Travel Writing Workshops: “Beware The Bearers of False Gifts and Their Broken Promises”

So goes the famous saying. And boy, does this phrase ever apply to travel writing courses!

Many unwary novices have been lured to hyped up, half-baked travel writing courses that deliver little in return.

A couple of jazzy workshops out there give an overview of travel writing and its perks, but somehow never get around to teaching the nuts-and-bolts of how to sell and write publishable travel articles.

And they certainly don’t show aspiring travel writers how to reap the complimentary travel benefits that so many of us enjoy.

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Instead, these workshops funnel their attendees into buying expensive “how to” manuals, or they offer enticing vanity “club” memberships that deliver nothing . . . except mutual ego-stroking for posting free, sub-standard articles on someone else’s travel website.

There are travel writing courses and there are travel writing ‘lite’ courses. Let the buyer beware!

You don’t need to take an expensive travel writing course to get your stories published on websites. You can save yourself a lot of time and money by purchasing our reference book, “125 Websites That Want To Publish Your Travel Stories.” I promise you that some of the travel websites listed there will publish your travel stories.

Travel writing workshops are a great way to find out if you have the aptitudes and attributes necessary to break into travel writing. What better way to find out if you have the chops to enter this competitive and exciting field than taking a workshop?

But there are TRAVEL WRITING COURSES and there are travel writing ‘lite’ courses. Let the buyer beware!

The good news is that most travel writing courses and instructors are on the level. They’re taught by dedicated, well-published journalists with impressive bylines. Writers who sincerely want you to get your travel stories published and reap those wonderful travel benefits.

If you’re going to sign up for a travel writing course, here’s what you should you be looking for.


About Roy Stevenson 59 Articles
Freelance travel writer Roy Stevenson has had more than 1,000 articles published in 200+ regional, national, and international magazines, newspapers, trade journals, custom publications, specialty magazines, in-flights, on-boards, and online travel magazines. He's considered one of the most prolific travel writers in the U.S.A. His free weekly newsletter for aspiring travel writers is considered one of the most informative e-zines in the travel writing business. (Subscribe here: Roy has published seven eBooks on selling and marketing freelance travel articles. ( You can read Roy's full bio and see some samples of his work at his writer's website,

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