Imagine you wake up in London.
You leave your apartment rental in a trendy neighborhood to grab an excellent coffee and pastry before strolling through one of the city’s prim, manicured gardens, perhaps pausing on a bench for a bit to read for a bit.
After the garden, you find yourself in a neighborhood you haven’t explored much and walk around checking out the shops and restaurants before you feel like you need a break from exploring.
You spend about two hours in a cafe noshing on an elegantly plated and healthy lunch while you power through whatever you feel inspired to work on at that moment, perhaps a month’s worth of blog posts for one client, or a detailed outline and rough draft for an upcoming feature story.
In the afternoon, you take a private tour of a museum that you had organized, for your own blog or in connection to a piece for a magazine you write for regularly (or both!), before returning to your apartment to do a couple more hours of work, sending pitches for upcoming pieces to your regular editors, researching topics for the writing you’ll do the next day, and addressing any important emails.
Your evening is your own. You’ve already earned more than $500 that day!
Fast forward a few weeks. You wake up in a seaside town in Italy, known for its richly-layered history as the city has endured conquest after conquest before arriving at its present renown as a summer vacation spot.
Prices here are so low that you snagged a two-bedroom apartment with a huge terrace for what you would have paid for a closet in Rome, so you have a lot of options for where to work, but you typically alternate working from a bench on the 4-kilometer-long waterfront with your time exploring the city’s UNESCO heritage and taking day trips to other culinary capitals along with craggy coastline, which looks more like Croatia than Italy.
The locations in the scenarios above can, of course, change completely.
You may find yourself in a chic neighborhood in Medellin with a week-long pass to a co-working space with super-fast Wi-Fi and a rotating cast of other interesting location-independent professionals to explore the city with in the afternoon or be your +1 for that restaurant you were thinking of checking out for dinner.
You may find yourself on an island that can only be reached by a 25-hour-long ferry from Tokyo that blends first-world infrastructure and Japanese order with beaches you can have entirely to yourself at sunset and a fascinating “expat” community of Japanese young adults looking for a different life than the typical Japanese salaryman culture (a.k.a. fantastic profile sources!).
Or you may find yourself in Cape Town, or Hanoi, or a mountain-top village in Slovenia, or a ranch in Argentina, or a beach community in Mozambique, or a fishing village in Nova Scotia, or India’s tech-and-hipster-cafe-hub Pune.
Wherever you are though, the business you’ve created for yourself allows you to both spend time every day exploring AND earn a living that you enjoy working on that also pays for any travels you’d like to take.
But the real question is: How do you get there?
“I had broken into freelance writing about 4 years before I was introduced to Gabi.
I wrote a small magazine column and contributed a web piece here and there, but despite traveling to 20 countries and living abroad for 3 years, I struggled with organizing my ideas and pitching publications to keep a steady supply of new work.
Simply put, I’ve learned more in the few months that I’ve been a member of the database and listening in on Gabi’s seminars than I have in 4 years of working in the industry.
Gabi is a wealth of knowledge and I feel fortunate to have been influenced by her expertise. Ideas come to me more easily now and I’m gradually tackling my biggest challenge – keeping my pitch prep time to a minimum. All of this has been accomplished by applying the tips that Gabi shares.
I consider discovering her one of the best things to happen to my writing this year.
– Lori Rice, Published Author and Freelance Food and Travel Writer”
I know there are a lot of things that hold you back from hitting six figures with your travel writing while working part-time and traveling the world wherever you want to go while still spending tons of quality time with your family and friends.
Here are some of the most common that I hear:
- “Fear that my writing isn’t good enough, that I can’t get published.”
- “Anxiety because I have actually successfully pitched in the past, but I’m frozen with fear of rejection.”
- “I’m not getting paid enough for pieces I wrote and many publications want pieces for free, because I’m just starting out and new to it.”
- “I always get hung up on being perfect. For the longest time, I felt like if I didn’t have the perfect photos to accompany an article, it wasn’t worth writing. Or if I didn’t know every nook and cranny of Budapest, I didn’t deserve to write an article about it.”
- “I don’t know how to ‘break in.'”
- “I must resolve other obligations before full-time commitment to travel writing.”
- “I struggle with having the time to keep up with all of my projects.”
- “I am an artistic person; writing comes so naturally, but the business side is difficult for me to organize. I need to learn to balance the artist within me with the business woman.”
