Dear Soon-to-be Travel Writer,
Imagine vacationing for a week in the Caribbean, but instead of staying in a standard hotel, you’re in a villa on the water, just 50 feet from the shoreline.
It’s on stilts hovering above the brightest blue water you can imagine. And, not only is the water blue, but it’s so clear you can see straight down to the white-sand bottom where starfish are the size of basketballs and fish are the brightest orange, yellow and blues you’ve ever seen.
You spend your afternoon in a handmade hammock on the deck. Miles of ocean stretch out in front of you. You enjoy tropical nights surrounded by good food, great wine, and cool ocean breezes.
Tomorrow’s itinerary includes snorkeling, diving for rock lobster, then grilling it oceanside.
Everyone on the island brings a side dish, including cracked conch, coconut pancakes…and you’re the guest of honor.
“Guest of honor” is something my dad says anytime he takes me (or anyone really) out to dinner. “Your money’s no good here, Lori. You and your family are my guests of honor.” And that’s a lot like what it feels like to travel as a travel writer.
Meals, museum tickets, hotel upgrades, they’re all on the house. Someone else foots the bill.
And here’s something else…
When you travel as a travel writer, all sorts of great travel opportunities will open up for you.
Opportunities you might not even be able to imagine right now.
Growing up in a small beach town in Delaware, my idea of a vacation was a road trip to Disney World. Fifteen hours of driving followed by eight hours a day of waiting in line after line to ride a two-minute ride. It all seemed worth it as long as I got to ride the rides.
As a 10-year old, this was my ideal vacation, and I couldn’t imagine anything that could possibly be better.
As an adult, however, I’ve gone back to Disney a few more times. And here’s the thing – a lot of the rides I loved as a child all do the same thing. They rise up in the air and go around in a circle. I’m not so sure what I was so excited about back then.
Throughout my travels, as I’ve had the opportunity to explore the world, I’ve thought back to that moment where I couldn’t imagine anything better than Disney World.
I could never have imagined I’d be seated on a small six-seater prop plane leaving Belize City headed to Ambergris Caye. And that the next day I’d be jumping into open water to swim with nurse sharks.
One travel writer I know was paid to take tango lessons in Argentina.
Another to dive along the Great Barrier Reef.
And another boarded a plane to Borneo to see the amazing orangutan sanctuaries.
To land all-expenses paid trips like this, your job is simple. Keep good notes about where you went and what you did. Then write an article sharing your opinion about your experience — good or bad — with others who are interested in going there.
You might be asking how that could be. How could taking notes of all the fun things you’re doing actually fund your trips?
It works, because one of the ways travel-related businesses advertise is by inviting travel writers to experience (for free) what they have to offer — maybe a tour, cruise, special event, or resort package — in hopes that you’ll have positive experiences and write favorable articles in magazines, newspapers, newsletters, or online.
The more articles written about a place, the rationale goes, the more tourists will go there.
And more tourists mean more money.
Once you’ve got a track record with a few articles published under your belt, you can begin to cash in on perks like invitations for free travel and reduced-rate vacations for you and a friend.
Do that, and when you earn a few hundred … or even a few thousand dollars for an article … it’s pure profit.
And the truth is, you don’t need to be a gifted writer. You don’t need journalism courses. You don’t need a job in the travel industry. You don’t even need to travel – your hometown is a travel destination for somebody. I’ll show you how to start locally and become a mini celebrity where you live in a minute.
Now, before you decide for sure, let’s look at what a typical day for you might look like should you decide to give travel writing a try…
Over the last decade I’ve had the opportunity to personally get to know many successful travel writers.
As I’ve talked with these writers, and gotten to know them, I’ve learned that in this industry, there really is no “typical” day. For many, that’s one of the most attractive things about being a travel writer.
Let’s take a look at a few examples.
Let me introduce you to Patti Morrow. Patti is a part-time travel writer who is often traveling the world in search of her next adrenaline-pumping adventure.
Patti admits she’s addicted to traveling. So to fund her “hobby,” she became a travel writer.
In the past year alone, Patti has traveled to Sanibel Island, Florida, San Diego, Santa Fe, London, Tijuana … and more.
