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Travel Writing Round Up [August 2014]

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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. If they are interested in your article, you will be compensated with $25.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Unanchor: This website is seeking people to create itineraries for various cities across the country and will pay you according to sales of your itinerary. They are now selling the itineraries on Amazon.
  • 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. Payment is $15-50.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Expeditioner: This travel website wants first-person travel narratives and tips for its growing website, between 1,000 and 1,300 words. Writers will be compensated $30 or according to experience. Past writers have been featured in their book.
  • Overnight Buses Magazine: This new iPad version magazine is seeking writers to publish travel narratives, 1000 words or more, with rates between $250-325.
  • The Culture-ist: This website is looking for food and travel narratives between 800-1,200 words to be compensated $30.
  • Epicure & Culture: Jessica Festa runs this food-driven travel blog and pays $15 for articles.
  • Girls Getaway: Writers needed for travel articles on girlfriend getaways. Payment is $20 via PayPal.
  • Plum Deluxe: This lifestyle publication pays $30 for features on the topics of travel, food, drink, home, goods, health and style.
  • HipCompass Escapes: This web magazine pays for stories on destinations and long form travel tales starting at $50.
  • TravelSmart Newsletter: This longstanding travel newsletter seeks writers. Guidelines available by email at Pays $25-$150.
  • Unmapped Magazine: This web publication pays for travel features based around a central topic. “People interested in pitching can look at the content we have already published to get a better idea of what we look for – it’s at the far edge of travel writing – more internationally-focused feature writing.” Pay is $100 USD for 1,000-3,000 word essays.
  • *Eat Your World: This foodie focused travel website is looking for both unpaid guest posters and paid writers for longer form pieces, which pay $10-25 depending on length.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Outside Magazine: While their focus is outdoors and sports, Outside also publishes travel pieces. They don’t accept contributors for some sections.
  • Business Jet Traveler: ”BtoB magazine featuring objective, authoritative service copy aimed at passengers on and owners of business jets. Goal is ‘maximizing your investment in private air transport.’ Articles cover buying and selling jets; reviews of new and used jets; tax and financing issues; cabin refurbishment; flying charter; and more. Also offer some lifestyle content, including luxury car reviews, travel articles and interviews with celebrities and others who fly privately.” Pay is $0.50 per word.
  • Harbors Magazine: This publication from Kenmore Air, a small airline operating in the Pacific Northwest, is seeking freelance writers to contribute articles on destinations, lodging, wine, culinary, fishing and boating angles. Send queries or LOAs to Bobbie Hasselbring, Editor, or
  • The Local Palate: ” We represent the food culture of the South, ranging from Maryland down to Florida and as far West as Texas. We collect personal stories about chefs, farmers, and vendors as well as tell the history of certain culinary traditions and oral histories of the South. We include recipes and how-to versions of dishes and drinks. Our departments include: Key Ingredient, Season’s Eatings, Toast of the Town, EATymology, Interview, Test Kitchen, Culinary Class, and Oh Pair.” Pays $250-$750 for 500-2000 words 60 days after submitted invoice. Publishes two months after acceptance.
  • *International Living: This magazine caters mostly to expats and retirees, but is looking for writers to talk about their experiences overseas. They pay $250 for 840 words and up.

Unpaid Guest Post Opportunities

  • *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.
  • 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.
  • One of the top hostel booking websites wants travel bloggers to pitch topics ranging in length from 600-1000 words.
  • Eco Traveller Guide: This green travel guide is looking for guest posts on sustainable restaurants, accommodation and travel in general.
  • My Gay Travel Guide: Adam of Travels with Adam also runs this site about gay travels, which is always accepting guest posts.
  • Too Many Adapters: “Calling all travelling geeks! We’re looking for guest posts (both one-off and ongoing) on Too Many Adapters, the travel technology site that Dustin and I run. If you have a travel tech story to tell, advice to share or gear to review, we’d love to hear from you. Strong opinions welcome! If it sounds like something you’d be interested in, leave your details and I’ll send you a mail with guidelines etc.”
  • Jessie on a Journey: This site is always looking for guest posts, specifically insightful travel narratives, although she’s open to other suggestions especially on places not yet covered on her site.
  • Gear Up and Play: This site is looking for posts on adventure travel, backpacking, outdoor adventures and destination guides.
  • Santa Fe Travelers: Share your own travel tales on this blog about Santa Fe and beyond.
  • A Chinese Nomad: This blog is written by Julia, who has just returned from traveling in Asia. She’s looking for posts on backpacking advice, food stories and couples travel.
  • Wanderversity: My friend Kay of The Kay Days started this site based on student travel and recent grads/young professionals, but is looking for posts with any kinds of travel tips from any traveler who can offer advice for this audience.
  • Take Me to the World– Alouise is looking for “Personal stories focusing on performing arts, music, and festivals in destinations around the world.”

