Posts Tagged ‘Travel Writing’

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, [...]

Your Pre-Travel Planning Should Include This….
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[Posted on: 20 December 2017]
[Posted in: Getting Started, Guest Blog Posts, Overcoming Obstacles, Writer's Education]
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Over the past couple of years, I’ve received several desperate requests from novice travel writers, …. ….asking me to help them round up some last-minute assignments, so they can request complimentary accommodations, meals, entry to tourist attractions, rounds of golf, fishing trips, boat cruises, and a host of other freebies, at their destinations. There’s only [...]

5 Tips for Wannabe Travel Bloggers
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Do you envision yourself on a distant shore, documenting your daily adventures, while at the same time, funding your dream lifestyle? Many people are finding that becoming a travel writer is an attainable goal. But a few missteps can shatter those dreams in record time. Some of the suggestions below are applicable to all who [...]

We’re Travel Writers, Not Critics. (And A Few Other Shocking Travel Writing Home Truths)
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Some travel writers seem to forget that we’re travel writers first and foremost, and not critics. Our job, as travel journalists, is to show and describe our destinations to our readers. We should be painting a picture of the places, showing our subscribers the people, the culture, the food, and all those other neat things [...]

Weird, Eerie, and Strange Places I’ve Visited on Travel Writing Assignments
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[Posted on: 2 October 2017]
[Posted in: Enhance Your Writing, First Person Experience, Guest Blog Posts, Opportunities]
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Travel writing can take us to some bizarre places. I’m always on the lookout for extraordinary places to visit and write about. Here are a few of the most unusual places I’ve covered, all in the name of travel writing. The Downright Weird Some of my most interesting and bizarre travel writing assignments covered weird [...]

Five Important Things You Can Learn from My Ten Years as a Freelance Travel Writer
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[Posted on: 28 July 2017]
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Wouldn’t it be great if we had the power of foresight? We could gaze into the future and learn from our mistakes. Well, I may not have the superpower of foresight, but I’ve learned a lot—and gained a lot of valuable experience—in my ten years in the rough-and-tumble freelance travel writing game. Looking back on [...]

Finding YOUR Voice
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[Posted on: 7 March 2017]
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When I started my travel blog some seven years ago, I’m quite sure I wrote as I thought a “travel blogger” should. Ironically, in the process of trying to be something I wasn’t, I was nullifying my own actual writing ability, which is what people ended up actually responding to. I was 19, and I [...]

Are Internships Worth Pursuing?
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[Posted on: 20 January 2017]
[Posted in: Enhance Your Writing, Getting Started, Opportunities, Writer's Education]
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So you’re a travel blogger, but you want to be a professional journalist. You want credibility and recognition. That means building a portfolio of published articles, honing your skills to produce quality content, and developing a network of contacts with editors and publishers. It means writing for prestigious media outlets, not just your own or [...]

A Conversation with David Farley and NomadicMatt
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[Posted on: 11 October 2016]
[Posted in: Getting Started, Interviews, Writer's Education, Writer's Resources]
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One of the most well-known and respected travel writers out there (David Farley) has teamed up with one of the most successful travel bloggers (Nomadic Matt) to create a travel writing course. I was really excited to learn about their course — “How to Be a Travel Writer” — because as someone who has seen [...]

3 Questions Most Travel Editors Want Answered in Your Pitch
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[Posted on: 14 March 2016]
[Posted in: Getting Started, Guest Blog Posts, Overcoming Obstacles]
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Most editors are short on time and even shorter on patience when it comes to poorly written pitches. From copy-and-paste emails with the wrong name to queries riddled with spelling errors, you’d be surprised at what editors are sent on a daily basis. The main problem, however, is that the majority of queries are off [...]



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