Are You An Aspiring Travel Writer?

Saturday 1 February 2014 @ 12:52 pm

Many people who choose travel writer as a full time job get struck in the moon of overwhelming desires. The lights of luxurious hotels and the massage of elegant girls create a charisma of dreams that can’t be resisted. But once they see the paychecks, they directly land on the taut floor. Why get blown away? Here are some checklists to test eternalness of travel writing career.

1) Winning edge

Writing nonspecific articles sitting in a fully AC cabin is totally different from writing a travel article after full day wandering in the unknown places; is well known to everybody. But question here is that, do they have the winning edge?

  • The writing skills should not be excellent, it should be extra ordinary.
  • There is always curiosity attached with the reader of the travel article and if the reader feels confused then its dead end.
  • Willing to travel to literally any place on the earth.
  • Writing as a passion not as money making machine.

2) Multiple media exposure

Many people get attached to print media or electronic media for travel writing. They don’t want to experiment with various channels as they fear that it would lead to time shortage and less quality work. But the demand of time is to be present everywhere.

  • Travel blogs is the best place to create online presence in travel niche
  • Getting attached to big travel companies as a reviewer
  • Writing for travel specialized magazines
  • Showcasing the traveled destination in all possible conferences & get together meetings.

3) Help of co-writer

Travel writing is something which needs strong network and cooperation with people from similar niche.

Many times a good written travel articles goes wasted due to lack of personal touch by a fellow co-writer.

  • They can help in creating articles to the utmost industry standards.
  • More areas to explore and feel safe at unknown places.
  • The funding sources can also be widened.
  • Can also act as spokesperson for a establisher writer

Conclusion: Travel writing can be fun and at the same time hard to defy. So, one should check his merits and sources before acquiring it as a full time job.




How To Fund Your Tour For Your Travel Writing

Thursday 3 October 2013 @ 1:22 pm

Visiting the exotic places and getting paid for the visit is something which nobody can refuse. This fact makes travel writing a lucrative profession to peep into.  There are many freelance writers who work for $1 per 500 words article, doesn’t make any sense. A person who is looking to build career in this line should be free from financial worries during travel, to bring quality outputs.

Quick Review on Some of the Best Sources of Funding the Tour

Airline Company: Most of the airline company offering regular flights to various countries won’t mind sponsoring a writer to write the destination guide. A person residing in any country can approach the nearest airline company with the sample of writing work and offer to write the destination guide which can aid in better user experience and sales turnover of the company.

Hotels: Tour and hotels are like two sides of a coin which can’t be separated. A traveler is always looking for best hotels before start of tour. This creates a great opportunity for a writer to bring personal experience of hotel before traveler. Hotel management is always looking for such professionals to promote their hotels in form of writing. One can easily contact various luxurious as well as mediocre hotels for funding the desired tours.

Private Tour Operators: They are the most suitable sources for funding the tour for travel writing. Since private tour operators are huge in numbers so getting positive response becomes easier. Beside this, while planning the tour packages and developing itinerary they are always looking for spicy writers. Stiff competition from similar operators provides more opportunity of success, as a writer.

Tourism Board: This is one of the permanent places to get round the year job of sponsored traveling. Government of a country or state is always concerned about developing the tourism in its area for valuable foreign exchanges and popularity. The tourism board hires writers to write about the personal experience of the place and publishes in their press media to get instant exposure.

Travel Magazines & Blogs:  Though this source may not provide full funds but it is a great way to jump start the career and build reputation in the niche market.