Today’s holiday trivia: On January 8, Bulgarians celebrate the feast of Babinden. A female-focused affair, the event dates back to pre-Christian times and honors children, mothers, grandmothers, and childbirth as all babies born in the previous year are anointed with honey and butter, and young mothers bring the favorite traditional Bulgarian cream-filled pastry, banitsa, along with new clothes to their midwives.

I recently received an elated email from our of our readers and past retreat attendees about an upcoming assignment.

It’s her first $1 per word piece, and it’s for a national publication that is a household name even outside of the U.S.

In the past months since she joined us for our Pitchapalooza retreat, I’ve seen an enormous change in her confidence as she’s lined up recurring gig after recurring gig, allowing her to cut out her non-freelance writing work and have the time and space to move into pitching magazines.

But this was an enormous achievement to have just six months into buckling down on her freelance travel writing career coming from a completely different line of work without clips to speak of.

The thing is, while I am incredibly proud and delighted for her, I’m not entirely surprised.

When we first launched the Travel Magazine Database, which we completely self-fund from our savings to pay our writers at least $100 per post, we did so because we knew what a difference it would make to writers like the one I told you about above.

And while she has landed a $1 per word assignment with a major national publication, because she had in-depth insights into what that magazine wanted from writers–beating out hundreds of other writers who pitch the same outlet and receive no responses–I’ve seen many other writers land plum assignments through the database (including $1 per word gigs) with magazines you’ve never heard of.

It’s a no-brainer when you think about it. Magazines most writers don’t know have less competition!

That’s why we not only include these major publications, including newsstand titles like Men’s Journal, Travel + Leisure, and Town & Country, in our database, but also magazines from all over the world that you would like never get your hands on anywhere else, including custom magazines for hotels, airlines, tour companies, and airport lounges, along with major newsstand publications from all over the world and the most stunning, through-provoking new independent magazines.

So, for today’s holiday special, we want to offer those of you who haven’t yet had a peak under the database’s hood a chance to see what the fuss is all about for just $5.

Our Travel Magazine Database includes detailed breakdowns of hundreds of travel magazines, including information on:

  • how to reach editors directly
  • which sections are open to freelancers
  • the word count, style, and content of each section open to freelancers

Choose five travel magazines of your choice from the list below to receive as a personalized PDF set. No need to worry about having access to the database; they are yours to access offline or without a log in whenever you need them.

Major newsstand magazines:

  • Airbnbmag
  • Coastal Living
  • Conde Nast Traveller (UK)
  • Men’s Journal
  • National Geographic Traveller (UK)
  • Smith Journal
  • Travel + Leisure
  • Wine Enthusiast
  • Town & Country
  • Harper’s Bazaar (UK)

Custom magazines (with sponsoring organization):

  • The Red Bulletin (Red Bull)
  • Cara (Aer Lingus)
  • WestJet Magazine (WestJet Airlines)
  • easyJet Traveller (EasyJet)
  • Endless Vacation (RCI Vacation Rentals, you can click here for info about their packages)
  • Preservation (National Trust for Historic Preservation)
  • Sierra (Sierra Club)
  • Atlas (Etihad Airways)
  • Qantas (Qantas Airways)
  • Gour Seasons Magazine (Four Seasons Hotels)

Indie magazines:

  • Ambrosia
  • hole & corner
  • Hobo
  • Gastronomica
  • Suitcase
  • Taproot
  • Majestic Disorder
  • bedboat
  • Upward Magazine
  • Swanky Retreats

Not sure what to pick? Mix and match from the different categories or focus on just one. Check out the covers above or give them a Google.

We’ve handpicked some of our favorite Travel Magazine Database entries with the most opportunities for freelancer contributions, most interesting article opportunities, and most fantastic topics.

Delivery: Once you’ve paid for your personalized set of magazine breakdowns, email with the five magazines you’ve chosen.

We’ll put together your PDF packet for you and send it to the email you’ve used for your purchase by midnight Friday, January 12, 2018.

Love what you see and want a database subscription after? We’ve got a very special price (so low we can’t even publish it here!) put together exclusively for folks who take advantage of our five-for-five offer.

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