Posts Tagged ‘Advice’

How To Work With Your Local Tourism Board
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[Posted on: 30 September 2013]
[Posted in: Getting Started, Guest Blog Posts, Tips & Tricks, Writer's Resources]
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Some travel writers make the mistake of thinking they need to travel to far-flung destinations many time zones away…. … when, in actuality, there are interesting travel-related stories waiting to be written about their own backyards. In fact, one of the best ways to build a travel writing portfolio is to write about the destination [...]

Travel Writing vs Travel Journalism
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[Posted on: 5 August 2013]
[Posted in: Guest Blog Posts, Writer's Education]
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Like many writers, I had dreams of wafting around the world and spinning tales about my adventures to a rapt audience at home. And luckily I did have the chance to do that, but not without a few sharp lessons along the way. The biggest lesson I learned was about the difference between travel journalism [...]

Programs for Aspiring Travel Writers
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[Posted on: 1 July 2013]
[Posted in: Guest Blog Posts, Writer's Education, Writer's Resources]
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Travel writing is a romanticized profession. It conjures images of adventuring to far off places, meeting interesting people, and eating delicious food – all while you get paid. It’s not quite so glamorous, of course. But many people, including me, pursue it because they want to see the world and share their experiences. Like other [...]

Finding New Angles For Your Travel Stories
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[Posted on: 17 June 2013]
[Posted in: Enhance Your Writing, Guest Blog Posts, Tips & Tricks]
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Learning how to write stories from different angles is essential skill for any travel writer. Most of us have to operate on a shoestring budget, hence the need to make the most of our working trips by writing more than one story and submitting it to various publications. But having this skill has nothing to [...]

Navigating the Freelance World with E-Contracts
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Freelance work is a great way to supplement your funds especially when you have a regular 9-5 job. Some even decide to go freelance full time when their loyal clientele has grown too huge to manage on a part-time basis. Becoming a freelancer, however, comes with risks, including not getting paid by your client. Here [...]

Travel Writing: Are You Niche Enough?
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[Posted on: 20 May 2013]
[Posted in: First Person Experience, Getting Readers, Guest Blog Posts]
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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 [...]

6 Tips to Improve Your Writing
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[Posted on: 11 February 2013]
[Posted in: Enhance Your Writing, Overcoming Obstacles, Tips & Tricks]
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Have you been reluctant to take lessons in writing, watch online seminars or read books on improving your writing? Perhaps you fear that if you are too heavily influenced by outside sources you will lose the originality and raw talent of your own style. Or, that your writing will become like the boring literature they [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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]
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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 [...]

Changing Priorities: A Year-End Reflection
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[Posted on: 26 December 2011]
[Posted in: First Person Experience, Overcoming Obstacles, Year End Reflections]
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Last year at about this time I wrote a blog post about… …how I spend the last week of every year (as I have for many years) in quiet reflection on what I’ve accomplished during the year that’s just passed… …did I meet all of my goals? Some of them? Am I happy with how [...]

Dos and Don’ts for Getting Invited on Press Trips
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[Posted on: 5 December 2011]
[Posted in: Guest Blog Posts, The Ambidextrous Travel Writer]
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You just noticed on Facebook that two colleagues are off to the Amalfi Coast on a press trip. Your heart sinks. Why weren’t you invited? Chances are you’re not on that invitation list for a reason. So what does one have to do to get on and stay on these lists? Here are some dos [...]

10 Pros and Cons for Top 10 Lists
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[Posted on: 7 November 2011]
[Posted in: Getting Readers, Guest Blog Posts, The Ambidextrous Travel Writer]
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For my site, FarewellTravels, we just posted a piece about 10 great winter retreats. Putting it together got me thinking about the whole formula of using top ten lists in travel writing. Why are they so popular among bloggers and site editors? Are they really a smart choice when preparing content? I decided to weigh [...]



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