Friday, January 22, 2010

Travel the World as a Travel Writer

If you travel the world as much as I do, you may have thought about how convenient and amazing it would be if you could make money while doing it. When I travel, I keep logs of everything I do and see, so it’s not that large of a step to put my logs into article form. If you are very observant, have a unique eye, and are a decent writer to boot, you should consider traveling the world as a writer.

Although it is very hard to make a full-blown career out of travel writing, it is possible to make money. It is also possible that if you get a story idea accepted by a publication, that they will send you on location to write it. There are also other perks like, when writing for a well known magazine, getting your accommodations comped by the hotel you are writing about.

Being a writer is a great way to make money while you travel. But you have to remember that it is a job, it will take time and effort during your trip. You will also need to know the right way to write. These days everybody thinks they are a writer with the advent of the internet. Anyone can post their trip logs and journals on their blogs for free and become “published”. This, however, does not mean that the writing is any good.

You will need to take travel writing courses in order to know how to write so that you can make money. Since there are a lot of free travel sources out there, you need to make your writing worth paying for. A course will show you what different publications are looking for in travel articles. They will show you how to focus your articles and how to write concisely.

1 comment:

  1. One of my dream jobs is to be a travel writer. Watching travel shows and lifestyle channels, I can't help but envy the opportunity of going to various places and getting paid for it. I love road trips, backpacking trips and long vacations, but saving money for that it's really hard. Wish I can have the opportunity to become a travel writer someday. I'm happy you get to enjoy the perks and advantages of being one. :)

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