Great Escape Radio: Travel Writing | Photography | Publishing | Writing


Welcome to the Great Escape Radio with Lori Allen, 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.


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. And she wants people to live a full life and love what they do.”

Kyle has 30 years of journalism under her belt. She spent 12 of those years as an editor at the Denver Post.  Now she’s freelancing and loving the flexibility and freedom the freelance life brings.

She joins Jody to talk about “listicles” and the place they hold in today’s journalism… especially online.

“Listicles are a list of the ‘top 10 (or some other number) this or that’ held together by an introduction,” explains Kyle. “They’re just like the popsicles they’re named for—easily digestible.”

For a writer who’s in love with the narrative and wants to tell a story, listicles can be frustrating. However, they sell better than any other stories out there.

Listen in as Kyle gives tips on how to make your listicle ideas more valuable and unique which will make the publications love them.

Kyle has worked with Great Escape Publishing to develop an intern program for members who prefer small group travel writing instruction. Through this program, she teaches members how to write queries that will get their articles noticed and published.

If you want to learn more about GEP’s internship program with Kyle, go to