The Complete Travel Writing & Marketing Master Class
October 22nd – 28th in Siem Reap, Cambodia

By Roy Stevenson

Experience the world’s most luxurious destinations (and get paid for it).

The Complete Travel Writing & Marketing Master Class is an exclusive six day course including photography expeditions.

We’ll explore every single step of my travel writing, pitching and selling strategy. 

Other workshops gloss over the details, but that’s not how we do things around here. You will walk away from this program knowing exactly how to get sensational paid trips around the world and sky-
rocket your travel writing success – even if you’re starting at $0.

Workshop participants will experience a luxurious blend of comfort, fascinating cultural activities, culinary delights, soft adventure and serious (but fun) in-depth instruction on exactly how to pitch, sell and write your travel stories.

The workshop is limited to just ten participants to guarantee a high quality experience and allow plenty of time for interaction between your instructors, guides and fellow writers.

 Are you ready to learn what travel writing success feels like?

Let’s imagine it right now. Picture yourself in January, 2018.

It’s early evening and you’re luxuriating in a 5-star Balinese lifestyle resort. You’re reclining on a pristine white daybed with your partner, sipping a cocktail beside the gorgeous infinity pool. Maybe you spent the day wandering around a market and marveling at the colors, smells and sounds. Perhaps you were inspired by art galleries, found intriguing historical sites, enjoyed a bird’s eye view from a hot air balloon and took a dip in the crystal clear turquoise ocean.

Soon you’ll be heading over to the resort’s Michelin-starred restaurant, where you’ll dine on exquisite international cuisine in opulent beachside surroundings. Tomorrow you’ll be experiencing a bespoke aromatherapy spa treatment before boarding the hotel’s VIP yacht for an unforgettable snorkelling and diving trip. And the best part?  You’re getting paid to do this.

This isn’t an unachievable dream. I’ve been paid to travel the globe and stay in the most exclusive hotels and resorts for over nine years. My travel stories have appeared in more than 200 publications and I’ve earned thousands of dollars writing about the world’s most luxurious destinations. Let me tell you, success feels fantastic – and I’m going to show you exactly how to do it.

If you want to make money as a travel writer you need to know precisely what works and what doesn’t.

“Call this what it is – a master-class of sales writing to get into magazines and newspapers.”

-- Chris Backe, Editor & Travel Blogger,

I’m going to share every single step of my writing, pitching and selling strategy.

When you use my strategy, you will dramatically improve your sales and speed up your learning curve.

What will you learn?

  • The tried-and-tested way to dream up captivating travel story ideas and assess their marketability.
  • Where to find hundreds of publications that want to buy your travel stories.
  • Why you should always query your story idea before writing it.
  • How to craft irresistible query emails that will sell your stories.
  • The exact query email formatting and structure used by elite travel writers.
  • How to avoid making amateur mistakes that damage your relationships with editors.
  • How to pitch several story ideas to sky-rocket your acceptance rate.
  • How to handle the flood of acceptance emails you’ll get.
  • How to resell your articles multiple times around the world to maximise your profit.
  • How to network like a pro and market yourself effectively within the travel writing industry.
  • How to build an online platform so editors can find you and read your clips.
  • The secrets behind using your assignments to request complimentary travel perks. Hello, first class luxury!

Ultimately, you’ll learn exactly how I sell my travel stories 90% of the time and how you can improve your success rate when you use my proven strategies from start to finish.

"I cannot say enough about how valuable this workshop has been. Roy is a wealth of knowledge and just a joy to work with! I love his enthusiasm, encouragement and passion for helping new travel writers."
-- Pam Baker, 2017 Seattle Master Class

“Roy really knows how the game is played and it makes all the difference. I’ve learned how to properly prepare query letters and distribution lists, how to deal with editors, and how to work with the tourism, convention and visitors bureaus. Avoiding little mistakes and responding to editors and others properly can be critical so having the luxury of a prolific industry expert like Roy to answer the numerous questions that come up has been invaluable for me.

The results of Roy's coaching have been amazing!! I’ve managed to secure assignments with 6 magazines including Discover Britain, Renaissance, NW Travel, Kindred Spirit, and several online
publications. Not only are most of these paid gigs, I have already parlayed them into free accommodations, free meals, and free tours & attractions, just as advertised. It's real and it's awesome!!

I would highly recommend Roy's services to anyone looking for a fast track to breaking into writing magazine articles.”

-- Jed Vaughn, 2016 Seattle Master Class

Who's Roy?

Hello! I’m a professional freelance travel writer and photographer based in Seattle, Washington and currently living in Da Nang, Vietnam.

