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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 [...]

Nine Questions That Travel Writers Need To Ask Themselves
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There’s plenty of advice floating around on the Internet about what prerequisites you need to be a travel writer. I’ve certainly contributed to this pool of information. For this post, I’d like to toss out a few more pearls of wisdom about what it takes to get your travel stories published and get paid for [...]

How Should Freelance Travel Writers Be Using Social Media?
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[Posted on: 28 January 2019]
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Pick up any article about freelance travel writing, and the chances are it will advocate the tremendous value of social media. Social media, according to some, is the universal cure-all for everything from landing us writing assignments and setting the Internet ablaze with viral posts, making us overnight success stories. But my freelance travel writing [...]

You Can (& Should) Publish Your Travel Articles in Non-Travel Magazines
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[Posted on: 28 December 2018]
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Many novice travel writers believe the only type of publications that will publish their stories are travel magazines. This couldn’t be further from the truth. And there’s a good lesson that beginning (and even veteran) travel writers can learn from this. Half of the publications that published my travel stories were not travel magazines. My [...]

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, [...]

Finding YOUR Voice
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[Posted on: 7 March 2017]
[Posted in: Enhance Your Writing, First Person Experience, Getting Readers, Guest Blog Posts]
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When I started my travel blog some seven years ago, I’m quite sure I wrote as I thought a “travel blogger” should. Ironically, in the process of trying to be something I wasn’t, I was nullifying my own actual writing ability, which is what people ended up actually responding to. I was 19, and I [...]

The Psychology of Successful Blog Posts
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[Posted on: 1 September 2014]
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This post is mostly aimed towards those who are relatively new to the blogosphere…. …However, I believe that the key points of this post can be beneficial to bloggers of all statuses. My goal is to breakdown the psychology of my most successful post to date in order to help you in your future posts. [...]

Travel Writing: Are You Niche Enough?
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[Posted on: 20 May 2013]
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You’re a travel writer. You don’t write about food or gardening. You write about travel therefore, you have a niche. Unfortunately, unless you have star status as a travel writer, you’re not niche enough. Budget-strapped editors hiring freelancers don’t get stars for the majority of their stories. All things being equal, they hire writers with [...]

Expand Your Portfolio To Access New Markets
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[Posted on: 14 May 2012]
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A short while ago I wrote this post about the emerging online market for travel writing. I explained how changes in search engine and social media technology were causing commercial travel websites to start seeing themselves as travel publishers in their own right, opening up significant new opportunities for professional travel journalists. The idea is [...]

Taking a Look at Your Own Backyard
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[Posted on: 23 January 2012]
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Victorian towns with a touch of the Old West swaggering out the saloon doors. Stickball in a 19th century Native American village. Discovering over 500 varieties of soda. A wildlife refuge where Teddy Roosevelt once hunted with Comanche war chief Quanah Parker. Celebrating a centennial. Oil barons and their riches. Experiencing the sights and smells [...]



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