2019 November Featured Journalist of the Month:Randy Sharman
Monday, November 04, 2019 07:33 PM

 Randy Sharman:

I have been the Host and Producer of The Informed Traveler Radio Show for almost 10 years now. It's heard every Sunday morning at 8am MST on 770CHQR Calgary, at 3pm PST on 980CKNW Vancouver, Canada and 6pm MST on 630CHED Edmonton. The Informed Traveler is a weekly travel program dedicated to bringing you the latest travel news and information. Each week we provide insight traveling to interesting destinations and amazing resorts plus useful travel tips to help you along the way.



Randy's Q&A:

1. What got you into travel writing? 

I’m actually not a travel writer but a broadcaster and podcaster, that being said I do write my own show which is a weekly task. My background is in radio broadcasting and I took a 3 year hiatus from that to work in the cruise ship industry. When I finished my stint on the cruise ships I decided to merge the two and came up with the concept for my travel show.


2. What’s the most challenging part of travel writing for you? 

Having to put together 3 weekly segments from my 1 hour show is a constant challenge. I am constantly looking for story ideas. Some weeks are easier than others. One great source are travel journalists and writers so if any NATJA members want to send me some of their story ideas please do.


3. What is the one thing you can’t go without on the road? 

My cell phone, with technology the way it is I can record, edit and produce a full radio show on location.


4. What’s your most unusual and/or memorable travel experience?

I like to travel with my family (I have 2 children) and I get great enjoyment seeing them experience new destinations and adventures.


5. How did you learn about NATJA, and why did you join? 

I think I Googled it, I joined to get more exposure as a travel journalist and network with other travel journalists. 


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

It’s relatively inexpensive now to have your own website and publish your content without having to go to traditional publishers. Use all the social media available (it’s free) to promote yourself and get your work in front of as many people as possible