About Cory Lee: Cory Lee was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy at the age of two, but that certainly has not diminished his desire to travel – wheelchair and all. He has traversed six continents, and blogs about his accessible (and sometimes not so accessible) travel adventures on CurbFreeWithCoryLee.com. From trekking through the Amazon rainforest to riding a camel in the Sahara Desert and everything in between, Cory shows that anything is possible with enough determination. Since starting his blog in 2013, he has gained more than 50,000 followers across social media and won the 2017 Lowell Thomas Award for Best Travel Blog. He has written for National Geographic and Lonely Planet and is a community partner for New Mobility Magazine. Cory hopes to inspire others to break out of their comfort zone and start rolling around the world. In this episode: 4:54 – How Cory started his blogging career and realized the lack of information about accessible travel 8:07 – Why Cory loves public speaking and how it has helped grow his opportunities 9:30 – The social media platform where Cory has the most success, especially with video 13:30 – Cory's plans to get a reality TV show 14:55 – Advice for other bloggers starting a blog 15:56 – Why Cory created a media kit and pitched journalists 18:19 – The ways Cory is finding success with Pinterest because that's where many travel journalists are located 21:08 – The challenges Cory faces in educating media about the importance and popularity of accessible travel 25:22 – What feedback and measurement Cory uses to monitor his website traffic and social media 27:30 – Cory's proactive approach to networking through Twitter, Facebook and Instagram 29:15 – What Corey has done to overcome Facebook's algorithm changes and his strategic approach to working the system 31:00 – How Cory has been able to secure speaking engagements and writing opportunities because of social media 32:43 – Advice for writers or journalists when the times get tough or you face challenges in your career 34:49 – Cory's breakthrough moment news article and feedback that motivated him to keep writing 37:38 – Advice and offer from Cory to destinations that have questions about making facilities wheelchair accessible Mentioned in this episode: Alabama Fire Department helps Cory down several sets of stairs at GulfQuest National Maritime Museum: https://www.facebook.com/CurbFree/videos/266596170662556/ TBEX conference, world’s largest travel blogging conference GulfQuest National Maritime Museum - http://www.gulfquest.org/ Kathryn Hamm, LA Times Gary Arndt from Society of American Travel Writers, who told him to accept media opportunities Two wheelchair-accessible mountains in Maine Quill Hill and Ira Mountain Quote: “People with disabilities spend over $17 billion per year just on travel. Disabled people are out there and they definitely want to travel.” – Cory Lee, Travel Blogger for Curb Free with Cory Lee Looking to connect? Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @coryleetweets Websites: com Facebook: Facebook.com/curbfree
In this episode I interview Cory Lee, who is the blogger at curbfreewithcorylee.com . Cory was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy at the age of 2 and uses the aid of a wheel chair to get around. We talk about the challenges to traveling with a wheel chair and Cory shares some of his hilarious stories because of those challenges. If you have a travel company, or you know of someone who uses a wheel chair and likes to travel, then Cory is the perfect asset to reach out to.
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