- “I’m not sure how to start monetizing.”
- “I have a hard time being taken seriously without a traditional literary background or training. I can’t get past the listicle assignment.”
- “I need to cultivate the confidence to pitch and sell articles to magazines, and the savvy to know how much they’re worth.”
- “I have a difficult time starting it with my full time job, and don’t have funds to hire out tasks such as social media.”
- “I need to work on the discipline to keep writing continuously… instead I hold back on sharing my voice, feeling like it lacks value.”
- “I struggle with coming up with original ideas/angles and the best places for them.”
- “I fear that my writing’s not good enough or that I can’t make a living out of it.”
I love when I hear people have those fears, because they are all things that we know EXACTLY how to help with:
- We can teach you the exact structure of any kind of article you’d every write, and how to both do the research and outline your article so that you never feel a lack of confidence in completing a story you’ve been assigned (or pitching it in the first place!)
- We can show you exactly how to unearth the more than 100 article ideas you pick up every hour that you are out exploring, including how to tune yourself into seeing them hiding in plain sight every time you leave your house, how to capture them so you have what you need to pitch, and how to make sure they are perfect matches for magazines.
- We can show you the fastest path FOR YOU to earn an excellent living from your travel writing and walk you step-by-step (no need to wonder if you’re doing the right things!) through every marketing activity you need to take so you can start this month having recurring retainer contracts with companies and relationships with editors who assign you pieces every issue.
But I want to tell you something much scarier than any of these fears.
And it’s something I’ve seen happen, time and time again.
One writer I knew worked years in an intense and outwardly exciting but very draining business.
He saved and worked extra hours to build up a beautiful blog and planned when to quit his job.
Right when that magic horizon was set to arrive, something even better than he could have imagined happened–a company offered to pay him mid-five figures to purchase his entire blog from him AND retain him as their blogger and social media person for a nice four-figure per month contract.
He was able to get paid for what he had already did and keep doing it while getting paid on the regular.
Over the next few months, his work with the new company grew to include other writing projects for them as well as helping the owners with other parts of the operation. After his role expanded, he was able to negotiate a large retainer with them, even though it didn’t seem like quite enough for all of the work he was doing.
He was basically on-call 24/7 like an employee, but without the benefits.
However, he knew he was making himselves indispensible to the owners, from whom he had taken over a lot of tasks that they would usually do, so he knew he would have a strong negotiating position.
When things got too stressful to keep going at his initial retainer, he tried to negotiate again, but they wouldn’t budge, so he gave them an ultimatum.
But they let him quit.
And because the contract they had given him for the sale of his blog and his retainer work meant the company owned all rights to everything he had produced during that time, he had to start over from scratch as a freelancer suddenly out of his job, but without a beautiful bank of content to his name or a retainer to pave his way financially as he grew his client base.
Now, since we don’t all have a blog to sell or a company entering our market interested in buying it, I want to give you another example of an all-too-true scenario that is worse than any of the fears you have right now holding you back from earning big from your writing.
Imagine that you have a full-time job, but within your family, you’re able to make the numbers work so that you can quit and pursue your writing projects full-time.
You have quite a few lined up, including:
- doing more with your blog, including a regular video series
- a book of travel-related poetry
- a content marketing business you’ve set up the LLC for and are looking forward to adding clients to
- a gig writing a large amount of content for one site that takes a lot of time but makes you feel quite secure about paying your bills
- a new location-independent lifestyle that begins one month after you quit your job as you fly to Prague and base yourself in low-cost Eastern Europe for the next three months
- a lead on a project to create video content for a travel gear company on an on-going basis.
In short, you feel prepared, you are psyched, and you’ve got a whole new life pictured and ready to embark on!
You leave, and when you reach your first destination, to put it mildly, it’s not what you pictured. To the point where you know in the first 24 hours that you need to leave.
You drop a bunch of money on plane tickets and last-minute accommodation in a more expensive country where you are more confident in the quality of life. But it’s okay, because you have very healthy savings built up to make this work.
You spend three weeks working on this video project for the travel gear company to the exclusion of a lot of your other work, but they don’t want to pay you for it (you didn’t really ask for money up-front exactly, but it seemed like they would pay you probably if they loved it since you made it longer and cooler than what you had originally agreed upon) at this time and are too busy to discuss bigger projects.
