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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]
[Posted in: Enhance Your Writing, Getting Readers, Guest Blog Posts, Opportunities]
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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 [...]

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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[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]
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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 [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]



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