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Issue #196: Travel Writing Reality Check
March 05, 2018
Greetings Fellow Travel Writers and Bloggers!

We’ve been back for six days in our Da Nang apartment and we’ve finally got our feet back on the ground.

Our lengthy resort assignment was dreamlike, a tour-de-force of eleven of Bali’s finest luxury resorts & villas. But it was also exhausting. Looking back, it seems surreal. We stayed in resorts & villas so idyllic that we didn’t even leave many of the properties.

But, there’s no place like home! We’re enjoying reuniting with our friends and eating at our favorite restaurants here in Da Nang’s Ngu Hanh Son District.

Speaking of food, we are thrilled to catch up with our food & travel blogger friends, Daryl & Mindi Hirsch. We first met them in Chiang Mai, Thailand, a couple of years ago.

We see this delightful couple practically every day in Danang, for breakfast, or dinner, or coffee. We talk about our travels, adventures, and of course swap food porn stories about delectable meals we’ve eaten. (

We’re also planning the final details of our upcoming Seattle Complete Travel Writing & Marketing Master Class, in April. Only eight weeks until our master class! We still have a handful of seats left, and they always sell out the month before the master class. Get your seat while they’re still available.

This Week's Featured Post

Travel Writing Reality Check

Travel writing has an aura of romance that’s hard to dispel. We love boasting about the best things that happen on our travels - luxurious resorts, spa treatments, gourmet meals, exotic adventures, and so on.  

But, travel writing can be a lot less refined and a lot more rough-and-tumble than you might imagine. The reality of travel writing is a different beast indeed. It takes a lot of hard work. And, like any business, it sometimes has an unsavory side.

In this post I’ll share with you some of the realities of travel writing. This is the part we rarely discuss but these are things you should be aware of – especially if you're just getting started.


Upcoming Posts

March 12: Travel Bloggers: You Could Be Sitting on a Gold Mine!
Bonus: 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 Query Letter is Ready to Submit?
April 2: How Do You Know When Your Travel Article is Ready to Submit?

There are still a few seats left! We have people from five countries attending our travel writing & marketing master class.
 Join travel writers from Canada, the U.S., Grenada, Australia, & Belgium in our Seattle Travel Writing & Marketing Master Class.

Our U.S. attendees are from ALL over: Utah, Washington State, Louisiana, Arizona, California, Texas, Ohio, New York, & Colorado. 

Do you want to learn how to . . .
• Consistently sell your travel stories to paying print media?
• Land Press Trips & get complimentary travel?
• Improve and accelerate your travel writing career?
• Transform your travel blogs into cash by selling them to print magazines.

You’ll get all this information—and much more—in my three-day intensive workshop for travel writers, The Complete Travel Writing & Marketing Master Class.

The focus is on marketing & selling your articles, and on using your assignments to request complimentary travel - two of the areas where most writers struggle.


Here's what husband and wife team, Pam & Gary Baker, had to say about last year's Master Class:

“We attended Roy’s Master Class in Seattle last April. We had just flown in from Europe the night before and I worried I would be too jet lagged to stay awake during the workshop. But the excitement of the class and the tremendous information kept me awake all day long!

You will learn things in the class that you won’t get from books. And you'll make friends, too, that have the same goals. You'll continue to stay in touch and encourage each other and cheer your successes. A network is important! If you haven't signed up for Roy's class this April, you need to do it now before it’s sold out!”
Pam & Gary Baker, Master Class Attendees, April 2017

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We've Been In The News

In this post, Christine Peets mentions how Roy finds the bright side of rejection letters.

Read Christine Peets article

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

Travel Writing Bonus

For some of the finest travel writing ever, read John Steinbeck’s article about Positano, Italy, written in 1953 in Harper’s Bazaar Magazine.

Download the free PDF:

Link to Download Steinbeck PDF

Featured Book of the Week

The Complete Guide to Query Letters for Travel Writers


Our best-selling book shows you everything you need to know about crafting compelling query letters to sell your travel articles to magazine editors. Many, (as in hundreds) of aspiring travel writers have used our templates to snag paying assignments in print media.

Most people print this resource guide for convenience and it’s now available in print on

Go to amazon to purchase the print book

Well-written query letters convince magazine editors that you have an exciting travel story their readers will absolutely love.

In ten years of travel writing I’ve had more than 1,000 stories published in 200+ magazines, trade journals, newspapers, in-flights, on-boards, custom & specialty magazines, and travel websites – and they all started with a query letter. 

I know how to write killer query letters that work, and I wrote this eBook to show you how to do it.

This is different from all other query letter books because you get 20 of my sample query letters that work. These are actual query letters that I used successfully to get articles published in reputable, paying print magazines. Each sample query letter comes with a clear explanation of the key things that sold the idea successfully.  And you can use my samples to create a template for your own query letters, using the same words and layout.

All reviews of our Query Letters for Travel Writers book on are 5-Star!

Also available in PDF format on PitchTravelWrite:

Buy the PDF

Here’s renowned travel writer & blogger Chris Backe’s review of my Query Letter eBook, on

“Pitch letters can sometimes feel like the secret sauce of the blogging world. Many folks have a template or two they use, but few share them as openly as Roy has here. Call this what it is – a master-class of sales writing to get into magazines and newspapers."

“The book itself is clean, complete, yet concise enough to be read in a single sitting. Roy’s real world experience and credentials underscore the opening chapters, which reads like common sense should – if it were still common sense. It’s up-to-date with the way things actually work here in 2015 (not the way we want them to work). A two-page template is the appetizer, with twenty query letters written by him that resulted in an article placement as the main course. You’ll soon notice the patterns used, and feel empowered to try it yourself. Note that some lateral thinking is rewarding – and that tailoring your pitch to ensure that magazine’s angle is taken care of is paramount. Highly recommended.”

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My Facebook page is about freelance travel writing. I frequently post about:
• travel writing & blogging conferences,
• links to other well produced travel websites and blogs,
• links to my travel articles,
• travel writing themes,
• links to reputable travel writer’s groups, associations, and newsletters,
• magazine covers stories and back stories,
• links to resources pages,
• links to travel writing archives,
• links to coaching and mentoring resources,
• and plenty of other useful information to get you up to speed.

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That's all for this week.

Until next week, just keep pitching!


Roy Stevenson
Pitch Travel Write

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