One of the major keys to freelance writing success is finding magazines to pitch. Without travel magazines to query, you won’t get assignments. And if you can’t get assignments you don’t get to write your stories.
Many aspiring freelance writers find assembling distribution lists of viable magazines the most onerous part of the trade.
I get it. Spending hours surfing the Internet for viable magazine leads and copying down editor’s names and contact details is a daunting task. Many writers find this process so boring they skimp on this critical aspect of freelance writing. And it costs them big because they miss out on many potential magazine leads that could buy and publish their stories.
Fortunately, there are plenty of resources where you can find travel magazine lists. Here’s a list of websites that will direct you to a plethora of magazines. Check them out—you’ll be amazed at how many more magazines are ‘out there’, just waiting for you to pitch.
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Great list of magazine markets here! Free! What more do you want? Go there now!
The w3newspapers.com list of travel magazines covers adventure travel, tours, vacation needs, attractions, camping, popular destinations, island travel, cruises, traveler free tips, and more.
Although this is the website for media/advertising company Echo Media, you’ll find plenty of travel and specialty magazines listed herein. The circulation of each magazine is also given—handy to know when you’re applying for complimentary travel, accommodations, meals, tours, guides, etc.
Amazon.com has a resource with magazines in most genres including travel, City & Regional, Women’s Interests, Science, History & Nature, Home & Garden, Parenting & Family, Lifestyle & Culture, Automotive & Motorcycles, and many, many more topics.
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With a subscription to WritersMarket.com, you can easily locate new, up-to-date markets for publishing your work, get expert "insider" advice, and track your manuscript submissions and publishing contracts.
You'll find an unlimited number of travel & lifestyle magazines for you to get your teeth into on issuu.com. And I do mean ‘unlimited’. If ever there was an online mother lode, this is it. I gave up scrolling through these magazine covers after 10 minutes it was so overwhelming!
You can open up most of these magazines by clicking on their covers to get some insight into their editorial content—very helpful when you’re researching a new magazine to pitch. You’re going to find travel magazines here that you never even knew existed!
Magazine-agent.com is another excellent source of 104 print travel magazines. These magazines are listed genre-by-genre, and easy to find. Try clicking on “Travel & Regional” first.
“Since 1999, Magazines.com has been the trusted online source for magazine subscriptions. We are proud to provide you with amazing deals and huge discounts on your favorite magazines. From celebrity news to sports to fashion, Magazines.com offers subscriptions to thousands of magazines.”
NextIssue.com gives you access to 200 different magazines (plus their back issues) for $9.95/month. The magazines listed are mainly the popular top shelf glossies like Travel + Leisure, Sunset, Afar, National Geographic Traveler, Saveur, and others of that ilk, so if you’re a beginner with few or no bylines, you might want to build your street cred before you subscribe.
On the other hand, novice travel writers might consider subscribing to this service just to be able to read some of the finest travel journalism in print. NextIssue.com offers a free trial.
Freecycle.org is a free service network of 5,000 groups with nine million members globally. Here, members post “wanted” ads and “offers”. For example, if you need some back issues of a particular magazine for your research, you can post a “wanted” ad requesting them.
Angela at WritersWeekly.com offers magazine market reports here.
Create your own personalized custom list of U.S. travel magazines on easymedialist.com. This is a pay service. I haven’t spoken to any freelance writers who have subscribed to this service, but the lists are very comprehensive.
Being wired a little differently than most people, I actually enjoy the hunt for new magazines and have HUGE distribution lists.
To help novice travel writers lay a foundation quickly, or to expand their magazine lists, I’ve published a reference manual, 100 Print Magazines That Want to Publish Your Travel Articles.
I’ve also published a guide for online magazine leads. Fifty Websites that Want to Publish Your Travel Stories includes a quality list of websites where you can pitch your articles. Websites usually don’t pay writers for their articles, but it can be a good way to collect a few bylines if you’re a beginner.
You can purchase these guides individually at the above links, or in our Beginner’s 3-Pack along with The Complete Guide to Query Letters for Travel Writers. Click on the graphic below to learn more about the 3-pack and save 10% …
I’ve also published some other VERY helpful travel magazine list resources on this website with more gold nugget lists of magazines, just waiting for you to pan.
Here are links to my other articles for finding travel magazine sales leads on PitchTravelWrite:
Roy Stevenson is a professional travel writer and the author of www.PitchTravelWrite.com. Over the past nine years, he’s had more than 1000 articles published in 200 magazines, trade and specialty journals, in-flights, on-boards, blogs and websites and has traveled on assignment around the U.S. and to dozens of international destinations.