Traveling for you

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Dear Ed,

Thank you for your recent story on Hungary. My partner and I usually go to Key West or Provincetown for vacation. We read your story and were inspired to push the envelope and break out of our usual gay routine. We had some trepediation and as you said in your piece, the country is not exactly ready for its tourist close up. But we had the most amazing time, met the most amazing people, and were amazed at how warm and welcoming everyone was to an obvious gay couple. Thank you again! Ernie and Steve, Newark, NJ.

Why do I do what I do?Sometimes I ask myself that very question, especially when I compare how much Iearn compared to some of my Wall Street friends! When these moments of self-doubt strike, I try to hark back to that moment over a dozen years ago when I had my “What Color is your Parachute”epiphany.

After graduating from business school and working in a series of higher-salary, higher-pressure marketing research consulting jobs, I realized I really didn’t like my profession. What was my passion?Traveling and telling people about my trips. Eureka!That’s what I want to do with my life. The next part, while not exactly simple, was just a question of execution:How do I get someone to pay me to do that?

Within six months I had a job as an editor and 12 years later I’m still traveling and telling people about my trips here, on other sites, on Sirius/XM OutQ Satellite Radio, at conferences, and more. That’s technically the answer to the question, Why do I do what I do?

However, the real reason isn’t about me. It’s about my readers, site visitors, radio listeners, followers, and fans. I’ll never forget the first thank you email I received. Early on in my career — over 10 years ago — I wrote an exhaustive (and exhausting) piece on Hungary. That was still early and a bit daring to travel there for most gay travelers.

I received the most heartwarming letter (above) that reconfirmed my choice to devote my life to unearthing and sharing great travel opportunities for LGBTtravelers.That’s the real reason why I do what I do.

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About The Author

In dot 429's words: "dot429's Travel writer, Ed Salvato, is highly regarded as a journalist and LGBT travel guru. Salvato's work has been published by some of the most important LGBT media outlets, including Out Traveler, The Advocate, Out Magazine, OUT & ABOUT, SDGLN.com, TripOutGayTravel.com, and PlanetOut.com. Ed's also the on-air call-in travel expert for the Derek & Romaine Show on Sirius/XM OutQ and Proud FM Toronto. Recently Salvato joined OutThink Partners, a communications and marketing firm, where he is excited to focus on travel, tourism, and the LGBT market." "Salvato is dedicated to connecting LGBT travelers with unique, interesting, and exciting experiences offered by hotels, resorts, and attractions that invite and welcome their business. Salvato is an active member of the dot429 professional network and editorial community." I've also been developing an expertise in social media. I have managed two large social media campaigns this year. One was for a $10M 3-week-long arts festival in Philadelphia (PIFA; PIFA.org) ; the other for Philly's 11-day Independence Day festivities (Welcome America; WelcomeAmerica.com).

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