Who’s the man behind the beard? I’m a Canadian freelance journalist, editor and nomad hunting for stories that fascinate me. My work has appeared in TIME, National Geographic Travel, The Guardian, BBC Travel, American Airlines (p.90), Travel + Leisure, ESPN, Thrillist, CBC, Vice, Air Canada, Beside, Dazed & Confused, The Toronto Star, Motherboard, The Montreal Gazette, Askmen and more. I’m also a Lonely Planet guidebook author of books about Armenia, Morocco and France.

Hablo español, parle français, y falo português. If you need me, I’ll be eating everything at a local market or taking shots of Wi-Fi at the nearest café. Otherwise, the number to dial is: joelbalsam1@gmail.com

2 thoughts on “About

  1. Hey Joel,
    I am studying to be a journalist from Liberty University. I was really impressed seeing your profile and wondered what does it take to succeed in freelance journalism like you?
    If it’s ok, I would love to hear your story about how you learned the trade and even worked for National Geographic!
    Are there still new opportunities?
    Any tips on a beginner journalist?
    Do you know of any part-time work or resources that could help improve my skills?

    I hope one day I could be where you are, with a lot of hard work and determination!

    Thank you for your time, please let me know what you think.
    Leanne Huang

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