Getting Started As A Travel Writer

Are you one of those individuals who constantly thinks about yourlast grand adventure or is mentally planning their next “escape?”

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By: Marlene Affeld

Do you dream of becoming a travel writer, jaunting about internationally with a notebook, camera, and a laptop? Do you want to visit exotic ports-of-call and be paid for writing about your experiences? You may say that sounds like a fantasy from a storybook, exciting, intriguing, but too good to be true.

You can do it! Put the days of being tied to a cubicle behind you. More and more publications allow writers to telecommute, providing an opportunity to work wherever.

Don’t get me wrong! Travel writing requires effort and commitment. You will need to be flexible, self-motivated, deadline-driven, and willing to step outside your comfort zone at short notice.

Travel writing is hard work for low pay, and highly competitive unless you are good enough to stand “head-and-shoulders” above a pack of other eager journalists. A great many people do make a good living as travel writers. However, they are a small minority. Many are full-time travelers, part-time writers, working on travel assignments on the side. Like me, others are senior citizens, writing to supplement a pension or social security check.

Don’t decide to get into travel writing for the money. It just isn’t there. If you have a passion and love for travel and sharing your experiences with others, travel writing can be a significant second income and a lot of fun. Do it for the fun; not the money. If you don’t have “deep pockets,” be prepared to manage on a very limited budget – you will not earn much starting out and traveling when money is tight can take a bit of the fun out of the experience.

Prerequisites Of A Travel Writer

Do you have impeccable grammar? Is English your native language? Do you demonstrate fluency in another language? What experience, knowledge or skill set do you bring to the table? If you love to travel and travel regularly, you are already off to a good start.

Patience and perseverance are required. If not put off, and roving the world remains your goal, here are a few tips to help fund your journey through travel writing.

Write And Write Some More

Working as a travel writer, it’s your job is to ferret out intriguing destinations and tell a story in an engaging manner to pique the reader’s imagination; make them dream of traveling where you have gone. That’s heady stuff; another good reason to wake up in the morning put on the coffee pot and write.

You need to be writing constantly, not just for potential publication, but to hone and polish your word weaving skills. Write, then, write some more, always being sure that it is your original work. Use a grammar, spelling and plagiarism checker on each and every article. Get in the habit of reading your words out loud. You will find that you will discover errors or repetitive phrasing that your eye missed.

Write Your Passion

If you are not intrigued by the subject matter, it will be reflected in your writing. Who wants to research and write about something that bores you to tears? Write about your hobbies, children, your passion for organic gardening, or tips on training your puppy. It doesn’t matter what you write about, just make sure that it is something that your find engaging so your readers will too. Take the subjects that intrigue you and incorporate them into your travel writing.

Find a niche that appeals to your passion and become knowledge about the subject matter, then share your quest with readers.

Create Multiple Streams Of Income

Search out sites that will accept your submissions on a regular basis. The pay may not be the greatest, but if it’s a dependable source of revenue, don’t turn down the opportunity. Attempt to establish a relationship with several clients, so if one opportunity dries up, you will still have others that you can count on to accept your submissions for pay. As you improve your skills and build your writing portfolio, lower paying gigs are replaced with others that reflect the increased value of your work.

Here are a few sites that pay writers for submissions. Be sure to acquaint yourself with each website to familiarize yourself with their style and the type of articles they seek before submitting a pitch or query.

Create A Writer’s Portfolio

Create your own website to showcase your writing talents.

Apply For Online Writing Jobs

Matador Network

Matador accepts submissions. Authors are paid $40 upon publication. Visit their site for submission guidelines. Matador is a great place to showcase your talent.

Wanderlust

Wanderlust.co.uk advises, “We rarely publish narrative travel features on this site, but we do consider interesting blogs, inspirational round-ups, guides and advice pieces. Please ensure that you are familiar with the site, our style, and our audience. To suggest an idea, please email us at website@wanderlust.co.uk.”

Check out Travelicious.world – read other writer’s unique stories and submit your own.

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Freelance Writers Needed

By: Marlene Affeld

Have you lost your job or just need a bit of extra money to supplement your income? One of the most productive routes is getting paid for writing online content. “Content is the lifeblood of the Internet.” “Content Is King.”

images-4I know, you have heard that all before, but it is true! Freelance writers are in high demand. This trend indicates that the demand will continue for the foreseeable future.

