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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 [...]

How Assumptions Erode Your Travel Writing Success
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[Posted on: 20 August 2018]
[Posted in: Getting Started, Guest Blog Posts, Overcoming Obstacles]
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Over the past several years of working with novice travel writers, I’ve noticed they tend to make a lot of incorrect assumptions about how things work in freelance writing. These assumptions cost them assignments with paying magazines and newspapers. One prevalent assumption is that some paying magazines will not be interested in their stories. I [...]

Your Pre-Travel Planning Should Include This….
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[Posted on: 20 December 2017]
[Posted in: Getting Started, Guest Blog Posts, Overcoming Obstacles, Writer's Education]
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Over the past couple of years, I’ve received several desperate requests from novice travel writers, …. ….asking me to help them round up some last-minute assignments, so they can request complimentary accommodations, meals, entry to tourist attractions, rounds of golf, fishing trips, boat cruises, and a host of other freebies, at their destinations. There’s only [...]

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 [...]

Are Internships Worth Pursuing?
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[Posted on: 20 January 2017]
[Posted in: Enhance Your Writing, Getting Started, Opportunities, Writer's Education]
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So you’re a travel blogger, but you want to be a professional journalist. You want credibility and recognition. That means building a portfolio of published articles, honing your skills to produce quality content, and developing a network of contacts with editors and publishers. It means writing for prestigious media outlets, not just your own or [...]

A Conversation with David Farley and NomadicMatt
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[Posted on: 11 October 2016]
[Posted in: Getting Started, Interviews, Writer's Education, Writer's Resources]
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One of the most well-known and respected travel writers out there (David Farley) has teamed up with one of the most successful travel bloggers (Nomadic Matt) to create a travel writing course. I was really excited to learn about their course — “How to Be a Travel Writer” — because as someone who has seen [...]

3 Questions Most Travel Editors Want Answered in Your Pitch
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[Posted on: 14 March 2016]
[Posted in: Getting Started, Guest Blog Posts, Overcoming Obstacles]
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Most editors are short on time and even shorter on patience when it comes to poorly written pitches. From copy-and-paste emails with the wrong name to queries riddled with spelling errors, you’d be surprised at what editors are sent on a daily basis. The main problem, however, is that the majority of queries are off [...]

How a Travel Bloggers Network Can Fuel Your Blog’s Success
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I typed in “Travel Blog Conference” into the Google search box and my life changed forever. I know this sounds a bit dramatic, and at the time I didn’t know that search was going to change my life, I was just trying to figure out how to take my little travel blog to the next [...]



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