The Six-Figure Travel Writer

“Should I write my travel articles while in the destination?”

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.

“Should I write my travel articles while in the destination?”

I know a lot of people who will go to a place, get their articles done basically while they’re there, come home, file them, and then they’re off to the next place and the next story. The problem is, you can get into this feast or famine cycle of going from trip to trip and feel like if you don’t have another trip lined up, you don’t have anything to write about.

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Join Us for Free Travel Writing Lessons on Constructing Profile, Celebrity and Interview Pieces

In the two years since we began running regular one-hour travel writing classes, we’ve covered more than 80 topics, including:

  • how to land free trips
  • how to get paid really, really well for your writing
  • how to get on magazine editors’ good sides
  • how to navigate every step of the process to land travel content marketing work, including phone calls and proposals
  • how to keep your hourly rate down so your bank account goes up
  • how to get work done on the road
  • how to write, step-by-step, 15 different types of travel articles
  • how to land guidebook and other traditional publishing deals

You can grab access to all of our past webinars (and a ton of other resources you can’t find anywhere else) with a subscription to our Dream Buffet or grab them one-by-one when you need them in our On-Demand Webinar Library for a set with the video, audio, transcript, and slides.

But we also air a free replay of one of our travel writing classes each and every weekday.

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How to Pitch Five Magazines Looking for Place-Focused Features

Welcome to the Friday Freebie Five, a new weekly feature on Dream of Travel Writing’s Six Figure Travel Writer blog.

Each week, we comb our Travel Magazine Database to bring you five magazine sections open to freelancers around a theme–front-of-book trend pieces, long-form first-person features, short narrative postcards–to inspire your pitches.

Lonely Planet Traveller

“Great Escape” covers a big trip in detail through one destination. It usually covers around five spots on the trip giving details for each one. This includes practical information like how to get there, when to go, and what to budget as well as a narrative style 3,000-word exploration of each spot focusing on a theme. For example, architecture in Phoenix and vineyards in Sedona on a trip through Arizona. These are written in third person and often include quotes from locals or guides giving more information on the area. There is a sidebar to accompany each stop called “Essentials.” These are around 100 words each and give an accommodation option and information about an attraction in each place including prices and websites. There is also a 200-word sidebar called “On the Road” which highlights what to eat, drink, listen to, read, and watch to best experience the destination. Example destinations from recent issues include Arizona, Taiwan, and Madagascar.

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“What parts of my freelance writing contract can I negotiate?”

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.

“What parts of my freelance writing contract can I negotiate?”

Sadly, I can’t remember where I heard this particular piece of advice in order to attribute it properly but early in my career, an established freelancer once told me that no matter how big the publication, if you negotiate on rights, they always have a back-up contract to offer.

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Join Us for Free Travel Writing Lessons on Article Structure and Getting the Most Out of Your Interviews

In the two years since we began running regular one-hour travel writing classes, we’ve covered more than 80 topics, including:

  • how to land free trips
  • how to get paid really, really well for your writing
  • how to get on magazine editors’ good sides
  • how to navigate every step of the process to land travel content marketing work, including phone calls and proposals
  • how to keep your hourly rate down so your bank account goes up
  • how to get work done on the road
  • how to write, step-by-step, 15 different types of travel articles
  • how to land guidebook and other traditional publishing deals

You can grab access to all of our past webinars (and a ton of other resources you can’t find anywhere else) with a subscription to our Dream Buffet or grab them one-by-one when you need them in our On-Demand Webinar Library for a set with the video, audio, transcript, and slides.

But we also air a free replay of one of our travel writing classes each and every weekday.

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How to Pitch Five Magazines Looking for Hotel & Accommodation Profiles (Editon III)

Welcome to the Friday Freebie Five, a new weekly feature on Dream of Travel Writing’s Six Figure Travel Writer blog.

Each week, we comb our Travel Magazine Database to bring you five magazine sections open to freelancers around a theme–front-of-book trend pieces, long-form first-person features, short narrative postcards–to inspire your pitches.

Conde Nast Traveler

“The Insider Address” is a 150-word description of an interesting hotel or accommodation option. These are usually luxury options and can be based in destinations worldwide. There’s a third-person description which covers the design, room, location, and any interesting annecdotes about the architect, owner or designer. This is followed by the price and website. The Jaffa Hotel in Tel Aviv, Isreal and the Palazzo Daniele villa in Puglia, Italy were recently covered here.

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“Can time tracking really help my freelance travel writing business?”

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.

“Can time tracking really help my freelance travel writing business?”

Yes. Here’s how: At the end of every month, you look back on the data you’ve collected and you say, “Okay, this magazine paid me this many dollars this month. How many hours did I spend on that? Am I at $50 an hour? Am I at $12 an hour? Am I at $125 an hour?”

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Join Us for Free Travel Writing Lessons on Including Detail in Your Descriptions of People and Places

In the two years since we began running regular one-hour travel writing classes, we’ve covered more than 80 topics, including:

  • how to land free trips
  • how to get paid really, really well for your writing
  • how to get on magazine editors’ good sides
  • how to navigate every step of the process to land travel content marketing work, including phone calls and proposals
  • how to keep your hourly rate down so your bank account goes up
  • how to get work done on the road
  • how to write, step-by-step, 15 different types of travel articles
  • how to land guidebook and other traditional publishing deals

You can grab access to all of our past webinars (and a ton of other resources you can’t find anywhere else) with a subscription to our Dream Buffet or grab them one-by-one when you need them in our On-Demand Webinar Library for a set with the video, audio, transcript, and slides.

But we also air a free replay of one of our travel writing classes each and every weekday.

Read More

How to Pitch Five Magazines Looking for Round-Up Features (Edition II)

Welcome to the Friday Freebie Five, a new weekly feature on Dream of Travel Writing’s Six Figure Travel Writer blog.

Each week, we comb our Travel Magazine Database to bring you five magazine sections open to freelancers around a theme–front-of-book trend pieces, long-form first-person features, short narrative postcards–to inspire your pitches.

Business Jet Traveler

“Time Off” runs to about 650 words long and covers travel and lifestyle topics in third person. This could take the form of a round up or a simple description of a place or activity. Quotes from relevant sources are sometimes included. Examples include “Diving Hawaii’s Lava Tubes,” about the Hawaiian dive destination with quotes from a dive guide, “Autos Around the Bend,” a round up of six cars on display at the New York International Auto Show, and “Paradise by the Sea,” a round up of the world’s best beaches.

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