While that’s been going on, you’ve gotten behind in your content work for your big client, but you thought it was okay, because you do a lot of work together. It turns out though that they also have some quality concerns.
In the meantime, you have returned to your original travel schedule and are back in Eastern Europe, somewhere different, but where the internet is not so great in your AirBnb and there aren’t really cafes in your small town with Wi-Fi.
You know this is going to cause problems with your big client, and anyway, you aren’t sure how to get out of the hole with them, so you decide it’s best to just move on and tell them you are going to focus on other projects.
Now, free from so many deadlines and expectations, back to your travel plans, you dig in and work on your own blog, poetry, and video projects.
It’s nice to be in a lovely area and just work on these things, and you have a big savings cushion to rely on!
By the time your tourist visa days in the EU run out, you realize that you need to go home, or at least get a plane ticket to go somewhere else, but you don’t really have any client work going on, so you’re nervous about the investment.
You start looking for work online on job boards, but it takes a while to get responses, so you decide it’s best to go back to the U.S. and re-group, ultimately taking a full-time job there (again) to make sure you can cover your housing.
What happened to this writer?! An exciting circle, for sure, but right back where she started, and, in terms of long-term prospects of running her own business, unfortunately not much to go on.
This is the thing…
Whatever is keeping you from pursing your travel writing right now full-steam, like a business, is setting you up on a dangerous path.
Unless you pursure earning money from your travel writing like a business, it will never support you.
There are some very important threads that run through both of these stories:
- These writers thought a lot about what activities they would pursue when they started freelancing, but didn’t have specific plans, targets, or strategies for how they would make money regularly and repeatedly.
- These writers didn’t experiment with different types of ways of earning from their freelance writing, so when one didn’t pan out, they were stuck.
- These writers never focused on skilling up in terms of how to market their travel writing so that they could always be confident about finding work even if one thing fell through.
But there are other stories I’m equally eager for you to hear, such as:
- The writer who was laid off in the spring when the major she worked in closed down her division. She spent three months hustling to find another full-time job before deciding that she’s always wanted to freelance full-time and this was her chance so she was going to switch gears and take it. By the end of the year, her monthly freelance writing client work added up to more than $8,000 per month.
- The writer who hated her job and couldn’t wait to quit found that, when she did, and even before she got her freelance travel writing churning, she was able to earn far more freelancing for her old employer AND have control of her schedule and time during the day to work on her freelance writing.
- The writer who spent months and months on everything that she put together from each pitch letter to individual pages on her website until her regular teaching gig fell through and she suddenly found herself missing two-thirds of her income. She completely changed how she spent her time, focusing exclusively on pitches that were a close fit and doing billable freelance writing work and was able to replace her lost income–while netting clients from big-name travel brand websites to tourism boards–in three months.
The important thing for you is what are the differences between the stories of those people who are confident, following a proven path, and earning serious money, and those who end up back where they started (usually minus some savings or rights to their works!).
And the key to those differences lies in four very important factors:
- Appropriately valuing time and other non-scalable resources
- Cultivating a marketing mindset
- Training a focused pitching practice
- Skilling up to fill in gaps in knowledge and build onward
On your own, in the wild, wild west of the internet, with its never-ending deluge of complaining comments on Facebook about how the world sucks for writers and blogs telling you the bare-bones, unfollowable vague outline of how to do big things, zeroing in on these four things is hard.
It requires a lot of focus, coupled with a keen ability to sift through tons of useless content to find what is actually useful.
But you don’t need to spend those 9.5 out of 10 hours on digging.
“Before I started working with Gabi, pitching was happening very rarely.
It was very erratic and frenzied. I could spend all day researching, which was really procrastination. I would waste so much time that wasn’t netting me any money.
And I had previously worked on a few editorial teams. The Frisky. Conde Nast. So I was an editor! People were pitching me all the time and I didn’t know how to pitch.
Between the database and Gabi’s lessons, pitching became really simple. I was surprised that it was so simple and formulaic. It felt really weird to pitch to someone I didn’t know.
I felt like ‘It’s a waste of time but I feel like I have to.’ But some people were interested right away!
The value for the subscription itself is beyond. It saves you so much time.
If I didn’t have this, it would severely limit my options when I wanted to pitch a story, it would shut me off from a lot of potential income and career growth.”
– Claire Hannum, Freelance Travel Writer
We want to help you be more like the writer who hit $8,000+ per month by the end of the year in less than six months.
