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Issue #456: Can AI Travel Writing Replace Human Travel Writing?
April 15, 2024
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Today, I give you my take on the perceived AI threat to travel writing. Hint: It’s not nearly as bad as you think!

Will AI Replace Travel Writers?

Every day we hear how Artificial Intelligence (AI) is being used. Writers ask if AI travel writing will replace human travel writing. Some experts tout AI as a benign tool that can help us tremendously; others claim that it merely regurgitates what’s already out there. I decided it's time to look at AI and what it means to travel writers.

One way AI is being used is to generate content where traditionally writers create content. But AI generates content based on existing data. This content is generated using machines and it’s like google on steroids.

It’s claimed that AI not only collates information, but presents that information in a cogent way. Many believe that AI will save us tremendous amounts of time and research by producing “instant” and specific data.

I’ve been watching AI closely since it hit the headlines. And I’ve especially been following its infiltration into the travel writing arena. If you’ve done any reading about this, you’ll find AI-articles that may sound good at first glance but are often inaccurate, and usually poorly written.

Here’s what I’ve found . . .

Magazine Editors Do NOT Want AI-Generated Articles

Recently, while preparing my 500 Print Magazines That Want To Publish Your Travel Articles listings — which entailed poring through the Writers’ Guidelines of 550+ travel & lifestyle magazines of all stripes — I only encountered one magazine that admits to using AI-generated content. And the editor of this magazine was quick and clear to point out that his occasional AI articles are fact-checked and scrupulously edited before printing.

Conversely, I noted that the Writers’ Guidelines in several dozen travel & lifestyle magazines indicated that AI-generated articles would NOT be considered for publication in their pages. It seems that travel magazine editors actually want their writers to visit the destinations they write about.

Using AI Will Hinder Your Credibility As A Writer

Magazine editors pay for us to be the creatives behind our stories. An editor who gets even the slightest hint that we’re submitting AI generated copy will not work with us. Don’t even think about submitting AI-generated copy to an editor.

Most of us can tell when copy is AI generated — editors can tell, too. They’ve seen it all and can tell within a few sentences if a story is AI-generated or created by a real human writer.

Why are travel magazine editors rejecting AI-generated stories?

Read the rest of my AI article here . . .

Other Travel Writing Projects I’m Planning
I have several travel writing eBooks slated for publication in 2024 including:
  • Travel Writing for Military & History Magazines
  • Break Into Travel Writing with Museum Stories
  • Break Into the Boating, Yachting, Sailing & Cruising Travel Writing Market
  • A follow-up eBook about Query Letters for Travel Writers

Next month, I’ll give you seven effective print media strategies for Freelance Travel Writers

Finally, I'd like to thank you for reading this newsletter, taking my online and in-person classes, buying my eBooks, and following my travels. It's been a pleasure working with so many of you and keeping you up-to-date on what’s new in travel writing.

Roy Stevenson,

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How Do I Spend My Time? A Professional Travel Writer’s Day In The Office

“Roy, I’m just curious to know - how much time per week do you spend sending out queries versus time spent on actual writing and on social media? If you haven't already done an article on time management for writers, that might be a helpful story.”

If you’ve ever wondered what I do, here’s a day in the life of a professional travel writer. Here I also talk about the extremely limited value of spending too much time on social media.


My Latest Writing Assignment

Here’s the cover of the latest (June 2024) issue of Collectible Automobile magazine, with my article about the Eagles Mere Auto Museum in Pennsylvania. It’s on the magazine racks now at your local bookstore.

This makes my 25th published museum piece in this highly regarded glossy magazine for classic car aficionados and collectors. My automobile museum assignments have taken me to Alaska, California, Colorado, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee and Washington, plus England and Germany.

This is a collector’s magazine — not a throwaway — and has won numerous awards from the Society of Automotive Historians, the Automotive Heritage Association, and other groups. The editor is the consummate professional and great to work with.

Automobiles are such an important part of American culture, and I’ve developed a deep love of classic cars from my museum tours and research. And I’ve seen many spectacular speed cars, “celebrity cars,” and rare and unique autos in these museums. I’m honored to be Collectible Automobile magazine’s museum “go-to” writer.

Here’s how you can break into writing about autos and other types of vehicles -- and make it interesting and lucrative:


Our Latest Travel Writing Success Story

Emily Corak: My Freelance Travel Writing Story

By Emily Corak

When I left my job in education after 12 years, I never remotely considered writing as a feasible option. I’d always loved writing – I’d even earned an MFA in creative writing because I loved it so much, but it felt like a means for personal expression and enjoyment. I’d even had a few things published, but never received a dime. The act of being published was its own reward!

