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Here are seven tools and websites to help you break into the travel writing business. It’s not an easy market to break into, but it’s well worth it if you do.
You want to be a travel writer? Good for you. It’s a very exciting field to work in. You get to see the sites, travel the world and experience amazing things. At the same time, be aware that it’s not an easy field to break into. In fact, in the writing field, it is one of the most crowded areas around.
That means that if you want to break in, you’re going to need the right strategy and you’re going to have to make sure that it is spot on. Even then, it might take time. My advice? Go for the travel writing but don’t only go for the travel writing. Quite often the best travel writers first excel in a different field and then move over to the travel writing field.
While you think about all of that, make sure to check out some of the resources below. These are some great websites and tools to help you make sure that you’re on the top of your game. That will make your chance to breakthrough that much greater.
A good place to start looking for travel writing gigs is upwork. Now, to be clear, this is not a place you go to make serious money. Some people do, but most people struggle. That’s because there is a lot of talent that starts out here and asks (ridiculously) low prices.
At the same time, what you can do here is get some practice and get some credits to you name. For example, there might be opportunities to write travel guides, write about destinations and do more things like that. That will allow you to practice your craft and hone you skills.
If you’re going to be a writer, then you’re going to need some research tools. Personally, I swear by Evernote. It allows you to keep all of your important notes, web pages and more in one central location. In that way, you’ll be able to find back whatever you’re looking for easily. That saves you heaps of time.
The best part? When you’ve got the desktop version you don’t even need an internet connection. It’s all right there on your laptop. That’s a god send if the internet once again goes down while you’re on the road (and believe me, it will).
Once you think you’re ready to get your material into some more serious publications (that also pay better) go over to the website Who Pays Writers? and find out which publications out there pay well, on time and can even be approached in the first place!
The site is all about writers sharing their experiences about different magazines and websites that they’ve worked with. They look at how quickly these people pay and how much they pay, which is vital information if you’re trying to break through.
Sometimes you need some external feedback or ideas. In that case, search for SmartPaperHelp review on the Internet and if you find them suitable, use some of their talented writers. These people can write your material for you, edit and do more.
In that way, when you’re finally breaking through and that dreaded writer’s block sets in, you’ll still be able to get your work in on time without your clients any the wiser!
You know what the best way is to showcase your travel writing when you’re just starting out? Building a blog and showcasing it there. That way you can write, put up pictures and plaster your name all over it.
Yes, it does take a bit of maintenance to run a site like this and yes it does mean that occasionally you’re working for free. Personally, I see that time as marketing. For if I didn’t have a website, then I’d constantly need to reach out to people. In this case, people can reach out to me instead.
Of course, if you’re going to start a website, you want to build it in Wordpress (‘org’ not ‘com’). It’s the most common platform, meaning there are tons of apps, and it’s incredibly user friendly.
This great website has tons of tools and pieces of advice to help you get your feet under you as a travel writer. That’s important, as quite often the reason we don’t do things is because we don’t know where to start (while we should really just start and start figuring things out as we do).
The International Society for Travel Writing puts a stop to all that by giving you a great place to start. There’s tons of advice, lots of links and even a list of upcoming events that you can attend to hear speakers, success stories and talk to people who’ve been there and done that.
It doesn’t matter how interesting your topics are, if they’re hidden behind a web of overly long sentences and complex language, people won’t read it. There is just too much competition for everybody’s attention.
For that reason, you need a tool to help make your writing more accessible. Probably the best one out there to do that is Readability Score. Here your text gets exposed to a number of different algorithms that will work out how easy your text is to read and where people will struggle.
This means that you can easily modify and improve your words, so that ever more people can understand what you’re saying. That’s worth gold in the writing market.
So there you go, there is a list of seven great tools that will significantly raise your chance of breaking through. Of course, tools alone won’t really cut it. You’re going to need two more things if you want to break through (okay, three, but I’m assuming you all know you need to be able to write in order to be a writer). Those are:
So use those tools, but remember that at its root all kinds of writing (but especially travel writing) is about pushing on and being an outstanding marketer. If you can do that, then you’ve got a real shot at traveling the world and writing from her many corners.