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Issue #195: Luxury Travel Writing: My Story and How You Can Do It
February 26, 2018
Greetings Fellow Travel Writers and Bloggers!

As you read this we’re winging our way from Bali, Indonesia, to Singapore, for an overnight stay before we return to our “home” in Da Nang, Vietnam. Since last Monday’s newsletter, we’ve stayed at the Wyndham Tamansari Jivva Resort at Lepang Beach, the Santai at Umalas, and finally, the Amala in Seminyak. —some of Bali’s finest, most indulgent properties.

The eleven plush resorts in the past month have ranged from health & wellness retreats to lavish, over-the-top palaces where you’d expect to find movie stars sipping champagne. The gentleman sitting next to us at lunch, at one resort, owns the Aston Villa Football Club, one of the U.K.’S most renowned soccer clubs.

Naturally, the PR professionals representing these luxury properties wanted us to have the best possible experiences, so we’ve been treated to countless relaxing Balinese massages, 24-hour butler service, superb meals and special in-room dining, VIP treatment & property tours, private villas & swimming pools, yoga lessons, private cooking classes, and other neat perks.

You’re probably wondering, “How did they swing this epic luxury gig?” The answer is simple. We offered the resorts enticing assignments to showcase their properties and amenities while hosting us for a few days.

Does this life sound good to you? Would you like to have these sorts of luxury travel writing assignments? I show you how to arrange these gigs in two of my best-selling handbooks, How To Break Into The Luxury Travel Writing Market, and How To Land Press Trips & Fam Tours.

This is the second time we’ve done a month-long excursion to Bali’s luxury resorts & villas. In January 2013, we did an almost identical tour for 28 nights at 12 villas—just for writing a few stories about them!

My advice and techniques are repeatable. We’ve used exactly the same principles and steps outlined in my two handbooks to score a complimentary cruise down France’s picturesque Burgundy Canal in a boutique luxury hotel barge, and a wine cruise on Washington State’s Salish Sea. These techniques enabled me to tour Baden-Baden & Wiesbaden, Germany’s two renowned spa cities frequented by the rich & famous.

Using the same process, we’ve stayed at a replica wild west luxury ranch near Tombstone, Arizona, and toured five more of Arizona’s finest resorts & spas. We’ve had luxury spa treatments & hotels in Rotorua, New Zealand, and toured the Pacific Northwest’s finest luxury lodges. We’ve stayed in New Zealand’s most expensive luxury villa in Queenstown & hiked that country’s Queen Charlotte Track, staying in luxury lodges along the way.

These luxury travel gigs are attainable with some hard work & planning, even for novice writers with only a few bylines to their name.

This week only, to celebrate the conclusion of our luxury trip, we’re featuring our Advanced Travel Writer’s Two-Pack at 25% off the regular individual prices. When you use discount code LX25 you will save a total of 25% off these two books How to Land Press Trips and How to Break into the Luxury Travel Writing Market.

The Advanced Travel Writing 2-Pack

To learn about and land luxury tours like these click the link above, or look for the Advanced-Pack sale announcement later in this newsletter.

This Week's Featured Post

Luxury Travel Writing: My Story and How You Can Do It Too

After returning from a luxury travel writing assignment, when I tell other writers about the trip, they always ask how I managed to do it.  

In this post I tell my story about how I first got into luxury travel writing, and the steps you can take to pull together a luxury trip.


Upcoming Posts

March 5: A Travel Writing Reality Check
March 12: The Ultimate 2018 List of Travel Writing Groups
March 19: The Secret to Freelance Travel Writing Success
March 26: How Do You Know When Your Travel Article is Ready to Submit?

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We've Been In The News

In this guest post, I talk about how to land those crucial letters of assignment, for your complimentary travel.

Read the Guest Post

Selling & Reselling Your Articles

Here are links to four articles about how to resell, repurpose, & repackage your travel articles. It’s how I stretch my articles into multiple publications by reselling them. I’ve made good money and greatly expanded my bylines doing this. Try it!

5 Ways to Sell Your Articles
Earn More - Sell Your Articles Around the World
Reselling Your Articles (The Art of Reprints & Rewrites)
Reselling Your Articles - 3 Tricky Situations

Inspirational Travel Quote of the Week

Featured Book of the Week

Advanced Travel Writer’s Two-Pack Reference Guides

Take your travel writing career up a few notches with our two advanced reference guides.

In How to Land Press Trips and Fam Tours you'll learn about how to use your assignments to request free and low-cost travel. You'll also get all the resources successful travel writers have at their fingertips to network with the right people and have DMOs clamoring to invite you to visit their region.

If luxury is your preferred style of travel, How to Break into the Luxury Travel Writing Market will help you move quickly into this market. And it gives you a ready-made list of magazines and websites interested in publishing luxury articles.

Save 25% off the Advanced Pack this week only. By purchasing these books together you normally save 10% - and this week we’re offering an additional 15% off - for a total savings of 25% when you use discount code LX25.

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That's all for this week.

Until next week, just keep pitching!


Roy Stevenson
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