From the jagged peaks of the Teton Mountain Range to the frenetic streets of Istanbul, Robyn Vincent wears many hats and has the shoes to match. A multimedia journalist, Robyn is news and community affairs director for KHOL FM, Jackson, Wyoming’s community radio station; editor of Jackson Hole Snowboarder Magazine and former editor of Wyoming’s only alternative press: the now-defunct Planet Jackson Hole. In 2017, she led that small paper to win its first national award for a series she directed focusing on the narratives of forcibly displaced people. It traced one reporter’s raw and tumultuous experience living and working with Syrian refugees on the Greek island of Lesvos. The series premiered just as then-presidential candidate Donald Trump was ramping up his anti-immigrant, anti-refugee rhetoric.
For this, her travel blog, it’s worth noting Robyn’s proclivity for worldly misadventure. Crawling on her stomach through an ancient underground city in Turkey; fording rivers in the Japanese backcountry during winter; and a weeklong stint sleeping in shepherd’s huts in the Albanian Alps are just a few such examples.
Volunteering and reporting are also important chapters in Robyn’s travelogue. As a fledgling reporter, her experience rebuilding a New Orleans home destroyed by Hurricane Katrina reaffirmed her journalistic path. During her downtime, she peeled away the city’s celebratory layers and reported and photographed some of the people struggling to rebuild their lives five years after the storm. For Robyn, that trip illuminated journalism’s vital role uncovering the stories of the unheard.
Her traveling style might be similar to yours. She enjoys slingshotting herself into strange situations, hunting exotic street foods and local moonshines, waxing philosophical with strangers, and discovering compelling people and places to photograph. Trail running, rock climbing, snowboarding and trekking are also common items on Robyn’s travel itinerary.
An idealist (sometimes to a fault), Robyn believes the more you travel abroad the more a valuable axiom emerges: despite our long list of differences, it’s not difficult to connect with folks who share similar hopes and dreams even on the other side of the world.