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Issue #165: Should Travel Writers Take the Freebies and Run?
July 17, 2017
Greetings Fellow Travel Writers and Bloggers!

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Travel and tourism is one of the world’s largest industries. In the global economy the total contribution was $7.6 trillion (USD) in 2016. And direct revenue from international tourism, according to, was $1.6 trillion.

That’s massive! There’s virtually an unlimited supply of destinations and attractions. And along with these come a multitude of opportunities for travel writers.

Most published travel writers will receive, at some stage, offers of travel assistance (aka “complimentary travel” or “comps”).

These complimentary travel perks cover everything from airfare and hotel to resort accommodations and meals. Travel comps can include private guides, spa treatments, and free entry into museums, tourist attractions and special events.

On a press trip or FAM Tour, the sponsoring Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) might cover all the above expenses. In other cases, a lesser combination of these expenses is covered. I’ve been on 90+ press trips of various stripes that ranged from having all expenses covered to just a few.

Press trips are an exciting part of travel writing, but they come with some ethical questions, and sometimes result in a considerable amount of discomfort for the writer.

This week’s featured article Should Travel Writers Take the Freebies and Run? is about the most common ethical questions for comped travel:

READ THE ARTICLE: Should Travel Writers Take the Freebies and Run?

If you have any questions about breaking into travel writing, please send them to me at

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Inspirational Travel Quote of the Week

“Our happiest moments as tourists always seem to come when we stumble upon one thing while in pursuit of something else.”

- Lawrence Block, American Writer

Have You Planned Your Travel Calendar for 2017?

Have you planned your travel writing calendar for 2017 yet? We at spent days preparing lists of:

24 Travel Writing and Blogging Conferences
11 Travel Writing and Blogging Workshops
11 Special Travel Writing Groups, Meetings & Events
5 Travel Shows (and a link to access many more)

Get organized now: Use these lists to plan your travel writing & blogging events for 2017.

Resources for Travel Writers

Books and Reference Guides:

Beginner's 3-pack Reference Guides
The Complete Guide to Query Letters for Travel Writers
100 Print Magazines that Want to Publish Your Articles
Fifty Websites that Want to Publish Your Travel Stories
Advanced Travel Writing 2-Pack Reference Guides
How to Land Press Trips and FAM Tours
How to Break Into the Luxury Travel Writing Market
The Complete Guide to Marketing and Selling Your Travel Articles
Digital Bookstore - Guides, Manuals and Special Reports

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That's all for this week.

Until next week, just keep pitching!


Roy Stevenson
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