Media Requests

For inquires, interview requests, or speaking invitations for Michaela Potter, Sherry Ott, or Michael Bontempi, founders of Briefcase to Backpack, please email us at

We are available to speak about a variety of topics, including (but certainly not limited to):

  • Career Break Travel
  • International Volunteering
  • Escaping Corporate America
  • Long-Term Travel
  • Solo Travel
  • Career Transitions

We can also provide photos and/or video for your media needs.

Following are interviews and articles that have featured Briefcase to Backpack and our co-founders, Michaela Potter & Sherry Ott:


KPAM Radio (Portland Oregon) – Interview with Michaela Potter about traveling career breaks and international volunteering.
Indie Travel Podcast – Interview with Sherry Ott about her around-the-world solo travels and returning home after 16-months on the road.


Uptake Travel Industry Blog – Highlighting Briefcase to Backpack’s efforts to make career breaks part of the American culture.
Escape from Corporate America – Daring tale of Sherry Ott’s escape from corporate America and transition to world traveler and expat.
Transitions Abroad – Sherry Ott is included in a round-up of long-term travelers.
Wandering Educators – Sherry Ott is featured twice: Following her travel dreams by leaving the world of corporate and as their photographer of the month.


BootsnAll Travel Blog – Top 10 Reasons to Take A Career Break and Travel
Indie Travel Podcast – We produced and edited this overview on Briefcase to Backpack, including the inspiration and mission of the site.
Indie Travel Podcast – Sherry Ott is also a featured writer and content provider for this website.

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