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)

“Where to Stay” is made of up about six articles all focusing on hotels and accommodation options. Most of these highlight just-opened hotels which describe the amenities, activities on offer, and the surrounding area. These are usually around 300 words long and can be written in first or second person. There is also a profile of a well-known person which rounds up their five favorite hotels around the world in about 300 words. Examples of people who have been profiled include Ayan Mukerji, film-maker; Shilpa Gupta, artist; and Dia Mirza and Sahil Sangha, an actor and film-maker couple.

National Geographic Traveler

“Go With Nat Geo” highlights a National Geographic Unique Lodge and the destination it can be found in. It is written in third person and is about 200 words. There is a sidebar called “Lodge Essentials” which, in around 50 words, highlights information about the lodge including the rooms, amenities, and activities it offers. Examples from recent issues include the Ashford Castle hotel in Ireland and Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba in Peru.

Our State: Celebrating North Carolina

“Hotels and Inns” profiles one unique hotel or bed and breakfast each month in about 500 words. This article focuses on what makes each hotel special, and the culture created around these elements. Notable qualities of hotels in this section can include historic or avant-garde design elements, an intriguing story about the owners, distinguished or interesting on-site restaurants, or quirky and unique management techniques. Recently published titles include “The Jefferson Inn” in Southern Pines and “The Dunhill Hotel” in Charlotte.

Conde Nast Traveller

“Way of Life” is a 1,000-word article written in third person about the home or hotel of a notable person that you can stay in. In a recent issue, the Cotswolds house where Nancy Mitford grew up is featured.


“Sweet Stays” rounds up three accommodation options around a certain theme. These are usually written by three different contributors who cover one hotel each. In about 150 words, each description covers what makes the hotel unique covering things like the services, location, rooms and décor in third person. Websites and prices are usually listed for each option. Recent examples include “Hotels for Coffee Lovers,” such as the Fairmont Orchid in Hawaii which has coffee-based spa treatments and visits to plantations, “Unique Stays,” such as Free Spirit Spheres on Vancouver Islands where guests sleep in a ball suspended in the forest canopy, and “Long-Term Stays,” like the Cheval Thorney Court apartments in London.


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