Non-Paying Markets


  • *This Is My South: My newest website is a travel guide to the Southern United States. I’m looking for guest bloggers for different series and interviews, specifically Southern Stays, Visiting Attractions and This Is My South interviews. Posts are unpaid but could potentially lead to press trips and other opportunities. Email me at if you’re interested.
  • 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.
  • Wanderlust and Lipstick: This well-known women’s travel website is looking for wander tales written by females.
  • Travelettes: This female travel blog is looking for new travel stories. Send your ideas to
  • Backpacking Mojo: Create your own travel itinerary and get it published with this backpacking community site.
  • World Travel Buzz: “We want Edgy and awesome travel writing. Young and in your face. We aren’t going to get anywhere by writing the same old stuff that’s already all over the web – we need an edge. And the content is where we’ll find our edge. (And that’s where you come in!)” Posts should be 500-700 words.
  • Fathom: This smart travel website wants posts between 300-1000 words in length.


  • 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 and travel in general. Compensation is not currently being offered. Contact for more details.
  • Aruba Nights– Lifestyle & travel magazines with an editorial focus that targets the visitor who is already on the island. Includes stories on activities, dining, shopping, history and culture. Pay is $100-250 for 350-700 words.

Jobs, Contests and Internships

  • Various Positions,– This travel site is hiring writers, editors and photographers all over the globe.
  • Various Positions, Matador Network– Matador is looking for a handful of paid and unpaid positions in technical and editorial fields.
  • *Copy Editor, Travel Channel– “We currently have a great opportunity for a Web Content Copy Editor to edit interactive content for Content to be copy edited will include, but is not limited to, articles, slideshow captions, travel guides, blog posts and SEO meta data written by both the Digital Team as well as freelance writers and bloggers.” Position is based in Washington DC area.
  • *Contributor, FlyerTalk– “FlyerTalk, the world’s most popular frequent flyer community, is looking for travel insiders to become regular columnists.” Articles are mostly airline industry niche specific.
  • *Social Media Journalist, McMurry– “We’re an agency in search of a social media journalist who can lead the strategy and development of online travel content that’s search and social friendly. We’re looking for someone with reporting and editing chops, sharp writing and editing skills and a proven ability to create stories that resonate with readers.” They’re also looking for a Digital Content Editor.
  • *Travel Intern, US News & World Report– “You will be helping us expand the coverage of our Travel website, with principal focus on our Best Hotels franchise. We are endeavoring to provide thorough advice to travelers on choosing the right hotel, and for this we need to collect and communicate a significant amount of information about each hotel we cover. The internship involves research, data analysis and reporting. You will also help copyedit and fact-check hotel reviews and other editorial content provided by peers.” This is a paid internship.
  • *Reporter, Business Travel News– “Northstar Travel Media’s Business Travel News Group is currently seeking a fast-learning and tenacious reporter/associate editor. Ideal candidates will have 1+ years of news reporting experience, either as a full-time employee or through a series of hands-on internships, developing subject-matter expertise and producing engaging copy, from short briefs to long-form features.”
  • *Travel Intern, Mashable– “Mashable is seeking an editorial travel intern to write and research stories, and create multimedia content for the site’s growing travel section.”
  • *Associate Editor,– “The associate editor will manage social and email strategy and execution for AFAR Digital. We’re looking for a curious, interested, creative, and passionate individual who has a blend of editorial skills, social media acumen, technical proficiency, a desire to measure and evaluate performance, attention to detail, and a deep love for and understanding of how travel opens our eyes and hearts. The person in this position will bring the AFAR brand and our platforms to life and elevate conversations around experiential travel.”


  • Why I Travel: My #YesAllWomen, Worldhum– I read this essay months back but recently found it again. It’s difficult to read at times, but powerful writing, the kind we should all aspire to create.
  • Who Are You Writing For?Will Peach– Will is certainly one of the more controversial writers in the travel blogosphere but he’s got some great points on why you’re writing being as important as what you’re writing.
  • Tips to Leave Your Job and Become a Full Time Freelancer, The Travel Hack– Monica is a number of things apart from a travel blogger, but she shows us how she took her hobby and turned it into a career.
  • How We Make Money Travel Blogging, Y Travel Blog– While this covers blogging more than writing, it’s a good read on how to turn your blog into a business.
  • I’m a Traveler and a Writer, But I Have a Serious Problem with Travel WritingContently– Another hit from the Contently blog about the realities of traditional travel writing and what direction the author wishes it was going in.
  • Making It As a Travel Writer, LinkedIn– A Lonely Planet author and editor dives into what it’s really like to have the “dream job” in travel writing. Like any job, there are plenty of downsides.
  • Freelance Strategy Hacks, Contently– The COO of the company breaks down how he went from unpaid writer to getting published in The New Yorker. It’s a long video, but you can play it in the background.

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
  • 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
  • The “Travel Blogs Accepting Guest Posts” document on the Global Bloggers Network
  • Modern Day Nomads Facebook page posts any job that allows you to travel, including but not limited to travel writing.
  • Contently will start listing writing jobs as well as their online portfolio platform and also has a helpful blog for freelancers.

Now get writing.

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6 Responses to Travel Writing Round Up [August 2014]

  1. Jennifer August 9, 2014 at 10:54 am #

    The Galavanting link no longer works.
    THanks for this!

  2. Monica August 11, 2014 at 1:53 am #

    Wow, what an amazing resource list. Thanks so much for including my blog here!

  3. Laura August 12, 2014 at 1:12 am #

    These are SO helpful! Thank you so much for posting all of these! I love the inspritational posts as well. Who couldn’t use a little writing inspiration?


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