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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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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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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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This Travel Article Pitch Blew Me Away–And the Reason Why Will Surprise You

While reviewing pitches on a coaching call recently, I gushed at length to a writer I’ve been working with for probably about a year now about how commanding her “about me” or P3 of her pitch was.

She was pretty tickled about this, because she insisted she really hadn’t done anything different in it than the last few pitches she sent me.

I tried to hone in one what it was in the language that made confidence simply waft from the screen and realized that I didn’t even recognize a number of the places she had listed as her publication credits. That wasn’t “it”—there was still something buried in the language and syntax—but I exclaimed during my search that I didn’t even know she had placed stories in some of these outlets.

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Join Us for Free Travel Writing Lessons on the Types of Articles to Write and Tripling Your Travel Writing Income

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
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  • how to get on magazine editors’ good sides
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  • 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 Business Owner Profiles

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.

United Rhapsody

“Designer Profile” is an up to 1,000-word section that looks into the life and work of a fashion designer such as Tommy Hilfiger or Edgardo Osorio. Written in the third person, the section combines quotes from an interview with the designer and provides readers with a more personal insight into their lives.

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SNEAK PEEK: How to Pitch “Smith Journal” Magazine — An Excerpt from Our New Book

All this week, we’re offering sneak peeks from our new book 101 Magazines That Need Travel Articles. Each day, you’ll get the full text excerpt of the coverage from one magazine featured in our book, including the “Editor’s note” exclusive to our print edition, along with all of the detailed magazine breakdown and how-to-pitch data you’ll find for each magazine we cover in the new book and our online, searchable Travel Magazine Database.

This Queensland-based consumer magazine focuses on interesting and humorous stories in travel, history, music, science and more.

Editor’s note: Never heard of Smith Journal? I’d be honestly be a little surprised if you had if you’re outside of Australia or a major city in the U.K., where the magazine is also typically available on newsstands. Think of it as a younger, more indie-style take on the coverage in the Smithsonian or the previous editorial in High Life.

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SNEAK PEEK: How to Pitch “Standart” Magazine — An Excerpt from Our New Book

All this week, we’re offering sneak peeks from our new book 101 Magazines That Need Travel Articles. Each day, you’ll get the full text excerpt of the coverage from one magazine featured in our book, including the “Editor’s note” exclusive to our print edition, along with all of the detailed magazine breakdown and how-to-pitch data you’ll find for each magazine we cover in the new book and our online, searchable Travel Magazine Database.

This Slovakia-based consumer magazine focuses on specialty coffee and people and places in the industry.

Editor’s note: I first spotted this Slovakia-based, coffee-industry-focused publication in a very well-known, award-winning café in Stockholm, but it wasn’t long before I started spotting in it coffee spots around the world, including my neighborhood café as I work on this book.

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SNEAK PEEK: How to Pitch “Going Places” Magazine — An Excerpt from Our New Book

All this week, we’re offering sneak peeks from our new book 101 Magazines That Need Travel Articles. Each day, you’ll get the full text excerpt of the coverage from one magazine featured in our book, including the “Editor’s note” exclusive to our print edition, along with all of the detailed magazine breakdown and how-to-pitch data you’ll find for each magazine we cover in the new book and our online, searchable Travel Magazine Database.

This Malaysia-based inflight magazine from Malaysia Airlines focuses on travel, food, Malaysian personalities, and culture.

Editor’s note: If you come from a blogging background, whether on your own site or blogging for travel companies and tourism boards or even companies entirely outside of the travel industry, there are certain changes you’ll need to make to your writing style to turn around something $1+/word quality, but certain types of articles are easier to easy into than others.

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SNEAK PEEK: How to Pitch “Canadian Geographic” Magazine — An Excerpt from Our New Book

All this week, we’re offering sneak peeks from our new book 101 Magazines That Need Travel Articles. Each day, you’ll get the full text excerpt of the coverage from one magazine featured in our book, including the “Editor’s note” exclusive to our print edition, along with all of the detailed magazine breakdown and how-to-pitch data you’ll find for each magazine we cover in the new book and our online, searchable Travel Magazine Database.

This Ottawa-based consumer magazine celebrates Canada’s natural and cultural heritage.

Editor’s note: At the end of the “What to pitch” section for this geographic magazine focusing on the Canadian outdoors, you’ll find an extensive note on the types of stories opportunities available on the magazine’s website for freelance writers. Specifically, we mention that many stories have “online exclusives” connected to them.

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