The economic crisis of the United States of America is affecting financial markets around the world. If you listen to this negative rhetoric, travel writing opportunities will slip through your hands. You’ll back yourself into a corner and always wonder “what if I took that chance?” This is a shame.
Here’s a news flash for everyone: many people thrive in the midst of economic turmoil. Did you know that more millionaires were made during the Great Depression? Do not let opportunity pass you by because you are buying into the limited thinking of your fellow countrymen. What do they know? These people signed their name on the dotted line knowing they could not afford their purchases.
“My friend Carolyn quit her job and has been traveling since November 2008. She went to Malaysia to visit her family and then she set off from there. She has a blog and writes about her travels. I keep telling her to start a career in travel writing. Carolyn celebrated Carnival in Rio with the locals. Doesn’t that sound like fun? She inspires me; I want to travel more than ever.”
You may believe travel writing opportunities are non-existent. This is far from the truth. My writing has taken off because I write on other topics besides travel. That’s the key. In order to support your dreams, you may have to take on other work. I’m a die-hard writer who is passionate about many topics and genres of writing. I’ve written articles on how to install shelving to dog sympathy cards. Believe me, my writing muscles have been stretched in more ways than one.
Ideas to support your travel writing
- Take a road trip and write about your experiences.
- Edit guidebooks.
- Search Craigslist.
- Enter writing contests — submit your “travel fiction.”
- Sign up with Elance.com and Guru.com.
- Post an ad on Craigslist advertising your writing services.
- Go to the new restaurants and write about the food and wine.
You may have to take a full-time or part-time job to support your travel writing. Will you be all right with this? Are you an all-or-nothing person? If you have a dream, you’ll do whatever it takes to see it come to fruition. This may require a full-time or part-time job outside of travel writing. Of course, you could always get a job within the travel industry. Become part of the crew of a cruise ship and sail around the world. You’ll have no shortage of travel writing articles.
Get a vision for your life. You may have to write on other topics other than travel writing — so be it. This will make you very valuable as a writer. If you know and understand SEO marketing, you’re writing services will be in demand. This is a “hot commodity” right now. Organizations always look for people who can help them. “Ask not what an organization can do for you, but what you can do for the organization.” Does this sound familiar?
The more skills you have as a writer the better. Get out of your comfort zone and learn a new genre or technique of writing. Will you persevere in the midst of turmoil or continue to play a sad tune on the “fiddle?” The choice is yours — your future is in your hands!
Are you ready to take control of your travel writing dreams?