2018 June Featured Journalist of the Month: Eric Stoen
Friday, June 01, 2018 06:00 AM

2018 June Featured Member: Eric StoenEric Stoen:

Eric is a writer and photographer specializing in family travel, providing first-hand information through travelbabbo.com to inspire families to travel to unique, adventurous destinations. He’s traveled with his three kids (8, 10 and 12) to 49 countries on 7 continents. Every year each of his kids gets to choose any destination in the world (literally) for a one-on-one trip. Eric is an Ambassador for AFAR Magazine, Universal Orlando, Capital One and Travelocity.

 

 What got you into travel writing?

A few years ago I won Conde Nast Traveler’s Photo of the Year award. I went to New York, toured CNT’s offices, met the travel writers who had always inspired my travels, and realized that travel writing was a lot more interesting than healthcare! A year later I quit my job and started a website. 

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

Fitting everything in. There’s a lot more of the world to see, and even traveling to 20+ countries a year, I have an endless travel wish list. 

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

My iPhone. I’m starting to leave my laptop and camera behind periodically and travel with just my phone. It does virtually everything that my laptop does at this point, and the camera is excellent.

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

I’ve started taking crazy around-the-world trips with my kids. Two years ago my 10-year-old daughter and I went to Orlando, Paris, Dubai, Oman, Indonesia and Australia in two weeks, and this July my son (10) and I are visiting Copenhagen, Greenland, the Seychelles, Abu Dhabi, Mumbai and Singapore in 2 ½ weeks. It’s not traveling deeper, but it’s a lot of fun to see amazing places back-to-back in a short amount of time.  

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

Network, network, network! I’ve met so many amazing people at travel events and conferences around the world the past few years, and it’s not a coincidence that my career has taken off at the same time. 

 

Find Eric's work at: https://www.travelbabbo.com

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