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Travel Writing Round Up [December 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. I have checked all the links to ensure that they are still valid, but please let me know if I have missed one. Feel free to shoot me an email at I’ve also 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. *For Destination Details for Latin America, Asia, Africa and other lesser-known destinations, they are offering $10 Amazon gift cards and $20 for stories on the Trans-Siberian Railway.
  • 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: 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.
  • 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 and “How to Pitch To…” series.
  • Unanchor: This new website is seeking people to create itineraries for various cities across the country and will pay you according to sales of your itinerary. *Note: Unanchor is changing the way they pay their writers. Learn more about it here.
  • 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.
  • GoMad NoMad Magazine: This online magazine is looking to pay $25 for articles on lesser-known destinations, posts from the road and practical travel advice.
  • Galavanting: Kim Mance and her crew are looking for features and blogs on girlfriend getaways and female travel, from 200-1000 words.
  • Epic Thrills: This blog is focused on adventure travel, so posts should be geared towards it, less than 800 words.
  • World Hum: Easily the best website for quality travel writing, World Hum closed its submissions for a while when they were dealing with the Travel Channel buyout, but are now looking for new content. See your name next to the likes of Rick Steves, Don George and Rolf Potts.
  • In the Know Traveler: This website pays $10 for features and $3 for blog posts on almost any travel topic.
  • Perceptive Travel: Editor Tim Leffel runs a tight ship over on this webzine, which only accepts work from published book authors. This probably applies to a small percentage, but if your story is accepted, payment is $100.
  • World Nomads: As one of the most recognized travel insurance brands, World Nomads has a strong following on its Ask a Nomad app as well as its blogs. Their posts are 650-1200 words and pay $30 AUD. Content should be about travel tips, off the beaten path destinations, responsible travel and working holidays.
  • The Traveler’s Way: This new travel website is looking for frequent contributors who can commit to 2-3 articles per month on inspirational and informative travel articles for the Baby Boomer travelers. Articles should be 800-1,200 words in length for features with at least one photo. Payment is $30 via PayPal. Contact if interested.
  • *Tripbase: This popular industry blog is looking for writers on the topics of family, fun, history and food. Articles should be 800-1,000 words in length and pay $30, but must include photos. Apply through their website and submit a trial article before being accepted.


  • 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.
  • The Australian Way: Qantas’ in-flight magazine is looking for features on their destinations, ranging in length between 500-1500 words
  • Get Lost: This Australian glossy travel magazine features some great photos and is always on the lookout for writers.
  • Verge Magazine: This new Canadian magazine focuses on volunteering and travel with a purpose. Rates for first-time contributors start at $0.10 CAD per word. Shorter pieces should be around 800 words while features range between 200-2500 words.
  • Wend Magazine: Wend focuses on adventure travel and sports. Article length ranges by department, but should be between 150 and 3500 words. Pay also ranges by department, but is between $100-1300.
  • Outside Magazine: While their focus is outdoors and sports, Outside also publishes travel pieces. They don’t accept contributors for some sections.
  • *Nevada Magazine: This publication is focused on Nevada tourism and pays 40-50 cents per word, with most articles ranging in length from 500 to 1,000 words. Web stories are paid a $200 flat rate.

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.
  • Her Packing List: Female travelers can submit posts about the things they must have when they travel, book reviews, destination packing lists and gear reviews.
  • 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.
  • Twenty-Something Travel: Stephanie’s blog generally covers the themes of solo female travel, RTW travel and career breaks. She accepts guest posts on travel experiences, as well as photo posts.
  • Y Travel Blog: Caz and Craig have one of the most successful travel sites on the web, so a guest post for them almost guarantees traffic. They’re looking for posts on destinations they haven’t visited yet, namely Eastern Europe, North and West Africa, Central and South America and Antarctica.
  • 48 Hour Adventure: Justin spends a weekend in a city and writes about how much you can see in 48 hours, but he can’t be everywhere, so if you have tips to contribute, send him an email.

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.”
  • Wanderlust and Lipstick: This well-known women’s travel website is looking for wander tales written by females.


  • 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

  • *Glimpse Correspondents Program: The deadline has pushed back to December 20 so there is still time to apply. This program fosters up and coming travel writers, features them on the Matador Network, gives them a $600 stipend and editorial and career support.


  • Sex and the Magic Secrets to Getting Published,” The Fearful Adventurer: Talented writer Torre DeRoche has just landed a book deal and is in talks with a movie producer, but instead of congratulating her on her hard work and talent, some cranky folks with a case of the sour grapes are chalking it up to her gender. I call BS on that.
  • “A New Direction for CDTW: Back to the Purest Form of Travel Writing,” Candice Does the World: I absolutely love the direction Candice is going in, by hand-writing posts and scanning them onto her blogs. It reads more like a personal journal now, with all her quirks of handwriting and pen color. It’s easy to get distracted by all the fancy blog designs, but this makes us focus on what’s important: the writing.
  • “24,” Christine in Spain: In this post, Christine tells us the 24 important things she has learned in growing one year older.
  • “So You Want to Be a Pro Blogger in the Travel Business,” The Planet D: Canada’s Adventure Couple tells us all about what they’ve learned in their years of traveling and blogging. The verdict? It’s not as easy as it looks.
  • “5 Simple Tips for Finding Work as a Travel Writer,” Wild About Travel: This guest post from Brendan van Son breaks down easy ways to get started in the travel writing business.
  • “Notes About Turning 30,” The Life That Broke: My dear friend Lauren is about to turn 30 and if you ask me, she’s never been awesome-er. She shares some wisdom she has gained over the past three decades :).
  • “School vs. Travel,” Art of Backpacking: This post signals the beginning of a new video blog series, which answers reader questions. I like this one especially because in a time of the crumbling American economy, many twentysomethings are asking themselves if school is really necessary.

Helpful Links

*This is where I take most of my job and freelance listings from, so feel free to check them out.

  • Writers Weekly, an e-zine with freelance listings, as well as other resources for writers
  • Freelance Writing Gigs, another weekly listing of freelance opportunities in all fields, including copywriting, ghost writing, journalism and blogging
  • Media Bistro, the go-to site for all things media, with classes on everything from InDesign to PR to travel writing, as well as job listings and “how to pitch to” guides
  • Journalism Jobs has listings for all ranges of journalism, from the small town newspaper to the Associated Press
  • Media Kitty brings together PR and travel journalists for what they call “trippy journalism,” with job listings, press releases and press trip announcements

Now get writing.

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6 Responses to Travel Writing Round Up [December 2011]

  1. Lanora Mueller (@WritingTravel) December 3, 2011 at 1:29 am #

    Pretty sure Transitions Abroad no longer publishes a print edition.

    • carolineinthecityblog December 3, 2011 at 2:28 am #

      Cheers Lanora, will change for next month.

  2. Writer Jobs December 3, 2011 at 4:13 am #

    Great post thanks. I really enjoyed it very much.

    Love writing? We would love for you to join us!

    Writers Wanted

  3. TheBlackTwig December 3, 2011 at 6:36 am #

    These are truly helpful links. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Candice December 7, 2011 at 1:12 am #

    I completely overlooked this awhile ago. Thanks so much for including me! :)


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