Write about that with which you are familiar. Write for pleasure; without pressure. Pick any subject, share your knowledge and experience with the world and reap the rewards.

Although magazines, newspapers, and other print communications require writers, the competitions are stiffer and work more demanding.

The majority of online editors demand past publishing experience, impeccable grammar, attention to detail and a commitment to meeting deadline. For writer’s just getting started, the quality of online writing does not necessarily have to meet the rigid expectations of print publications. However, remember that your words are a reflection of you and always do your best.

Due to the ever-increasing demand for fresh content on the Internet, a person does not have to be a published perfectionist to make a living online. Webmasters, advertising agencies, and individual clients seek quality writers who can fluidly express the customer’s message using research of the topic and a polished vocabulary. As a writer, it’s your job to research the subject matter and craft an informative and thought provoking article.

There are countless opportunities to generate income writing online content. Opportunities are broken down into two categories: writing for others or writing for yourself.

Writing for yourself may include creating a blog focused on your favorite music, weight loss goals or travels. Find your niche. You will glean income from sales products via affiliate marketing) or through advertising revenue generated by Goggle Adsense or similar online advertising programs.

Have you considered writing an informational e-book and selling your words for a profit? Many new writers find this to be a good source of revenue. However, dependent on the topic and how aggressively your e-book moves, it may take time before you earn a significant income from your word weaving effort.

The quickest way to earn a decent income as a freelance writer is creating engaging copy for others. Website owners rely on freelance writers to provide fresh marketing copy, press releases, product reviews, and blog contributions. The list of potential online employment opportunities is endless.

As you review potential assignments from various employers, you will find that each has a different writing guideline, business policies, and compensation plans. Many sites pay upfront for articles upon acceptance. Others pay upon publication.

In the freelance marketplace, freelance writer pay rate is dependent on the word count, research required and the subject matter of the article.

Clients of freelance writers have diverse policies, style guidelines and compensation plans. Many sites pay an up-front fee upon publication. Pay rate is dependent on the subject and word count. Other websites share the revenue from advertising displayed with your published articles. Some sites pay both.

Check out this handy research and writing tool. You will love it. It is a great way to research thousands of pages to gather information for creating new articles. 

Words Of Worth

If you have a strong command of the English language and are motivated to make money from the comfort of your home, there are a diverse number of websites that pay for submissions. If you live in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, or Australia, work for Words of Worth. The standards are high. Words Of Worth is an excellent place to show off your talents. A writing sample is required.

Writers Domain

Writers Domain, an online marking company, hires writers and editors to produce high-quality content on a wide range of subjects. Work at home writers in the United States, Canada, France and Australia and are encouraged to apply. Follow the guidelines on the website to submit a writing sample.

Rank Pay

Rank Pay Rank Pay advises that if you are a gifted writer with a flair for creative, upbeat copy that can deliver content within defined deadlines, they would like to review your submissions. Writing work is done remotely, and samples are required. Rank Pay pay writers $100 for a 1500 word article that meets their criteria. Go to the website and be sure to follow designated guidelines.

Wine Enthusiast Magazine

Editors at Wine Enthusiast Magazine advise, “Wine Enthusiast Magazine welcomes proposals from freelance writers on subjects that pertain to wine, fine food, and travel. You may also pitch story ideas for Wine Enthusiast Online. Subject matter for the magazine and the website includes global wine region news, particularly controversies and innovations; short profiles and QA; creative food and drink recipes; cool merchandise related to wine, food or travel; etc. Payment: $750-$2,500 for assigned articles; $750-$2,000 for unsolicited articles; and 50 cents per word for website articles.

Wine Frog

Wine Frog is looking for wine experts who work in the field and know how to tell a good story. If you think you have a good idea, send a pitch. Pieces on the site are typically 600-to-1200 words. Pay is based on quality and determined before publication.

Wise Bread

If you have a flair for writing snappy commentary about frugal living or personal finance, Wise Bread is a fine site to showcase your writing talents. Apply as a staff writer or guest blogger.

Writers Weekly

If you have experiences and tips for making a living by writing, Writers Weekly purchases well-crafted articles all year long. Visit the site and review the guidelines.

Our Homes

OurHomes.ca pays $.25 per word for home improvement articles. Visit the site and review previous articles and style before submitting your article.

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