As you work to improve your travel writing skills through our Travel Writing for Bloggers course, you may wonder how to put those skills to use. Even better, you may be curious about ways to make money as a travel writer. Luckily, there are lots of opportunities out there! Here are some of the top types of travel writing you can do, many of which can help supplement your income as you master the art of travel writing.
Obviously, we have to start with travel blogging as a great way to hone and demonstrate your travel writing skills. Whether you start your own travel blog or write as a guest or contributor on someone else’s travel blog, this is a huge opportunity to share your stories in a compelling way.
The skills you learn as you improve your travel writing can also help in general ‘lifestyle’ blogging. Many times, lifestyle blogs incorporate travel into their content strategy, or work to create engaging narratives that focus on immersing the reader in a place or time. These are the same skills travel bloggers use, just focused on different types of stories!
Many travel writers end up freelance writing in some capacity. This can take several different forms:
- Writing for online websites: there are loads of online travel websites that look for great travel stories on a regular basis. Here is a list of a few that we put together last year.
- Writing for print magazines: This seems like the golden opportunity for freelance writing, which is placing a feature or front-of-book story in a print magazine. Whether you’re aiming for Travel + Leisure level publications or just looking at a local magazine in your state, many of these publications accept freelance pitches and publish freelance travel stories.
- Writing for digital magazines: Similarly, there has been a massive rise in ‘digital magazines’ over the past few years, and these also often accept freelance pitches and stories.
When you think of a traditional travel writing job – one where you travel full-time – it’s usually a ‘guidebook writer’ job you’re thinking of. While many guidebook writes have shared stories that say that life on the road is not as glamorous as it sounds, there are still opportunities to become a guidebook writer at many companies. Even if you don’t want to travel full-time, some guidebook companies hire local writers in a specific city or state to write their guidebooks instead.
Generally, content marketing is considered as all of the marketing efforts which use content (such as blog posts, articles, or webpages) to help a business sell their product or service. Right now, lots of companies are hiring content marketers to help meet the desire of ravenous fans surfing the internet and social media.
You can potentially get hired full time to do content marketing at a travel company, or work in a freelance capacity doing a few responsibilities – but there are lots of opportunities in this space to use your travel writing skills!
Social Media Marketing
If brevity is your strong suit as a travel writer, social media marketing is a great way to hone your skills in a high-demand area for work. Almost every travel company has at least one social media page, and many have a lot of them! If you can create short, engaging travel content that works well on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, you can find a home for it by working with a company on their social media.
If you dream of seeing your writing in print, eBooks are a good way to start creating a library of your work that you can use to pitch publishers (or self-publish). The best part about writing eBooks is that the entire creative process (from drafts to editing to promotion) is your responsibility, so you can do it the way you think will work best. If these other skills aren’t in your repertoire, you can work with other writers or hire an editor/promoter to help make your eBook a success.
These are some of the main avenues for travel writing that you can pursue as your skills improve. Which one of these is most appealing to you? We’d love to hear in the comments!
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