Even with a degree in journalism and a travel writing course at MatadorU under my belt, I am always learning new tricks when it comes to pitching editors, networking with other travelers and getting published. Here, I share my best tips on breaking into the wonderfully unpredictable, inspiring and beautiful world of travel writing.
In an age where journalism has been whittled down to top 10 lists and meme heavy “articles,” it can be tricky to draw a line in the sand between a formal journalist and a blogger. As someone holding both a journalism degree and Wordpress blog, in my opinion the difference between the two titles comes down to this: creative freedom.
Recently, I was interviewed by Jason of the Zero to Travel podcast for an episode on how one gets paid to freelance write and how to start a travel blog. If you have ever pondered these questions yourself, than take a listen to this episode where I not only share my experiences but also my secrets to getting paid to see the world, reviewing hotels and running The Pin the Map Project.
Underneath the 400 word blog posts of idealistic imagery and description there is a real drive and hustle unfolding—especially for budding travel writers (like yours truly) that are caught somewhere between the constraints of routine and the freedom of travel writing. While most of my posts will regale my readers with details of freshly baked empanadas in Buenos Aires or visiting native tribes in Panama, that really is showing only one fraction of the larger picture.
My desk today is a tray table, my office is a Delta flight and the view from my window is 30,000 feet up in the sky with an endless vista of clouds and sunshine. I am en route to the Sunshine State for a press trip that will take me on a tour of Miami’s local restaurants and ethnic neighborhoods.