Labor of Love

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Yep, that’s me ‘at work.’ I’m in Paris at a bistro. Life’s tough, eh?

Traveling and doing ‘research’ are the aspects of my job that I love the most. Falling low on that list is writing up the articles, but every job has its plusses and minuses.

I find myself at a career crossroads. I’m still traveling a lot and I’m editor and contributor to a host of outlets, including this (click here for a listing of my recent dot429 articles); Out Magazine and Out.com; SDGLN.com; TripOutGayTravel.com; LAFrontiers Magazine; Sirius/XM OutQ;Proud FM (Toronto) and several more.

Travel writing rarely pays that well (I know this also as an assigning editor) but with the industry in crisis, many travel writers have to use their expertise more creatively. One way I’ve done this is by helping clients in the hospitality industry (such as hotels, airlines, and event producers) understand and effectively reach the LGBT travel segment. My website includes a few recent satisfied clients.

Having been on the receiving end as an editor and writer of countless PR and marketing programs targeting gay and lesbian travelers, I’ve become an expert at what works and what doesn’t. By advising clients on best practices, ultimately I’m helping gay consumers who’ll then receive authentic, appropriate invitations to experience a destination or other product in the industry.

I’m currently negotiating an exciting new position with a boutique PR/marketing/strategy consulting firm specializing in working with clients in the hospitality industry. I’ll make an announcement about it here soon.

I will still be a travel writer and editor working for all the publications above, but my labor will also include this new adventure.

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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