Not in six years like the trial-and-error, or quit-job-freelance-flail-and-repeat cycle the first two writers I told you are were in.
We’ve got three resources specifically designed to make sure that you don’t feel like….
- your writing isn’t good enough
- you struggle to come up with ideas
- you don’t know which markets will pay you the rate you need
- you won’t be taken seriously with the amount of experience you have now
- you don’t know how to juggle your different projects and priorities
- you’re neglecting the business side of your freelance travel writing business
- Our On-Demand Coaching Concierge is designed to provide you specific answers to both the most basic and the most situational of travel writing questions EXACTLY when you need them.
- Our Personal Webinar Libraries unpack exactly, in step-by-step detail and with scripts and templates, how to do everything from write every type of article out there to have phone conversations with potential content marketing clients that ensure you end up with big retainers.
- Our Travel Magazine Database shows exactly what editors of more than 500 magazines are looking for so you can always be confident you are providing editors with EXACTLY the article pitches they need.
Imagine that, starting this week…
- …you had an exact path for what would get you to where you want your freelance career to be and what you do (and DON’T) need to do to get there.
- …every time you have a question about anything–how exactly to respond to a client or editor, if applying to this job-board gig is a good use of an hour of your time, or whether your pitch is ready to send–you could get an instant answer.
- …you had everything you needed to start pitching stories to editors and getting ‘yes’s from magazines this week.
The On-Demand Coaching Concierge
You have the option to write your question in the search box and be matched to the most likely answers, or, if you want to explore and learn more, you can dive specifically into the four sections.
We’ve got more than 250 questions and answers in there already and an option to add a new question for us to answer and add.
The Personal Webinar Libraries
Your personal resource library comes with five categories of webinars–each with:
- streamable and downloadable video (so you can spend subway rides, boring layovers and long flights moving your career forward)
- streamable and downloadable audio (perfect for listening in the car or at the gym)
- full slide deck (this way you can cut and paste every single script we use!)
- complete transcript (these usually run 15-30 pages because we cover so much in each hour)
1. Work Smarter, Not Harder
In the webinars in this section, you’ll learn everything you need to know about the business side of travel writing, including how to:
- manage your time professionally
- interact with editors as an equal
- control the numbers of your business, rather than letter them control you
Your hour-long travel writing video classes on these topics include:
- The Secrets of Six-Figure Travel Writers
- Triple Your Travel Writing Income Writing for Magazines
- How to Get Work Done When You’re on the Road
- How to Research on the Road and Find Saleable Ideas While Traveling
- How to Break Your Trips into the Maximum Number of Article Ideas
- How to Become Part of an Editor’s Stable
- Crack the Interview Code Series:
- Secrets to Successful Interviews for Your Travel Articles
- Securing Interview Sources to Make Your Stories Sing
- Transforming Interviews into an Article (Live Demo!)
- How to Handle Questions and Responses in Interviews (Live Demo!)
- Mastering AP Style: The Grammar Style of Choice for Publications
- Mastering Style at a Sentence by Sentence Level
- Five-part Annual Business Review
- What is Standing Between You and Your Travel Writing Goals
- How to Clearly Catalogue the Work and Opportunities You Have Now to See Where You Need to Go
- Taking Stock of the Past Year and SWOTing Yourself Into Shape
- Getting Crystal Clear on the Past Year
- Mapping Out Your Step-by-step Plan for Next Year’s Success
- Travel Writing Business Fundamentals Series
- Taking Control of Your Freelance Travel Writing Finances
- Taking Control of Your Freelance Travel Writing Time
- Taking Control of How You Track and Reach Your Freelance Travel Writing Goals
- Taking Control of Your Ideas, Pitches, and Follow-Ups
- The Guidebook Guide Series
- The Players and The Game
- The Life of a Guidebook Writer
- The Writing Side of Guidebook Writing
2. Power Up Your Pitches
In the webinars in this section, you’ll learn the ins and outs of getting editional assignments, including how to:
- handle unusual situations that come up when editors respond to your pitches
- be 100% sure your pitch is a fit for a publication
- never run out of pitchable article ideas
Your hour-long travel writing video classes on these topics include:
