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Issue #252: Press Trips for Travel Writers
April 22, 2019
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While we recovered from our 14-hour time zone jet lag, we’ve done several tourist activities, courtesy of Tourism Vancouver (www.TourismVancouver.com). They provided us with a media-pass-on-steroids that covers entry to 39 museums and other major tourist attractions including harbor cruises, whale watching, and walking tours. We couldn’t do it all. Thank you, Tourism Vancouver!
We visited the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Museum of Vancouver, did a horse-drawn tour of Stanley Park, enjoyed Flyover Canada, and took an elevator up the Vancouver Lookout to get a superb panoramic 360-degree view over Vancouver.
The Museum of Vancouver depicted the city’s coming of age in the 19th and 20th centuries through well designed dioramas and galleries, and the Art Gallery had enough funky and off beat sculptures and paintings to keep me amused. Flyover Canada is a slick 180-degree, Disney-like big screen “ride” over Canada’s magnificent and varied territory.
Our one-hour horse-drawn carriage tour of Stanley Park yesterday was on a gorgeous, bright sunny day. We thoroughly enjoyed Northwest scenery as it moves into spring, with lots of daffodils, tulips, and flowering cherry trees, as the two huge horses slowly clip-clopped us around Stanley Park. The Park is Vancouver’s main tourist attraction (8 million visitors/year!).
The well-oiled Vancouver tourism machine has a lot of solid attractions on offer. We heartily recommend any of their attractions to other travel writers!
Being a bibliophile, I browsed for books at 5 bookshops: MacLeods, Albion Books, Books Unlimited, Coles Books, and Indigo - a book lovers dream! There remains at least a half dozen other used and new bookstores in nearby suburbs, but we just plain ran out of browsing time. Maybe next time!
On Wednesday, we host a gathering of several travel writers I’m personally coaching, at our annual Coaching Deep Dive session. The Deep Dive is a free one-day workshop for travel writers in my 12-month coaching program. We cover topics we don’t have time to cover in the Master Class and topics that are more advanced. Since my coaching clients are knowledgeable about my marketing process, we get a lot done in one day. And we have some face-to-face time to get to know each other better.
We’ll be covering topics like building accountability and structure into your work processes, establishing a killer travel writing platform and photography tips with the best ways to share your photos with magazine editors. We’ve also got a special module on organizing self-guided press trips. Freelance travel writer and guest speaker, James Ullrich, will talk with the group about his travel writing career & his multiple travel-related streams of income.
It will be a full day, and we’ll wrap up in the evening with a Meet & Greet with all the workshop participants. Then we’ll kick off the Master Class on Thursday morning and for the next 3 days get totally absorbed in marketing, writing, working with editors and landing press trips. More news in the next issue.
This Week's Featured Post
Press Trips for Travel Writers
Regional, state and international press trips are fun, rewarding, and a coveted perk for many travel writers. I’ve been on a lot of these trips. Just in the three-year period from 2011 to 2013, for example, I went on forty-three press trips and FAM tours. This included tours in Nebraska, Missouri, Oregon, Alaska, Arizona, Louisiana, Texas, Virginia, Idaho, California, Florida and Oklahoma. I’ve been to some of these States multiple times. I receive press trip invitations weekly.
I’m frequently asked how I get invited to go on so many of these trips and FAM Tours.
Here’s what you need to get invited and two stellar sources for finding these fun gigs:
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The Art of the Travel Story: Turn Your Destination into a Compelling Read
Four Books to Help You Improve Your Writing
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Travel Story Marketability - What Makes a Story Hot and What Does Not
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Travel Writing Craft Success: 10 Ways to Write Like a Seasoned Professional
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