We Talk Travel with Joanna Riquett, Editor-In-Chief of Hayo Magazine

The Buddha once said, “It is better to travel well than to arrive.”

As the editor-in-chief of Hayo Magazine, Joanna Riquett knows a thing or two about travelling well. Since June 2014, Joanna has chronicled experiences of adventure, wanderlust, and tales of the human spirit. Made for creative souls, Hayo is about uncovering the heart and soul of a place.

We spoke to Joanna about producing a print magazine, selecting stories and exploring the world.

Tell us a bit about yourself.

Born and raised in Colombia, I studied journalism and communications and did a Masters in Content Management in Argentina, where I lived for 4 years. That’s where I started my first blog in Spanish, Viajes Anacronicos. I had so many things to say that I had to find an outlet to express myself. From there, I started writing about my travel experiences as a hobby and occasionally publishing in other publications.

When I moved to Vancouver, I decided I didn’t want to keep working in tech, which I had been doing for the past 4 years, and wanted a change. After months of thought and meditation, I realized that writing had been there for me all the time. I took the chance and launched Hayo magazine two years ago, as a digital magazine first, and then launched our first print. This has been an expedited learning curve as a writer myself and as a publisher.  

What inspired you to start Hayo Magazine?

There are a lot of travel publications out there, but somehow, I found that none of them spoke to my curious personality and showed me more about the communities, the initiatives, the artists and the people that thrive in these places.

I created Hayo in order to satisfy this craving and from there I found out the difference in content production for different platforms and how the reader can have multiple experiences with a story depending on the platform. Print and online are so different, yet each satisfies a need. Although the concept of Hayo has been improving the more I work on it, the objective is still the same: to inspire and empower our readers to go explore the world.

Tell us about your upcoming workshop.

I get asked questions all the time about how do I select stories, what’s the process of producing a magazine, how can people get involved, how do I know which stories are going to work for print, etc. Although most of these things I know by instinct, I’m structuring my learnings into a workshop that aspiring writers and potential media entrepreneurs can use as tools for their own endeavors. In my Travel Tuesday Workshop, we’ll be covering everything from writing trends to the basics of how to pitch a story.

How has travel enhanced your way of life?

Everything I am and do today is because of my travels. From the first time I left my country of Colombia to the moment I settled here in Vancouver, everything that I do has been influenced by my experiences abroad and the process of adapting to new cultures. I can confidently say that if I hadn’t left my hometown 8 years ago, I wouldn’t be here and Hayo wouldn’t even be in the picture.

Where are you travelling to next?

I have a couple local travels planned, but what I’m most excited about is a trip I’m planning with my husband to Slovenia in October. I have never been to that part of the world and I’m super excited to experience it. It’s supposed to be a vacation, but as a travel writer, that’s a very thin line I usually cross, so expect lots of stories, photos and videos from there. 😉

What inspires you?

Many things. Other creatives doing cool things and pushing the community forward inspires me to keep working on what I love. My family’s pride in my work keeps me motivated. My husband keeps me centered and helps me bring my dreams and ideas to fruition. And most importantly, the untold stories and the communities that usually don’t take the spotlight but that their stories are worth telling as much as any other story.

Come travel on a Tuesday with Joanna on Tuesday August 23rd from 6:00pm – 8:00pm.

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