258 Jarika Johnson | A Return to Travel

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Digital Marketing Specialist and an Associate Podcast Producer, Jarika Johnson, joins the show to share how her love of travel sparked the inspiration to launch a podcast. Jarika is the host of Blackpacking, a show that shares stories of black travelers and where we go around the world. Through her podcast and blog, Jarika has become recognized as an authoritative voice in the podcast industry. In this episode, Harry and Jarika discuss the spiritual experience of traveling, how COVID-19 has impacted both the travel industry and Jarika’s podcast and Jarika’s upcoming cross-country road trip. They talk about content creation, the intimate nature of interviews and best practices for procuring sponsorships.

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What We Covered:

  • 06:00 – Harry welcomes Jarika Johnson to the show to discuss her love of travel and her podcast origin story
  • 14:36 – Jarika speaks to the spiritual experiences behind each trip she takes and what she learned about herself while on these trips
  • 19:43 – What inspired Jarika to start Blackpacking and how she landed on an interview- based format
  • 24:13 – Jarika details how she plans out her podcast interviews and her thoughts on potential sponsors
  • 30:54 – Jarika opens up about how COVID-19 has impacted the travel industry
  • 33:51 – The cross-country trip that Jarika is planning and how she’s planning on integrating her experiences into content for her podcast
  • 37:13 – How Jarika has grown as a podcast host and interviewer
  • 40:24 – Jarika discusses what’s been working for her from a promotional perspective
  • 44:02 – How Jarika’s family and friends have reacted to her podcasting journey
  • 45:55 – What is something that Jarika has changed her mind about recently and the most misunderstood thing about Jarika
  • 50:27 – Harry thanks Jarika for joining the show, and let’s listeners know where they can connect with her



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Podcast Junkies Junkies Facebook Group

Link to Podfest Expo Virtual Summit

Jarika’s LinkedIn

Jarika’s Podcast

Blackpacking Instagram

Blackpacking YouTube Channel 

Blackpacking Twitter


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