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Travel Writing Round Up [February 2017]

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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.

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Paying Markets

Web

  • 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 $40.
  • 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.
  • 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 $10 for articles.
  • Girls Getaway: Writers needed for travel articles on girlfriend getaways. Payment is $20 via PayPal.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Cultures & Cuisines: Started by two travel writers with a passion for food, Cultures and Cuisines is to culinary travel what Roads and Kingdoms is to experiential travel.
  • 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.”
  • Wanderful: The creators behind Women in Travel Summit are creating an online community for female travelers worldwide and are looking for contributors to their blog, which pays $50.
  • Afar: This print publication, also open to submissions, is easier to get into for freelancers starting with their online vertical, The Wayfarer. Pay varies greatly by word count and photos, but expect at least $150 for 500-700 words.
  • BBC Travel: While they require very specific pitches, the link outlines very precisely what types of stories they publish and how to best submit ideas to them. Pay starts at around $450 and goes up for photos.
  • Atlas Obscura: For offbeat travel stories about unique locations around the globe, this publication is a good fit. Submit stories via a contact form on their website and expect to be paid $40 and up, depending on level of research and story length.
  • *Thrifty Nomads: We’re seeking thrifty-minded globetrotters with a flair for writing to create top-notch travel content. If you’ve got the travel bug, some miles under your belt, and the ability to write detailed, accurate information, then we want to hear from (and PAY) you! Email info AT thriftynomads.com for more info.
  • *Roads and Kingdoms: This travel storytelling website posts unique longform stories as well as special sections. Their Breakfast and 5 O’Clock Somewhere sections are open to pitches, paying $25, while longforms pay $100 and up. Pitches should be directed to pitches AT roadsandkingdoms.com.
  • *Paste: The travel section of this arts and culture driven website pays around $100 for local content on international destinations as well as round ups and lists.
  • *101 Holidays: “A group of six travel offering travel inspiration and recommendations. As well as the main site, our specialist sites focus on honeymoons, singles holidays, family travel, short breaks and the USA.” Pay is £50-100.
  • *Outpost Magazine: Canadian adventure travel magazine is accepting pitches. “Pays up to $50 (CAD) for online publication for 800-1500 words; competitive rates for longer articles in print.”

Print

  • 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.
  • Alaska Airlines Magazine: One of the better paid in-flight magazines, Alaska Airlines wants mostly West Coast, Alaska and Hawaii-focused stories.
  • 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, hasselbring AT bctonline.com or query AT harborsmagazine.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.
  • South Carolina Living: This South Carolina focused publication is looking for freelancers to craft stories in specific travel sections ranging from 500 to 3,000 words.
  • Nevada Magazine: This state publication pays $250 for stories on the region and is now accepting pitches for the 2016 editorial calendar.
  • Northern Virginia Magazine: Another regional publication seeks stories about area getaways and relevant features from nearby. Pay is $50-1000.
  • Sunset: While this lifestyle publication is largely written in-house, they accept freelance submissions mainly in their travel section.
  • New York Times: The biggest of big fish for travel writers, NYT does not publish anything written from a press trip or from a writer who has taken comps.
  • Los Angeles Times: With a travel section in both online and print, there are ample opportunities to pitch one of the last remaining travel sections. Pay ranges from $200-750, depending on length and where the story appears.

Non-Paying Markets

Web

  • *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 caroline@carolineinthecityblog.com 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 contribute@travelettes.net.
  • 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. Contact nikki AT southeastasiabackpacker.com for more details.
  • *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.
  • 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.
  • Parachute: This website run by Mapquest does pay, but keep in mind that it depends on pageviews. If you have the social media coverage to reach those views, it pays $1 per 1000 views. But otherwise, it’s a program that allows you to build up clips. *Note: I believe they now pay per article, not by pageviews, but the program is invitation only. 

Jobs, Contests, and Internships

  • *Staff Writer, Spotlight– “Spotlight has an immediate opening for excellent writers to focus on health, travel and design + décor content. This person will work out of our New York City office. The successful candidate will be responsible for creating compelling viral stories and collaborating social media editors on distribution.”
  • *Editor, Oyster.com– This “hotel research website providing expert reviews and photos, is expanding and we are looking for an editor in New York City to join our team.”
  • *Freelance Digital Producer, Travel + Leisure– “Travel + Leisure seeks an experienced and enthusiastic producer to join its digital team. This role will work closely with the digital editorial and photo teams to assist in the production of roughly 35 stories daily, large ongoing projects including our annual World’s Best Awards, and other production responsibilities as they arise. The ideal candidate will be a self-starter who is comfortable taking ownership of projects and works well in a collaborative environment.”
  • *Freelance Writer, The Culture Trip– “We are looking for an experienced freelance writer to produce local content covering a range of genres: travel, food, art, fashion, literature, film, TV, music, architecture, home & design, tech, health & wellness and sports. You will be remotely managed by a Culture Trip Commissioning Editor based in our London office.” Seeking writers with knowledge of Cuba, Ecuador, Franc, Italy, Morocco, Myanmar, Spain, Caribbean, Finland, and Mauritius.
  • Various Positions, Thrillist– The media company is hiring freelance writers in dozens of cities so yours might be one of them. Includes new staff writer positions.

Inspiration

  • Why Travel Makes Us Better Citizens, Twenty-Something Travel– If you’ve got the post-election feels like I do, read this post by my friend Stephanie. It’s more important to travel now than ever.
  • The Beauty of the Islamic World, A Dangerous Business– As someone who has also traveled in Islamic majority countries, Amanda showcases the diversity of the countries affected by the “Muslim ban.”
  • 10 Fascinating Places You’re NOT Allowed to Visit, Fodor’s Travel– I love this round up of places that tourists aren’t able to go, including an island disconnected from the rest of the world.

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.
  • Ed2010 has job listings, some that haven’t yet been announced. *You now need to create an account to see jobs.
  • TravMedia is a website for both industry and journalists and they frequently post calls for pitches here.
  • Modern Day Nomads Facebook page posts any job that allows you to travel, including but not limited to travel writing.
  • Contently is a marketplace for writing jobs as well as an online portfolio platform with a helpful blog for freelancers.
  • Freelance Writing Writer’s Guidelines rounds up multiple links for outlets and directs you straight to the information you need about how to pitch.
  • Who Pays Writers lets you submit information on how much you were paid, how long it took, and if you would recommend a publication to other writers.

Now get writing.

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One Response to Travel Writing Round Up [February 2017]

  1. Amelie February 13, 2017 at 8:33 am #

    Thanks for the info (and update), I was searching for something like that for a while. There are quite a lot of links to get through, but I think that in time I will manage to get through all of them.

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