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Travel Writing Round Up [May 2011]

If you saw the last few editions of  Travel Writing Round Up, welcome back! There are a lot of great opportunities this month, so I hope you will take full advantage of them. A lot are repeats from last month as well, but new posts are denoted with stars. Do you see any that I missed? Feel free to shoot me an email at

Paying Markets


  • Matador Network: As one of the top travel magazines on the web, they’re always looking for content, but they’re pretty picky. Find out what they’re looking for on the Bounty Board or submit your own ideas. If they are interested in your article, you will be compensated with $25.
  • BootsNAll Travel Network: BootsNAll offers writers the chance to get their writing published, even if they don’t get paid, through the Traveler Article program. For features, essays and expert traveler articles, you can be paid between $20-50 for your work.
  • Do It While You’re Young: This blog is everything a girl needs to know about travel. They are looking for posts in the following areas: Destination Details, Reader Perspective, Hotel Aficionado, Six Months Out and Trip Review. You will be generously compensated with a $5 Amazon gift card per article.
  • The Travel Belles: This sassy Southern blog is looking for posts ranging in length from 400-1200 words about first-person experiences that don’t sound like they were copy and pasted from a brochure. They pay $10 per article via PayPal.
  • Travel Generation: This up and coming travel website employs the likes of Adventurous Kate and the folks at Indie Travel Podcast to share their travel experiences for a cool $50 NZD.
  • Go Nomad (via Writer’s Weekly): The website needs features and destination guides about places in the United States and South America. They pay $25 for 1500-1700 word articles and pays on publication. They accept reprints. You can check out their writer’s guidelines for more details.
  • *Unanchor: This new website is seeking people to create itineraries for various cities across the country and will pay you $100 UP FRONT. Yes, you read that correctly. But you should ideally be an expert on the city you are creating the itinerary for. This is not the “top 10 things to do in city” type of guide. You will be paid a 75% commission for sold itineraries after the first few.


  • Off Track Planet: Don’t be fooled by the curse words. This travel publication doesn’t follow the typical rules. They’re looking for articles on the best places to hook up in 2011, where to get the most drunk and articles of the sort. Writers will be compensated through the Off Track Planet Stock Option program.
  • Westjet Up! Magazine: Canadian airline Westjet has a great in-flight magazine that focuses on destinations in North America and the Caribbean. Payment ranges from $150 and up, depending on length. Check out the contributor guidelines for complete details.
  • Wild Blue Yonder Magazine: Frontier Airlines’ in-flight magazine takes the approach of “true to travel.” They are looking for articles between 200 and 2,000 words for their True Traveler city guides, dining guides, service articles and feature articles.
  • Delta Sky Magazine: They’re looking for travel and lifestyle & business features ranging from 600-2,000 words. Note that there is a four month lead time for this publication.
  • Go Magazine: AirTran’s in-flight magazine seeks destination-lead features, 1,200-1,400 words, which highlights a destination that AirTran flies to. They also accept pitches for On the Town, 400-900 word stories about a destination, celebrity cover stories and business stories.
  • EnRoute Magazine: Air Canada’s in-flight magazine has a variety of sections that freelancers can cover from 500-1500 words. See the website for descriptions of each section. Payment is $1 Canadian per word, with payment upon acceptance.
  • Transitions Abroad: This long-time resource for those moving abroad is looking for articles on long-term travel, teaching English abroad and cultural immersion and pays $50-150 via PayPal.

Unpaid Guest Post Opportunities

  • Go Backpacking: Although the guest posts are unpaid, they get a lot of page views, since Go Backpacking is one of the top ranking blogs on the web. Plus, you’re in good company with contributors Lindsay Clark of Nomadderwhere and STA Travel Internship and Andi Perullo of My Beautiful Adventures. Oh yeah, and me. They’re looking for 500-800 word posts with images about tips, photo essays and list posts.
  • Art of Backpacking: I love doing guest posts for Art of Backpacking because I feel like they “get me.” They are looking for posts that follow their philosophy of covering all aspects of backpacking, from relationships to gear reviews to that song you can’t get out of your head from your hostel. Posts must be at least 400 words.
  • Spunky Girl Monologues: Pam is looking for posts of at least 600 words with images about spunky personal travel stories.
  • Lost Girls World: The girls’ website has exploded since the release of their book and now is as good a time as ever to write for them. Contributions must be between 500-1,500 words and apply to the mostly female audience of the site. Their posts often get picked up for the Huffington Post and in-flight magazines. *They pay $50 for specific Destination Guides.
  • Her Packing List: Female travelers can submit posts about the things they must have when they travel to