I’ve cracked the travel writing code and had more than 1000 articles published in over 200 regional, national, and international magazines, specialty magazines, newspapers, trade journals, in-flights, on-boards, and online travel magazines and blogs.

I’ve been described as one of the most prolific travel writers in North America, and I attribute all my success to the strategies I’m going to share with you at The Complete Travel Writing & Marketing Master Class.

Yep, I really am giving away all my secrets.

My work has appeared in the USA, Canada, England, Scotland, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. I’ve written about travel, culture, history, food, wine, beer, hotels, spas, military history, military vehicles, writing, art, communications, health, fitness, running, triathlons, sports and film festivals.

Publications I’ve contributed to include Britain Magazine, Scotland Magazine, International Living, American Cowboy, Smithsonian Air & Space, Spirit of Ireland, Renaissance, This England, Australia & New Zealand, Emirates Open Skies In-flight, Beers-of-the-World, Beer Connoisseur, Beer Magazine, Beer & Brewery, Cheese Connoisseur, Collectible Automobile, Blue Water Sailing, Canadian Yachting West, Classic Boat, Coast Food & Arts, Sculpture, Lost Treasure, Northwest Meetings & Events, National Communications, Northwest Travel & Life, South Sound, Gorge Guide, Off-Road Adventures,
Jeep Action, Oregon Coast, Sunday Oregonian, New Zealand Sunday News, South China Morning Post,,,,,,,,,,,, and many other magazines.

I include this info to show you, without a shadow of a doubt, that my strategy works.

I’m not the world’s best writer, but I've figured out how to sell my stories 90% of the time.  I started completely from scratch. I didn’t study writing at university, and I’ve never studied business or marketing.

If I can get paid to travel the world using my strategy, believe me, you can too.

“If anyone is better at what Roy does, I've never met that person. No one, repeat no one, is better at travel writing than Roy.”

-- John Mooshie, Travel and Golf Journalist, 2017 Seattle Master Class

"This workshop has been very valuable to me because of the building blocks Roy presents. I especially enjoyed the intimacy of the workshop. You provided plenty of opportunities for us to have one-on-one sessions. The “Links-in-the-chain” strategy provided much insight. In addition, the premise of sending out query letters to multiple magazines is brilliant!"
-- Barbara Wertz, 2017 Seattle Master Class

Why Siem Reap and the Temples of Angkor?

Cambodia’s bustling city of Siem Reap provides the life-support system and gateway to the ancient Angkor temples.

On the World Heritage List, the World Wonders List, and listed as the #1 sight on Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travel List, the atmospheric temples of Angkor rank at the top of every serious traveler’s bucket list.

This complex of hundreds of temples and shrines forms a virtual city of spires in the jungles of northern Cambodia.  They provide some of the world’s most unforgettable sights. Even more amazing is how each temple—in this multitude of atmospheric temples—is unique in its own way.

Considered more impressive than the Pyramids, and unrivaled around the world for its beauty and state of preservation, Angkor Wat’s artistic distinctiveness easily surpasses the Taj Mahal’s.  This awe-inspiring temple is stunning for both its grand scale and the incredible detail hewn into its sandstone blocks. 

And when you need time-out from the temples there’s plenty to do in the city of Siem Reap. Intriguing museums, exotic Apsara dance performances, and a lively Cambodian cultural village have entertained millions of tourists here. 

Siem Reap is the epicenter of chic Cambodia, with world class dining and lavish upscale resorts, blended with a laid-back river town ambiance.  You’ll even find rice paddies and silk farms in the countryside, just outside the city.

Photographers can capture food vendors at the local market, and the ever present decorative tuk-tuks sputtering around town, heaped with interesting cargo from overdressed tourists to huge sacks of rice.  Siem Reap boasts Colonial and Chinese-style architecture in the Old French Quarter and around the Old Market. 

The town boasts a growing number of quirky boutiques. Silk scarves with modern ikat designs, boldly patterned cotton shirts, primitive animal figurines, sarongs with silk-screened dragonflies, and trendy clothing are but a few of the enticing things you can find in the shops.

Siem Reap is a city full of lively and varied dining experiences, stylish hotels, and friendly residents.  Its bustling downtown is small enough to be manageable - with quiet resorts just a short tuk-tuk ride away.

Join us in Cambodia for the Travel Writing & Marketing Master Class and get ready for the trip of a lifetime!

