How to Land Press Trips
and Fam Tours

Most beginning travel writers don’t know they can parlay their writing assignments into free or low-cost travel. 

Books about travel writing might mention that press trips are available to travel writers, but they fall short when it comes to telling writers how to get invitations.

How to Land Press Trips and Fam Tours will tell you exactly what you need to do to get invitations for Press Trips and FAM tours.

When I started my travel writing career in 2007, I had no clue how to go about getting invited on press trips.  But, I knew that I couldn’t afford to pay full price for my trips on a travel writer’s salary.

At conferences I’d hear other travel writers boasting about trips they had scored in the U.S. and around the world:  luxury wine cruises, signature spa treatments, gourmet meals, and adventure tours down the Amazon.  I was envious!

After a lot of trial and error, discussions with more experienced travel writers, and by getting to know people in the travel industry, I eventually learned how it’s done.

Since then, I’ve been on dozens of Press Trips and FAM (familiarization) Tours.  I’ve made several trips to Europe on assignment and visited sixteen countries.  I’ve been on tours to seventeen U.S. destinations and have spent hundreds of days on the road, in exciting and exotic destinations.

With all this experience I've learned something important:  there is an art to requesting travel perks. 

That’s what How to Land Press Trips and Fam Tours is all about.  I created this resource for travel writers wanting to find their way through the maze.

You will learn where to find press trip listings, how to use your travel assignments to make the most of each trip, and how to request travel perks to help defray the costs of your assignments, and a lot more!

How to Land Press Trips and Fam Tours will save you a lot of time and frustration trying to figure it out yourself, by giving you the resources, sample request letters and a step-by-step process so you know exactly how to do it. 

And it can save you large sums of money in travel expenses by knowing what to do and how to request travel perks when you're on assignment.

This is the most comprehensive resource you will find anywhere on this topic.

You will learn:

  • The single most important thing you need to do to get your first invitation.
  • Three easy and fast ways to build your writing portfolio.
  • How to find different types of Press Trips.
  • How to invite yourself on FAM tours in your region.
  • How to qualify for international press trips
  • Thirteen places to find leads for national and international press trips
  • How to put together a self-guided FAM tour and make it worthwhile for you and your hosts
  • The six steps for organizing a successful self-guided FAM tour
  • The best season to plan self-guided tours
  • How to organize an overseas tour
  • Sample request letters for practically every kind of press trip and travel perk
  • … and much more!

How to Land Press Trips and Fam Tours will show you how to use your travel writing skills and credentials so you can request free or discounted travel, meals, tours, accommodations, and entry into museums and tourist attractions.

Whether you’re just starting out in travel writing, or have some experience and want to land more press trips, you will find valuable resources to help you do that in this 75-page, comprehensive guide

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