5 Simple Tips for Finding Work as a Travel Writer

5 Simple Tips for Finding Work as a Travel Writer

travel-writerIt’s not shocking that travel writing is one of the most difficult careers in which to find steady work.

There are literally thousands of people who dream of being able to travel for a living, and writing about it seems like a viable means of earning an income. However, the truth is that at the end of the day the travel writing industry is about more than just writing, it’s about finding work. Some writers spend just a few hours writing and countless searching for work.

So, you want to be a travel writer?

The truth is that at the end of the day the travel writing industry is about more than just writing, it’s about finding work.

Below I have listed some tips on how to find work as a travel writer that you may not have thought of before.

1. Search Engines

It’s not just search engines that are important in finding work, but the keywords that you use to search. Instead of searching something broad like “travel magazines” search something more direct like “travel magazine submission guidelines.”  The later search should result in getting you right to the source page for travel magazines telling you what type of material they publish, how to submit, and what the pay grade is.

2. Think locally

So many writers are focused on big international publications that they forget about their home or city. Talk to your local papers, especially the small ones about providing some content for them. If you’re going away on a big trip you might even see if they’d be interested in working out a weekly column with you. Small town papers generally don’t have big budgets to pay a lot, but in some cases, it might give you a nice little following to start with and a good bit of work to put on your writing resume.

3. Build a Resume, then ask for pay

Everyone wants to earn value for their work, but like any type of career you have to pay your dues in writing before you start earning big. It would be unrealistic for you to think that you’ll just start out writing for National Geographic or Conde Nest. You don’t need to publish for free, but try publishing at a couple smaller publications, especially online, so that you can show future publishers of your work.

4. Get on Social Media

Quite often publications will post via their social media outlets when they are looking for articles, especially if they are looking for something specific. By following the publications you’re interested in publishing for you open yourself to the opportunity to catch a hot tip, or better yet build a relationship with one of the people at that publication.

5. Make writer friends

You might not know any other writers, but spend a little time on twitter with other writers and you’ll certainly benefit from building a relationship or two. Other writers will help critique your work, they might pass along a tip about a writing gig, or they might even recommend you to someone looking for writers.

Networking can be done for business purposes alone, but you’ll likely to make some new friends along the way as well, and you can’t beat that.


About the Author


Brendan van Son is a published travel writer and photographer from Alberta, Canada. He has also recently created the digital travel magazine Vagabundo Magazine  along with his popular personal travel website Brendan’s Adventures.


  • Jade Johnston - OurOyster.com
    Posted at 05:03h, 10 December Reply

    Those are really great tips – especially the search engine keywords idea. I have also been meaning to contact some local newspapers for quite some time, but havn’t gotten around to it yet.

  • ciki
    Posted at 08:35h, 21 November Reply

    Great guestpost – Brendan is the bee’s knees. Love his blog and his passion;)

  • Raf Kiss
    Posted at 19:18h, 18 November Reply

    Very useful tips Brendan. As a newbie in the travel writing I am trying to find out how this it all works… Every bit of advice is welcome 😉


    • Brendan van Son
      Posted at 20:16h, 18 November Reply

      No worries Raf, I’m always up to give as much help as I can!

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