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Issue #274: Travel Etiquette Tips for Your Press Trips
September 30, 2019
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Editorial: Travel Etiquette Tips for Your Press Trips

Have you ever been invited on a press trip? Do you know what to expect - and what’s expected of you? These guidelines will help you:

Be Prepared

Your media hosts will send you an itinerary in advance of your trip. Do your homework and review it before you leave home so you know what to expect and arrive prepared. Pay attention to the daily schedule and study the planned activities so you bring appropriate gear or proper dress.

If you have a special diet, let the CVB know in advance of the trip so they can be sure there are suitable alternatives at the restaurants.

Or, if there is a physical activity that will be a problem for you (ex. a planned, strenuous half-day hike and you recently had knee surgery) let the CVB know in advance of the trip. That gives them time to arrange a different, more gentle activity for you during that time.

Stay Focused & Alert

Travel writers and their hosts put in long days on press trips. It’s not unusual to start the day and 7 a.m. and finish up at 10 p.m. or later. That’s a long time to stay alert, but it’s your job to do exactly that.

Bring Your Business Cards

You’ll be making a lot of stops each day - in restaurants, tourist attractions, and hotels.  Have enough business cards to present to each host along the route.

Be Punctual
Punctuality is an important etiquette behavior. A lot of planning goes into the FAMs, and local businesses are expecting you at a certain time. Showing up for planned activities is important.  

Many hospitality workers, especially in the US, depend on tips to supplement their meager salaries. This means seasonal workers, too, who rely heavily on gratuities to make ends meet. A gratuity is appropriate for the person who carried your luggage, cleaned your hotel room, waited your table, or delivered a stellar tour, even if you were comped for those things.


A great attitude goes a long way.  FAM trips are as much fun as they are informative. Bring your sense of adventure. Ask questions, take notes, be alert to something interesting on every stop on the itinerary. Be joyous. Be charming.

This Week's Featured Post

Building a Professional Writer's Website

I’ve met hundreds of travel writers and bloggers on press trips and at writer’s conferences. I’m always amazed at how few of them have their own writer’s website to tout their writing achievements.

A professional looking website will tip the scales in your favor when a magazine editor is undecided about publishing your article. Today, there is little excuse not to have your own travel writer’s website. They’re easy to build and editors expect to see one. It’s your writing portfolio, and it enhances your credibility.

Here are the three things that your writer’s website must have. Do you have a writer’s website? Does it include these three things?

Ignore these critical sections at your own risk...


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