When she’s on the ground at her destinations, she enjoys local cultural events, wine tastings, white water rafting, walks along the beach, bargaining at open-air markets, and chatting with locals. She also checks the local real estate listings for perspective on the highest priced neighborhoods and what’s up and coming.
Last year, Patti traveled across the country from coast to coast, and then all the way down to the southern tip of Mexico in search of the world’s best Margarita for an article.
For now, she says she still needs to do more research on that one.
And then there’s Terri Marshall.
Terri is a self-proclaimed chocoholic. It’s funny, but most of her travel articles revolve around chocolate – chocolate martinis, chocolate spa treatments, chocolate tastings, etc.
She’s a great example of how travel writing let’s you combine two passions, in Terri’s case, traveling and chocolate.
Terry was a tax accountant before becoming a travel writer. She was definitely one of those creative people trapped in a desk job we hear about all too often.
But today she knows firsthand that a travel writing “dream job” is achievable.
One of my favorite stories from Terry is when Ben and Jerry’s ice cream flew her to Vermont to tour their headquarters, sample the ice cream, and create her own flavor.
Also, this past year, Terri took two trips to the Hotel Hershey where she visited The Chocolate Spa for delicious cocoa facials, body wraps, and massages that she later wrote about.
She even headed down to the forgotten “Toledo” district of Belize to discover the source of something wonderful … chocolate.
There she harvested cacao, made her own chocolate bars, swam through caves, climbed up waterfalls, and went horseback riding through the jungle. And that’s just a small snapshot of her adventures this past year.
Before we continue with details on how to try out for publications around the world, I’d like to tell you a little bit more about Great Escape Publishing and International Living Magazine, where you might land your first paid assignment.
As I said earlier, I’m Lori Allen and I’m the Director of Great Escape Publishing.
Here, we publish home study programs and we run live workshops that help people get paid to travel – everything from travel writing, photography, import/export, tours, and travel blogging.
And a lot of our members get their feet wet by getting articles and photos published in International Living Magazine.
You may not know this, but you already have a foot in the door at International Living, because the very person who created our Ultimate Travel Writer’s Program, Jennifer Stevens, happens to be the Executive Editor at International Living.
She and others there know that if you’ve gone through the program, you’re already ahead of the average travel writer.
International Living is a great place to get your first byline if you’re interested in overseas travel. And while I’m not employed by International Living (they publish resources on living, retiring and investing overseas and I barely know a lick about any of these things), I know our trained writers make great writers for them.
Here’s what International Living told me they’re looking for in new writers…
“We’re looking for travelers willing to share their experiences, insights, and recommendations with International Living readers.
“You must be willing to explore new places, ask lots of questions, make friends, and discover destinations as an insider would.
“You may be asked to loll on the beach…shop…try new foods…taste-test local cocktails … attend concerts and art shows…visit museums…hike…dive…sail…ride a horse…golf, and more…
“A good candidate is comfortable getting lost – because sometimes you find the best stories when you’re not expecting to.
“No writing experience necessary.”
When you try out to be a travel writer, you can try and write for International Living, which many of you will, or you can use the same techniques outlined at the end of this video to try out for other illustrious publications.
It’s up to you.
Actually, getting an article published in International Living is more than a great head-start. It’ll get you your first paycheck, too.
In fact -- and I maybe shouldn’t tell you this -- but they told me that they wrote checks in excess of $26,000 to writers for travel stories last month alone.
$26,000 x 12 months a year … Sounds to me like there’s plenty of room for you, too.
And remember, it’s not just what you’re paid for your travel article. You should add to that number how much free travel you’re getting, too.
Now let’s take a look at the kinds of stories I’m talking about, because they’re not that hard to write. We’ll use International Living as an example…
Here’s a copy of International Living Magazine.
Think you can do that?
The truth is, editors around the globe, including English-speaking publications in other countries, are constantly searching for articles written by people who can give a true, well-written, and unique report on a destination.
And they’re not the only ones who want your services… Hotels, resorts, and other attractions around the world need ambassadors like you to visit their vacation spots and spread the word through your writing.
There’s no easier way to get your accommodation, meals, spa treatments, and more on the house than to travel as a travel writer.
And you just might be the perfect candidate for this job.
So here’s how the rest of the try outs works…
You heard the stories of a few of our members. You know what a typical work day for you might look like.
