Getting Paid To Travel & Write, Dave Thompson, TBJApodcast 20
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David Thompson enjoys traveling all around the world and gets paid to do it. In this episode, he describes his journey from adventurer to travel writer and entrepreneur. He also talks about his wine project in Napa and how travel companies can tell their stories. To hear more listen in!

Dave Thompson is an international travel writer and founder of Dave’s Travel Corner, a premier travel resource since 1996. He has traveled to over 100 countries where he enjoys the outdoors, backpacking, mountain climbing, meeting people, and experiencing other cultures. Combining these interests with his expertise in technology, photography and writing, he shares his adventures on Dave’s Travel Corner and in numerous media outlets. Dave is most at home in Bangkok, Los Angeles, the Napa Valley or California’s Sierra Nevada mountains. He is a big proponent of experiential travel — valuing experiences above “things”.  A pioneer in the travel blogging field, Dave has extensive contacts and wide influence in the travel and wine industries as well as a large audience of DTC readers and social media followers.  In 2006, he conceived the Napa Wine Project, a challenging endeavor to visit, taste with and write about every winery in California’s Napa Valley. Dave has completed more than 760 visits and reviews of Napa producers for the project. His most recent projects include the American Express Points Program, a 10-month-long assignment as correspondent for Tourism Australia, and expert wine guide for Bravo Your City.

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Think Like A Journalist Quote

“We had found nothing, and had been lost several times already in one morning, so this was shaping up into a top travel experience.” ~Pete McCarthy, author, McCarthy’s Bar: A Journey of Discovery In Ireland.

Success Tip

“Ownership of most things is overrated; ownership of most experiences is not.”

When It Didn’t Work

Website became stale because there was no technological update to the website.

Brand Journalism Advice
  • Have a website with fresh content to increase traffic and exposure.
  • Write and publish on your site and link to other sites.
  • Don’t be afraid to get help from other people or resources.
  • Start small and take baby steps.
  • Networking makes all the difference in having a successful business.
  • Create content that is unique.
  • Use contents on your social media platforms to drive traffic to your site.
Multimedia Resource


Multimedia Book, Documentary, Or Channel

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby

Resource Links

Dave’s Travel Corner

Wine video

Way Back Machine

The Plant-Based Diet


Twitter @DaveDTC

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Phoebe Chongchua is a multimedia Brand Journalist, Brand Consultant & Marketing Strategist who is revolutionizing brand communication with consumers. She makes companies remarkable using brand journalism storytelling to grow their online presence, build a community, and gain greater market share. Phoebe is a former TV News journalist who helps brands gain a competitive advantage by learning to "Be the Media". Phoebe is the host of "The Brand Journalism Advantage" podcast and a "Top 50 Podcaster To Follow". Listen in iTunes or at

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