Wouldn’t it be nice if you could head to a swank beach resort on the Caribbean, lounge by the pool, have drinks delivered on the beach, dine on local ceviche, go snorkeling, try out the spa—all for free—and then get paid to tell people about your experiences?
As a successful travel writer, you could do exactly that.
And that success is a lot easier to create than you may think—no experience necessary.
In fact, you can get all the tools you need to make it happen this summer—in two days flat.
If you’re ready to turn your wanderlust into paid-for travel perks... and your opinions into stories with your name at the top—I’d like to help you do it.
I’m talking about a way you could take your interests and experiences and transform them into a go-anywhere lifestyle filled with new discoveries and adventures...
You could enjoy the prestige and fun that comes with gaining VIP access to museum exhibits, hotels, breweries, tourist attractions, and more...
If you’re ready for travel invitations to land in your lap... and for editors to say “yes” to your story ideas and publish your articles with you name on top... then this deserves your attention.
Because as a travel writer, you could—
- Have fun! You could relax in the hot springs at a beautiful riverside retreat and call it work, and then eat out at a 5-star restaurant in the name of research.
- Get paid to do things you’d gladly pay for yourself. Hotels, restaurants, and tourists boards will roll out the red carpet for proven travel writers. Plus, your vacation could become a potential tax write-off.
- Gain bragging rights. Not only could you see your name in magazines, newspapers, and online travel sites… but you’d also always have the coolest job to talk about at cocktail parties. Just think of how it would feel to be spirited out of line and shown to the front row or the VIP lounge…
- Have the chance to discover new things about the world and yourself. As a travel writer, you’d have lots of opportunity to try new things, meet new people, and see places that typical tourists often miss. You’d just live a little richer.
My name is Jennifer Stevens and for more than two decades I’ve been a travel editor and writer.
I’m the Executive Editor at International Living and the author of Great Escape Publishing’s Ultimate Travel Writer’s Program.
For 20 years, I’ve been successfully teaching folks like you how to turn interests and experiences into travel stories that sell, land bylines in all sorts of publications, and position themselves to receive those coveted offers of hospitality accomplished travel writers can enjoy.
I’d like to show you how it’s done, too.
Because right now is the best time in history to be a travel writer. (It’s curious, I know, given the mess the pandemic made of global travel. But it’s true.)
Let me explain...
A Revolution in the Travel Industry Has Created Massive Opportunity for You Today
A veritable revolution is underway today—not just in the way we travel, but in the way people seek out and digest travel intelligence and guidance.
It’s creating massive opportunity for travel writers right now. In all my years in this industry—I’ve never seen anything quite like it.
This August, Get Connected: Meet with Publications and Tourist Boards
We’re hosting networking sessions where you’ll have a chance to meet with editors at a wide variety of publications. Find out what they’re looking for, even offer them stories.
And we’ll have on hand representatives from tourist boards and convention and visitors bureaus to meet with you too. They’ll introduce their destinations, talk about how they like to work with writers, and give you the inside track on those coveted travel perks they so often hand out to writers who deliver.
In the wake of the pandemic, of course, the way we travel has shifted—and there’s new opportunity to write and sell articles as a result of that.
We're seeing new trends in travel—like more domestic trips, outdoors activities, national and state parks, multi-generational get-togethers (with vaccines), house rentals instead of hotels, in-person dining, and more. You could write about any of those things.
Well-established locales are offering new “covid-compliant” experiences. But that means publications can no longer use old, evergreen coverage of places because so much has changed on the ground. So there’s great opportunity to revisit those spots and sell fresh stories.
But that’s just a small part of it.
Even before everything went sideways, we were already seeing a shift in how travel content is delivered and consumed.
And the trends have simply accelerated.
As a result, we’re seeing huge opportunities for not only established travel writers—but also for folks who’ve never written a travel article before.
It used to be that travel writers pitched stories to publications and those publications had limited page space and so the opportunities were, similarly, limited.
But these days, those same publications pay for travel content not only in their flagships, but for their websites, for social media, for eletters, and more.
Plus, plenty of publications have sprung up that live online only. And they, too, require stories for their website and for their eletters.
And consider that there are opportunities to get published not only in travel publications—but in the many spaces beyond that niche that publish travel content in addition to content about other subjects.
And it doesn’t stop there.
Social media is playing a huge role in the way people research and learn about their travel options today—and that’s creating interesting new opportunities for travel writers, as well.
And even as an independent writer—there’s a savvy way you can cash in on perks and start enjoying the fun of the “travel writers life” even if you don’t sell your stories to publications at all.
My point is that the world of travel writing is changing... has changed.
I would argue for the better in many ways—certainly from the standpoint of opportunity.
It’s not only broadened the possibilities for writers—in terms of the volume of travel stories needed today. But more importantly, it’s expanded the scope of what a travel story is, and who can tell that story.
You Could Reinvent Yourself—Just Like These Folks Did—and Start Getting Paid to Travel
Over the years, I’ve taught all sorts of folks who’d never written a travel article before how it’s done—teachers, accountants, photographers, nurses, architects. And today so many of them are getting paid to see the world and sell their stories. And you could be, too...
Tim, for instance, was a corporate recruiter based in Minneapolis, specializing in architecture and engineering. He’d never written a travel article in his life.
But he liked to travel. And he was tired of the cold Minnesota winters.