- How to Increase Your Pitch Success Rate by Analyzing Magazines
- How to Generate Sure-Fire Saleable Ideas
- How to Hone Your Travel Article Ideas to Perfectly Fit Each Magazine
- How to Craft the Perfect Travel Article Pitch
- Don’t Create “Ideas” Out of Nowhere: How to Always Find Them When You Need Them
- Answers to Your Most Common Pitch Question
- How to Use the Travel Magazine Database to Power Up Your Pitches
- The Art of the Follow Up – The Simple Key to Dramatically More Assignments
3. Land Travel Content Marketing Gigs
In the webinars in this section, you’ll learn the step-by-step process for setting up four-figure retains with the hundreds of thousands of companies out there hiring travel writers, including how to:
- methodically walk through a phone call with a potential client without fear
- know that the people you are emailing actually need and can pay for your services
- confidently offer highly-paid ghostwriting services to company owners even if you’ve never done that type of writing before
Your hour-long travel writing video classes on these topics include:
- How to Earn Big with Travel Content Marketing Writing
- The Full Cycle for Landing Travel Content Marketing Gigs:
- How to Locate the People Who Need Your Travel Content Marketing Writing
- How to Craft a Travel Content Marketing Pitch that Gets Attention
- How to Close the Deal: Proposals and Phone Calls that Get Results
- Pricing, Negotiating, and Contracts (for Travel Content Marketing and Magazine Writing)
- How to Build Serious Business Partnerships at Travel Conferences
- Tourism Board and Company Blogs vs. Personal Blogs and How to Make the Jump – With Special Guest from Visit Tucson
- How to Sell Blogging to Tourism Boards and Travel Companies
- Best Practices When Writing on the Web for Travel Companies
- Ghost(writ)ing on the Web as a Travel Writing
4. Setting Up Sponsored Trips
In the webinars in this section, you’ll learn the ins and outs of all sides of the free travel spectrum. including how to:
- travel for free on your own steam with points and miles
- distinguish which parts of your trip you can get sponsorship for and who to ask for it
- set up a complex, multi-week trip with dozens of different sponsors with minimal stress
Your hour-long travel writing video classes on these topics include:
- Setting Up Sponsored Trips 101
- How to Set Up an Individual Trip from Scratch
- Getting a Spot on a Group Fam or Press Trip
- Putting Together a Pitch Portfolio to Support a Big Trip
- What to Expect on Press Trips
- How to Prepare for Your Press Trips
- How to Get the Most (On the Ground) Out of Your Press Trips
- Fundamentals of Free Travel for Freelancers with Points and Miles
- Creating Your Own Free Travel Plan with Points and Miles
5. Work with More Magazines
In the webinars in this section, you’ll learn how to grow your income by expanding your horizons of which magazines you can pitch as you learn how to:
- add photography to your pitch package in a way that editors will pay double for
- turn one article into 12 by taking advantage of every format your article can appear in
- apply a step-by-step method to writing any kind of freelance article
Your hour-long travel writing video classes on these topics include:
- The Magazine Landscape: Where All the Assignments are Hiding
- Writing for Travel Trade Magazines 101
- How to Write a Letter of Introduction–The Pitch Equivalent for Trade Magazines
- What Types of Articles Should You Be Writing
- The Difference Between the Photos You’re Shooting Now and What Magazines are Publishing
- Creating a Shot List to Organize Your Trips Around Saleable Photography
- Food Photography and the Art of the Still Life
- Story Structure to Take Your Feature Articles to the Next Level
- The Art of the Essay and How to Find Them Everywhere
- The Article Nuts and Bolts Series:
- Putting Together a News Brief
- Putting Together a Front-of-Book Round-Up
- Putting Together a Trend Piece
- Putting Together a Business Profile
- Putting Together a “Postcard” Piece
- Putting Together a Basket of Kittens Feature
- Putting Together a Guide Feature
- Putting Together a Quest Piece
- Putting Together a Diary Piece
- Putting Together a Profile
- Putting Together an Interview Piece
- Putting Together a Celebrity Favorites Piece
- Putting Together an As-Told-To Feature
The Travel Magazine Database
The Travel Magazine Database provides detailed, curated information how to pitch information on more than 500 magazines so you can get paid to write, including dream outlets like:
- NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TRAVELER
- COASTAL LIVING
- SOUTHERN LIVING
- LUXURY TRAVEL
- TRAVEL + LEISURE
- CONDE NAST TRAVELER
- DELTA SKY
Each magazine listing includes four signature sections:
1. What is the Magazine All About?
- What type of magazine is it? Consumer? Custom? Trade?
