So you fancy yourself as a travel writer. No doubt you can picture yourself going out onto the open road, noting down your adventures for prosperity. Its a brilliant way to make a living. Travelling the world and getting paid for the privilege.
Yet travel writing lies in an increasingly competitive area of freelance writing. Not only has it become harder to do this kind of work, it has also become more difficult to be paid well for it.
The world of journalism writing is going through an upheaval and travel writing has not been spared from change.
It wasn’t too long ago that a travel writer could expect to make around $200 per article. Nowadays, (with the advent of internet-based magazine publications), you are looking more at making around $25 to $50 per article.
With that sort of low pay, this is certainly no get rich quick scheme. Instead you should view it as more of a way to help boost your other avenues of writing income (such as income you may be getting from Elance or Fiverr writing gigs).
Still despite the dilution of income in travel writing, it has never been simpler for you to get your foot in the door.
So here you go, 7 established travel writing magazines that are actively searching for contributors. Also, remember to always review the submission guidelines before you begin writing your article for these websites:
Perceptive Travel : http://www.perceptivetravel.com/guidelines.html
Established since 2006, Perceptive Travel have published award winning stories from some of the best travel writers around the world. Your articles for this magazine needs to be around 1000 to 2000 words long.
Verge Magazine : http://www.vergemagazine.com/about/contributing.html
Verge Magazine pays a rate of $0.10 Canadian dollars per word for your articles. Your writing pieces are required to be between 2000 to 2500 words in length.
Wave Journey are a little more relaxed about article length and accept articles from 350 to 2500 words long. However, you do have to include photos with your article submissions.
Travel writing articles need to be around 800 to 2000 words long. GoNomad pay is a little lower on the remuneration scale though, at only $25 per article.
GoWorldTravel : http://www.goworldtravel.com/submissions/
At Go World Travel, articles can be up to 1000 words long, with payment of $30 per story (paid upon publication.
Literary Traveler : http://www.literarytraveler.com/contact/submissions/
Literary Traveler has been around for a very long time. Established since March 1998, Literary Travel pay $50 per article (via Paypal) and ask that you send in articles of 1500 to 2000 words long, along with around 1-4 photographs to accompany the article.
In The Know Traveler : http://intheknowtraveler.com/about-us/submission-guidelines/
In The Know Traveler will pay $3 for blog posts of about 150-250 words long. However, they also publish feature-length articles and pay $15 for articles of 400-700 words long.
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