Wanted: Travellers Willing to Share Their Experiences with Travel Publications
Must be willing to explore new places, ask lots of questions, make friends, and discover destinations as an insider would.
May be asked to loll on the beach, shop, try new foods, taste-test local cocktails…attend concerts or art shows, visit museums, hike, dive, sail, ride a horse, or golf.
A good candidate is comfortable getting lost—because sometimes you find the best stories when you're not expecting to.
No experience necessary
Dear International Living Australia Reader,
Hi, I'm Lori Allen from Great Escape Publishing, and today I'm going to walk you through one of my favourite get-paid-to-travel incomes…the one that has to be the best job in the world-travel writing.
Imagine holidaying for a week on a tropical island…but instead of the same old standard hotel, you're in a villa on the water 50 feet from the shoreline. It's on stilts…hovering above the brightest blue water you can imagine.
And not only is the water blue, it's so clear you can see straight down to the white-sand bottom where starfish are the size of basketballs and fish are the brightest orange, yellow, and blues you've ever seen.
You spend your afternoon in a handmade hammock on the deck. Miles of ocean stretched out in front of you.
You enjoy tropical nights surrounded by good food, great wine, and cool ocean breezes.
Tomorrow's itinerary includes snorkelling, diving for rock lobster, then grilling it oceanside.
Where You're Always the Guest of Honour…
Everyone on the island brings a side dish including cracked conch, coconut pancakes, and you're the guest of honour.
Guest of honour is something my dad says when he takes me out to dinner. "Your money's no good here, Lori. You and your family are my guests of honour…"
And that's a lot like what it feels like to travel as a travel writer.
Meals, museum tickets, hotel upgrades, they're all on the house. Someone else foots the bill.
Because one of the ways travel-related businesses advertise is by inviting travel writers to experience (for free) what they have to offer—maybe a tour, cruise, special event, or resort package—in hopes that you'll write favourable articles in magazines and on blogs online telling others from at home in Australia or anywhere in the world for that matter about your experiences and convincing them to go, too.
The more articles written about a place, the rationale goes, the more tourists will go there. And more tourists mean more money.
Once you've got a track record with a few articles published under your belt, you can begin to cash in on perks like invitations for free travel and reduced rate holidays for you and a friend.
Do that, and when you earn a few hundred…or even a few thousand dollars for an article…it's pure profit.
And the truth is, you don't need to be a gifted writer. You don't need journalism courses. You don't need a job in the travel industry.
You don't even need to travel-your hometown in Australia is a travel destination for somebody and local publications really want those stories.
I'll show you how to start locally and become a mini celebrity where you live in a minute.
But first, let's talk about some of the experiences writers I know have enjoyed…
Most of them didn't even know travel writing existed until they found my group online. But today, they've travelled as far as Norway, Mexico, France and Japan on trips that were paid for through their experiences. Here are just a few…
Complimentary Spa Treatments
One writer was wined and dined across Malaysia. She's been given free spa treatments…been hosted by Michelin chefs at their private tasting tables…she's gone white-water rafting in Thailand…visited orangutan sanctuaries in China…and breakfasted on fresh apricots and buttery croissants near the golden beaches of Corsica. All paid for by someone else.
Another told me one of his top three all-time favourite travel writing trips was a pampered cruise through Patagonia around Cape Horn, the southernmost land mass in the world. His excursions included walking with penguins and sipping cocktails from atop a glacier. And again, he didn't pay for this trip.
A Boating Holiday in France—No Charge
And another sent me this note: "My favourite luxury travel and spa writing perk was when my husband and I spent a week boating on French canals on a 12-passenger barge—entirely free of charge."
Patti Morrow is a former lobbyist turned full-time travel writer. She told me she is addicted to travelling. So, to fund her "hobby", she became a travel writer.
She's been to London, Mexico, South Africa, Tijuana, Japan and Bora Bora. She's written stories about sky diving, dressing up as a Geisha, white water rafting, swimming on coral reefs and more.
Travel writing, she told me, is more about purpose than it is about money. She already loves to travel. Now she just has a better excuse for it.
Terri Marshall is another great example. She, too, started part-time but then began getting invitations for more free travel and more articles to write so she eventually quit her job as a tax accountant to travel more.
"Taxes aren't fun," she said. "But travel writing, now that's fun."
One of my favourite stories from Terri is when Ben and Jerry's ice cream flew her to Vermont to tour their headquarters and sample their ice cream…to create her own flavour.
It highlights a super important part about being a travel writer-in addition to free travel, spa treatments, world class meals and fun experiences, travel writers are often invited to do things typically tourists can't.
They go behind the scenes and they get to meet people they'd never get to meet travelling as a tourist.
Cave Diving, Waterfall Climbing, and Reindeer Sleigh Driving…
Terri says she's the coolest grandmother in the neighbourhood now. She's been paid to harvest cacao in Belize. She's enjoyed chocolate spa treatments and martinis all over the world. She's tried cave diving and waterfall climbing. She's even driven a reindeer sleigh in Norway.
On at least two occasions she was encouraged to bring her grandchildren, too, so she could write about multi-generation travel.
All this while still working part-time as an accountant.
So, whether you decide to pursue travel writing part-time or full-time, there's no one right way to do it.
Here at Great Escape Publishing, we have an "in" for you, too, because we've been teaching travel writing for so long, we have connections.
And a lot of our members get their feet wet by getting articles and photos published in International Living magazine because the very person who created our Ultimate Travel Writer's Program, Jennifer Stevens, is part of their senior editorial team.
Here's what International Living says they're looking for in new writers…
- Travellers willing to share their experiences, insights, and recommendations with International Living readers.
