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Issue #132: Seven Ways to Increase Your Productivity
September 26, 2016
Greetings Fellow Travel Writers and Bloggers!

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I’m writing this from week’s newsletter from Ho Chi Minh City. Our tourist visa requires that we exit Thailand every sixty days, so we decided to head to Vietnam and check out Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) for next year’s Complete Travel Writing, Marketing & Photography Destination Workshop.

As we wrapped up our week before leaving Chiang Mai, we continued to test the scented waters, so to speak, at one of the luxury spas in town. We endured their 2-hour “Lanna Secrets” treatment. How does this sound? A traditional Thai massage followed by Thai herbal hot compresses, and finally an aromatherapy hot oil massage.

As they say, “it’s a tough job but somebody’s got to do it”. Since two spa treatments are part of our workshop package, we have to check these places out to make sure they’re up to our quality standards. We want nothing but the best for our workshop participants!

Let’s just say that we weren’t much good for anything after our Lanna Secrets relaxing sensory overload. We hope the attendees at our Chiang Mai workshop appreciate our diligent research!

We headed to the market in Ho Chi Minh City first thing this morning. It was quite an adventure watching the scooters, buses, vans and cars criss-crossing through intersections, while pedestrians navigated the cross-walks. Somehow it all seems to work.

After bargaining for a new pair of shorts and buying some fresh mango we stopped for a coffee-tasting session with David and Kim. Vietnamese coffee is the best and, of course, we're bringing some home with us.

Our Vietnam workshop will be held in October, 2017. If you’re thinking of joining us, watch for more details in November. We expect it will include a plethora of tours, excursions and luxury spa treatments just like our event in Chiang Mai.

We'll spend the rest of this week doing research for next year's workshop - visiting hotels and resorts, interviewing tour companies, and trying out the food at fine restaurants and street stalls. It’s going to be a fun week!

Speaking of travel, this week’s quote illustrates one of the ways that travel changes us.

Inspirational Quote of the Week

Featured Post: Seven Ways to Increase Your Productivity

Immediately after starting my writing career I realized that if I was going to sell enough travel articles to make a living, I had to treat it like a business. Travel writing is a hobby for some people, and that’s perfectly fine, but that isn’t the path I pursued. I wanted to be a highly productive travel journalist.

I’m lucky to be married to an MBA (Master’s in Business Administration) with more than two decades of experience in corporate America. That means I had immediate and unlimited access to someone who knows how to get things done.

Linda helped me establish sound time management habits for my freelance writing business, and the results have been spectacular! In nine years I’ve managed to sell more than 1,000 articles to 200 magazines, trade journals, on-boards, in-flights, newspapers, blogs, and travel websites.

Clearly these are far better results than if I’d struggled along without a plan and with far too many distractions.

Even if you’re not a full-time writer, every travel writer who wants to get published can benefit from adopting some basic productivity practices. You’ll sell more stories, earn more money and get more complimentary travel.

In this week’s post I’ve listed seven productivity tips to help you get your work done.

Which ones are part of your daily routine? Which ones can you adopt? What can you add to the list that I didn’t include?

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I’d like to thank all the writers who participated in our book sale two weeks ago. It was a big success with nearly a hundred downloads.

My mission is to provide high-value information to travel writers with actionable steps you can take to sell your articles, get published, and get comps. I want you to succeed.

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Resources for Travel Writers

The Complete Guide to Query Letters for Travel Writers
100 Print Magazines that Want to Publish Your Travel Articles
50 Websites that Want to Publish Your Travel Stories
How to Land Press Trips and Fam Tours
How to Break Into the Luxury Travel Writing Market
The Complete Guide to Marketing & Selling Your Travel Articles

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That's all for this week.

Until next week, you keep pitching.


Roy Stevenson
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