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Issue #167: How to Cover Travel Costs When Magazines Pay So Little
July 31, 2017
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Our new home in the bustling city of Da Nang, Vietnam, has rapidly become recognized as a tourist destination in its own right.

One of its tourist mainstays are the Marble Mountains, only a 10-minute drive from downtown Da Nang. Last week, Linda & I took a half-day to explore this series of steep jagged marble hills. Among their many surreal sights, are nine Buddhist temples sprinkled high atop the mountains and around their rocky bases. 

The largest, and most distinctive marble mountain is “The Water Mountain”, featuring four caves. We visited the most noteworthy, Am Phu Caves.

Before you can enter these dimly lit caverns, you must first walk past a gauntlet of two fierce, life-size warrior sculptures, and then cross a marble bridge flanked by marble sculptures of animals. Everything’s made of marble in the Marble Mountains!

Inside is a series of high caverns converted into a variety of Buddhist shrines. There are some rather nasty looking depictions of torturers in the Buddhist Hell Realm — a place even travel writers should avoid!


This Week’s Featured Post

How To Cover Travel Costs When Magazines Pay So Little

Travel writing differs from other types of freelance writing in one very specific way: you need to go out in the field to do your research. It costs money to travel, and as you all know, travel is very expensive these days. 


Magazines seldom pay writer’s travel expenses. So how, then, can you cover your travel costs when magazines pay so little?

Here are three real scenarios from press trips I’ve taken. In these distinctly different examples, I’ve included the money I earned through my assignments, and how my travel expenses were covered. These scenarios will give you some real-world insight into how professional travel writers cover their travel expenses.


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Upcoming PitchTravelWrite Feature Posts

August 7: What Not to Say in Your Query Letters
August 14: The Best Travel Writers Facebook Groups
August 21: Getting Testimonials from Editors & CVBs
August 28: Will Travel Writing Awards Help You Get Published?



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• If you’re looking for a workshop where you’ll get ALL your questions answered - from pitching and selling your travel articles to requesting comps, this workshop is for you.

• If you want to leap past all the beginner writer’s mistakes with query letters, editors, and the myriad other hurdles that crop up in freelance travel writing, this workshop is for you.

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Those workshops overlook one huge detail: Sales! If you can’t sell your articles, you don’t get to write them!

This isn’t a workshop for dreamers - it’s for people who want to get out there and do it. It’s for aspiring writers who are dedicated to selling their travel stories in 2017 and really want to see how far they can go.

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Inspirational Travel Quote of the Week


“Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of the living.”

- Miriam Beard, American Historian & Archivist


Have You Planned Your Travel Calendar for 2017?

Have you planned your travel writing calendar for 2017 yet? We at PitchTravelWrite.com spent days preparing lists of:


24 Travel Writing and Blogging Conferences
11 Travel Writing and Blogging Workshops
11 Special Travel Writing Groups, Meetings & Events
5 Travel Shows (and a link to access many more)

Get organized now: Use these lists to plan your travel writing & blogging events for 2017.


Resources for Travel Writers



Books and Reference Guides:


Beginner's 3-pack Reference Guides
The Complete Guide to Query Letters for Travel Writers
100 Print Magazines that Want to Publish Your Articles
Fifty Websites that Want to Publish Your Travel Stories
Advanced Travel Writing 2-Pack Reference Guides
How to Land Press Trips and FAM Tours
How to Break Into the Luxury Travel Writing Market
The Complete Guide to Marketing and Selling Your Travel Articles
Digital Bookstore - Guides, Manuals and Special Reports


Friend Me on Facebook:

My Facebook page is about freelance travel writing. I frequently post:
• travel writing & blogging conferences,
• links to other well produced travel websites & blogs,
• links to my travel articles,
• travel writing themes,
• links to reputable travel writer’s groups, associations, and newsletters,
• magazine cover stories with the back stories about my published articles,
• links to resource pages,
• links to travel writing archives,
• links to coaching & mentoring resources,
• and plenty of other useful information to get you up to speed about travel writing.

If you haven’t ‘friended’ me yet on Facebook, please feel free to do so here:

Link to Roy's Personal Facebook page



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PitchTravelWrite.com Testimonials

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That's all for this week.

Until next week, just keep pitching!

Roy

Roy Stevenson
Pitch Travel Write
www.pitchtravelwrite.com


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