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A Week in The Life of Travel Writing Course Student

SIX FREE SAILING TRIPS AND FIVE DEEP SEA FISHING TRIPS: A WEEK IN THE LIFE OF TRAVEL WRITING COURSE STUDENT, GARY PEACH An interview with Gary Peach in Costa Rica TWWTT: Before we get started why don't you tell us a little about yourself?   How did you hear about the Ultimate Travel Writer's Course? […]

Can You Pitch Multiple Article Ideas in One Query Letter?

Pitching a whole bunch of article suggestions to an editor is definitely a bad ideas. For starters, a well-thought-out query letter shouldn't really be any longer than a page.

How One Never-Before-Published Travel Writer Sold 3 Articles in Less Than 8 Weeks

An Interview with Great Escape Publishing's attendee Maigii Sterling in Toronto, Canada. Read how a never-before-published travel writer sold 3 articles in less than 8 weeks. Get right down to it. Do not procrastinate.

VIP Access and Perks: Travel Like a Celebrity on a Backpacker's Budget

I just returned from Venezuela where I enjoyed the VARIG VIP Lounge in the Sao Paulo International Airport at no charge, landed a complimentary stay in a 3-star hotel in Caracas, and got a free pass to the "Telesferico," the longest cable car service in the world.

A Travel Writer's Gear Guide: From Paper to Processing Power

By John Forde in Paris, France The more you travel, the more you realize it pays to travel light. The good news for travel writers is that you don't need much equipment to get by. (And of course, you're most important writing tool resides between your ears!) Just the same, I get asked all the […]

Why The Shrinking Newspaper Market Shouldn't Concern You One Bit

The number of daily newspapers in the United States has declined every year for the past two decades. Today, ninety-eight percent of American cities have only one daily paper. What's more, travel editors' budgets regularly appear on the chopping block. And the thing is: papers never paid that well to begin with. I think Randy […]

Travel Writing: How to Stop Wasting Time and Get Started

Here's a productivity secret. And it works for anything, not just travel writing: Try inverting your agenda. Put the big projects in front and the small stuff in back, instead of the other way around. You'll find you get a LOT more done.

Most Important Months of Your Career

New Year signals the start of a five-month period that I think of as the Window-of-Opportunity Sprint. If you're serious about accomplishing your objectives, you had better come out of the starting gate fast on Monday, January 3 -- and keep going at full speed through at least the end of May.

Know Before You Go: Five Tips for Getting the Most Out of Every Trip

Getting organized before a trip can make your visit not only more efficient, but more enjoyable, too. I spoke with Lori a few weeks back, as I was preparing to leave for Porto and northern Portugal, and she asked me to share with you what I was doing to ensure my time on the ground […]

Avoid Words like Remote, Quaint, and Cozy and Write Better Descriptions

The descriptions that editors like -- the ones they pay for -- are those that paint pictures so vivid, readers see and feel and taste right along with the writer.

Advice on Organizing

ADVICE ON ORGANIZING By Freelance Travel Writers Jennifer Stevens, Steenie Harvey, John Forde, and Lori Appling FROM JENNIFER STEVENS When I travel I keep a 1-gallon Ziploc back in my suitcase and throw everything I pick up into it -- business cards, menus, brochures, etc. It's handy. When I get home I make a file […]

How One Never-Before-Published Travel Writer Landed a Bi-Weekly Travel Column

 HOW ONE NEVER-BEFORE-PUBLISHED TRAVEL WRITER LANDED A BI-WEEKLY TRAVEL COLUMN An Interview with AWAI student Judy Ruck by Lori Appling LA: Before we get started why don't you tell us a little about yourself. Where are you from? JR: I am "from" a variety of places. I was raised in the Midwest, spent 17 years […]

The Easiest and Fastest Way to Get a By-Line and a Check

One of the best ways to break into the travel-writing business (and to get repeat clips, too) is to write short articles -- 250-600 words in length, typically.

The Best Advice on Handling Rejection

By Freelance Travel Writers, Steenie Harvey, Michael Harvey, and Jennifer Stevens FROM STEENIE HARVEY The first piece I ever submitted to an editor got published -- but I also gathered a fair few rejection slips in my first couple of years of writing. If your first queries or completed articles get rejected, don't sink into […]

How to Edit Your First Draft: What to Keep, What to Cut

It's a rare writer who can crank out perfect copy in a first draft. The rest of us rewrite. But here's a dilemma for you... what should you keep and what should you cut?