Archive for March, 2009

Travel Channel Academy Interview Transcript Available
[Posted on: 31 March 2009]
[Posted in: General News & Info]
[1 Comment]

I’d like to extend a big “thank you” to a couple of our loyal readers who pointed out that the transcript to our interview with Lisa Lambden of the Travel Channel Academy was missing in action…….and a big apology to any of our hearing-impaired readers who have been waiting for it! Here’s the link to [...]

Get paid with online job sites like
[Posted on: 31 March 2009]
[Posted in: Getting Started, Reviews, Tips & Tricks]
[5 Comments] is yet another online job site — it’s similar to In fact, and are the two biggest online job sites for freelancers. Travel writers can earn extra cash by signing up with Not only does Elance provide you with paying opportunities, but you’ll have portfolio pieces. Here’s a review of [...]

Connect with others in a travel writing forum

A travel writing forum is a great way to connect with travel writers all over the world. You can make international connections within seconds. Plus, you never know what you’ll find within the pages of a travel writing forum. If you have a question, put it on a forum. Forget about searching the internet for [...]

Travel careers that can support your writing
[Posted on: 27 March 2009]
[Posted in: Getting Started, Opportunities]

If you’re an aspiring travel writer, the best way to learn about the industry is to work in it. Maybe you require a full-time or part-time job to supplement your writing career. There are plenty of travel careers available to you. Not only is it fun to work in the travel industry, but you can [...]

Ethnography can lead to your best travel writing
[Posted on: 25 March 2009]
[Posted in: Getting Readers, Getting Started, Opportunities]

Your best travel writing may happen as the result of traveling to a remote village in Africa or Asia. Instead of going to the Caribbean or Paris, travel to a place where you could help humankind. A great way to do this is through ethnography because it’s closely related to travel writing. According to Wikipedia, [...]

New Site Design
[Posted on: 24 March 2009]
[Posted in: Updates]
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Many of our regular site visitors have noticed (and commented on) our new site design. I’d like to thank you for your kind words, and also to thank everyone for your patience as we work through a few lingering issues to tweak – please don’t hesitate to share your thoughts! Drop me a note using [...]

From Travel Writer to Food Writer in Less Than 10 Seconds
[Posted on: 23 March 2009]
[Posted in: Getting Readers, Getting Started, Opportunities, Tips & Tricks]

If you like to eat, you’re qualified to become a food writer. It’s a great way to break into travel writing. You don’t have to be Chef Gordon Ramsey to critique food. There’s no reason to get a degree from a culinary school. All you have to do is enjoy eating a variety of foods. [...]

A travel writer can make money online with Google Cash Detective
[Posted on: 20 March 2009]
[Posted in: Getting Started, Opportunities, Overcoming Obstacles]

A travel writer can make money online which means cash in your pocket. However, sometimes you’ll need to spend money in order to make money. This is where Chris Carpenter and his Google Cash Detective come into play. Before you hand over your money for Google Cash Detective, continue to read this blog. Does it [...]

Become a travel writer who gets paid to review cafés around the world
[Posted on: 18 March 2009]
[Posted in: Getting Started, Opportunities, Overcoming Obstacles]

Do you love coffee? Can’t start your day without a mocha cappuccino? Many people cannot function without a good cup of coffee. These same people travel each year and will visit local cafés. You could be a travel writer who writes about cafés around the world or the ones in your backyard. Remember, there’s more [...]

Online job sites like ScriptLance are great for diversified travel writers
[Posted on: 16 March 2009]
[Posted in: Getting Started, Opportunities, Reviews, Writer's Resources]

There’s a new online job site called Maybe you’ve heard of them, maybe not. ScriptLance is like other online job sites. You find a project, bid on it, receive the job and you get paid. It’s that simple. This is just another opportunity for travel writers to find travel writing projects. To get started [...]

Review of WhiteSmoke writing tools software – Part II
[Posted on: 13 March 2009]
[Posted in: Enhance Your Writing, Reviews, Writer's Resources]

If you recall from part one of our WhiteSmoke review, we focused on the good and surprises of WhiteSmoke’s software. In part two of this review, we’ll look at the bad and silver lining of WhiteSmoke’s software. Yes, there’s a bad side and a silver lining. It sounds contradictory, but it’s true. Remember that writing [...]

Review of WhiteSmoke writing tools software – Part I
[Posted on: 11 March 2009]
[Posted in: Enhance Your Writing, Reviews, Writer's Resources]

Stop struggling with your travel writing! Writing tools such as WhiteSmoke writing software can enhance and improve your writing. If you’re not a strong writer, consider purchasing WhiteSmoke’s writing and grammar software. After all, they claim you can “write better, right now.” In part one of this review, we’ll look at the good and surprises [...]

A travel writer uses caution when joining groups on
[Posted on: 10 March 2009]
[Posted in: Opportunities, Overcoming Obstacles]
[1 Comment] is a great place to meet “like-minded” people. However, there are some groups that impose stringent rules on its members. If you’re a travel writer, use caution before you sign up with a Meetup group. Make sure you have all of the facts. Here’s some insight to groups on from my personal experience. [...]

Travel Writing Books Will Strengthen Your Core Skills

Many writers have a library filled with books. Some are fiction and some are non-fiction such as writing books. If you’re a travel writer, you’ll want to fill your library with travel writing books. These books are an investment that will be invaluable to you as a writer. If you make a living as a [...]

The woes of a travel writer – Part II
[Posted on: 9 March 2009]
[Posted in: Overcoming Obstacles]
[1 Comment]

In part two, discover how this situation could have been handled and what a travel writer is supposed to do. You’ll learn valuable lessons which you can apply to other writing assignments. Remember, there’s always a silver lining! What happened? After you discover another writer has written your assigned articles, you email the editor. You [...]

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