Non-Paying Markets


  • Oriental Tales Magazine: Submit your 500-2,000 word first person narratives to this online mag, which specializes in all of Asia, from Brunei to Papua New Guinea.
  • On UR Way Travel: This Aussie-run online travel magazine is looking for 3-4 contributors a month to inspire others to travel. There are also opportunities to contribute to the blog in the World Experiences and Weekly Glimpse sections.
  • Vagabondish: This offbeat travel zine is looking for writers to cover three sections of the publication: features, which covers how-tos, social commentary, reviews of about 1,000 words; news + sidelines, covering current issues in 200-300 words; and dispatches, focusing on the travel narrative.


  • S.E.A. Backpacker: This magazine is for backpackers and by backpackers and loves everything about Southeast Asia. You can find copies in hostels throughout Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. Bucket-loving writers should submit ideas about destination reviews, backpacker advice, recommended things to do and other topics related to backpacking in Southeast Asia. Compensation is not currently being offered. Contact for more information.

Jobs and Internships

  • *American Express Publishing Freelance Photo Assistant (via WhisperJobs): So it’s not travel writing, but if you are good at photography, this job deals with the websites for Travel + Leisure and Food and Wine magazines. It’s based in New York City and candidates should have previous photo experience.
  • *Off Track Planet Summer Internships: Editorial and marketing internships are available at OTP’s New York office for students in the journalism field. Hours will be 15-20 per week and will offer school credit, as well as opportunities for advancement. Submit a cover letter, resume and writing sample for the editorial internship.


  • “The Perils of the Solo Female Traveler,” Nomadic Chick: Most of us have never and probably never will (knock on wood) have to deal with some of the stuff this tough chica has been handed on her trip to India. I didn’t know dysentery was a thing outside of that Oregon Trail game from childhood. Jeannie also has been approached by sketchy men, which is every solo female traveler’s worst fear.
  • “Friendship in the Time of Twitter,” Ali’s Adventures: I love this post and not just because I have a shout out in it. How many people can say they’ve met genuine friends on Twitter? Ones they would call in a real-life situation, not just to talk Twitter? I can count Ali, along with others I’ve met through the Atlanta Travel Tweetups, on that list. I left the group in good hands with her and although I wish I could be there to sip margaritas and talk travel, I know they’re doing just fine without me.
  • “On My Own,” Twenty-Something Travel: I can definitely relate to this post because so far, most of my Australian travels have been with my boyfriend. Once he goes back to school in August, I will be thrown back into the solo female travel game. Bravo to Steph for being honest about how hard it is to go back to.
  • “The Year I Walked Away From Love,” Bacon is Magic: I know, I know, I’m becoming obsessed with this blog. I can’t imagine what it must have been like to have to choose between love and a desire to see the world. I’m lucky I haven’t had to make that choice, but I admire Ayngelina for being able to talk about it so openly.

Now get writing.

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9 Responses to Travel Writing Round Up [May 2011]

  1. Ayngelina May 3, 2011 at 12:37 pm #

    Caroline, thanks so much for mentioning me! You’ll be happy to know I had to take a break from the heavy stuff so today begins my entry into steak and red wine land in Argentina.

    • carolineinthecityblog May 3, 2011 at 2:26 pm #

      Haha yes good to know. The perfect way to recover from spilling your guts: stuffing them with tasty meat.

  2. Sasha May 3, 2011 at 2:01 pm #

    Thanks Caroline for again including me in your roundup! I’m super busy these days and would love to feature more guest posts from any budding travel writers! :)

    • carolineinthecityblog May 3, 2011 at 2:27 pm #

      I will send any your way and maybe even submit something myself!

  3. Ali May 3, 2011 at 11:13 pm #

    Hi Caroline! Thanks for including me! I’m glad you’re doing good in Australia, but we definitely miss you here :-) Maybe the timing will work out and I’ll get to see you in Australia in early December.

    • carolineinthecityblog May 4, 2011 at 3:05 pm #

      I hope so too! If not, maybe I will have to swing by Germany!

  4. Jason Demant (Unanchor) May 4, 2011 at 12:34 am #

    Thanks for adding us to this great list..and the kind description :-).


    • carolineinthecityblog May 4, 2011 at 3:05 pm #

      You’re welcome!


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