- How often does it come out?
- What percentage of the articles in the magazine is travel-based content?
- Who publishes the magazine?
- Where are they located?
- How do the editors describe the positioning of their magazine?
- Where can you read full issues of the magazine online?
- Are they available for free online or only on paid online newsstands?
2. Who is the Magazine’s Audience?
- How many people subscribe to the magazine?
- How many total people read the magazine? (some magazines get big boosts in readership from “pass-through” readers or locations like doctors’ offices)
- How old are the readers?
- What is the average income of the magazine’s readers?
- What activities do the readers enjoy?
- How frequently do they travel?
3. How Can You Pitch this Specific Magazine?
- How is the magazine laid out?
- How many sections are open to freelance writers?
- Which sections are not open to freelance pitches?
- How long are the sections you can pitch?
- What is the tone of those sections?
- How are the sections open to freelanceres structured?
- What kind of stories have they published in the past?
- Are there additional opportunities to pitch the magazine’s online section?
- How much does the magazine pay?
4. Who Do You Pitch and How Do You Reach Them?
- Which editors should you target your pitches to?
- How can you email them?
Now, you see these kind of “hey, we have something to sell and want to tell you all about the person who has lost 135 pounds/quit smoking and become a marathon runner/started cooking dinner for her family of eight in just 20 minutes each night!” stories all the time.
Particularly on infomercials if you have cable and stay up too late 🙂
And whenever you hear those stories, I’m sure you think the same thing I do:
There is no way that everyone that buys this product has those results!
These people are clearly the best cases. The exceptions. (If they’re even real at all!)
So I want to tell you, straight up, that it is absolutely true that not everyone who has access to all of our resources has the results above…but not at all for the reasons you think.
Here’s the thing – if you’re not hitting your income goals, there are typically three reasons why. Either:
- you’re not pitching for new work at all;
- you’re now pitching enough; or
- you’re not pitching strategically.
This doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with you!
There is a lot of bad information out there. I’ve seen writers spend months, if not years, writing pitches that will never, ever get them assignments–with companies or magazines–because someone somewhere told them that was “right.”
You have the potential to make six figures as a freelance travel writer. But in order to create that travel writing career of your dreams, you need to know WHO to pitch to, HOW to pitch, WHAT to pitch for a YES, and the nerve to hit “send.”
We can’t give you the nerve, but we can give you the HOW, WHO and the WHAT. The rest is up to you.
“It’s a no-brainer; you need to get it. There is nothing else out there like it.
Before Gabi, I was not pitching anywhere near as often, nor anywhere near as seriously. It would take me hours of research to find 2-3 outlets to pitch.
Right now, I have 10 assignments — a year ago, if I could place one article in 6 months that would be amazing.”
– Christine Hinz, Freelance Travel Writer
We can give you everything you need, but you do need to step up to the plate and do the work.
In fact, if you are ready to work so hard that you can figure out how to do every single step of the equation on your own ON TOP OF also doing the work, you can even make your travel writing dreams happen without subscribing to the Dream Buffet, just using our free resources:
Which begs the question…whom is the Dream Buffet, with its all-access pass to our webinars, magazine breakdowns, and detailed Q&As, for?
Here’s what our members say about why they chose these resources:
- “I want easy access to advice when I need it.”
“As far as travel writing goes I’m, I’m at the base of a steep hill; I’m definitely a newbie.”
- “I’ve been full-time freelancing for 13 years and am feeling very stuck trying to get to my next level. I write for a few national pubs but feel like most of my pitches get ignored, and I’m not making nearly enough money. I took one of your free webinars and it revolutionized the way I pitch.”
- “I’ve got a big move coming up this year, and want to move into new markets, but am still hopeless at generating pitch ideas, pitching in general and making the most of press trips etc.”
- “I have been managing a travel blog for almost a year and enjoy the writing immensely. I hope to leave my current job in the next few months in order to write full time.”
- “I have done a fair amount of freelance writing and journalism, but I really want to break into travel writing, especially as I’m about to become an empty nester with more free time.”
- “I want a clearer understanding and direction on how to become a professional freelance writer.”
- “I’m transitioning to a travel writing business and am seeking expert guidance in goal setting, improving business acumen, getting acclimated to the world of travel writing, and self-confidence.”
- “I am not getting the travel writing results I want with my current approach.”
