Episode 21: Interview with Erin Pehlivan, Founding Editor of Return Trip

“In order to really have traveled, I think we have to come full circle and come back to ourselves, back to our homes, and really reflect on what we’ve been through.”

Erin Pehlivan is the founding editor of Return Trip, a zine that explores how travel makes us feel. She is a freelance writer and editor who’s been published in Maisonneuve, The Globe and Mail, enRoute magazine and more. She is also an associate editor at The Vault, a literary zine focusing on the work of women writers. Her home base is Toronto, but she’s also lived in Copenhagen, Ho Chi Minh City and Montreal.

Erin shares her inspiration and process for creating Return Trip, how it incorporates unique cultural and personal perspectives on travel, and the value of engaging with other creators and publishing peeps in your community. Corinne also dispenses marketing advice and gets to the bottom of whether Rush, Nickelback, or Justin Bieber would be Erin’s desert island pick. And no, we will not be linking them.

Find Return trip at:

@returntripmag on Instagram
And buy a copy here.

In this episode…

  • Here’s a taste of Art Brut. You’re welcome.
  • Flights by Olga Tokarczuk: an award-winning novel full of reflections on travel
  • The Art of Travel by Alain de Button: another recommended book exploring travel’s emotional ups and downs
  • Living Hyphen Magazine: a magazine that boosts the voices of “hyphenated” Canadians through stories, poetry, photography, and illustrations
  • Normal People by Sally Rooney, an author whose work has fully infiltrated Erin’s consciousness
  • HBO show My Brilliant Friend, based on the series by Elena Ferrante
  • Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
  • #FashionVictim by Amina Ahktar
  • Let’s Start a Riot by Bruce McCullough: a memoir by the Kids in the Hall member
  • Alissa Nutting and her upsetting books

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