“No one teaches about marketing and selling like Roy Stevenson.”
-- Claudia Looi, 2016 Seattle Master Class

"Thank you so much for a wonderful weekend in a great city!  I enjoyed learning how to market my travel writing. The entire weekend was very inspirational.
I look forward to taking the tools from my toolbox & getting started right away. It was nice to meet so many like-minded writers in all phases of their journey.  Until our paths cross again - Warm Regards"
-- Barbara Wertz, 2017 Seattle Master Class

Itinerary and Accommodation

Cambodia has its own distinct culture, heritage and lifestyle. I’ve planned a fascinating itinerary to give you a profound insight into this thriving city.

We’ll tour the most important temples including Angkor Wat, and we'll visit some smaller atmospheric temples.  We'll enjoy a food tour at the local night market, learn about responsible tourism, visit the Landmine Museum, test our haggling skills at local markets, zoom around town in a tuk tuk, enjoy Phare, the unique Cambodian Circus, and sample some of Cambodia's cuisine at street food stalls, local eateries and fine restaurants.

For photographers, Siem Reap and the Temples of Angkor are a dream!  Photo opportunities are everywhere!

I want you to relax in comfort after our excursions and workshop presentations, so you’ll be living in luxurious comfort at the boutique Shinta Mani Resort. The gorgeous rooms are decorated with contemporary Cambodian artwork, and our group will have plenty of time to luxuriate. Read a book by the spectacular pool, dine on exquisite international cuisine, sip cocktails on the terrace and wander around the immaculate landscaped gardens festooned with bamboo groves, banana plants, and mango trees.

I’m also including a complimentary spa treatment for every writer – traditional Khmer massages are amazing and you simply have to experience them.

Click here to see the detailed itinerary ...

How Many People Will Be
At The Master Class?

My number-one priority is that every single Master Class attendee walks away full of knowledge and knows exactly how to sell their travel stories.

I get real deep; answering questions, giving personalized advice, tailoring activities and doing whatever it takes to ensure the highest quality experience for everyone involved. Seeing my students achieve their writing goals is why I do what I do – it’s my passion.  I want you to succeed.

With this in mind, the Master Class is only available to the first ten people who register.

I’ve already received a great deal of interest from people all over the world: U.S.A, Canada, U.K, Norway, Australia, Singapore, Qatar, Thailand, the Philippines, and India.

The Master Class will fill up fast and I don’t want you to miss out.

“Roy’s step-by-step approach to marketing leaves no stone unturned. This was awesome and gave us so much information to help us get started.”

-- Sarita Simmons, 2016 Seattle Master Class

"Roy is right to the point. He gives precise and tangible information and professional writing advice. He gives information on how to obtain complimentary travel press trips—the most comprehensive information I have ever heard. I would recommend this program to travel writers, whether a novice writer or someone like me looking to “kick it up a notch”. This course is outstanding."
-- Noreen Kompanik, 2016 Seattle Master Class

Is The Complete Travel Writing & Marketing Master Class for you?

Ever since I started running this Master Class, I’ve been inundated with emails that sound like this:

“Roy, I'm considering joining the Workshop. It sounds great! it right for me and my situation?"

Let’s go over some of the most popular queries I get in my inbox:

“I’m not a published travel writer – I’m starting at the beginning.”

I get it. Nine years ago, I felt completely clueless. I had no idea how to think up good travel stories, or how to pitch to editors. Getting paid to travel the world seemed like an impossible dream – but I wanted it so badly. I scoured the internet and read countless books looking for any information that could help me succeed.

Every piece of “expert” advice I discovered came from someone who hadn’t walked the talk – it was downright frustrating, and I wasn’t getting anywhere.

I promised myself that when I achieved real success, I’d create a program to teach other travel writers exactly how to get paid to write travel stories, even for those starting at the beginning. The Complete Travel Writing & Marketing Master Class is that program.

“I’m a published writer and photographer, but I don’t have much experience travel writing.”

I show writers and photographers exactly how to capitalize on their existing skills and break into the travel writing field. You’ll drastically increase your learning curve and get excellent paid travel story assignments, faster. I can’t wait to see your reaction after I show you what your schedule could look like when you follow my travel writing strategy.

"Roy talks the talk and walks the walk. He has such a keen interest in the story and an ability to share. I revere this approachable, friendly, gracious and talented and well-published writer.”

-- Lisa Richardson, Travel Writer, Los Angeles, CA

"Roy’s energy and humor, mixed with rigor are an excellent mix."
-- Mike McMaster, 2016 Seattle Master Class

“I’m not sure how good my travel writing is… how do I know editors will like my stories?”

First of all, you almost certainly have more skills than you realize. In most cases, editors aren’t looking for an expert travel writer – you don’t have to spend years honing your craft, I promise. As well as sharing exactly what editors are looking for, the Workshop includes a half-day of instruction on how to make your travel writing sparkle.

