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Issue #445: Top Four Freelance Travel Writing Books for Pitching & Selling
September 05, 2023
Greetings Fellow Travel Writers!

. . . and WELCOME all new subscribers. Thanks for joining us.


As our warm Seattle summer transforms rather quickly and early into fall weather, we’re happily contemplating out upcoming trip to Vietnam later this month. It’s not going to be a quick visit either — we’ll be away for 3 months!

We’re mostly staying in our old central Vietnam stomping ground in Da Nang City, where we lived for 4.5 years from 2017-2021. We also plan to make side trips to Hue, Hoi An and the Mekong Delta while we’re there.

We’ll be taking a 7-night luxury cruise down the Mighty Mekong River in October. I’ve always wanted to cruise this river since our day trip down the Mekong from Luang Prabang, Laos, a few years ago. On that trip we visited the renowned Buddha Caves, visited a small whiskey village and enjoyed a seafood lunch as we cruised along.

Cruising the Mekong is a marvelous way to experience this country’s gritty and beautiful river life while getting a crash course in Vietnamese culture. It’s lined with fishing villages, stilt villages, silk weaving villages, intriguing floating villages, dazzling green rice fields, towering white Buddhist temples and grunting water buffalos to name a few things we’ll see. The scenery changes every few miles and sights pop up that make you think "now’s there’s something you don’t see every day." Every afternoon we’ll be doing excursions to some of these riverside attractions and meeting the local people.

We’re also planning to spend a couple of days touring MyTho and Can Tho while we’re in Vietnam. Their colorful and extensive floating markets are the main attraction for photo opportunities.

Registration is Open for our NEW Print Magazine Lists!

What’s the #1 stumbling block for all travel writers?

It's finding the right publications where they can pitch their travel stories

Most aspiring travel writers and many veteran writers struggle with tracking down enough magazines where they can send their queries. This immovable hurdle has deterred many promising travel journalists from pursuing a rewarding career in this exciting field. 

Struggle no more!

We’ve just opened registration for our 500 Print Magazines That Want to Publish Your Travel Stories. For the next 10 months you can receive a NEW monthly list of 50 magazines. At the end of 10 months you’ll have a grand total of 500 Print Magazines That Want To Publish Your Travel Articles

If you use these NEW listings to sell even one travel article, your purchase has paid for itself!

What you'll get each month . . .

This list of magazines is a monthly compilation that’s highly specialized for travel writers. You’ll get a list of fifty print magazines each month for ten months.

This is a far more relevant travel publications than what you’ll find in Writer’s Market. Writer's Market has a very limited travel magazine list because it's aimed at the general freelance writing market. Our lists are specific to travel writers and much more useful.

It’s taken me seventeen years to compile this list. I've used a wide variety of online sources, field resources, magazine racks, and reference books. This comprehensive list includes a huge array of regional, national, and international publications to help travel writers place their work.

You’ll get new, up-to-date magazine listings each month, for the next ten months. And you'll also get targeted guidance for any magazine genres that need pitching tips.

Each Month the Lists Include . . .

- Regional Travel and Lifestyle Magazines (15 US publications/month)
- General Travel and Lifestyle Magazines (7 worldwide publications/month)
- Travel Magazines about Select Countries (7 worldwide publications/month)
- Luxury Travel and Lifestyle Magazines (6 worldwide publications/month)
- Outdoor Magazines (6 worldwide publications/month)
- Airline In-Flight Magazines (5 worldwide publications/month)
- RV and Motor Coaching Travel Magazines (2 worldwide publs/month)
- Yachting, Sailing, Cruising Magazines (2 worldwide publications/month)
- Travel Trade Magazines (2 publications/month)
- Travel Photography Magazines (1 publication/month)
- Food and Travel Magazines (1 worldwide publication/month)
- Senior Travel and Lifestyle Magazines (1 publication/month)
- Newspaper Travel Sections (1 publication/month)
- Motorcycle Travel Magazines (1 publication/month)
- Hotel In-Room Magazines (1 publication/month)

Genre Magazines are also included during the ten months . . .

- Cruise Line On-Board Magazines (7 total publications)
- Expat Travel Magazines (4 total worldwide publications)
- Train Magazines (4 total worldwide publications)
- Gold Prospecting and Travel (3 total publications)
- Canals and Waterways Travel (3 total publications)
- Wedding Destination Magazines (3 total publications)
- Family Travel Magazines (2 total publications)
- Inns, B&Bs, Cottages, Log Homes, Victorian Homes (2 total publications)
- Lighthouses (1 total publication)
- Religious Travel (1 total publication)

What kind of information is in each of the listings?

Each Magazine Listing Includes:
1. A general description of the publication
2. Article theme and focus preferences
3. Magazine Departments, where applicable
4. Pitching advice, where applicable
5. Pay details, if available
6. Contact details (editor name/title, email address)

Each magazine listing ranges from 100 words to 2 pages!

