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.




10 Things to Avoid As a Travel Writer

Monday 16 December 2013 @ 12:15 pm

Travel writing is most of the times considered as a ‘diminutive profession’ due to the bad experiences and lack of proper funding. But if somebody tries to analyze the other side of the lake then they will find it as a creamy career to pursue. Let’s stir up some 15 things that one should avoid as a travel writer.

  1. Copy Others
    Many people feel comfortable in writing articles by visiting the same areas that is already covered by some fellow writer. Readers will lose interest in such repeating areas at a particular location. A writer can ‘FOLLOW’ other writers but ‘COPY’ is catastrophic.
  2. Follow Trend
    Profession like fashion extremely needs to follow latest trends. But in travel writing one should avoid the current trend, ideally create own style with every write up.
  3. Secret Success Plan
    There is nothing called secret plan for getting success in travel writing career and one should not get washed away by such unpractical success plan guides.
  4. Freestyle Writing
    In generic article writing people don’t mind poorly used syntax and unfocused content flow. But in travel niche it is totally different. A travel enthusiast is more interested in specific terms writing rather than free style writing.
  5. Hiding the Work
    A business plan can be considered in the category of confidential work but in travel writing one should discuss the work with others to add more improvement scope in the existing work.
  6. Born with Pen
    Many people who have the literary art of writing feel that they are born with pen and there is no need of polishing it. One should clear this myth and get equipped with latest degree and certificate.
  7. Stand Alone Operation
    Travel writing areas can’t be expanded by using stand alone operation policies. One should develop web of network for cooperation, scope improvement and popularity.
  8. Frequent Traveling
    Most of the travelers think that it is necessary to travel too often to get more exposure. But that idea is sarcastic. Less traveling and depth writing is more powerful than frequent traveling and cheap writing.
  9. Fully Funded Trip
    Gone are the days when people use to wait for airline or hotel to fully fund the tour expenses. This not only limits the writing style but also missed opportunities to explore uncovered areas.
  10. Editor Review
    Smart writer reviews own article before and after publication and does not depend upon the faith of editor.



5 Steps To Build A Successful Travel Writer Career

Monday 11 November 2013 @ 12:53 pm

Travel writing career has become very popular these days due to fun, excitement and money coming at one place. It’s time to learn the basic steps, to pursue this career.

Step 1

Travel writing is not a simple art of writing. It needs to follow certain standards and creativity. Most of the people who start this career as a freelancer land in no man’s land due to lack of proper education and guidelines. A college degree in the language of writing is a must. Aside from this, the candidate should also look for institution providing specific courses for them to be a travel writer. A little investment in education will build a strong foundation of the career.

Step2

After getting the necessary education one should look for opportunities to travel frequently to various places. Since, this is the initial stage so one should not look for sponsorship or other sources to fund the tour. It is something like investment in gaining practical knowledge after theory classes. The expedition can start from a local famous place to a distant land. The candidate should collect all possible information about the pros and cons of the place visited. Capturing tour pictures & videos is a great way to recall during writing stage as well as attracting readers to read the article.

Step 3

Once the details of the tour are collected, the candidate can start with writing articles. Ideally before writing one should read professional writer’s articles to get the broader ideas. As soon as the confidence is build up, the person can go for composing the articles from the collected points during the tour. After finishing, the article should be proof read well for any typographical or grammatical errors. The candidate should write as much as possible. The articles written at this stage will act as sample & portfolio for showing it to the employer in the next stage.

Step 4

This stage is the most critical part of building the career as a travel writer. It needs personality development, exploring various sources of employment and financial decisions. To start with, the candidate can approach the travel magazine for offline publication and travel website for online publication. Blogging can also be very helpful in building trust. And once the candidate finds positive response, can go for fully funded tour by Airline Company, Hotels, Tour operators and Government agencies.

Step 5

Consistency in writing styles and traveling to the unexplored places is the key to sustain this career. Sometimes paychecks may not be attractive but it feels great to be a traveler.




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.




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