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Issue #325: The Best and Worst Things About Being a Travel Writer
October 05, 2020
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Editorial: The Best and Worst Things About Being a Travel Writer

Every vocation has its pros and cons. And this certainly applies to travel writing. I had some fun writing down the shortcomings of travel writing and then balancing it with the benefits.

Here’s my take on the best and the worst things about being a travel writer.

The Worst Things:

  • You must be really good at marketing to continually sell your work. You’ll send out plenty of query letters and will only hear back from a few of the editors.

  • You’re working alone except for press trips and the occasional conference or workshop.

  • Lots of emotional ups and downs! Up when you’ve been published, down when you’re having a drought. Most editors don’t provide feedback on your writing, so it’s hard to know if your travel writing is up to snuff.

  • People don't understand what you do. They’ll think you’re a goof off or some kind of nomadic hippie. One of my friends asked me to coach his daughter’s rowing team because he thought travel writing was like being retired.

  • Forget about financial stability — there are no steady paychecks when getting started. You’ll need time to establish yourself before you see a steady flow of income. Also, no medical benefits, health insurance, 401K, etc.

  • When you’re successful, aspiring travel writers will ask you for free advice — tons of it!

The Best Things:
  • Freedom! No boss! (except yourself.) You control your own work hours. You can work when you want to. You can take vacations when you want to.

  • Location independence: You can work from home or wherever you like. No commute — except on travel assignments!

  • If you’re a creative, you’ll love freelancing. You’re doing something you love, and will be highly motivated. Your work continually challenges and interests you, and you'll have a wide variety of daily work tasks.

  • You’ll always be traveling with a purpose. You’ll discover nooks and crannies that few other travelers ever discover, because you’re sharply attuned to looking for unique things. You know a lot more about your destinations and foreign cultures than most people. And when you have assignments, you’ll experience destinations far & above what you might otherwise be able to afford - for free!

  • Seeing your stories in print & receiving the paychecks is a double reward for each published story.

  • Your job satisfaction rating is super high. What could be better than traveling the world for free (or low cost) and getting paid for it?

What do you think?

Do the advantages of travel writing outweigh the disadvantages? Can you think of additional things in either category?

This Week's Featured Post

The Art of Reselling Your Travel Articles

When my fellow freelance writers hear that I have more than 1,000 published articles to my name their first reaction is disbelief. 

“You can’t have published that many” they say. “We’ve been writing for about the same amount of time and haven’t even written half that number of articles.”

“Ah”, I tell them, “About three hundred of those published articles are reprints”.

Then they give me another incredulous look and say, “How can you sell so many reprints?”

The answer to that question is what this article is all about . . .


Upcoming Posts

Oct 12: Five Ways to Sell Your Travel Articles More Successfully
Oct 19: The Best Way to Sell Your Articles Without a Query Letter
Oct 26: Special Report: Are Travel Blogs and Websites Becoming Irrelevant? Success Stories

Chuck Warren’s Exciting Freelance Writing Journey

Breaking into freelance magazine writing is something many people aspire to do but never quite figure out.

Here’s how Chuck Warren used his knowledge and experience in the boating industry and made it look easy.

It’s an inspirational read for anyone thinking about entering the competitive field of freelance magazine writing.

"My travel writing journey over the past two and a half years has been nothing short of incredible and I'm trying very hard to continue moving forward.

Here’s my story on how I made the transition from unpublished wannabe to regular freelance contributor . . .


Pitch Travel Write: Most Requested Links about Preselling Your Articles

A classic novice travel writing mistake is to write a story and then try to sell it. This is a backward approach and it’s a waste of your valuable writing time. Inevitably, it ends in disappointment.

Here are three articles about why you should always sell your stories before you write them . . .

Pitch Before You Write: Five Tips for Your Sales Pitch

How to Presell Your Travel Stories

Seven Travel Writing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Inspirational Travel Quote



Our best-selling eBook, The Complete Guide To Query Letters For Travel Writers, shows you everything you need to know about crafting compelling query letters to sell your travel articles to magazine editors.

Well-written query letters convince magazine editors that you have an exciting travel story their readers will absolutely love.

In ten years of travel writing I’ve had more than 1,000 stories published in 200 magazines, journals, newspapers, in-flights, on-boards, specialty magazines, and travel websites – and they all started with a query letter. 

I know how to write killer query letters that work, and I wrote this eBook to show you how to do it.

This is different from all other query letter books because you get 20 sample query letters that worked for me. These are actual query letters I used successfully to get articles published in print magazines.

Each sample query letter comes with a clear explanation of the key things that sold the idea successfully. And you can use my samples to create a template for your own query letters, using the same words and layout.


Group Coaching Mastermind Community

Our Group Coaching Mastermind Community kicked off on October 1st and we’ve got a global group with members living in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Vietnam and the U.S. We're very excited about this group of writers and our new community!

If you missed out on the opportunity to join this session, you can get on our no-obligation interest list for the next session.

Be among the first to hear when we re-open registration in early 2021. Learn more about what’s included and sign up for the interest list here . . .

Group Coaching Mastermind Community Interest List

Live Workshops

People have been asking when our 2021 workshops in New Orleans, Louisiana are scheduled.

Here are the 2021 dates:
June 3-6, 2021, Travel Writing & Photography Retreat
June 8-10, 2021, 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:


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

At Your Service

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Vietnam 1-1 Retreat & Consulting
Expat Consulting


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

Roy Stevenson
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