Over the last nearly four years that I’ve been offering the Travel Writing Round Ups, I’ve been asked about why I started them. It began as a way to show that there are travel writing opportunities that pay, not just the Huffington Post “pay for exposure” model. I’ve received a lot of great feedback (and linkbacks) about how helpful these posts are, which is why I will continue to do them. I’ve thought of ways to monetize it, but decided once and for all that these will continue to be free as long as I run this blog. If you have landed a job from one of these posts, though, I am not opposed to receiving a little thank you on PayPal. Thanks for reading as always and keep writing!
If you saw the last few editions of Travel Writing Round Up, welcome back! A lot are repeats from last month, 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. 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 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 maryjo AT thetravelersway.com 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 travelsmartnow-at-aol.com. 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.
- Modern Day Nomads: My friends at MDN have lots of listings on unusual jobs around the world, but are also seeking writers for their website with pay!
- Routes North: This independent guide to Sweden is looking for writers. They are to begin paying soon, so email hello AT routesnorth dot com for more information.
- 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.
- 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, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
- 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.
- 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 traveling 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.
- 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.
- *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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested.
- 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 email@example.com.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
- *Copywriter, Student Accommodation Booking Website– This London-based position is ideal for a travel writer looking to expand to copywriting.
- *Travel Audience Editor, Manifest– A national content marketing agency seeks an editor familiar with the travel field to work with various clients.
- *Manager of Editorial Services, U.S. Travel Association– The trade organization that covers the entire United States is looking for someone to manage editorial operations including news releases and web content for this Washington DC-based position.
- *Reporter, Travel Market Report– An industry publication needs an experienced reporter to cover everything from cruise travel to hotel openings. They prefer professionals and not bloggers according to their ad.
- *Social Media Expert, Imagine Communications– This PR agency is seeking a social media expert to work with their travel and hospitality clients. This position is based in New York City.
- *Social Media Editor, Leading Travel Website– A New York-based website looks for a social media editor to manage social media accounts and to expand cruise related content on the website.
- Various Positions, Thrillist– The media company is hiring freelance writers in dozens of cities, so yours might be one of them.
- Various Positions, Oyster.com– This travel site is hiring writers, editors and photographers all over the globe.
- How I Went from Full-Time Employee to Freelance Writer in 1 Month, Wanderful World– Lizzie shares her insights from going to a full-time job to self-employed in a short amount of time. I’m looking to do the same!
- Remembering Keith Bellows, National Geographic Traveler– The staff of National Geographic remember their late longtime editor and writer.
- 13 Ways I Saved Money for Travel as a Teenager, Expat Edna– Edna began saving for travel at a very young age and she shares how she did it. Hint: it’s not by having a wealthy family or winning the lottery.
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 (for members only).
- 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.