I’ve received lots of questions about how to get started in travel writing. Nice work if you can get it; I’d love someone to pay me to go on a journey on the Orient Express. :-)
Joking aside, there are endless tourism and travel websites which need writers, and the simplest way for you to get started is to start right where you are.
I written an outline of a method on my freelance blog, 5 Easy Steps to Get Paid to Travel As a Travel Writer | Angela Booth’s Fab Freelance Writing Blog. I made this point:
“Write an Insider’s Guide
‘Insider’ travel guides always sell well, particularly to magazines. Staffers hate creating these pieces, so magazines farm them out.
However, don’t forget websites. If I wanted to get a toehold in travel, I’d write a short report which I could offer to websites in return for a link to my blog.”
If you want to get started in any form of writing, do what others aren’t prepared to do. Over the years, I’ve taken lots of very cr*ppy writing jobs, just to get an “in” somewhere or other. It never fails.
Mind you, I love writing anyway, so I’ve never considered any writing jobs beneath me. I know some writers do… but take anything you can get when you’re just starting out in a new area.
I said I was joking about the Orient Express, but there’s a grain of truth there. I can see myself in extreme old age, climbing onto one plane after another, and settling in odd corners of the globe, for a few months at a time. Huge fun. :-)
More power to you if you want to be a travel writer; bon voyage. :-)