We’ll release the new list each month around the 15th of each month. Use these NEW listings to sell even one travel article and your purchase has paid for itself!

Here's an example magazine listing . . .

JRNY travel magazine is a quality printed coffee-table magazine, featuring travel stories, essays and photography from some of the world’s most talented travel writers and photographers. It is a collaboration between freelancers who will design, write, edit and produce this travel magazine. 

Our aim is to ensure every one of these contributors is paid fairly for their time. From stunning photos to captivating stories, journey with us to some of the most amazing places on Earth.

How to get your list of 500 Print Magazines that Want To Publish Your Travel Stories


“Writers will be hard-pressed to find a resource as great as Roy Stevenson's "500 Print Magazines that Want to Publish you Travel Stories." This list is packed with insider details and contact information that will help any writer winnow down markets by developing target-specific lists for publishing their articles.” 
- Karen Leperi, Award Winning Travel Writer

“I'm working on an article for Destinations magazine in New Zealand about the trip I'm taking to Door County, Wisconsin. Probably never would've sent a query to Destinations if it hadn't been for you and your list. Thanks again so much.”
 - Scott Kendall, Travel Writer

“If you are serious about breaking into freelance writing, check out all of Roy's how-to books. He has produced a resource library that every new freelance writer, regardless of niche, would be wise to own. Roy's how to books will put you on the fast track to success. These are the same techniques he used to skyrocket his own career. I own all of them and they have proven to be a wise investment.”
—Martha Veon, Travel Writer

Read more testimonials

Registration is OPEN from Sept 5th through Sept 24th, 2023

Learn more about how to get your list of 500 Print Magazines that Want To Publish Your Travel Stories

Featured Post

The Top Four Freelance Travel Writing Books for Marketing Advice

Most aspiring freelance travel writers believe that developing good writing skills is all you need to succeed in this highly competitive arena.  Writing skills are critical, but that’s only a small part of what you need. The real problem is, if you can’t sell your travel stories, you won’t get to write them.

Most writers struggle with pitching and querying their stories. Novice travel writers are generally clueless about the process and sequence of selling their travel stories to magazines.

I’ve analyzed and ranked the following four travel writing books in descending order of the quality and quantity of marketing and sales advice.


Upcoming Posts

Sep 18: Writing a Travel Story: The Art of Turning Your Destination into a Compelling Read
Oct 2: Writing About Vehicles: An Overlooked Travel Writing Genre

Inspirational Travel Quote

Pitch Travel Write: Most Requested Links - Resell, Repurpose & Repackage Your Travel Articles

Here’s how to get a bigger bang for your buck by reselling & repurposing your work in the U.S. and around the world.

When my fellow freelance writers hear that I have more than 1,000 published articles to my name their first reaction is disbelief. Then, when that three hundred of those published articles are reprints, they give me another incredulous look and say, “How can you sell so many reprints?”

Here’s how I do it . . .

Read: The Art of Reselling Your Articles

Repurposing means using an item for a different purpose, without making any alterations.  We're most familiar with using physical things in different ways, such as using an old coffee cup to hold pencils and pens. 

But you can also repurpose your articles. Repurposing words you've already written saves you a lot of time and opens up new ways to earn money.  

Here are three ways to do it . . .

Read: Repurposing Your Articles

I get paid several times for many articles I write.  One way to do this is to sell my articles around the world. Here's how to do it:

Read: How to Earn More


Featured Book: The Art & Craft of Travel Writing

What’s in our 21-chapter, 152-page book? We’re glad you asked!

The Art & Craft of Travel Writing has five sections:

1. The Craft of Travel Writing
2. Things That Go Wrong in Travel Writing
3. Keys to Success in Travel Writing
4. Working Smarter
5. 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
- Setting 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.


Don't forget: For the month of September save $5 off the regular price of this book if you use discount code: AAC5

Latest News eBooks

We're publishing a New eBook:

You need a combination of skills to succeed in the freelance travel writing game. Since 2007 I’ve been bombarded with hundreds of email questions about all 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. If you’d like to learn more about each blog, you can continue on to a more in-depth post on my website. You’re getting a two-for-one on every single post!

These blogs are grouped in 13 categories ranging from finding magazines to pitch to writing killer query letters, and from selling and marketing your travel articles to the business basics every serious travel writer needs to know.

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

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HERE., is our information-packed website for travel writers. This e-zine, a series of travel writing books and reference guides, coaching programs, and our workshops all work together to give you guidance in this field.

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 our website, has made The Write’s list of 100 BEST WEBSITES FOR WRITERS for 2020 and 2021! 

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, 2022, and 2023 101 BEST WEBSITES FOR WRITERS.

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, 2022 and 2023.”

And the accolades for our travel writing website just keep pouring in!

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

Our Online Travel Writing & Marketing Master Class has made’s Best Travel Creative Writing Classes for 2023 list. There are only 21 travel writing courses on this worldwide list! Here’s the link to the list:

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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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