Archive for the ‘First Person Experience’ Category

Travel Bloggers: You Could Be Sitting on a Gold Mine!
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I’ve met hundreds of travel bloggers during my freelance travel writing career. Almost without exception they tell me they hadn’t realized how much work would be involved in creating and maintaining a blog. And, most of them tell me they’ve made little or no money from their travel blog, even after two or three years. […]

Inside the Success of NomadicMatt
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[Posted on: 9 July 2019]
[Posted in: First Person Experience, Getting Started, Interviews]
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After reviewing Matt Kepnes’ recent book — Ten Years a Nomad: A Traveler’s Journey Home — Matt sat down with TWE to let us dig deeper into the details on his life and hugely successful travel blog. Tell us how you got started! How did you become Nomadic Matt? I became “Nomadic Matt” by accident. […]

Spur-Of-The-Moment Travel Stories: They Pay Off, Big Time!
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I’ve always recommended that we pitch our travel stories and line up multiple assignments before we visit our destinations. Being thoroughly prepared and well organized is crucial for efficient cost-effective travel writing. So, get your ducks in a row before you leave. Another advantage of having advance assignments is that you can plan your day-by-day […]

Now Is the Golden Age of Travel Writing*
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*If you own your own website. Travel writing has never been a lucrative business. The glamorous view which people had of the profession ensured that there were always more people who wanted to do it than there were jobs available. Nonetheless, it was possible several decades ago to make a decent living as a travel […]

On Being A Flexible Freelance Travel Writer
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[Posted on: 26 November 2018]
[Posted in: First Person Experience, Getting Started, Guest Blog Posts, Overcoming Obstacles]
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Freelance travel writing is definitely not for people who expect the freelance world to conform to them. A willingness to be flexible by adjusting our approaches, writing styles, topics, and sales and marketing techniques, is absolutely essential if we want to see our work published in print, and be paid for it. We must adapt […]

The Only Consistent Thing About Freelance Travel Writing Is . . . Its Complete Lack of Consistency
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[Posted on: 29 October 2018]
[Posted in: First Person Experience, Getting Started, Guest Blog Posts, Opportunities, Overcoming Obstacles, Writer's Education]
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If you’re contemplating taking up freelance travel writing as a career, and hoping to make a regular and stable income right from the start… … understand that it could take you a long time to make your dream come true. As advanced sentient beings, we crave stability and consistency. I get this. This is a […]

Is There A Single Element For Predicting Travel Writing Success?
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[Posted on: 27 September 2018]
[Posted in: First Person Experience, Getting Started, Guest Blog Posts, Opportunities, Writer's Education]
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I’m often asked by novice travel writers if there’s a single predictive skill we can consistently harness to get our travel stories published? They ask this because if there is ONE single skill they can become proficient at, all they would need to do is study it, practice it, and then their travel writing career […]

Writing Travel Stories as a Quest Narrative
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[Posted on: 10 September 2018]
[Posted in: Enhance Your Writing, First Person Experience, Guest Blog Posts]
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When I attended the Pinot Noir Festival in McMinnville, Oregon I was amazed by the quality and quantity of the wine and food. On assignment for Seattle Magazine, I was overwhelmed by the sheer numbers of bottles to taste. Even for a wine geek like me, it proved a daunting, though appealing task. As I […]

A Clash of Titans: Digital Versus Print Travel Media
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As a travel writer for print media, I’m often asked by other freelancers how digital media has affected the print travel magazine business. That’s a fair question. DEFINITIONS Print travel media consists primarily of travel magazines, travel memoir books, & travel guidebooks. Digital travel media includes travel websites, travel blogs, travel service websites like TripAdvisor.com, […]

The Traveler Vs. Tourist Debate
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[Posted on: 1 December 2017]
[Posted in: First Person Experience, Year End Reflections]
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I’ve had it up to my eyeballs with this silly debate….. During a recent conversation with a young-ish travel blogger, one who hasn’t even been alive as long as I’ve been traveling on my own (yes, as an adult), I was told “Oh sure I travel a lot but I’m NOT a tourist, I’ve NEVER […]



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