I’ll show you ...
• How to avoid the most common beginner travel writer’s mistakes.
• How to write in the active voice to bring your stories to life.
• Words and phrases to avoid.
• How to describe your destination in a new, fresh and compelling way.

“I’m already a published travel writer. What will I learn that I don’t know already?”

I’ve yet to meet a published travel writer who didn’t benefit hugely from learning the exact details of my proven strategy. I show published writers how to take it to the next level and skyrocket their travel writing income by sharing every detail of my proven strategy.

"It is one thing to try and increase your skills, or learn a new skill, from reading books. It’s another to have someone to properly teach you how. If you’re looking to improve or learn, travel writing skills, there is only one person that I recommend.

At Roy Stevenson’s travel writing and marketing workshops, you’ll learn everything you need to know about travel writing. The workshops are intense, in-depth, and a lot of fun, all at the same time. There are no holds barred. Ask any question and you’ll get the full answer.

Roy is a master of his trade of travel writing and teaching. He imparts his knowledge and experience in a way that makes it very easy to absorb. He isn’t afraid that you’re going to steal business from him. His ambition is to help you to become a master at travel writing. Be prepared for surprise tutors who will also pass on their knowledge about other skills associated with travel writing.

Unlike other classes I’ve experienced, your learning doesn’t finish when the workshop ends. Roy is there to answer questions or critique your work into the future.

I also highly recommend that you purchase and study Roy’s books and reference manuals. They are a ready reference to his workshop."

-- Peter Safe, 2016 Master Class, Chiang Mai, Thailand.

OK Roy, Sign Me Up!

We're offering two price options for the workshop:  the standard ticket for $3397 and the deluxe ticket for $3997.  What's the difference?

The Standard Package comes with a Poolview Room at the beautiful Shinta Mani Resort.  It also includes airport pickup.  Here's a description of the Standard Poolview room:

Relax poolside after a day at the temples in your Poolside Room. These rooms are available in King or twin share & offer comfortable and stylish accommodation just footsteps from the lap-pool — the perfect way to refresh after a day of sightseeing.

Poolside Rooms come complete with wall mounted DVD and LCD TV, sound-bar, iPod dock and complimentary wireless internet access. Artwork showcasing the images of Angkor complements the modern, minimalist and chic interiors which also feature handcrafted lamps and accessories.  30 sqm.

The Deluxe Package includes a Deluxe Poolview Room at the beautiful Shinta Mani Club property.  It's for people who want more privacy, more space and more luxury.   It includes airport pickup and return.  Here's a description of the Deluxe Club room:

Housed in the modern wing of Shinta Mani our Deluxe Poolview Rooms offer a step above in design and comfort with first and second floor balcony views of our lap-pool and courtyard garden.

Deluxe Rooms, available in King or twin share with Terrazzo bathroom and rainshower, come complete with wall mounted DVD and LCD TV, sound-bar, iPod dock and complimentary wireless internet access. Artwork showcasing the images of Angkor complements the modern, minimalist and chic interiors which also feature handcrafted lamps and accessories. 40 sqm.

Both packages include:

  • In-depth instruction about how I sell my travel stories 90% of the time - so you can sell more stories, too.
  • In-depth training about how to use your assignments to land press trips and free tours.
  • Detailed guidance on how to write enticing query letters and captivating travel stories that editors will love.
  • Printed and digital resources valued at more than $187, including The Complete Guide to Marketing and Selling Your Travel Articles and How to Land Press Trips and Fam Tours.
  • Free post-workshop one-on-one coaching with Roy worth more than $750.
  • Three complimentary eBooks: The Complete Guide to Query Letters, Fifty Websites that Want to Publish Your Travel Stories, and 100 Print Magazines That Want to Publish Your Travel Articles.
  • Seven nights of luxury accommodation at Shinta Mani.
  • Our Welcome Event on October 22nd, most lunches, two group dinners and breakfast every day.
  • Two days exploring Angkor Wat and the other fascinating ancient temples, a night at the Cambodian circus, and a food tour at the night market, including all transport and entrance fees for these excursions.
  • One luxury spa treatment during your stay.

Sign up now ...

So, are you ready to learn what travel writing success feels like?

That luxury Balinese resort is much closer than you think.

Follow my strategy and you will succeed as a travel writer.

 Join me in Siem Reap, Cambodia for The Complete Travel Writing & Marketing Master Class.

See you in Siem Reap!


"Roy’s presentations inspire."
-- Kate Fitzgerald, 2016 Seattle Master Class

"This was a step-wise path I can easily follow. It wasn’t pie-in-the-sky. I can do this."
-- Karen Gordon, 2016 Seattle Master Class

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