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Tips to Become a Travel Writer

Travel writing is one of the most common and effective ways of making money while traveling. For someone who loves traveling and writing, becoming a travel writer can be one of the most intriguing and suitable career options. But since there is no specific degree program for travel writers and the field is not really recognized as a career and not just passion by the majority, it gets really difficult for aspirants to understand and step in it on the right note.

Start Your Own Website

Start Your Own Website

To begin with, starting your own website is highly recommended. Even if you plan to work under some company and not on your own, your website will work as a portfolio or sample work for you and it is absolutely necessary for writers to have a portfolio. Creating a website instead of compiling some word or google documents as your samples is highly recommended because that will allow you to use your website as a blog and make money through that as well. 

Even though income from blogging is slow and low initially, it can prove to be very promising in the future and that is why starting something that can easily become a side income is definitely a good choice.

This same website can even come handy if in future you decide to leave your job and start something on your own.

Travel Local and Write Blogs

To start, you can travel locally and start writing blogs for your website. Make sure your sample blogs cover a range within the travel blogging and writing niche so that you can come out as a diverse writer and your write ups are not repetitive. You may think that you can write samples without going out as well by researching or simply because you might know the place already but it will be better if you travel and write so that you add a fresh perspective and write with a recent experience in mind.

Traveling locally will save you money because obviously initially you will find it hard to make money through your blog alone. And since you are already familiar with the neighborhood, it will be easier and safer for you as compared to if you choose to go to some place that you are not at all familiar with. Save these places for once you have decent experience of traveling alone. Or if you are certain that you would like to go to some place fancy on your bucket list, just travel safe and learn from the experience. You can hire close protection security for yourself, for your safety.

Apply for Jobs Online

Apply for Jobs Online

There are several websites, magazines, and businesses that offer opportunities to travel writers. Search for the same online and apply for the jobs that suit your criteria. You should be eligible for the job and the pay scale should meet your requirements. Make sure the website or company that you are applying for is legit and the experience will actually offer you a considerable exposure.  Do your research and send your resume, samples, and cover letter to all the websites that you believe are good.

Reach Out to Websites as a Freelance Travel Writer

You don’t necessarily have to work as an in-house travel content writer for anyone. You can always choose to work as a freelance travel writer and submit your content for money without any commitment. You can even reach out to well established travel websites and write guest posts for them. Writing once in a while for free is also acceptable, given the website has a decent traffic and they are adding your name and bio as the author. You can use these links as your published samples. 

Contact Other Travel Writers

Contact Other Travel Writers

Reach out to other travel writers, watch and read their content, ask them for tips or if they can help you in any way in starting your journey as a travel writer. Travel writers who are already known and recognized in the market for their work are not your competitors when you are just starting so do not consider them your rivals. Instead, build relationships with them and use their experience in your favor so that you can reach their level without investing most of your time in hits and trials.