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Issue #385: Registration is OPEN for our June Workshops!
February 07, 2022
Greetings Fellow Travel Writers!

. . . and WELCOME all new subscribers. Thanks for joining us.


We’re happy to announce that REGISTRATION IS OPEN for our June travel writing and marketing workshops in Charleston, South Carolina.

The Travel Writing & Photography Retreat is June 18-21 and the Marketing Master Class for Travel Writers is June 23-25. And on the “free” day between workshops, June 22nd, the Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) is providing an exciting complimentary press trip for our participants.

Do you want to join us?

Here’s what you need to know: We’re running Early Bird Specials from now through February 14th. Each individual workshop is $200 off the regular price for the next seven days.

If you sign up for both workshops - The Complete Package - you'll receive a whopping discount of $1000 off the regular price. No, that’s not a typo, it's a 33% discount when you register for both workshops. If you’re serious about travel writing, this is the best investment you can make to learn everything you need to know about mastering the art & craft of travel writing, travel photography, using your assignments to get complimentary travel perks, successfully selling your stories, and much more. Get additional details here

Whether you join us for one workshop or both workshops, we promise a fun, friendly environment full of useful information, engaging activities and new friends. And to top it all off — we’ll be exploring the beautiful, historic city of Charleston.

For full details, click on the graphics or links below:

Link to Travel Writing and Photography Retreat

Link to Marketing Master Class

Link to The Complete Package

Editorial: The Dilemma Of Complimentary Travel

Did you know that 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 a massive industry!

There’s virtually an unlimited supply of destinations and attractions around the globe. And along with these come a multitude of opportunities for travel writers. 

At some stage most published travel writers will receive offers of travel assistance, aka “complimentary travel” or “comps”.

These complimentary travel perks cover everything from airfare to hotel and resort accommodations, and meals. Travel comps often include private guides, spa treatments, and free entry into museums and 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 100+ 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 issues. My article, Should Travel Writers Take the Freebies and Run? is about the most common ethical issues for accepting comped travel.

This Week's Featured Post

Guide To Successful Press Trip Invitations

Here’s a question I receive frequently from beginning travel writers:

“How do I get invitations to press trips? You get a lot of invitations. How do you do it?”

I even hear this question from experienced writers when I tell them that I receive several press trip invitations each month and turn most of them down. It’s not possible to accept all the invitations because my calendar is already booked or I’m just not interested in the destination.

So, this article is about how to stop dreaming and take steps to get press trip invitations and complimentary travel. I’ve listed out five things I've found key to making it happen.


Upcoming Posts

February 14: Should You Send Query Follow-Up Letters To Magazine Editors?
Febuary 21: Use This Checklist Before You Submit Your Travel Articles
February 28: The Best Travel Stories Aren’t About You Success Stories

Candi Licence: Another PitchTravelWrite Success Story

Candi Licence accidentally fell into travel writing but it didn’t take long for her to get serious about it. Here’s her story:

“I fell into travel writing by accident. My husband and I retired at the end of 2013, sold most of our stuff, stored our precious things like art and family heirlooms, and began traveling full time.

We’d go to places we always wanted to see, stay for 3 months and then move onto our next adventure. I started a blog to let people know where we were and what we were doing, and I got feedback from people I trusted that they loved my writing. Writing about our adventures was intoxicating and getting complimented was exhilarating.

Fast forward 3 years, and I attended a travel writing workshop to see if it was possible for me to become a travel writer. I drafted an article during the workshop, and it got a great reception from participants and an Editor who was coaching aspiring writers throughout the event. I left the workshop fired up, with stars in my eyes.

Once home, tried to sell the article and learned my first hard lesson. Always pitch first! It’s hard for beginners to place a completed article.

The second lesson I learned is that you can’t submit queries to one editor at a time — it’s a complete waste of time. I’d wait a month, get no response and then send my query out to the next editor with the same result. I was spinning my wheels and getting nowhere.

I was frustrated. I thought I had the talent to be a good writer but didn’t know how to break into the field. That’s when I saw Roy Stevenson’s Marketing Master Class for Travel Writers. I signed up, took the workshop, and it changed everything for me.”

