Sometimes I worry if my story is original enough, if what I'm doing is exciting enough. This year I've also struggled to write about travel when I feel other news is more important - but then every trip I take and every experience I have reminds me of how powerful and important travel *can* be, so once I get over that initial self-doubt, it all works out.

What one thing [equipment or a personal item] can't you go without on the road?

I live in the digital world, but I'm still very much a pen-and-paper type of guy. My professional background was in print publishing, and my love for scripts and typography just means that I always have to carry a notebook and pen no matter how or where I'm traveling. I find it so much more natural for note-taking or writing stories in the moment.

What was your most unusual and/or memorable travel experience?

I spent three months traveling in India and had my fair share of unusual experiences there — from watching a police bribery take place in Delhi to attending five different Indian weddings in a week (I went for my friend's but at each wedding was subsequently invited to another). But my most memorable experience in India was escaping to a deserted beach where there was no running water, no electricity and spending two weeks carving coconuts, reading books and eating fresh fruit every day. Pure bliss.

What is the best piece of advice you could give to a rookie travel writer?

I think it's important to soak up as many experiences as possible while traveling. Take lots and lots of notes during the moment, mental notes, iPhone notes, scribble things down on paper — and then later, once the experience is over and you've had time to digest what happened, how it happened and the emotions you feel afterward — that's when you write.

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