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Issue #418: Seven Reasons Why Assignment Letters Can Be Meaningless for Press Trips
October 31, 2022
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What We're Doing

We’ve been busy this past month. While back in Ohio, visiting Linda’s family, we took a road trip to Huntingdon, PA, on a travel writing assignment. Susan Penning, the Convention & Visitor’s Bureau’s media director took good care of us, putting us up at the spacious but cozy Rustic Ridge Retreat high in the hills above Huntingdon. Susan also graciously hosted us to a great dinner at Three Twelve Kitchen & Cocktails restaurant.

My assignment for Collectible Automobile Magazine covered the Swigart Automobile Museum — the oldest car museum in the United States.

This museum boasts a first-class, eclectic car collection ranging from 1903-1980.

We thoroughly enjoyed our tour of the Swigart Museum, given by Patricia Swigart herself!

Since it was my birthday, she indulged me and let me sit in the striking 1936 Duesenberg (photo above). This car initially belonged to Jackie Coogan, the famous Uncle Fester of the Addams Family if you remember that era!

While we were in the Huntingdon area Jonathan Smith, marketing director of the East Broad Top Railroad, gave us a private tour of this National Historic Landmark in the small town of Rockhill. If you’re into trains — especially steam trains — this is the place to visit. Besides restoring the historic buildings, they are also restoring some of their steam locomotives to operating condition.

We also had a private tour of Isett Heritage Museum, one of Pennsylvania’s most unique and comprehensive museums, where we wallowed in some serious American nostalgia from the 19th and 20th centuries. Housed in 3+ large buildings, the Isett was a cornucopia of everything you could possibly imagine from typewriters and rocking horses to washing machines and printing presses. They even had a roomful of automobiles — big and small!

Featured Post

Seven Reasons Why Assignment Letters Can Be Meaningless for Press Trips

The standard protocol for landing press trips is to produce an assignment or two in advance for a high-visibility print magazine or travel website.

My friend, travel writer Karin Lepari, prefers to go on a press trip and then produce an assignment after the fact. In this article, Karin and I exchange views on the pros and cons of these two different approaches.


Upcoming Posts

Nov 7: Writing for Boating Magazines & Other Nautical Publications
Nov 14: Our Resource Page for Your Travel Writing Business
Nov 21: How To Launch Your Travel Writing Business – Fast

Here's Who Joined Us in Charleston SC for Our Travel Writing & Photography Retreat and Our Marketing Master Class For Travel Writers

Sharon McLeod . . .

. . . an Oregon native, spent over thirty years delivering manuals for high tech products. Prior to that, she influenced the youth of America for a decade by teaching in public schools.

Her future plans include recording, through travel writing, her observations and experiences about people, places, and events — and to do this in as many locales as possible.

We’re also excited that Sharon received a complimentary invitation to attend the 2022 Pacific Northwest Travel & Words in North Bend, Oregon, on October 2-4. We look forward to hearing about her experience at the conference.

Inspirational Travel Quote

Pitch Travel Write: Most Requested Links 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!

Go to the "Getting Published" Resource Page


Featured Book of the Month:

How To Break Into The Luxury Travel Writing Market: A Handbook For Travel Writers

How To Break Into The Luxury Travel Writing Market: A Handbook For Travel Writers

Would you like to stay at luxury resorts, villas, and lodges—for free?

How about being treated like royalty in high-end resorts?

Would you enjoy personalized tours with your own guide and driver?

Does being pampered with lavish treatments in some of the world’s most beautiful spas sound good to you?

Would you enjoy eating at some of the finest restaurants in the world—for free?

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My 12-chapter, 130-page manual will walk you, step-by-step, through the luxury travel writing process. You’ll learn how to get luxury travel assignments and leverage them to land luxury travel trips.

I’ve used these techniques to land assignments at dozens of the finest luxury resorts and spas in the world.

This manual contains an up-to-date list of 150+ print magazines and travel websites that publish luxury travel articles. It’s the most comprehensive list of luxury magazine outlets you’ll find ANYWHERE. Having immediate access to these lists alone is worth the price of the eBook, saving you hundreds of hours of research.

Save $5 this month when you use Promo Code: OL5


Latest News on Workshops & eBooks

Travel Writing & Marketing Workshops

We’re already planning next year’s Travel Writing and Marketing workshops. We'll hold them in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Santa Fe is a beautiful small city of 83,000. It has enough good restaurants, art galleries, boutique shops, museums, and other attractions to keep travel journalists entertained for a solid week. We're already looking forward to seeing you in Santa Fe!

New eBooks Coming Soon

We’re excited to announce that we’ve finished the draft of our ebook “500 Print Magazines That Want To Publish Your Travel Articles.” Rather than revise our current eBook, “100 Print Magazines That Want To Publish Your Travel Articles” we decided it needed a complete overhaul.

We’ve tossed out the magazines that have folded since the 2016 edition and added in a whopping 450 NEW magazines to this eBook. Yes, you read that right!

We’ll have more details in an upcoming newsletter once we’ve done the finishing touches.

We’re about to publish another eBook to help you get your travel stories published. It’s called The Best of Roy’s Blogs: Roy’s Solutions for Selling More Travel Stories, Writing Better, and Earning More Money.

You need to have a lot of skills to be successful in the freelance travel writing game. In the past fifteen years I’ve been bombarded with hundreds of email questions about many aspects of travel writing. The blogs you’re about to read are my succinct answers to these urgent questions.

These blogs are gathered from my email replies, Facebook posts, LinkedIn posts, blogs, and newsletter editorials. They provide quality solutions in summary form to the myriad challenges travel writers face.

Even better, at the end of each blog I give you the link to a more detailed and comprehensive coverage of each topic so you can continue on to a more in-depth post on our website

Follow the advice dispensed in this eBook and you’ll earn more from your travel writing by selling more stories and improving your travel writing.

More information on both eBooks coming soon.

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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 2023. Our travel writing & marketing workshops are highly informative and a blast, socially.

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

Get on our interest list for updates:

Travel Writing Workshops 2023 Interest List

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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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, 2021 and 2022 101 BEST WEBSITES FOR WRITERS. Writer's Digest Magazine also lists us on their Best Genre/Niche Websites for 2021.

Writer's Digest doesn’t bestow these awards lightly. And we’re the only travel writing website on their lists!

And the accolades for just keep pouring in! Our website helps travel writers successfully sell their travel stories. Thank you, Writer’s Digest Magazine, for listing us on your “Best Genre/Niche Websites for 2020, 2021 and 2022.”

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• 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
Pitch Travel Write

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