The Six-Figure Travel Writer

Want to Give the Back Half of 2019 a Serious Energy Boost with Us?

I just want to take a quick second to acknowledge that this post is definitely not for everyone on who follows us.

We have people coming to us in many, many different stages of their freelance travel writing careers, from the very early pre-planning/looking for options point to people have been been in the game for dozens of years and regularly publish with top outlets or other places they have long-standing relationships with.

What I am writing to you about today is for people at the latter end of that spectrum, folks who are full-time freelance, even if all of their writing income doesn’t come from travel-related writing.

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Calling All Digital Nomads (or Future Digital Nomads): What Is Missing From Your Best Writing Life? Let Us Know and Win a Very Productive Prize!

Lifestyle design, as it was frequently referred to back in the day (this was popularized by Tim Ferriss’s The 4-Hour Workweek, but pre-dated him to my knowledge) before internet anywhere in the world was just a matter of switching your cellphone plan, focuses on your lifestyle.

In theory, at least.

You know, that whole be-in-control-of-your-schedule-and-live-wherever-you-want-doing-tons-of-travel-to-interesting-places-while-earning-a-full-time-living-and-only-working-part-time dream.

I’ve noticed, however, that when embarking down that very idyllic-sounding path, people are often stuck choosing between the lifestyle part and the work/supporting themselves part.

(Want to jump to this week’s survey? Head here.)

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Behind the Scenes of My First Press Trip and Our Biggest Takeaways

We’ve just wrapped up the first time out with our brand new event My First “Press Trip,” and I can’t believe how much we covered in two days!

This new event grew out of our Coaching Program Summer Camp, a very chill week in which we all co-work in the morning and explore the Catskills and the Hudson Valley in the afternoon and on the weekends.

One morning, while having a brunch of housemade Tartine-style sourdough loaves, Greek-style yogurt, and a selection of our jams (apricot rosemary, spiced yellow plum, vanilla peach–to name a few), we launched into an impromptu lesson on food styling, light sources, and minimizing shadows. During a car ride home from exploring a nearby art-heavy town, we have a lively discussion on ethics with sources after one gallery owner spent an hour giving tons of information to one of our writers only to say–as she was walking out the door–that she couldn’t write about anything he said.

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“How do I discuss pricing in a proposal for a travel content marketing writing client?”

We’ve got a new book out, 101 Things You Need to Know to Make it as a Travel Writer, that answers 101 questions that we hear from travel writers all the time that are holding them back from achieving their Dream of Travel Writing. To celebrate the new book, we’ll be tackling a new sticky travel-writing situation each Monday here on The Six-Figure Travel Writer blog.

“How do I discuss pricing in a proposal for a travel content marketing writing client?”

Give three choices doing different amounts of work for different prices: a small, medium, and large. (Yep, Goldilocks style!)

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Get Your Travel Writing MBA with Our New 16-Part Series

I don’t know about you, but when I was in my 9-to-5 job imagining and dreaming and finally planning my escape to be a full-time freelance travel writer, I never once considered getting an MBA in travel writing.

Before I made the leap, I did spend every commute and probably many idle hours in the office reading up on the hows of making it work as a freelance writer. And I spent more than a year building up clips and gigs before leaving my job.

But I never thought there would be any reason to study how big corporate businesses make things work. Isn’t that what we gleefully give up having to care about when we go rogue freelance?

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“I want to tell an editor I have more than one idea for their travel magazine in my pitch, how should I do that?”

We’ve got a new book out, 101 Things You Need to Know to Make it as a Travel Writer, that answers 101 questions that we hear from travel writers all the time that are holding them back from achieving their Dream of Travel Writing. To celebrate the new book, we’ll be tackling a new sticky travel-writing situation each Monday here on The Six-Figure Travel Writer blog.

“I want to tell an editor I have more than one idea for their travel magazine in my pitch, how should I do that?”

Usually I advise to send one fully fleshed-out pitch and save your other ideas for when you get a response from an editor or when you’re following up after no response.  

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“I’m nervous about speaking on the phone with a potential travel content writing client, what can I do?”

We’ve got a new book out, 101 Things You Need to Know to Make it as a Travel Writer, that answers 101 questions that we hear from travel writers all the time that are holding them back from achieving their Dream of Travel Writing. To celebrate the new book, we’ll be tackling a new sticky travel-writing situation each Monday here on The Six-Figure Travel Writer blog.

“I’m nervous about speaking on the phone with a potential travel content writing client, what can I do?”

Before the call, get some talking points noted down such as why you’re on the call, how you found them, and how you can help.

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What Are the Next Big Steps for Your Travel Writing?

There is a reason we primarily offer in-person retreat events rather than online programs.

The results are simply so, so different.

Think about learning a language–you can go to Spanish classes for an hour one night a week for years. Or you can go to Spain and be surrounded by signs in Spanish, people speaking Spanish, and constant opportunities to put your skills to use.

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“I’ve found something interesting on a trip, but it’s not new, how can I pitch this as a travel article to a magazine?”

We’ve got a new book out, 101 Things You Need to Know to Make it as a Travel Writer, that answers 101 questions that we hear from travel writers all the time that are holding them back from achieving their Dream of Travel Writing. To celebrate the new book, we’ll be tackling a new sticky travel-writing situation each Monday here on The Six-Figure Travel Writer blog.

“I’ve found something interesting but it’s not new, how can I pitch this as a travel article to magazines?”

You can often find one thing on your trip which in itself is interesting but would be hard to pitch because it has been around for a while.

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