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On Being A Flexible Freelance Travel Writer
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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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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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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 [...]

5 Tips for Wannabe Travel Bloggers
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Do you envision yourself on a distant shore, documenting your daily adventures, while at the same time, funding your dream lifestyle? Many people are finding that becoming a travel writer is an attainable goal. But a few missteps can shatter those dreams in record time. Some of the suggestions below are applicable to all who [...]

We’re Travel Writers, Not Critics. (And A Few Other Shocking Travel Writing Home Truths)
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Some travel writers seem to forget that we’re travel writers first and foremost, and not critics. Our job, as travel journalists, is to show and describe our destinations to our readers. We should be painting a picture of the places, showing our subscribers the people, the culture, the food, and all those other neat things [...]

Weird, Eerie, and Strange Places I’ve Visited on Travel Writing Assignments
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[Posted on: 2 October 2017]
[Posted in: Enhance Your Writing, First Person Experience, Guest Blog Posts, Opportunities]
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Travel writing can take us to some bizarre places. I’m always on the lookout for extraordinary places to visit and write about. Here are a few of the most unusual places I’ve covered, all in the name of travel writing. The Downright Weird Some of my most interesting and bizarre travel writing assignments covered weird [...]

Five Important Things You Can Learn from My Ten Years as a Freelance Travel Writer
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[Posted on: 28 July 2017]
[Posted in: Enhance Your Writing, First Person Experience, Guest Blog Posts, Overcoming Obstacles]
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Wouldn’t it be great if we had the power of foresight? We could gaze into the future and learn from our mistakes. Well, I may not have the superpower of foresight, but I’ve learned a lot—and gained a lot of valuable experience—in my ten years in the rough-and-tumble freelance travel writing game. Looking back on [...]



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