- “I feel totally overwhelmed about doing this by myself so I need someone who can help guide me through the process.”
If you want to hit $1,000 per month, or $3,000 per month, or $6,000 per month, or even $10,000 per month writing travel articles and content for travel companies, you can.
You may be thinking “I don’t have the time to invest in my travel writing right now.”
Let’s talk about how you’re currently spending your time as a writer:
- You’re reading articles online (hey, you found this page)
- You’re soaking up free, valuable information on travel writing
- You’re (hopefully) researching magazines to send pitches to
What if, instead of falling down an internet rabbit hole, you were focused and powerful in how you approached that time?
What if your time was spent on just these three things:
- Learning exactly how to do the things you aren’t confident about.
- Pitching work that pays.
- Collecting money.
Imagine if all you had to do was log in, search, learn and do.
What else would you be able to do?
What else would you have time for? How many more articles would you be able to write (and get paid for)? How much more money would that add to your bank account?
Chances are, you’d finally be able to…
- send time-efficient, successful pitches
- gain connections for repeat work (and recurring assignments)
- pitch new publications for a “yes”
- increase your income with travel writing
- land those juicy retainer content marketing content clients
- get your trips sponsored
- find editors you can work with again and again
- find the right outlets for your ideas
- craft effective pitches that work
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is this worth the investment? $99 per month is a big investment for me right now as my travel writing hasn’t been very lucrative just yet!
We totally hear you. In the beginning, it can be challenging to nail your pitches and get assignments. However, the only way to get better at this is with practice.
If all these resources did for you was help you get ONE more paid writing assignment this year, it would have paid for itself.
But that’s not what we’re looking for here. We want you to have a successful, sustainable full-time income. And that’s how we have structured our content–to ensure that if you do the work, you will earn a serious income and quickly.
So the real question isn’t the investment of money for the subscription, it is: are you ready to do the work and finally make this happen for yourself?
Q: What’s your refund policy? What if I join and don’t like it?
The Dream Buffet is a subscription based service. You’ll be billed $99 per month every month to maintain access. There is no annual contract. If you join and don’t like it, you can write us and cancel at any time and we will stop payments and remove your access to the 250+ travel writing questions in the On-Demand Coaching Concierge, 80+ hours of step-by-step videos in the webinar library, and 500+ magazine analyses in the Travel Magazine Database.
Q: What if I join and still don’t get assignments?
The Dream Buffet does not include any custom feedback, support, coaching or matching — but if you use all of the provided materials you will have everything you need to nail it!
And if you’re not getting assignments because you’ve subscribed to the database but you’re still not doing the work or sending pitches… well, then we can’t help you there!
If you want to build a successful career, you have to be willing to put in the work.
We do have one solution though if you’re doing the work and still stuck.
If you use the Dream Buffet resources for three months to pitch regularly and get no responses whatsoever, not only will we give you all of your money back, we will also give you three pitch-letter critiques and a coaching call to get your pitching on track so you do get responses from editors.
A final note from our founder…
Look, I know that creating a serious career with something as dreamy as travel writing sounds scary.
Putting yourself out there like that can bring up all kinds of things. It’s painful to get rejected. You might find yourself procrastinating to avoid doing it. It might make you think things like “who am I to get paid to write this article??”
You might feel like an imposter. It might make you hesitate before hitting “send” or rewriting your pitch 1000 times over. You might deal with perfectionism x 1000.
But the only way to get over that is to keep taking action in spite of your fear. The truth is that your desire for a career in travel writing — for getting paid to go on adventures and write, for having total flexibility and freedom with your schedule, and seeing your name in print in magazines and online publications — has to be bigger than all of the fears that are holding you back.
There are so many writing opportunities available to you as a travel writer.
I created the resources in the Dream Buffet to make that process easier on you.
My dream is that every travel writer out there is able to save hours of time and land way way more, better-paying work.
See, I believe that earning great money as a travel writer doesn’t have to be so hard. And I believe that YOU deserve to have the career of your dreams too. But I can’t do the work for you. You have to decide that your dreams are worth the work — that seeing your name in print, getting paid to do something you love, and actually having things work out is what you really want.
If you’re ready to take your travel writing career to the next level, the Dream Buffet is here for you!
p.s. Do you know what is one of my favorite things I’ve ever heard from someone using our resources? She told me: “I just had an editor compliment me on my ‘well-targeted pitch!’” Can you imagine getting that email?!