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Travel Writing Round Up [July 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

*New for this month: I’ve created an open Google Document where you can add writing opportunities if you see them throughout the month, or take down ones you know have expired.

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.
  • *Go Overseas: A great resource to study and work abroad travelers looks for posts less than 1000 words about life overseas. They pay $25 via PayPal upon publication.


  • 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

  • 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.
  • 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 now pay $12 for specific Destination Guides.
  • Her Packing List: Female travelers can submit posts about the things they must have when they travel to
  • Nomadic Chick: Jeannie has been offering female travelers the chance to share their stories on her blog for Summer Chick Tales. Check out the editorial calendar to see if your post is the right fit.
  • *Indie Travel Podcast: Craig and Linda Martin, the couple behind this award-winning podcast and website, are looking for people to do destination-related posts. Check out their website for more details.

Non-Paying Markets


  • 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.
  • Not For Tourists: You have probably heard of their guidebooks, but NFT is increasing their web presence and looking for writers to review restaurants and write longer 1,000+ word features. These opportunities are unpaid, but NFT offers you editor status and “free stuff.”


  • 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

  • *Pink Pangea Foreign Correspondent: Women living abroad are invited to apply for this program. You must blog twice a week about keeping women safe while traveling.
  • *Chicago Museum of Science and Industry Writer in Residence: Here’s your once in a lifetime chance to spend a month living in Chicago’s amazing Museum of Science and Industry. Along the way, you will blog and tweet about your experiences. In the end you receive $10,000 and a new computer. Apply by July 22!


Now get writing.

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4 Responses to Travel Writing Round Up [July 2011]

  1. Christine July 3, 2011 at 10:19 am #

    Aww thanks for including me! I’m sure you can relate–hope you’re enjoying the Sydney sunshine!

  2. Alouise July 3, 2011 at 10:15 pm #

    Great wrap up. Thanks for sharing all the links. One thing to note – I’m writing a guide for Unanchor and the pay varies from $50 to $100, just depending on what city you’re writing about (popular destinations will be worth more).

    • carolineinthecityblog July 4, 2011 at 12:52 am #

      Thanks for catching it! I wrote that on the Google Docs copy but it didn’t make it to the blog copy. I’m writing a itinerary too, so can’t wait to see yours!


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