This past week I spent 4 wonderful days in Cozumel, Mexico on a Travel Media Trip, as a guest at the fabulous Park Royal Resort (of course you’d already know this if you follow us on Twitter). We’re adding a new section to our website for Destination Travel Articles, so watch for mine about the Park Royal which will be posted later this week (along with some photos), followed soon by another article about Cozumel.
Travel Media Trips are a great way for Travel Writers to get to see a destination at little to no cost. Although there is only occasionally a contractual “requirement” in exchange for a free trip, the unspoken expectation is that you’ll participate in helping the destination promote itself through the articles you’ll write when you get back. A prolific writer or blogger can spend just a few days exploring a new place and come home with enough ideas, notes, photos, video, and inspiration to write a great many articles – I know I’ll be writing on various aspects of my trip for several weeks and for several different blogs as well.
It can also be a lot of fun and just a great getaway! Our group was given first-class treatment at the Park Royal Resort (to be fair, I’m sure they treat all guests equally as well, but I certainly felt like royalty while I was there). They wined and dined us, chauffeured us to and from the airport (and into town for some shopping), and even treated us to a fun submarine excursion to view the underwater marine park called Chankanaab. Of course we also had plenty of time to just relax and enjoy the resort’s amenities.
While all of that is a great ‘perk’ of being a travel writer, an even greater benefit to writers is the networking opportunity you’ll get — to connect with other travel writers and bloggers from all different backgrounds, experiences, writing genres, and geographic regions. This particular trip – which was exceedingly well organized and implemented – introduced me to several other wonderful writers, all really great people with whom I know I will stay in touch (see below for their websites).
If you’re a travel writer who hasn’t been on any Media Trips yet, stay tuned for an article with the “Top 10 “Do’s and Don’ts For Travel Media Trips” that will be posting this week both here at our site and on EzineArticles.com as well.
The bottom line is that a travel Media Trip is much more than just a way to earn free travel – it’s a way to broaden your experience as a travel writer, to gain valuable contacts, to meet wonderful people, to find inspiration, and to become a better writer.
If you’re new to travel writing, keep working at it – publish your travel articles on your own site, submit them to article marketing sites, as well as to travel publications. The more articles you can get published, the greater your chances of being invited on a Media Trip.
Have you been on any Media Trips? What was your experience of it?
If you’re interested in reading more, this Media Trip was sponsored by the Royal Holiday Club. You can read about their recent awards for Park Royal Resort, and also read their Park Royal Resort TripAdvisor Reviews here). The trip was organized by New Media Strategies (special kudos to Sean and Kristen from NMS who did a terrific job).