Portfolio

Since 2014, I’ve been helping to create and distribute content on outdoor activities, ecotourism, travel, sports and other related topics. I work with Russian and international travel media, companies, start-ups and independent entrepreneurs both in my mother tongue and English languages.

95 publications of product and marketing content in different formats

15 clients: leading Russian and international travel media and companies

200,000 views (my 136 interviews in Russian has 2,1 m views)


29 interviews with famous street and travel photographers for Bird In Flight online magazine

Bird In Flight is an online magazine and school about photography and visual culture — a media of international photobank Depositphotos.com.

In the magazine I have a column, where I speak in English language with world famous street and travel photographers from different countries. The main language of the BIF magazine is Russian, but 4 of my 29 interviews were published in original.

11 interviews with locals for the website of My Planet TV Channel

My Planet is a website, traveler’s club and festival of the largest travel TV channel in Russia, a kind of Discovery Channel.

I’m hosting popular column “The Rules of Life”, for which I recorded 11 interviews with locals, some of the them in English. For example, with Lapland photographer. Other interviews: Spanish torero, Italian pizzaiolo, Nepalese sherpa, Maori in New Zealand, etc.

Interview “One Man Practicing Kindness Alone in the Wilderness” for Beatdom.com

Beatdom.com is a website of the most authoritative paper magazine dedicated to Beat culture.

I made an online interview with British artist Bevin Richardson, who drew an alternative cover and comic book based on Jack Kerouac’s classic book “Dharma Bums” — on a huge long canvas like the original manuscript, and red wine instead of ink! We talked about his work, Beat culture, traveling and outdoors.

Article “How to Get the First Skipper Experience” for the blog of Windy App

Windy App is a professional weather app, created for water and wind sports.

With an author from Turkey I’ve edited an article about yaching in two parts: Step-by-step Guide for Beginners and Popular Routes in Europe. Both articles are on their way to English language blog, because we are still working on it.

Content for the historical festival “Times and Epochs” in Moscow

Times and Epochs is largest historical festival in Europe, which has been held in Moscow for 10 years now. It has many international participants and visitors.

As a leading editor I worked there on English language content for the website, app, presentations, print materials. For example, I’ve edited descriptions of 30 thematic sites, FAQ and did other similar work in English language.

Content for Central Park and Artistic Paints Plant in Saint Petersburg

“Yelagin Island” is the largest park in the center of Saint Petersburg and protected natural complex. “Nevskaya Palitra” is leading Russian and European plant producing products for artists with 6 international brands.

Before travel and outdoor journalism, I worked on English language content for them as Marketing and Product Manager Assistant, including all information on international packaging of the plant.

Airbnb experience “Open Dolomites with Travel Journalist

Since 2013, in the summer I live in Dolomites, Italy, and host one day Airbnb experience for travelers, who to come to the mountains from Venice and Verona to have non-touristic ecotourism impressions.

I tell and show them local nature, traditions, culture and modern life in the part of Italy. The same I do in the winter in Sochi, Black Sea, Russia with experience Creative Hiking to Waterfalls.

A letter for Mirva Laipainen, who inspired me to become travel journalist

Mirva Laipainen is a travel writer from Finland with 80+ visited countries, a former New Yorker with MFA in journalism and an expert guide on the island of Guadeloupe in the French West Indies.

We have met in her home town Turku via couchsurfing and went together to Livonsaari eco village. After this experience, I decided to become journalist and went to Dolomites.

It’s funny, but my first article was a translation of Mirva’s article about how to be a travel journalist. In the same time I helped her to make her “big Russian media debut”, like she called it from her point of view in her blog post, including my “thank you” letter, that I’ve sent her from Italians Alps.

Other works with international companies and media

I’ve worked with some Russian (and international) companies and media on different content in Russian language:

  • interview for Linguatrip (participant of 500 Startups);
  • 3 PR articles for large Russian-European online travel agency OneTwoTrip;
  • 4 PR articles for BeepCar (now a part of BlaBlaCar);
  • interview for oldest travel agency in Cabo Verde Barracuda Travel;
  • official tourism organizations Visit Finland, Dolomiti.it, Visit San Martino and Pro Loco Lamon share my posts and Instagram stories;
  • and some other work on the way.


Reviews

“Ivan is talented journalist and editor. Very active. He quickly felt the mood of Bird In Flight magazine. He could find topics and heroes, interesting to readers. This is confirmed by the high number of views of his publications on our website (5–10k on average)”.
— Irina Sklyar, ex-editor of Bird In Flight magazine, Kiev

“I really liked my interview about living in Georgia for My Planet. Thank you Ivan for the cool, interesting to answer and fun questions!”
— Daria Kholodilina, ex-manager of the Tourism Administration of Georgia, Tbilisi

“Ivan is engine. He has find diamonds among thousands of guides from around the world for my startup HelloGuide. In a short time he organized excursions in St. Petersburg, Moscow and Sochi. He’s a mix of indefatigability and fine taste! During his time as editor-in-chief of the project, he made a huge contribution to it”.
— Kirill Kulakov, CEO of HelloGuide start-up, Moscow, Russia

“Ivan’s last interview with hero from Malaysia is great!”
— Alexanda Gurieva, editor-in-chief of the website My Planet, Moscow, Russia

“I got to know Ivan and was awesome how integral and interesting he is. It was a shame when he was not accepted as an editor of the blog at Aviasales.ru, our leading service for cheap flights. But Vanya is more like National Geographic author. Any editor-copywriter can make a post 6 Methods to Save Money in Taiwan or something like that, and not any content of Ivan’s level”.
— Victor Fomin, editor in marketing website Cossa.ru, Moscow, Russia

“This was one of the best Airbnbs that I have stayed at! The small town of Lamon is a great place to stay if you love hiking and adventures that are off the beaten path. Ivan was an amazing host! He made me feel welcome and is also very knowledgable about the area. I would recommend this place and him for 100%!”
— Lauren, traveler, Ontario, Canada

“I needed a tour guide to the Dolomites for my individual tour for two friends. Vanya was great! Boring tour guide is not about Vanya”.
— Yulia Kireeva, organizer of Indochina Tiger Travel, Hanoi, Vientnam

“There is a category of people who know how to write very smart and tasty. They light up the appetite of people around them. So the author was able to enchant so much with his story about a temporary move to Georgia that now we will discuss a possible (no, 100%!) trip to Tbilisi with our family”.
— Vladimir Frolov, reader of start-up magazine vc.ru, Moscow, Russia

“Vanya is a rare master of a good interview, a friend of the words. After communicating with him, I stopped answering the questions sent to me from any other press”.
— Alexander Ivanov, writer and traveler, Altai, Russia

“Ivan turns posts and photos from our blog into magazine articles that you can be proud of. He has the talent to make finished product: beautiful and well packaged. He came up with (and literally forced us to) hold a master class on street photography, which collected only positive feedback”.
— Mishail Varfalomeev, blogger and street photographer, St. Petersburg, Russia

“The Airbnb experience Hiking to Sochi Waterfalls was carefully designed. Ivan know the small places very well and the experience was perfect”.
— S. Maad, IT-specialist, Karachi, Pakistan


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Russian portfolio