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Issue #376: How to Organize Self-Guided Press Trips
November 15, 2021
Greetings Fellow Travel Writers!

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What We've Been Doing

Our U.S. East Coast travel binge continues apace.

Everyone knows about the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum in Washington D.C. But fewer know that only a 30-minute drive away, at Washington Dulles International Airport in Chantilly, Virginia, stands another equally impressive Air & Space museum -- the National Air & Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.

Our tour took in renowned aviation artifacts like the Enola Gay (the U.S. bomber that delivered the atomic bomb over Hiroshima); the Space Shuttle Discovery; a Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird reconnaissance spy plane; an Air France Concorde supersonic airliner; several sole surviving German World War II fighters; several Soviet MIG fighter jets; a Lockheed Martin X-35 Strike Fighter; U.S. Air Force World War II fighters, and numerous other famous aircraft, space capsules, and rockets.

If you have even the slightest interest in aircraft & spacecraft, this museum is a must. And it’s free!

Editorial: How Should You Be Using Social Media?

Pick up any article about freelance travel writing, and the chances are it will advocate the tremendous value of social media.

Social media—according to some—is the universal cure-all for everything from landing us writing assignments to setting the Internet ablaze with viral posts, making us overnight success stories.

But my freelance travel writing experiences and experiments with social media have been mixed. And in some cases, contrary to what many writers believe.

At my annual Travel Writing & Marketing Master Classes, I am inevitably asked THE question, “Do new travel writers need to use social media to sell their articles to magazines?”

In this guest post on I give you my take on the uses and misuses of social media for the professional travel writer.

Read my guest post: How Freelance Travel Writers Should Use Social Media

This Week's Featured Post

How to Organize Self-Guided Press Trips

The self-guided Familiarization (FAM) tour is one of my favorite kinds of press trips. 

What makes them so good for travel writers? Everything about them is customized to your needs.

Here’s how it works: First, you get an assignment. Then you let the tourism CVB rep at your destination know where you need to go and what you need to visit at each destination. Then you turn them loose on the itinerary.

It’s like having a personal travel agent. Once you tell them what you need to see, they make all your travel arrangements: accommodations, meals, transport, and entry to tourist attractions.

Here’s my step-by-step guide on how to line up self-guided press trips.


Upcoming Posts

November 22: How Travel Writers Can Tap Into The Press Trip Network
November 29: Quid Pro Quo: Press Trips, Travel Writers and DMO Expectations
December 6: Wrangling Complimentary Travel Writing Perks Success Stories

Rey Waters: With Travel Writing, My Life Cannot Get Any Better

“Not long after I enrolled in a travel writer’s course and published my first article in Travel Post Monthly, I discovered Roy Stevenson’s travel writing books. His first book that I read was Get Published Now. It had a section that mentioned getting started in your own back yard. 

At the time we were living in a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia. My wife and I walked a two-mile hiking trail around a lake every day for our exercise. During these walks we met all types of very interesting people. 

I pitched a story idea to our local newspaper and I guess you can say the rest is history.”

Here’s Rey Waters’ remarkable travel writing success story, so far — in his own words.

Read Rey Waters Story

Pitch Travel Write: Most Requested Links About Getting Published

Tips and Resources to Help You Sell Your Articles

Getting published is the main objective of freelance travel writers. 

Every article you write needs to be published somewhere, so you need solid systems in place to do it quickly, efficiently, and successfully.

After all, if you can't sell your articles, you don't get to write them!

Here’s the link to our entire suite of articles on getting your stories published.

It’s a gold mine of information. And, it’s free!

Link to Tips and Resources to Help You Sell Your Articles

Inspirational Travel Quote


Featured Book for November: The Art & Craft of Travel Writing

We’re thrilled to release our book, “The Art & Craft of Travel Writing: How to Develop Your Craft, Hone Your Skills, Avoid Mistakes, Work Smarter, and Be More Successful”

What’s in our 21-chapter, 152-page book? We’re glad you asked! The Art & Craft of Travel Writing The five sections cover . . .

  • The Craft of Travel Writing

  • Things That Go Wrong in Travel Writing

  • Keys to Success in Travel Writing

  • Working Smarter

  • Goal Setting for Your Travel Writing

Here are some of the chapters . . .
  • Creating a Sense of Place and Ambiance

  • Turning Your Destination into a Compelling Read

  • How to Write Like a Seasoned Professional

  • Five Travel Writing Blunders and How to Avoid Them

  • Why Some Travel Writers Have More Success

  • How to Plug into the Travel Writing Community

  • Seven Ways to Take Control of Your Writing Time

  • Set Up Systems to Create More Writing Time

This book will help you hone your travel writing skills and get more stories published.

We’ll show you how to allocate your writing time for maximum efficiency, and exactly what you need to do to break into the competitive travel writing market.

Use Promo Code NV5 to get a $5 discount during November.

Learn More and Buy The Book

Don't forget to use promo code NV5 at checkout to get your $5 discount.

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 January 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 in January 2022:

Learn more and get on the waiting list

Live Workshops

People have been asking when our 2022 workshops in New Orleans, Louisiana are scheduled.

Here are the tentative 2022 dates:
June 17-20, 2022, Travel Writing & Photography Retreat
June 22-24, 2022, Marketing Master Class for Travel Writers

We've had lots of interest already. You can sign up for our no-obligation interest list for these workshops and receive our substantial early bird discounts when we open registration:

Get on the 2022 Workshop Interest List

Did You Know . . .

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

You can access the list of the top ten travel writing workshops 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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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. 

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• links to my travel articles
• magazine cover stories and back stories
• links to resource pages
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That's all for now. Until next week - just keep pitching! Roy

Roy Stevenson
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