Travel writing is experiencing an incredible moment.

While people decry that print is dead, specialty magazines are popping up all over the travel space, from new airline magazines to local luxury titles.

The burgeoning small business scene is creating scores of small tour companies that need content for their blogs. And literary travel writers are pioneering stunning new print and online magazines by the dozen.

But despite all this opportunity, so many people with the interest, drive, and background to become travel writers are floundering because no one is pulling back the curtain on exactly how to make a living as a travel writer today.

You can get a detailed, step-by-step map and time in The Six-Figure Travel Writing Road Map by our founder, but we’ve gathered together here all of the fundamentals to give you a crash course on what travel writing is, how to get started, and what you need to know to start getting assignments today.

What You Need to Know Before You Start Travel Writing

How to Get Started as a Travel Writer

How to Earn Money as a Travel Writer

Pitching Travel Magazines 101

Resources to Support Your Travel Writing Career

If you’re looking for magazines to pitch, don’t forget, we’ve got detailed breakdowns of hundreds of travel magazines and magazines that feature travel content in our Travel Magazine Database. Each magazine breakdown features:

  • the magazine’s editorial focus
  • what type of magazine it is (custom, consumer, trade)
  • where the magazine is based
  • relevant editors for travel pitches
  • several years of covers to give you a sense of the magazine’s style
  • which sections are open to freelancers
  • the length of each section
  • examples of what has been covered previously in each section
  • the magazine’s target readership traits
  • the percentage of travel-related content in each issue
  • where to read full issues online
  • editors’ email addresses
  • pay rates to the best of our knowledge
  • and much more!

Check out a sample entry here!

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