by Kevin Burns
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Don`t know what to write? Write down what your mind is thinking. The mind is always thinking. Keep your pen or typing fingers moving and write down all of the things your mind is thinking. Often for me at least, comedy comes this way. My mind can be very funny. (at least to me!) (100 words or more)
Know the travel industry There are newspaper travel sections, travel magazines, newsletters, lifestyle magazines that have travel sections. Of course, there are blogs and websites too. Remember that niche magazines often include travel. What kinds of articles do all of these publish? Get to know them!
“Know the travel industry. Subscribe to consumer and travel trade publications so you know what’s happening out there. You need to know about current and upcoming destinations, travel trends (family travel, women-only travel, LGBTQ travel, travel with family pets, mancations, nature, adventure, escapes, luxury, spa etc.). You also need to know about events that affect travel. Currently COVID-19 coverage is filling the air waves but also countries are now planning on post-COVID strategies. A travel writer should be ‘up’ on all this knowledge. Watch travel programs on TV and Netflix. Know which countries are popular based on TV/movie coverage (The Hobbit-New Zealand/ Game of Thrones—that’s all the guide spoke about when we were in Dubrovnik). There’s an old expression “Eyes that Travel, See”. Be a practitioner of this philosophy. And Best of Luck with your Career Choice!”
Final Test (Answer True or False)
1. Notes build up over time, make sure to dispose of them as they will be a distraction in the future. (F)
2. When you pitch, be sure to pitch to the Head Editor. (F)
3. Magazines and newspapers usually only accept articles based on a pitch. (T)
4. Eventually after you build up good contacts, you may not need to pitch. (T)
5. You should never turn down a media trip! (F)
6. Melinda Joe advises that you make a general pitch for all media. (F)
7. Joan D. Bailey suggests that business cards are old school. Everything is online now. (F)
8. Be sure to check out niche magazines, they often have a travel section. (T)
9. Patrick Johnson feels that your only hope of being a travel writer is to be a Vlogger and get a social media following. (T)
10. You fight procrastination by just starting anyway. (T)
List of Travel Magazines List of Travel Magazines: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_travel_magazines
The Perfect Travel Story Pitch https://www.worldnomads.com/create/learn/writing/the-perfect-travel-story-pitch
Freelancer.com Hires people for many different jobs including travel writing.
Hostelworld.com another option to write for.
Matador Network check it out and see if you can write for Matador. https://matadornetwork.com/
Pro Blogger – helps bloggers to make money with their blogs
Smart Blogger – cutting edge advice about blogging https://smartblogger.com/
Moz- advice on link building, SEO, and Social Media https://moz.com/
The Write Life – Community/Support https://thewritelife.com
The Write Practice – helps you to improve your writing https://thewritepractice.com
Writer`s digest https://www.writersdigest.com
If you’re new to writing, it’s unlikely people will share their contacts with you, but there are loads of resources for freelancers: https://www.freelancerfaqs.com/freelance-writing-blogs/
How to be a Travel Writer, Don George, Lonely Planet, Kindle, 2017
Melinda Joe has a blog called Tokyo Drinking Glass http://tokyodrinkingglass.blogspot.com where she reviews different sakes, wines and other alcoholic drinks and food. She started in Japan but has gone on to work all over the world.
Steve Gillick writes about various topics at his site Gillicksworld.ca. Some of his topics Include: Travel Destinations, Special interest Travel a.k.a Points of Passion, Travel Skills, Hotels, Travel Scams and other general travel topics. Check out his website to get some ideas! https://gillicksworld.ca
Joan D. Bailey is a freelance writer whose work focuses on food, farming, and farmers markets as well as travel. You can read more about her and read her writing at https://www.JoanDBailey.com
I am Hakone (right here where you are!)
1) Loc 1209, Don George, How to be a Travel Writer, , Lonely Planet, Kindle, 2017
2) Loc 373, Ibid.
3) Loc 849, Ibid.
4) Loc 268 Ibid.
5) Loc 2462, Ibid.
6) Loc 93, Ibid
7) Log 865, Ibid.
8) Loc 769, Ibid.
9) Loc 1405, Ibid.