The Truth About Being a Travel Writer

Travel writing may seem like the dream job to most people. In most cases, they’re right. Being a travel writer has more “perks” then just about any other job and when you think about it, traveling and writing for a living is the life! You get to travel, write, meet interesting people, eat all kinds of different foods, do things you’ve never dreamed of doing and put your entire experience into a story to share with the world. Seems like a dream. What most people don’t see is the hard work and competitiveness involved in the profession. There’s a lot more to being a travel writer then just flying around the world on someone else’s expense. Although you may be saying, “Yea, right. I work hard behind a desk all day. Being a travel writer is a cake walk.” Well, think again and I guarantee you will cherish getting your paycheck every 2 weeks after you learn about what it takes to break into travel writing.

The job of being a journalist, for one, is one of the toughest industries to break into. You can go weeks, even months without getting paid. Don’t think that just because you see an article in Conde Nast Traveler that anyone can be published. It takes years of hard work, living on pennies and Ramen Noodles, dedication, a tremendous amount of talent and creating relationships with the right editors to maybe get there. If you want to work freelance, you’ll have to work twice as hard. Travel writing isn’t taking the easy way out of a normal 9-5 job, because technically you will need to work 24/7 for years until you grab the right opportunities.

If you’re thinking about being a travel writer, the best place to start is to get your own blog and start writing on your own experiences. The money won’t come for a while, but if you stick to it, the opportunities will present themselves.

2 Responses to The Truth About Being a Travel Writer

  1. Mike Hopkins says:

    Dana;
    I fully agree with what you stated in your post.
    After retiring from the “normal” work routine in 2011 I took up travel writing and house sitting as a way to supplement my travels. And even though I’ve got three articles published, I’m still looking for the paycheck.
    Like you said, I’m going to stick with it and make it work.

    Mike
    Have Fun, Travel Safe
    http://www.travelthrumyeyes.com

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