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Issue #369: Travel Bloggers: Are You Sitting on a Gold Mine?
September 27, 2021
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Editorial: Travel Bloggers: Are You Sitting on a Gold Mine?

Our subscribers are a great mix of print travel writers and travel bloggers. Are you a travel blogger with dozens—or hundreds—of travel stories lying dormant on your blog? If so, you could be sitting on a gold mine!

Your travel blogs, whether they’re raw or refined, could very well form the genesis of travel stories that you can pitch to paying print media. This means you can pluck out your juiciest blogs and pitch them to print magazines and newspapers without doing any additional research.

And, your travel blogs contain practically all the information necessary for writing your query letter, saving you valuable time. Dreaming up and researching travel stories are the first two steps to getting your articles published — and you’ve already completed these tasks!

Travel bloggers already have several other built-in advantages over unpublished, novice travel writers. You have . . .

  • Travel writing experience
  • An eye for a good travel story
  • A travel blog portfolio that magazine editors can review
  • Social media skills
  • A built-in audience to mention in your query letters
  • A blog to advertise your published article
It’s still not going to be easy. To see your stories published in print magazines and get paid for them means you may need to adjust your style to print media standards.

If you’re a reasonably good writer, this won’t be such a big stretch.

And, of course, you’ll have to learn how to create magazine distribution “pitch” lists to target magazines for your query letters.

For print magazine editors to take your queries seriously, you’ll also need to make sure your blog looks professional. Is it riddled with misspellings, poor grammar, poor syntax, an undeveloped writing voice, and overused clichés? If so, clean it up if you want editors to take your queries seriously.

I’ve met a lot of travel bloggers during my freelance writing career. Almost without exception they tell me that they didn’t realize how much work would be involved in creating and maintaining a blog. And, the majority of them tell me they’ve made little or no money from their travel blog.

According to the top travel bloggers, it takes at least four years to monetize a travel blog — and that’s assuming you do everything right!

So, if you’re looking to make some quick cash for all the time and effort you’ve put into writing your travel blog, pitching your most exciting travel blogs to travel magazines could reap considerable reward!

Here are seven reasons why travel bloggers should write for print media and some guidelines for doing it right

This Week's Featured Post

6 Tips for Dreaming Up Travel Story Ideas that Sell

A huge factor in getting your travel stories published is the quality of your story idea. While this may seem self-evident, finding an interesting story to pitch is frequently a daunting task for novice freelance writers.

It takes some experience to know what constitutes a viable travel story. And deciding whether a story idea is a dog or a shooting star is an important first step in the pitching process.

So where, and how, do travel writers start their quest for a salable story? Here are 6 tips to help you . . .

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Jessica Pickett's Impressive Travel Writing Trajectory

Here’s Jessica Pickett’s impressive and inspiring story, in her own words, of how she launched her impressive travel writing career.

Hailing from Lake Charles, Louisiana, Jessica’s steady ascent through the travel writing ranks is a textbook example of what novice travel writers should be doing to break into this competitive arena.

Novice writers can learn from and aspire to the lessons in her trajectory:

“While attending a Travel Writer’s Conference in San Diego in 2014, Roy and his wife, Linda, sat at my table and, to my good fortune, easily struck up conversation. After chatting with Roy, I immediately purchased his eBooks, even before hearing him speak on stage.

A few short weeks after the conference, I landed my first byline. Bolstered by the knowledge gained from Roy’s books and his posts, I pitched a well-known regional magazine and blog. This regional blog and magazine where I “started” my travel writing is

After answering a “Call for Writers” post (which had been shared over 4,000 times by the time I saw it) I was invited to become a regular monthly contributor.

Upon submitting my first article they offered me a permanent contributor’s role. There, I published dozens of articles, both digital and print, in over a year of writing for them.”

Here’s how Jessica went from strength to strength to become a professional travel writer . . .

Read Jessica's Travel Writing Success Story

Pitch Travel Write: Most Requested Links About Query Letters that Work

The query letter is your most important sales tool. It explains your idea in enough detail to arouse the curiosity of an editor. 

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

Your query needs to point out how the stories will fit into the magazines. And all freelancers need to learn the basics of writing good query letters.

Here’s our Query Letter Resource Page on, with one dozen of our best articles on writing effective query letters.

Access our free Query Letter Resources

Inspirational Travel Quote



If you can’t sell your travel stories, you don’t get to write them. This guide shows you EVERYTHING you need to know about selling your travel articles to paying print media.

My manual, The Complete Guide to Marketing and Selling Your Travel Articles tells you how to select salable story ideas, how to write first class query letters and pitch your ideas the right way. This comprehensive manual shows you how to find magazines that will be interested in buying your story, and how you can start selling your travel articles to magazines immediately and reap the fantastic travel benefits, while being paid for your work.

Buy the Book: Marketing and Selling Your Travel Articles

Testimonial from Michelle Newman:

“Roy, although I’ve been contributing to magazines, newspapers, TV and radio for nearly 20 years, your book, The Complete Guide To Marketing & Selling Your Travel Articles is an invaluable tool regardless of one’s level of experience dealing with & contributing to various outlets. Your book is written in a clear, understandable manner that gives concrete examples. Most importantly, it’s enormously informative & helpful.

As I shared with you, in one month I took a brutal hit and my 3 biggest outlets no longer exist or have ceased generating content. So it was back to square one for me — having to reach out and pitch editors and find new outlets.

The query letter section in The Complete Guide To Marketing & Selling Your Travel Articles is an enormous help; it is packed with useful, practical information and not a bunch of fluff.

Thanks one again for generously sharing all of your tips and info that you’ve acquired over the years.”
Michelle Newman,

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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 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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