Making money as a writer? Ha! I’d leave that endeavor to the real writers.

But whenever I had a few spare moments, I kept googling travel writing courses. I told myself it was strictly out of curiosity, not because I thought it was a realistic option.

I’d spent a lot of time traveling when I was younger - I took my first international trip at age 14 to Tunisia to visit where my dad had grown up. I visited a friend in Norway numerous times, taught in China, went scuba diving in Belize, spent summers volunteering in Bangladesh, and studied abroad in Italy.

But when my children came along in my early thirties, I feared my traveling would be limited to quick coastal getaways with the occasional trek to Disneyland.

I stumbled upon Roy Stevenson’s workshops online in 2019 on one of my many Google explorations and I had an inkling that this was something I should do. I couldn’t put my finger on why, but I bookmarked the page and kept coming back to it, reviewing all the details about his workshop in Charleston even though I was still a high school English teacher at the time. I worried that it would be impractical and a little self-indulgent because who did I think I was? The most adventurous trip I’d taken recently was braving impatient toddlers in line for the teacups!

Luckily, my intuition won out and I booked the weeklong masterclass with Linda and Roy in Charleston, SC, for the summer of 2020. Roy’s course was postponed for 2 years due to the pandemic, but I finally got to attend it there in June 2022.

Here's my journey . . .

Read the rest of Emily's inspirational story here . . .

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In this 76-page book you'll learn my winning system to generate story ideas that sell. Master this first step - and combine it with a great pitch - and you’ll soon find yourself immersed in exciting experiences with fascinating people.

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A Note from Travel Writer Tim Cotroneo

Tim attended our Travel Writing & Marketing Master Class and has had his work published in several dozen travel magazines and websites.

Tim curates a popular website called Travel Dreams Magazine and encourages aspiring travel writers to contribute to this website. Here’s what Tim has shared:

Hi Roy,

Here is an idea for you to communicate with your legions of admirers.

Several times per month I receive emails from writers proposing that they write for Travel Dreams Magazine. The overwhelming number of these pitches don’t say what they want to write about.

I’m willing to help just about any aspiring writer get a start. But I am very reluctant to invest time, and possibly receive spam, from someone who fails to pitch a specific article idea. 

Best regards,

Tim Cotroneo
Travel Dreams Magazine

A Note from Sailing & Boating Publisher Jeff Watson

I own a magazine publishing company and have a few titles in the Panhandle of Florida along the Gulf Coast. I am looking for a couple of articles per month ranging from water/marina destinations, product reviews, boat show and tournament event coverage as well as general boating lifestyle topics.

I welcome your input if this is something of interest.


Jeff Watson


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Awards and Accolades

Roy Stevenson Listed in 2024 Pitching Guide for magazine editors. Thank you, PR On The Go, for listing me, Roy Stevenson, as one of the six top journalists in your 2024 Pitching Guide.

This listing helps match up travel journalists with magazine editors who are looking for specific stories.

Here’s the link to the download: PRontheGo Pitching Guide, our travel writing website has had a banner year! The accolades just keep pouring in!

Our website was selected for the 2023 Writer’s Digest Magazine’s “101 Best Websites For Writers” in the June issue. We’ve previously been chosen for Writer’s Digest Magazine’s 101 Best Websites For Writers in 2016, 2020, 2021, 2022. WD doesn’t bestow these awards lightly. We’re the only travel writing website on the lists!

And Writer’s Digest Magazine also chose our website for their “Best Genre/Niche Websites for 2023.” We’ve previously been listed in Writer’s Digest Magazine’s “Best Genre/Niche Websites for 2020, 2021, 2022, & 2023.”

A few months ago, our Online Travel Writing & Marketing Master Class has made’s Best Travel Creative Writing Classes for 2023 list. There are only 21 travel writing courses on this worldwide list!

And, in December 2023 we were awarded the honor of being listed in the Writer’s Digest Magazine’s 101 Best Websites for Writers in their 2024 Annual Yearbook.

We at are proud to announce that our website made’s 100 BEST WEBSITES FOR WRITERS 2020 & 2021! thewritelife Best Websites 2021

Our Complete Travel Writing & Marketing Master Class is ranked #1 on’s Top Ten Travel Writing Workshops.

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That's all for now. Until next week - just keep pitching! Roy

Roy Stevenson
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