Read Candi's Travel Writing Success Story

Pitch Travel Write: Most Requested Links About the Business of Travel Writing

When you decide to become a travel writer, there are certain business basics to consider. There’s a great deal more to the business of travel writing than just "traveling" and "writing".

Some people approach travel writing as a hobby—and that’s fine. But, if you want to earn income from your travel writing, you need to think of it as a business. And it helps to know a few business basics specific to travel writing.

Here are 21 of our posts about the business of travel writing

Inspirational Travel Quote


Featured Bundle : Beginner's 3-Pack

If you're just getting started in travel writing, try our Beginner's 3-Pack—the perfect way to kick-off your travel writing career.

Here's what's included:

The Complete Guide to Query Letters 
Everything you need to know about query letters - and 20 examples you can start using immediately.

125 Websites That Want to Publish Your Travel Stories
 A list of 125+ quality travel websites where you can quickly collect some bylines - without all the struggle of finding websites who want your stories.

100 Print Magazines That Want to Publish Your Travel Articles  
A list of 100 print magazines that will save you hours of time researching and creating lists yourself. They give you a foundation of sales leads you can use and build upon.

When you buy the bundle you get 10% off the price of individual books. And this month you can get an addition $5 off when you use discount code f5b


Note: Don't forget to use promo code f5b at checkout to get your $5 discount during the month of February.

Group Coaching Mastermind Community

Our first Group Coaching Mastermind Community kicked off in October, 2020, and we’ve got a global group with members living in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Indonesia and the U.S. We're very excited about this group of writers and our new community! We added new members to our community in 2021 and they're getting to know the group and participate in writing activities.

If you missed out on the opportunity to join this session, you can get on the waiting list for the next session starting soon in 2022:

Learn more and get on the waiting list

Did You Know . . .

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

Your next opportunity to attend these classes be in Charleston, South Carolina, June 2022. There are still a few open seats in these workshops, so sign up while we have space.

Our travel writing & marketing workshops are highly informative and a blast, socially.

Travel Writing and Photography Retreat

Marketing Master Class for Travel Writers

The Complete Package (both workshops and a BIG discount)

You can access the list of the top ten travel writing workshops from Travel Writers Exchange at the link below: Travel Writers Exchange workshop list: #1 Marketing Master Class

ONLINE Travel Writing & Marketing Master Class

Now, you can study our Marketing Master Class for Travel Writers online for only a fraction of the price of the live class! We recorded it LIVE in Seattle, for aspiring travel writers who weren’t able to attend in person.

    Who's it for?

  • If you’re a novice travel writer, or you haven’t had much luck selling your articles to print magazines, this Online Travel Writing & Marketing Workshop is for you.
  • If you weren’t able to travel to our Live Master Class, here’s the opportunity to attend anyway - without any travel costs and at a substantially reduced cost!
  • If you work a full-time job and can’t get time off to attend the live class – you can still attend on your own schedule after working hours.
  • If you’ve wanted to attend our Live Marketing Master Class but can’t get your schedule to fit with the dates it’s offered – here’s your opportunity to attend at your own convenience.


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HERE., is our information-packed website for travel writers. This e-zine, a series of travel writing books and reference guides, coaching programs, and our workshops all work together to give you guidance in this field.

Our aim is to provide you with practical, nitty gritty information to help you gain entry into the travel writing realm and all the enjoyment that comes with it. 

Awards and Accolades

We're thrilled to announce that is once again on The Write Life’s list of 100 BEST WEBSITES FOR WRITERS! 

You can see the entire list by visiting their website - click on the graphic to view the list now.

We're proud to announce that our travel writing website has made Writer’s Digest Magazine’s 2016, 2020, and 2021 101 BEST WEBSITES FOR WRITERS. Writer's Digest doesn’t bestow these awards lightly. And we’re the only travel writing website on their lists!

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My Facebook page is about freelance travel writing. I frequently post about:
• links to other well produced travel websites and blogs
• links to my travel articles
• magazine cover stories and back stories
• links to resource pages
• 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 now. Until next week - just keep pitching! Roy

Roy Stevenson
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