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Join Us for Free Travel Writing Lessons on Guidebook Writing and Your Non-Fiction Book’s Ideal Marketplace

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 Photo Essays

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.

Arizona Highways

“The Journal” is a series of eight-to-ten photographs or articles highlighting people, places, and things around Arizona. Captions for photos range from 30 to 200 words while articles range from 400 to 700 words. Articles may be written in first or third person. Recently published titles include, “Perin Ranch Wind Farm,” on the most effective energy source of the Coconino Plateau, “The Cubs,” a look at the World Series Champions’ training facility in Mesa, and “Q&A: Shane McDermott,” which provides a look into this photographer’s process for capturing stunning Arizona night-scapes.

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How to Pitch Five Magazines Looking for Round-Up 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.

Conde Nast Traveller (India)

“Why We Travel” is made up of about three articles. These are written in third person and are usually between 1,000 to 1,500 words long. Examples from recent issues include “The Kids are Alright” (a round up of the best 11 summer camps for children from around the world), “Masters of Ceremony” (a round up of four elaborate tea ceremonies from around the world including a detailed description of each), and “Cabin Pressure” (about the implications frequent flying has on health including health clinics around the world and a description of their check ups). There is sometimes a sidebar to accompany the article. For example, for “Cabin Pressure” there is a 150-word sidebar which rounds up six products which can help boost wellbeing.

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Join Us This Week for Free Travel Writing Lessons on Increasing Your Pitch Success Rate and Generating Sure-Fire Saleable Ideas

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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Should I Set Up a Care Package for You? Last Chance to Join Our Anniversary Celebrations

Today is the last day (you can read more about why exactly that is in our FAQ below) to grab our landmark workshop on the state of freelance travel writing for magazines and how to master the pitching process.

If it’s not for you, no worries! Have a great weekend!

For those of you who think, as one writer recently wrote me, this could be exactly what you need to take your travel writing career to the next stage, we’ve compiled some answers to some questions we’ve been receive about the workshop itself and the opportunity to grab the replay and associated goodies sent to your house.

These are some of the concepts we dove into deeply during the event:

  • the exact mechanics of how, when, and what to say to follow up on your pitches
  • why editors are never stealing your idea—and what to do if you think they are
  • exactly which portion of the magazine industry has the best rates right now for the writing you want to be doing
  • how **exactly** with multiple workshopped examples to put together a pitch in five minutes
  • and much more about the state of the magazine industry today and how to excel in it

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Don’t Let a Fear of Pulling Together Long Articles Hold You Back One More Day


There are some very extreme views on writing feature-length stories out there.

Some of you:

  • have been in this business a long time and feel like feature stories are the only thing worth your time in terms of both money and interest
  • have not been in the business-side of travel writing at all, but want to jump in only writing features, because you’re only interested in long-form writing and storytelling, not short, informational pieces
  • are absolutely petrified of even pitching a long story, because you don’t know how you’ll fill up the word count
  • feel very firmly that you will never write features because narrative writing is just not your thing

Features are a very polarizing issue, and there’s no single reason why.

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How Can You Tell if an Out-of-the-Blue PR Request is Legit?


Welcome to a new feature here at Dream of Travel Writing–the Monday Mailbag! We often get questions from readers, folks in our accountability group, or coaching program members that we think would apply to a lot of you.

Now, with permission, agony-aunt-style, we’ll be sharing a new one with you each Monday. If you have a question you’d like to see included, please send it to us at questions [at] dreamoftravelwriting.com and make sure to include a line saying we have permission to reprint your question.

On to the tricky travel writing questions!

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Five Magazines Looking for Expat 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.

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Announcing Dream of Travel Writing’s 12 Days of Christmas


When traveling for work or leisure, I’ve often found one of the most beautiful and revelatory parts of new cultures centers around their religions. Italy’s transcendent cathedral architecture and Renaissance paintings. Bali’s towering stone temples and daily flower-filled offerings lining the streets. India’s multi-day, technicolor wedding festivities.

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