If you really think travel writing is for you, here’s what you should do next…
I’ve got everything you need laid out for you in the Ultimate Travel Writer’s Program. It’s a program travelers like you have been using successfully for 13 years to shave years off your learning curve and get your foot in the door at travel publications everywhere.
If you decide to go this route, your next step is easy. You’ll order through the discount link below.
You’ll fill out the online application and by tomorrow you’ll have everything you need … I’m talking about very specific resources that you would spend twice as long trying to find on your own.
The Ultimate Travel Writer’s Program includes things like:
And not only does Ultimate Travel Writer’s Program do all the hard work for you, it also comes with three free gifts and a 100% satisfaction guarantee…
Your three gifts include:
You have a FULL YEAR to try it out risk-free. If you don’t think you can write a travel story you can sell with this program quick and easy, we’ll buy it back from you. No ifs, ands, or butts.
Richard, of our members, sent us this note:
“After taking your Travel Writer’s program and following the suggestions and completing the assignments, I have landed a month-long stay in Rome, Italy to learn Italian. This is all paid for by the school I’ll be attending. So not only will I be able to stay for an entire month in the Eternal City, but I’ll also be able to expand my knowledge of Italian. I can just imagine all the story ideas I’ll be able to get from this stay in Rome. This will really help to launch my career as a travel writer…and it’s all due to this program! I found it to be invaluable as I am able to achieve my goal of traveling the world.”
And Connie, another one of our members, says:
"I experienced 10 successful press trips within two years that resulted in a plethora of articles and a good income. I remain thankful for all you have done for me and my career."
I guarantee The Ultimate Travel Writer’s Program will shave months -- and even years -- off the time it could take you to do it on your own or I’ll give you your money back. It’s that simple.
It’s been designed by editors who know what they want. Give them that, and you’ll find it leads ultimately, to a by-line and paycheck for you …
Above all, travel writing is fun. And so is our program. You won’t spend hours revisiting English grammar and punctuation.
And here’s something else …
Because of our affiliation with International Living Magazine and Jennifer Stevens, their Executive Editor, your first check could come from them.
As one of the most highly-respected travel magazines in the industry, you can imagine how many submissions Jen and her team receive every day. Because of the volume, it can take up to a couple of months or more for most writers to get a response. But, as a member of the Ultimate Travel Writer’s Program, your submission will be added to International Living’s internal “VIP file” and addressed before the rest of the pile.
Just imagine the feeling of getting your first piece published in such a high-profile publication! One by-line there and you’ll be up-and-running …
It’s worked out for many of our trained writers so far …
And remember, there’s no risk to you.
As with all our programs, this one comes with a no-risk, 100% satisfaction guarantee. Try it out for a FULL YEAR. If you're not completely convinced that the easy-to-learn techniques can revolutionize the way you experience the world, and have you writing saleable articles immediately, you can return it for a full refund.
The only thing I urge you to do is try it TODAY. Don’t wait because the big discount and extra bonuses expire in just one week.
And remember, it’s not all about the dollar earnings you can make as a travel writer. It really is the coolest job in the world.
You can finally be your own boss: deciding when you roll out of bed … where your office will be today (your spare room, your local coffee shop, or swaying in a hammock from a sunnier place) … getting to cherry-pick your assignments … You call all the shots!
You get the prestige of seeing your words … your name … your photos in print … and having the most envious job imaginable.
You can land all-expenses-paid trips to places you’d never get to explore if you weren’t “on assignment.”
You’ll have more time to spend on the things you love doing (whether it’s diving, tasting chocolate, hiking, or sinking into a hot-tub) -- and getting paid to do them, by working them into your travel pieces …
Just remember this offer doesn’t last long.
You can do it yourself whenever you want. But if you want us to handle all the hard work, so you can spend more time traveling and more time doing the fun stuff, you have to apply today!
You decide where you want to go and what you might write about and then you pitch your story ideas to publications either interested in your topic or interested in your destination. That’s how you try out. And we’ll help you with all that when you join.
If you want someone else to do all the boring parts for you, so you can skip ahead to that hammock, check out The Ultimate Travel Writer’s Program, here:
I hope to hear stories of your success soon.
Director, Great Escape Publishing
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