Explore How to Become a Travel Writer

Updated: Mar 20th, 2010

Do you like to travel? Are you a writer? If you enjoy writing and traveling, marry these two passions and become a travel writer. You could learn how to become a travel writer in no time. Are you ready to live your dream?

Many people enjoy traveling and would like to find ways to pay for their travels. Writing about travel is a great way to pay for it. You could earn free trips. However, you must develop a portfolio. Show people examples of your writing and what you have to offer them.

Knowing how to become a travel writer takes some social skills. Start your own blog. Choose a “niche” travel writing market. If you like to travel with pets, write about it. Adventure travel is a great niche market. Five-star hotels and resorts is another fine market. Make sure you are writing in the niche that you enjoy.

How to Become a Travel Writer Tips

  1. Travel
  2. Take photos
  3. Choose a niche market
  4. Write
  5. Start a blog
  6. Develop SEO skills
  7. Network through social media
  8. Research keywords for your blog
  9. Read travel writing books

How to become a travel writer is not difficult. You must enjoy traveling and writing. That’s all there is to it. The next step is to evaluate your writing skills. If you’re a strong writer, good for you. If your writing needs polishing, don’t worry about it. There are many writing programs that can help you hone your writing skills. Check out Whitesmoke’s free trial. You have nothing to lose because it’s free. This program has good reviews — not a waste of money.

Being a travel writer also includes photography. Many publications will ask for photos to accompany blogs or articles. Learning photography can benefit you in many ways. Not only can you sell a story, you can sell a photo. You could double your revenue in no time.

Programs such as Adobe Photoshop Lightroom! are often used to touch up photos. Knowing how to use Photoshop is a great skill to have. If you find employment with an organization, they’ll probably use MAC computers. Photoshop is a popular media platform. Learn it, know it, and benefit from it. If you would like to invest in a MAC computer, check out Best Buy Outlet Store.

There are many nuances of travel writing. How to become a travel writer does take some work. More importantly, it takes time and dedication. It’s like any other career. You must nurture and grow your expertise and skills. Keep up with technology so you stay ahead of the pack. Be a writer first and then find your specialty. Be open to sharing information with others. Finally, enjoy traveling and everything that goes with it.

Get Started in Travel Writing

Here’s a job posting from Facebook. There are many travel writing groups on Facebook. This opportunity is from the “Travel Writers Worldwide” group on Facebook. You can find them on MySpace as well. Good Luck!

Hi there from Wyoming!

We’re interested in generating some visitor/user-generated content about memorable experiences in Grand Canyon National Park, Yosemite National Park, Rocky Mountain National Park and Zion National Park. 200-500 words + 1-2 photos.Have any of you travel writers been to GRAND CANYON, YOSEMITE, ROCKY MOUNTAIN or ZION NATIONAL PARKS and be willing to share your experience in a short note for our use on sites aiming to inspire people to experience our national parks?

We have other paying gigs that any of the above contributions could very likely lead to.

Please email me at shelli@yellowstonepark.com
Thanks in advance!
Shelli Johnson



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