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Inspiring Travel with Impact: Emily Hopcian

Emily Hopcian grew up in a typical middle-class family in Detroit. But by following her passions, she's created a life that is anything but typical. Living in Argentina and writing about adventure travel and authentic local stories, Emily hopes to inspire people to travel in a more conscious and intentional way. Read on to learn more about Emily!

What are you currently working on?

I'm currently based in Bariloche, Argentina in northern Patagonia where I live and work as a writer and content producer. I believe we need to tell and share more truly local stories from around the world so long as we do so with respect, from a place of understanding and with honest intentions. My work focuses on outdoor adventure and social and environmental impact storytelling. I've been in Argentina for two-and-a-half years now and in Patagonia for two years. I LOVE this region. It's one of the most wild, remote places I've been that's full of incredible adventures, people and natural beauty. I'm working to tell truly local, character- and adventure-driven stories that carry universal themes from this outdoor adventure mecca, not just the stories of North Americans and Europeans in Patagonia.

How was the idea for your business born?

I feel as though this business and my passions in storytelling have been evolving since I took an "Intro to Journalism" class as a sophomore in high school. I really credit that moment as the starting point. From there, I've lived my life stepping into what feels right/what speaks to me and continue to morph my career from there. I'm still figuring it out!

What has been your boldest career or life change?

I don't know that I have one. Moving to Argentina could certainly be one and surprising myself with the ways in which I've come to find and feel at home here. Leaving a stable, full-time job at the end of January 2018 to pursue freelance writing and content production full-time also strikes me as a defining moment.

What has been the biggest obstacle during your journey?

Getting out of my own way. I get stuck in my head WAY too often. Social media and the internet do not help with that. The moments when I put my head down and do the work are always more fruitful than the ones where I spend time fretting over something.

How would you like to impact the travel industry?

My hope is that in telling truly local stories people will travel with a different lens, a different view. I want people to be more aware of the local community, their choices and surroundings as they travel. How does the way we move through a space impact the local community, people, businesses, landscapes, etc.? To get to know locals is often a privilege, but if people are in a position to do so, I want them to seek those local, cultural connections to understand our world and their place in it a little better. We're all here together, and I'm always amazed at how similar we are, no matter our differences.

We all know travel can bring us to unexpectedly *magical * moments . Tell us about one you've experienced.

Click here to read a story I wrote about a magical moment last year!

Read more of Emily's stories at EmilyHopcian.com and follow her adventures on Instagram and Twitter!