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Issue #390: Are Press Passes Useful or Effective?
March 14, 2022
Greetings Fellow Travel Writers!

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This is our fourth day in Zagreb, Croatia and already we’ve taken an “Exploring Zagreb” tour and a “Croatian Cuisine & History” tour. Enjoyed them both immensely as we come to grips with this new destination, its people, & its food.

We’re finding this city of 804,000 to be friendly & welcoming — and quite chilly. It’s the coldest place we’ve been in more than seven years, with daytime temps in the low 40’s (F) and overnight temps in the 20s. Brrrr.

Zagreb is Croatia’s capital, the largest city and it's the 50th country I have visited! More about this city in the next newsletter.


You can still register for our workshops - we still have a few seats left.

If you sign up for BOTH workshops -- The Complete Package-- you save $800.

Or, you can save $100 off the regular price of each individual workshops:
June 18-21 - The Travel Writing & Photography Retreat and
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Our Travel Writing Workshops Are The Best ANYWHERE!

Here are eight reasons why you won't find better workshops anywhere else:

1. Roy Walks the Talk

The workshops are taught by prolific international travel writer Roy Stevenson, who has more than 1,000 published articles in 200+ regional, national, and international magazines, newspapers, trade journals, custom publications, specialty magazines, in-flights, on-boards, and online travel magazines.

Few travel writers ever crack the 1,000 article barrier, and even fewer have cracked the 200 publications mark — Roy has done both and will show you how he does it.

2. Proven Coaching Success

Roy has coached more than 100 travel writers to great successes. While working with these writers, he noticed they continually make recurring writing errors.

The Travel Writing & Photography Retreat addresses these common mistakes and shows you how to avoid them, while taking your travel writing to publishable levels. Learn more and Register at this link (or click the graphic)

Roy's unique Marketing Master Class curriculum addresses everything related to selling your articles and marketing your work, in detail, with plenty of real-life examples from his experiences. Register at this link (or click graphic)

You also have the opportunity to attend both workshops and save a whopping $800 off the regular prices. The Complete Package includes both workshops.
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3. A Proven Track Record With Workshops
We’ve hosted more than one dozen highly successful travel writing workshops since 2016 in the U.S., Thailand, & Vietnam.

4. In-Depth & Actionable Coursework
Other travel writing workshops gloss over the details, but that’s not how we do things. Until now, there’s never been a workshop specifically designed to show you how to market and sell your travel stories. Most travel writers struggle with querying and pitching their travel stories. And they have very little idea where to sell them. Our workshops teach you what you need to know to get published.

5. A Well-Published Author
Roy is the author of 11 books on freelance travel writing and has sold thousands of copies of these reference books and guides.

6. Press Trips
Roy has been on more than 100 press trips & Fam tours and dispatched stories from 25 countries in his fifteen-year travel writing career. He’s lived in 7 countries: New Zealand, U.S.A, Singapore, Thailand, Belgium, Vietnam, & Fiji.

He’ll show you how to parlay your travel writing assignments into free or discounted travel, meals, tours, accommodations, spa treatments, and entry into tourist attractions and museums. You’ll save thousands of dollars in travel expenses once you know how to parlay your assignments.

7. Peer Recognition from Respected Organizations
Our website — — is listed in Writer's Digest magazine's 2016, 2020, & 2021 "101 Best Websites for Writers" list. is also listed in’s 2020 & 2021 “100 Best Websites for Writers”

8. Our free weekly newsletter is THE BEST travel writing newsletter in the biz.

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Editorial: Do you have a Travel Writer’s Press Pass or Members ID Card?

Have you paid for a subscription to a travel writer’s group that includes a member’s “Press Pass” or “Members ID Card”?

If so, you’re wasting your money and possibly endangering your life! One travel writer’s network recently announced they are no longer issuing press passes to its members. 

Here’s what they say: “The world has changed. For a variety of reasons, and far too often now, a press pass is not worth the plastic it’s printed on, and in some parts of the world it might endanger your safety. Press passes are losing effectiveness. The journalism profession is becoming more and more risky. Journalists are being jailed or killed in increasing numbers.”

I wholeheartedly agree!

You might say, “But I’m just a travel writer, not a political journalist. I’m harmless.”  The problem is, journalists of any stripe are fair game to fanatics. The people who would do you great harm DON’T CARE if you’re a political reporter, a travel writer, a business writer, a novelist, or any other kind of journalist.

They do not differentiate between different types of writers. They may not even know there are different types of journalists. To them, you’re another journalist who can be brutally exploited for publicity for their cause.

There are numerous other reasons why you no longer need a travel writer’s press card or member’s ID card - if you ever needed one. A professional business card works just fine as your “press pass” if you need to show some proof of your occupation when you’re on assignment.

We recommend that when you travel overseas, you simply say you’re a “Tourist” on immigration forms, at the immigration counter, and in conversations with strangers. You’re less likely to become a target in today’s volatile world.

Want to join a travel writing association?

There are several travel writer’s groups out there and it’s difficult to know which ones can serve your particular needs. This article lists the top four travel writer’s associations.

This Week's Featured Post

Successful Travel Writers & Their Secrets

While mentoring more than 100 novice travel writers in my coaching program I’ve noticed that some of them get more travel stories published than others.

Because I’m always looking for what makes successful travel journalists tick, I’ve studied their writing habits. And I’ve come up with some interesting conclusions.

You might think the more prolifically published writers are better writers than the less-productive ones. Or, do they simply dream up better travel stories that sell well?

These are not the main reasons why some get published more than others. Read on to find out the five things that successful travel writers do to break into travel writing.


Upcoming Posts

March 21: Travel Writers' Success Traits
March 28: Travel Writing Advice: Turning Bad Tips Into Best Practices
April 4: Travel Writing Blunders Success Stories

Pam and Gary Baker’s Remarkable Travel Writing Journey

We’ve got two overachieving travel writers in Pam & Gary Baker!

In their four years as travel writers, Pam and Gary Baker have become an inspiring testament to how hard work can lead to spectacular success in our highly competitive field. I worked with Pam & Gary as their coach & mentor after they took our 2017 Travel Writing & Marketing Master Class. They’ve gone from strength to strength and demonstrated that it's possible for beginners to move into the top shelf travel glossies if you stick with it and follow the system.

Here’s this overachieving couple’s story, in their own words.

Read Pam & Gary Baker's Story

Pitch Travel Write: Most Requested Links About Earning More Money

How do you make more money for every word you write?

Here's what I do: I resell, repurpose, and repackage many of my travel articles. I get a bigger bang for every story I write by reselling my work in the U.S.A. & around the world.

I do this all the time -- and these posts tell you all about it.

Five Ways to Sell Your Articles More Successfully

Earn More by Selling Your Articles Around the World

The Art of Reselling Your Articles

Repurposing Your Articles

Inspirational Travel Quote


Featured Bundle : Advanced Travel Writing Bundle

Take your travel writing career up a few notches with our advanced reference guides. The advanced pack saves you 10% off the price of the individual books.

For the month of March you can get an addition $5 off the advanced pack when you use Promo code m5ap at checkout

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 our manual, How to Break into the Luxury Travel Writing Market will help you move quickly into this market. And it gives you a huge ready-made list of magazines and websites interested in publishing luxury articles.

When you purchase both these books together, you automatically save 10% on each book. For the month of March you can get an addition $5 off the advanced pack when you use Promo code m5ap at checkout


Note: Don't forget to use promo code m5ap at checkout to get your $5 discount during the month of March.

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 will be in Charleston, South Carolina in 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

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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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