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How to Write About a Popular Destination

Editors love articles about the world's most popular tourist spots -- Orlando, Paris, San Diego, San Francisco, New York among them -- because they are a sure bet when it comes to attracting readers. But even though there's an extremely large market for articles about popular destinations, the secret to selling them lies in coming up with a unique angle.

Why You Don't Have to Buy Our Programs or Attend Our Workshops

Today: *** Why You Don't Have to Buy Our Programs or Attend Our Workshops *** Success Story Contest: Win a Trip to Florida this Winter *** Practical Writing Prompt of the Week: Hands-On Adventures *** Reader Feedback: Thank You for Providing Us with the Tools to Help Our Dreams Come True Dear Reader, One of […]

How to Pay for Your Next Trip

People write to me all the time asking if it really is possible to get paid to travel. My response? YES, IT IS! In fact, armed with a few simple secrets, you could be doing it in a handful of weeks. That's all it took for Bonnie Keough, a fellow reader, to launch her new […]

Travel Tip: Free International Calls

Today: *** Free International Calls, Here's How... *** Success Story Contest: Win a Trip to Florida this Winter *** Practical Writing Prompt of the Week: Your Favorite Restaurant for Travel Post Monthly *** Writers Wanted: Copyeditor and Copywriter Dear Reader, Here's a tip for you if you ever need to call outside the U.S... There's […]

Swap Coffee For Plane Tickets

Cut out the venti lattes and you can easily pay for a hotel room in a good-value destination or for your next European plane ticket...

Last-Minute Gift Ideas For The Traveler

Today: *** Last Minute Gift Ideas for the Traveler... Writer...Photographer... and Reader *** Practical Writing Prompts of the Week: Write about How Other Cultures Celebrate Holidays and Life Passages, or Your Own Family Reunions *** Reader Feedback: What to Charge for Your Article Dear Reader, Christmas shopping was particularly hard for me this year. Normally, […]

Chickens and Travel Writing

Today: *** Michelle vs. the Chicken: Where Can You Sell this Story *** Practical Writing Prompt of the Week: Writing about Your Misadventures *** Reader Feedback: How to Sell Yourself to an Editor (or Photo Buyer) with Little or No Experience Dear Reader, Michelle Sedita is a very lucky woman. Or maybe it's not luck. […]

Five Hundred Bucks For A Photo... Fast

Today: *** Reader Feedback: How Shannon Earned $500 for One Photo *** Practical Writing Prompt of the Week: You're An "Insider" Where You Live - Turn Your Expertise into $$$ Dear Reader, She took her camera to Appalacia in September and sold two of her photos for $250 a piece... I just got this email […]

How to Write about a "Discovered" Spot

A few tips from freelance writer and editor Jennifer Stevens, how to write about a "discovered" spot.

Finding The Best Hotel Deals

Tips on how to fund the best hotel deals. Here are four things you can do to uncover new gems with less risk...

Announcing: A New Place to Get Published - The Travel Post Monthly

Next week we're launching our very first issue of a new travel publication we're developing with the International Travel Writers & Photographers Alliance Members. I'll include the link below so you can get a quick sneak peek. The Travel Post Monthly, as it's called, essentially functions as two things: 1) an online travel magazine where […]

Zero to Hero With A Quart-Sized Ziploc Bag

Today: *** Being a Hero Takes Two Seconds and a Quart-Sized Ziploc Bag *** Practical Writing Prompt of the Week: Side-Trip Articles Are Fun and Easy to Sell *** Reader Feedback: Congratulations Pat Jennings! Dear Reader, There I was... proud as punch that I remembered to put all my liquids -- including toothpaste and sunscreen […]

Turn Your Pictures Into Postcards

Today: *** Turn Your Pictures into Postcards *** Practical Writing Prompt of the Week: Dear Reader, I'll never buy another postcard again. The United States Postal Service has a cool feature you might not know about... If you go to: http://www.usps.com/createmail/welcome.htm, you can upload a picture and they'll create, print, and mail a postcard for […]

Old, Expensive, Impractical... and Entirely Worthwhile

Today: *** Greece: Old, Expensive, and Impractical -- Yet Worth Every Penny *** Photographs Sell Articles; Here's How... *** Practical Writing Prompt of the Week: How to Turn Those Coffee Photos Into Saleable Articles Dear Reader, People keep asking me: How was Greece? My reply: It was a lot like this bedspread I bought when […]

Photo Lessons Relearned in Greece

Today: *** Cloudy weather doesn't have to mean poor photos *** Everything you need to know about the business of writing *** Practical Writing Prompt of the Week: What to do when it's raining Dear Reader, We started this, our third day of the Ultimate Travel Photographer's Expedition in Greece, on the water. The wind […]

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