Jeremy Bassetti is a writer, educator, and interview based in Orlando, Florida. He is interested in place, travel literature, nature, and more. He holds a Ph.D. and teaches full-time at a small college in Central Florida.
He is the host of the award-winning Travel Writing World podcast and has interviewed some of the world’s most famous travel writers like Pico Iyer, Paul Theroux, and Colin Thubron, and photographers like Steve McCurry.
1. What got you into travel writing?
The continual thrill of learning about the world and being unable to put down a pen.
2. What’s the most challenging part of being a travel journalist for you?
Other than the obvious pandemic-related difficulties we face today, the most challenging and frustrating part of the profession has to be pitching.
3. What is one thing [equipment or personal item] you can’t go without on the road?
4. What’s your most unusual and/or memorable travel experience?
The travel gods bestowed a series of blessings upon me on my first day in London, where I, drifting about without a plan on a strangely sunny day, stumbled upon the royal family entering Westminster Abbey and, even more miraculously, ran into an old friend on the tube.
5. How did you learn about NATJA and why did you join?
I heard about NATJA through one of its members. I joined for its networking opportunities.