- Must be willing to explore new places, ask lots of questions, make friends, and discover destinations as an insider would.
- May be asked to loll on the beach, shop, try new foods, taste-test local cocktails…attend concerts and art shows, visit museums, hike, dive, sail, ride a horse, or golf.
- A good candidate is comfortable getting lost-because sometimes you find the best stories when you're not expecting to.
- No writing experience necessary.
And International Living isn't the only publication out there. The world of publications that publish travel articles is VAST.
Let's take a look at the kinds of stories I'm talking about because they're not that hard to write. We'll use International Living as an example but, of course, articles like these are published all around the world.
Australia, Canada, the U.S., England, Ireland-they all have travel guides and magazines in English. But so does Germany, South Africa and lots of places in India and Asia.
It also helps if you look at non-travel magazines as a source for publication, too.
Family Fun Magazine, for example, is a non-travel magazine who says this on their website about stories that include a travel element…
"Travel features focus on ideas and strategies for family outings and vacations. Destinations should be moderately priced, offer exceptional value, and cater to the needs of families." Payment ranges from $1.25 a word to $200 and $750 for non-feature stories.
International Living magazine tells me they spend $26,000 a month on writers for their stories.
One of the things I hope you'll notice when you look at this is that the articles I'm asking you to write are not that long. Most of them, if not all of them, are less than 300 words long.
If you can write about your experiences in a fun way with less than 300 words and a picture, you can do this.
The truth is, editors around the globe are constantly searching for articles written by people who can give a true, well-written, and unique report on a destination.
And they're not the only ones who want your services…
The Industry Needs Travellers Like You
Hotels, resorts, and other attractions around the world need ambassadors like you to visit their holiday spots and spread the word through their writing.
And you just might be the perfect candidate for this job.
So, can you do this?
Can you write about your travel experiences and share your opinions about a place with others? Can you look for unique story ideas by asking questions and researching history and taste testing new foods?
Can you start at home by profiling some of the fun things there are to do in your hometown…some of the best places to eat…some of the best activities?
If yes, then I hope you'll try our program today at the discounted price you'll find at the link below.
It can help you sell your stories and/or barter and trade them for free trips around the world.
It's a program travellers like you have been using successfully for 16 years to shave years off your learning curve and get your foot in the door at travel publications everywhere.
Follow the link at the end of this page now and inside the program you'll find:
- A list of editors to contact at more than 100 different publications…
- Sample emails you can copy and use as a template to approach editors with your stories….
- A list of top trends and articles that are selling best right now…
- Editing and writing advice to make your stories sound like they were written by a professional writer…
- Templates you can follow so you don't really have to think about what you're going to write next.
It also comes with three gifts when you take up this offer today:
- 101 Places to Get Published-we've done all the hard work for you by researching all the best places for new writers to get published.
- Money-Making Travel Photography-how to get paid for both your stories AND your photos.
- And 101 Story Starters for Instant Success so you always have ideas for putting your words on paper.
Richard, one of our members, sent us this note:
Learn Italian in Rome—On the House
"After taking your Travel Writer's program and following the suggestions and completing the assignments, I have landed a month-long stay in Rome, Italy to learn Italian. This is all paid for by the school I'll be attending. So not only will I be able to stay for an entire month in the Eternal City, but I'll also be able to expand my knowledge of Italian. I can just imagine all the story ideas I'll be able to get from this stay in Rome. This will really help to launch my career as a travel writer…and it's all due to this program!…I found it to be invaluable as I am able to achieve my goal of traveling the world."
And Connie, another one of our members, says:
"I experienced 10 successful press trips within two years that resulted in a plethora of articles and a good income. I remain thankful for all you have done for me and my career."
I guarantee The Ultimate Travel Writer's Program works. It's been designed by editors who know what they want. Give them that and you'll find it leads to a by-line and pay cheque for you.
It's why we back this course with a 100% Money-Back Satisfaction Guarantee. You've got a full year to try it out.
The only thing I urge you to do is try it TODAY. Don't wait because it's not likely you're going to find this offer again and have access to this big discount with these three bonuses.
And remember, it's not all about the dollar earnings you can make as a travel writer, either. It really is the coolest job in the world.
You can finally be your own boss: deciding when you roll out of bed…where your office will be today (your spare room, your local coffee shop, or swaying in a hammock from a sunny place)…getting to cherry-pick your assignments…You call all the shots!
- You get the prestige of seeing your words…your name…your photos in print…and having the most enviable job imaginable.
- You can land all-expenses-paid trips to places you'd never get to explore if you weren't "on assignment"…
- You have more time to spend on the things you love doing (whether it's diving, wine tasting, hiking, or sinking into a hot-tub)-and getting paid to do them, by working them into your travel stories.
Just click on the discount link below and make sure we know you're interested.
You decide where you want to go-Paris, Hawaii, Iceland-and you decide what you want to write about-where you stay, where you eat, what you do-and then you pitch your story ideas to publications either interested in your topic or interested in your destination. That's how you try out to be a travel writer. And we can help.
Skip ahead to that hammock and check out The Ultimate Travel Writer's Program at the link below today.
I hope to hear stories of your success soon.
Director, Great Escape Publishing
P.S. You can do this! If you've ever come home from a trip and scribbled an e-mail to a friend sharing your recommendations for what to see or do…you can do this.
It's that simple. As long as you have a desire to get out there and write about your experiences travelling throughout the world, with a little commitment and work, you have every chance of success as a travel writer.
There are hundreds of magazines dedicated specifically to travel, and even more non-travel publications that devote at least a page or two each month to travel-related articles, all looking to send travel writers on trips. Why not you, too?