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What You Can Learn from a Travel Writing Workshop – Part 2
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Editor’s Note: This article is Part Two in a Three-Part Series How DO You land that first travel writing assignment? It’s an age-old question that many aspiring travel writers have asked — how do I get a writing assignment if I don’t have any writing clips yet? It is, understandably, a frustrating conundrum, and it [...]

What You Can Learn from a Travel Writing Workshop – Part 1
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Editor’s Note: This article is Part One in a Three-Part Series It’s funny how one small decision can change your life. Fourteen years ago, I was working as a stringer for The Chicago Tribune. Based in Colorado, I covered the usual news topics. Then Columbine happened, and I spent the next year covering the sorrow [...]

5 Tips on Keeping in Touch with your Audience while Traveling
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[Posted on: 26 December 2012]
[Posted in: First Person Experience, Guest Blog Posts, Overcoming Obstacles]
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One of the best things about traveling are the unpredictable situations one gets into. Like when you realize you are in remote little village without any Internet access. While this is great for relaxing and focusing on exploring the surroundings, you might get stressed that you’re neglecting your readers. Especially if your income depends on [...]

Are Press Trips REALLY ‘Traveling’?
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[Posted on: 11 June 2012]
[Posted in: Guest Blog Posts, The Ambidextrous Travel Writer]
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I recently asked my friend and colleague, Ed Wetschler, if he was traveling much these days. It was a fair question for Ed, who is the Executive Editor of Tripatini and chair of the Northeast Chapter of SATW. But his answer baffled me. “No,” he said. “I’m not. I’ve taken some press trips, but I’m [...]

Expand Your Portfolio To Access New Markets
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[Posted on: 14 May 2012]
[Posted in: Getting Readers, Guest Blog Posts, Opportunities]
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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 [...]

FREE SEX and other Attention-Getting Words
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[Posted on: 30 April 2012]
[Posted in: Guest Blog Posts, The Ambidextrous Travel Writer]
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When I was at Conde Nast, my colleagues and I periodically talked about how powerful the words “Free” and “Sex” were. Those were the two words that sold the most magazines, the two most frequently used words on the covers. However, they were never used together (which, quite frankly, would have drawn even more readers). [...]

10 Tips for Staying On the Writing Beam
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One of the biggest challenges I have as a writer these days is just staying on the beam. For example, just now, rather than write that first sentence and move on to the next, I Googled ‘staying on the beam.’ I wanted to check—was it being used in this context by all sorts of writers [...]

A-BROADening Experience
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As an international travel writer, I’m routinely asked these same three questions from people I meet: 1) What’s you favorite place in the world? 2) How did you become a travel writer? 3) How can I (or my college-bound teen) become a travel writer? For this post, I am skipping the first two and just [...]

Taking a Look at Your Own Backyard
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[Posted on: 23 January 2012]
[Posted in: Enhance Your Writing, Getting Readers, Getting Started, Guest Blog Posts]
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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 [...]

Are You Cut Out to Be a Travel Writer?
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[Posted on: 2 January 2012]
[Posted in: Getting Started, Guest Blog Posts, The Ambidextrous Travel Writer]
[15 Comments]

If you’re already an established travel writer, you’ve heard it dozens of times. “Oh what I would do to have your job!” Indeed, the life of a travel writer can be an enviable one, but at the same time, it’s not for everyone. Take a few minutes and answer the following 12 questions. Jot down [...]



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