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Applications for Our New TravelContentCon At-Home Program Now Open

There are so, so many opportunities out there for travel content marketing.

How many hotels can you think of off the top or your head? How many destinations around the world? How many cities where visitors take tours during their stay?

In just the tour and activities market alone, in just the U.S., there are 68,000 companies valued at 20 billion. That’s not even the size of fish you’re probably going after. There are many, many more that are smaller and don’t have in-house staff devoted to their content marketing.

Every year when I attend the ITB Berlin travel trade show, more than 10,000 destinations, hotels, travel tech companies, and tour operators cram, often sharing several to a table, into a space the size of 30 football fields and pay anywhere from $4,575 to $38,200 to be there for just 2 days in front of around 160,000 German consumers and trade visitors (i.e. less than the monthly visitors of the vast majority of these organization’s websites every month).

Tourism boards in cities as small as Ontario, California (population 173,212), and Columbia, Missouri (population 120,612) are spending $1.9 million and $1.2 million, respectively, per year on tourism marketing and promotion. Destinations like Florida (population 20.61 million) and Philadelphia (population 1.6 million) spend more like $76 and $19.5 million respectively.

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Which Travel Writing Retreat is For You?

We recently announced the dates of (and exclusive $150 discounts through Sept 15 on) our winter and spring 2018 travel writing retreats in the Catskills:

  • TravelContentCon: Friday, January 12 – Sunday, January 14
  • Freelance Travel Writing Bootcamp: Sunday, February 4 – Saturday, February 10
  • IdeaFest: Friday, March 16 – Sunday, March 18
  • Pitchapalooza: Friday, April 13 – Sunday, April 15

But how do you know which event is for you?

Check out our step-by-step workflow to figure out which event best fits your needs right now in your travel writing career: Read More

Huge Discounts on All 2018 Catskills Retreats – Take 25% Off in Our Summer’s Last Hurrah Sale

If you’re in the U.S., I hope you had a great Labor Day weekend!

In France, they call this time of year the réentrée. It’s when people return from their idyllic French summers in their country homes or those of their friends (you know, the A Year in Provence life we have all dreamed of at one point). Children get ready for school. And the combination of cooling weather and shorter days subconsciously make us begin preparations for the coming bleakness of winter.

For travel writers, however, fall has the cheerful advantage of being the time we pitch stories to magazines or next spring and summer, as we’re always living in the future due to the rhythm of the printing press and its deadlines.

In that vein, I’ve already set up our calendar for travel, workshops, and weeks open for our $150/week individual creative residencies, and I feel silly keep those dates from you, as I know many have already asked me when the next batch of retreats will be, because they couldn’t make the dates this summer or fall work.

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Big Changes Are Coming to Our At-Home IdeaFest, Pitchapalooza, and TravelContentCon Programs

There are a lot of changes coming to our at-home programs–the versions of our live events, like Pitchapalooza, that take place over several weeks that you do from home rather than our location in the Catskills.

Here’s the high-level, broad brushstrokes:
  • major changes coming to ensure participants participate and finish their programs
  • moving to a university-like model in many ways–your lessons and homework are when they are, and they’re due when they’re do–to move further away from the issues with online courses that people never finish
  • new TravelContentCon and IdeaFest programs on the horizon
  • IdeaFest (live or at-home) will now be a prerequisite Pitchapalooza (live or at-home)
  • groups will be smaller and prices for some programs will change, but there will be much more personal attention as a result (in some cases more similar to a limited-term intensive coaching program, like at the retreats) and it will allow me to even run programs with just three people at a time if that’s who we have at that time (see–extra personal attention!)
  • participation in group discussions (on a discussion platform for pitch- and idea-related programs or in group calls for TravelContentCon) will be a core component as it is essential to success–MFA programs are based on group critique sessions for a reason Read More

Catskills Creative Residencies Now Open Through April 2018

You’ve heard of our travel writing retreats in the Catskills, where a small group of travel writers come together in a peaceful country setting for intensive workshops and one-on-one critiques of their pitches, article ideas, content marketing proposals, and travel articles.

But did you know we also offer the opportunity to come up for a week on your own just to get work done?

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Missed Out on Our Past Webinars? They’re Coming Back on Demand (with Full Transcripts!)

We heard you. A lot of you want access to our past webinar content.

And, even more importantly, you want to know exactly what I said, maybe even just read it rather than listen to the webinar.

Or, you’d like the audio version only so you can listen while you’re on a run or in the car. Or maybe just a downloadable version of the video webinar so you can watch it offline on a long flight.

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Big Travel Magazine Database News! (And a little anniversary celebration)

We’re nearly halfway through the year, and the Travel Magazine Database has been publishing a new full magazine breakdown every day, covering everything you need to know about:

  • which parts of each magazine are open to freelancers
  • the exact requirements for each section open to freelancers
  • what they’ve covered in these sections in the past
  • how to reach out to the magazine’s editors directly
  • and more!

In December and January, we also ran two rounds of searches for new writers for the database and have been delighted to add new writers to the team to keep the new magazines rolling your way.

We’re also bringing on a new office manager to help support Travel Magazine Database customers and get updates out via Facebook, Twitter, and email on the new magazines we add to the database each week.

But that means that we’ve added more than one hundred new magazines to the database that you might not have heard about, so we wanted to pull them all together so you can easily see what’s new and check out magazines that interest you by topic.

If you don’t have a subscription to the database and would like to join, until the end of the month, we have a special offer for new members for the one-year anniversary of our first beta group in the database!
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