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Can We Make a Living and Support Ourselves Solely from Freelance Travel Writing?
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I received this question via email some time ago. It’s a valid question and one that provokes all sorts of evasive answers from travel writers, depending on where they lie along the travel writing spectrum. Here’s THE Question: “I have a candid question for you. I’ve been told I could never sustain a living by […]

The Self As Character: Writing In First Person Point Of View
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[Posted on: 16 December 2019]
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Editor’s Note: The following article about narrative essay-style travel writing is a reprint from the author’s website, The Writer’s Workshop, our thanks to Nick for his permission to share it here! First person point of view remains one of the trickiest strategies for any travel writer,… … As well as one of the most effective […]

What Novice Travel Writers Need to Learn . . . Fast!
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I know that I make freelance travel writing look easy. I’ve had more than 1,000 articles published in 200+ regional, national, and international magazines, newspapers, trade journals, custom publications, specialty magazines, in-flights, on-boards, and online travel magazines. But, I’m the first person to tell you that breaking into paying print media is way harder than […]

Sales & Marketing are NOT Dirty Words!
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[Posted on: 21 October 2019]
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The marketing component of freelance writing scares away many writers. Most novice writers are clueless at marketing themselves and their work, and worse, fear it like the plague. Other writers “just want to write”, believing that somehow, miraculously, editors of top shelf magazines will call them with assignments. However, if you want to be successful […]

Focus Your Query Letters
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[Posted on: 16 September 2019]
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Many aspiring travel writers never get around to sending out pitches because they can’t quite figure out how to write a query letter. Writing a marketable query is especially difficult in travel writing because beginners have the tendency of wanting to pitch a story about every attraction at a destination. I get this. Early in […]

Travel Bloggers: You Could Be Sitting on a Gold Mine!
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[Posted on: 15 July 2019]
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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. […]

Spur-Of-The-Moment Travel Stories: They Pay Off, Big Time!
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[Posted on: 29 April 2019]
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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 […]

Nine Questions That Travel Writers Need To Ask Themselves
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[Posted on: 5 March 2019]
[Posted in: General News & Info, Getting Readers, Guest Blog Posts, Overcoming Obstacles, Podcasts]
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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 […]



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