Posts Tagged ‘Travel Writing’

How to Make Your Editor Love You
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[Posted on: 17 March 2014]
[Posted in: Getting Started, Overcoming Obstacles]
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  As a travel editor, I can admit that sometimes communication between the editor and the writer fails.   These tips might be useful for beginning writers – whether travel or any other genre.   Respect Word Count limits When your editor says one thousand words, it really means “one thousand words”. Maybe one thousand [...]

Pitching Your Travel Blog to a Hotel
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In my previous post about pitching tourist boards I shared the one and only thing you must know before you start;… …Tourist boards work for the hotels, tour operators and other stakeholders in the destination.  So don’t start by pitching tourist boards directly, start with the stakeholders. Develop a killer idea with a hotel first, [...]

5 Insider Tips for Successfully Pitching Tourist Boards
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[Posted on: 23 January 2014]
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Between the horrific events of 9/11, a struggling global economy, and the unknown impact of new technologies,… …the early-2000’s were not a good time for the travel industry. This is also right about the time I was hired to run North American marketing for the Kenya Tourist Board. This was my first gig in the [...]

How To Work With Your Local Tourism Board
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[Posted on: 30 September 2013]
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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 [...]

6 Tips for Conducting a Successful Interview
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[Posted on: 16 September 2013]
[Posted in: Enhance Your Writing, Guest Blog Posts, Interviews, Tips & Tricks]
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As a travel writer, you want your stories to be as authentic as possible. The best way to create a realistic piece is to discuss the destination with those around you. Incorporating interviews into your travel writing can provide your readers with tremendous insight that you, as an outsider, cannot. As a writer, your work [...]

Travel Writing in the Digital Age
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[Posted on: 2 September 2013]
[Posted in: Enhance Your Writing, Guest Blog Posts, Overcoming Obstacles, Technology]
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Once upon a time, travel writers scoured the globe with a pen in hand ready to record the abundant secrets of the great unknown. Nowadays, travel writers have a lot more to think about. Search engines have completely changed the game, and now online writers need to be smarter than ever to get noticed in [...]

Travel Writing vs Travel Journalism
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[Posted on: 5 August 2013]
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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 [...]

A New Way to Find and Celebrate Great Travel Content
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[Posted on: 15 July 2013]
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Some time ago I wrote a piece for this site on how certain online markets were maturing and beginning to offer new opportunities for well-paid, professional travel writing assignments. In the months since I have worked with numerous travel brands who are waking up to the value of investing in professional-standard travel journalism for their [...]

Programs for Aspiring Travel Writers
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[Posted on: 1 July 2013]
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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]
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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 [...]

Travel Writing: Are You Niche Enough?
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[Posted on: 20 May 2013]
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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 [...]

Review: London School of Journalism
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[Posted on: 25 March 2013]
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After twenty years of travel obsession, Ben Holbrook signs up to the London School of Journalism’s travel writing course – here’s the inside scoop on his bizarre but brilliant experience. Sitting at a bar drinking ice-cold San Miguel, a suitcase-sized screen showed lions ripping deer to pieces on National Geographic TV. I scribbled notes in [...]

What You Can Learn from a Travel Writing Workshop – Part 3
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Editor’s Note: This is the final article in a Three-Part Series Six Things You Need to Know About Travel Writing. Although a travel writing workshop helped me jump into the field, experience and time were my best teachers. I read other travel writers, researched outlets, sent out queries and wrote voraciously. Some of my attempts [...]

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 [...]



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