Become a Travel Writer | Make Money & Travel for Free

Posted by Drew On May - 14 - 2009
Forget Working in a Stuffy Office

Forget Working in a Stuffy Office

Now here is the advice you have been looking for. If you want to travel to exotic places, stay in luxury hotels for free and make some serious cash, you definitely want to look into becoming a travel writer. The only real problem coinciding with becoming a travel writer is that everyone else is going to envy you and be utterly jealous of your lifestyle.

It should be explained a little more, becoming a travel writer does not mean that you are going to make serious money, unless you become one of the best. However, the fact remains that you will barely have to spend money at all. Every paycheck you get can be tossed right into your bank account as your flights, accommodations and meals will most often be completely paid for.

Secondly, you are going to have to work hard. The life of a travel writer does not come easy, just as with any goals. Yet, if you are committed to putting in some work and dealing with your friends’ jealousy, your work abroad dreams can become a reality with a job as a travel writer.

Where do I Start?

So, how can you go about getting a job as a travel writer? It goes beyond just being able to put your thoughts down on paper. Self motivation and flexibility are essential for job success and you obviously have to be willing to spend a lot of time away from home.

If you are reading this article though, then you are probably more than willing to get away and experience new cultures away from home. The main reason that some travel writers fail is that they take on jobs that they are disinterested in. Make sure that you write about something that you are passionate about.

The more passionate you are about what you are writing, the more people will love and appreciate what your work. Yes your writing skills are important, but your attitude is what will make you or break you when it comes to travel writing. Believe in what you are doing, be patient, prepare for rejection and start putting pen to paper or fingers to keyboard.

Preparing to Write and Getting Started

A lot of people think that travel writing just comes in one main form. The truth is that there are a number of variations and jobs available when it comes to writing about your travels. There are first person features, E-Book, guidebooks, articles and even thick, full page novels. The best way to learn what you are best at is by reading everything you can. Get your hands on E-Books and travel novels and see which you enjoy the most and which you would feel most comfortable writing about. 

You will also find in your research that big features have the most competition. It can be really difficult for you to break into the travel writing industry through large feature articles. Instead, start slow and write short, to the point pieces and scour the internet for any publications that need short, brief travel content. Just be reasonable and understand that you probably aren’t going to get a dream job working with Lonely Planet right out of the gate.

Tips on Good Travel Writing

What a lot of people don’t understand about travel writing is that not everyone is as interested as you think. Some writers try to break into travel writing because they think the target audience is infinite and that everyone wants to read what they are writing. This simply is not the case. In fact, nobody is interested in what you have to say. Your job is to MAKE them interested. A simple detail by detail explanation of your last vacation is not intriguing enough. Stats and figures are useful, but to be honest, boring.

Your goal is to add a personal twist when it comes to travel writing. Define what the point of your article is and convey it to the reader. Instead of writing about a place, actually put the reader in the exact destination. Allow them to picture themselves on a sandy, white beach or dining in Paris, do not just give details.

Becoming a travel writer is a dream job for many. The key for your success is to do what you love, set attainable goals and be passionate and persistent. Will you probably get rejected by editors for your first few articles? Yes. Is travel writing an easy and carefree job? Not really. However, if traveling is your life love and you want to see the world while banking cash, this is the industry you want to break in to. Get out there, get writing and start networking. The editor that can hand you your dream job could be right around the corner.

Best of luck and happy typing and traveling!

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