Jennifer Bradley Franklin
Few gigs in this industry are more envied than that of the travel journalist. People will say things like, "Wait, so you get to travel the world, frequenting some of the most posh, exotic or renowned locales across six contients, getting drunk off craft everything, meeting and having adventures with one unforgettable global citizen after the next, and to top it all off, somebody else foots the bill?
Yeah, travel journalism sounds pretty awesome even if it's not all wine and roses (just wine). And I'm sure there are things about their job that annoy travel journalists just as much as the less creative or inspiring tasks required of all journalism jobs, and jobs in general.
But here's the thing about awesome, enviable jobs: because they're so attactive, the people who get them and thrive in those positions have had to work that much harder to succeed; compared to, say, an aggregation jockey at a content farm who can afford to be lazy and not very good because no one wants to do that job.
Jennifer Bradley Franklin, an Atlanta-based freelance travel journalist, seems to fit that mold of determination and diligence, whether she's jetsetting to parts unknown or staying local to review her city's nightlife. Her ability to hustle is abundantly clear by her CV, which includes bylines at what looks to be some 50 or more outlets, man of which are top news brands like USA Today, TIME Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, and People Magazine. Somehow she even found time to contribute to a book that's called, Make it ZERO, the Movement to Safeguard Every Child.
So if you run into Franklin—based on her travel schedule, it's only a matter of time before she shows up in your city—don't hate, comisserate. Because despite the perks, being a travel journalist can be an extraordinarily tough gig. And if you think Franklin makes travel journalism look otherwise, she must be working twice as hard, or else it wouln't appear so effortless.