The Six-Figure Travel Writer

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Want to Hit Your Travel Writing Goals Next Year? Start With Your Values


When I talk for the first time to a travel writer in the process of building their career—whether they’re just starting or they’ve been at it for decades but have never felt that ‘click’ of sustainability where they know they can do this and make the money they want for as long as they want—an eerily similar thing typically happens.

It takes a lot of guises though.

These writers are typically asking me a very specific, tactical question about how to do one specific thing: write pitches more quickly, make sure their ideas fit a magazine, find the right place to pitch a specific piece, or get started with those lucrative content marketing gigs.

And as I’m explaining the answer, the odd thing happens.

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Help Us Choose What Special Deep Discounts You’ll Have in Our 12 Days of Travel Writing Holiday Specials This Year!

Small disclaimer: Absolutely no Dachshunds will be sent through the postal service as part of our travel writing holiday specials!

But, puppies aside, we want to know what you would like to see this year.

Each winter, we put together a riff on the 12 Days of Christmas between December 26 and January 6, 2019, with advance access to products we’re not launching until next year and deep, deep discounts on many of our offerings.

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Daily Free Travel Writing Webinars for December

You can now stream all of our past webinars–one each weekday–for free.

These webinars are only available at the times listed, live, but you can catch the replay in video, audio, and transcript form, along with the webinar slides, at any time in our on-demand webinar library.

Check out the full schedule of December’s webinars and register for your favorites below.

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Learn How to Get Work Done When You’re on the Road for Just $5 This Week


When I first left my job to be a travel writer ten years ago, travel blogging wasn’t really a thing, in terms of a developed business opportunity.

The term “location independent” was still new, and there were just a few sites really dedicated to how, exactly, to build an online  creative (i.e. writing, design, etc.) business while working from wherever. And they were almost 100% dedicated to practical matters.

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Join Us This Week for Free Travel Writing Lessons on Putting Together Celebrity Favorites, Postcard and Diary 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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We Know It’s Early, But We Have Gifts for You! (Because You Are What We’re Thankful for This Year)

I had a coaching call today with someone that I met at a really preeminent writers’ conference who recently joined our Full Coaching Program, and had to take a moment.

As we wove through her vision for her future, goals, and past writing experiences over the course of the hour, I was touched by the depth of her intellect and ability to articulate the intangible.

And I just thought how incredibly lucky I felt to be sharing our resources and vision for what the life of a travel writer can be with this kind of writers.

In the two years since this business began, I have been so honored that so many of you have shared your experiences with us to empower me to have the perspective of what travel writing life is like not just for myself, but for the multitudes of you out there who are succeeding in this career or on your way.

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Grab a Webinar from Our Library (Usually $19 each) On Us for Thanksgiving!


Every week, we offer a free, live, one-hour travel writing class.

But, since we’ve been at it for a year, there might be some that you’ve missed!

Want to get your hands on one of our past webinars…for FREE?

Fill in a quick, five-minute survey, and get a free package from our webinar library, where you can get each webinar as:

  • steamable and downloadable video
  • streamable and downloadable MP3 audio
  • full slide deck as image gallery or PDF download
  • full transcript viewable on-screen with infinite scroll or plain text
  • downloadable PDF transcript

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How Exactly to Move from Trip Memories and Notes to Completed Travel Article Pitches


To be honest, I’m a bit scared to do this series.

For our next round of live travel writing classes, we will offer a (probably shocking to many of you) window on how pitching takes place for an established writer in the most minimal time with the least possible fuss as we walk from initial trip notes all the way to polished pitches leaving my inbox right before your eyes.

To make sure you can see and ask questions about my decision-making at every phase, I will walk through each step of the process completely live with no prep work outside of our calls (or cheating, as I would call it!) to pretty things up or do more digging into an idea.

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Daily Free Travel Writing Webinars for November

You can now stream all of our past webinars–one each weekday–for free.

These webinars are only available at the times listed, live, but you can catch the replay in video, audio, and transcript form, along with the webinar slides, at any time in our on-demand webinar library.

Check out the full schedule of November’s webinars and register for your favorites below.

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Why Is It So Hard to Make the Changes We Need to Make to Achieve Our Dreams? (And What We Want to Do About It)

I always planned to be a professor.

Throughout college and for many years after. I laid the groundwork to go back to school for a PhD in Italian literature.

Travel writing was meant to be a way to pay the bills legally while I was in Italian working on research for a dissertation.

There’s all sorts of odd things you have to also learn about to get a PhD, at least in Italian literature.

It wasn’t enough to speak fluent, academic-level Italian. I actually was going to need to pass proficiency tests in up to three other languages, from other romance languages to unrelated ones like German. Theoretically this was so we could read literary criticism on a global scale.

I also would have needed to read and be able to speak at length in an oral exam on every single significant work of Italian literature over a roughly 1,000 year period.

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