So he met up over a weekend with me and my team of travel writing experts. He learned the ropes, and today, he says, “I review 5-star resort amenities, discuss what flavor of rum mixes well with pineapple juice, and interview golf course professionals. These are all occupational hazards that I wouldn’t change for anything.”
In recent years, he’s gotten paid to travel to Costa Rica, Panama, Turks and Caicos, Los Cabos and the Riviera Maya in Mexico, and Great Exuma in the Bahamas—and along the way gotten lots of perks on the house, from rounds of golf to complimentary villa stays.
“My favorite types of articles focus on the Caribbean, golf, and writing about entrepreneurs,” Tim says. “A best-case scenario involves an article that combines all three. I got started travel writing by penning an article about a golf course in Turks and Caicos. I parlayed that article into subsequent pieces on the Caribbean.”
Then there’s Kurt. He was a chef and a real estate investor from Baltimore who’d, in his words, “burned out after the crash of 2008” and was looking for something new.
He loved to travel, but he didn’t have a budget to do as much of it as he wanted to. So, like Tim, he spent a few days with the same experts we’re gathering again this summer, and he put what he learned into practice.
Within seven months, he’d had nearly 40 articles published. And he’s enjoyed plenty of perks along the way...
“I landed a two-night stay in a boutique wine country cottage in the Wairarapa region of New Zealand’s North Island,” says Kurt.
“Then... I had two trips to Las Vegas that featured comped lodging, a helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon, and other free activities... [and] I bagged stays at three Colorado hotels. Two of them were expensive ski-in/ski-out Aspen favorites!”
They’re hardly the only ones who took the same secrets I’d like to share with you this August and turned them into freebies and published articles...
Take Noreen, a retired nurse from San Diego.
Though she enjoyed writing and was well-traveled, she’d never penned a travel article in her life. That changed after she took my weekend workshop.
In her first year of writing—part-time as she was still working—she got 47 articles published. By the second year, she had 150 under her belt. Today, she’s authored more than 500 articles.
Back in 2019, Noreen says, pre-pandemic, “I was privileged to be invited on 26 individual and group press trips, both national and international. Among the destinations were the Dominican Republic, Turks and Caicos, Europe, Hawaii, plus several California coastal communities and wine regions.
“I was hosted by five-star resorts and wined and dined by top restaurants and wineries. I sailed, kayaked, paraglided, rafted, and even got to see The Rolling Stones in concert in their final world tour from a luxury box at the historic Pasadena Rose Bowl.”
As you might surmise, the pandemic put a wrench in her travel plans for 2020. But she’s already making up ground in 2021—not only has she sold lots of stories, but tourist board reps are, as she put it, “starting to throw out ‘feelers’ to see which writers are interested in their destinations.”
Discover Step-by-Step How to “Meet This Moment” and Set Yourself Up to Get Paid to Travel in 2021
The good news is: Seeing your name in print, selling your stories, landing freebies—those are things anybody—with the right guidance—can achieve.
You DON’T need a degree in journalism or a mastery of the English language to become a travel writer. I mean, you need to be able to put a sentence together—but you don’t have to be Hemingway.
You don't need a fancy laptop or lots of money.
What you DO need is curiosity, and an interest in seeing new places and meeting new people. You need to be willing to share an opinion about the experiences you have.
And you need a willingness to learn the techniques, tricks, and secrets the pros rely on to write the kinds of stories that editors want… and land the amazing perks just sitting there waiting for you to grab them.
You need the experts’ know-how and their strategies. And that’s what I’d like to share with you.
The opportunities for travel writers to get published and paid and to begin to travel with perks—are truly extraordinary today.
It’s like a whole “new world” for travel writers stepping out post-pandemic.
Your Timing is Right—Don’t Miss This Moment of Opportunity
There has, arguably, never been a better time to get your “ducks in a row” to learn the ins and outs of this travel-writer business, beef up the skills you need to get your name in print, and make yourself attractive to the tourist boards, resorts, airlines, and others that will be eager to offer effective travel writers complimentary trips and experiences once the COVID vaccines have truly rolled out and the world opens up again...
In fact, offers of hospitality are already out there and travel writers in the know are cashing in. We’ll show you how you could, too.
And this summer, I’d like to show you exactly how to navigate this “new world.”
With the Great Escape Publishing team, I’m bringing together new speakers, new contacts, and a new format, too.
It’s the only time in 2021 that we’ll gather our cadre of travel writing experts in one place at one time.
If you’re ready to explore the world as a VIP and get paid to share your stories about your adventures—then there’s no better or more efficient way to get the secrets you need to make it happen.
In the wake of the pandemic, there’s a veritable travel writing revolution underway.
We’re not living in or traveling around or writing about the same world that existed pre-COVID.
And while I know change can often feel disconcerting and disorienting, I want to show you how you can mine the significant opportunities this travel writing revolution is generating.
It’s actually easier now than ever to find success as a travel writer—but only if you understand the strategies that are working today.
And I’d like to show you what they are.
Join Us this August 21-22 Online
and Our Team of Seasoned Editors, Writers, and Travel Pros Will Show You the Ropes
If you’re intrigued by the idea of seeing your name in print... of turning an interest in writing into an income (no experience necessary)... of seeing the world like a VIP and getting paid to share your stories...
Then this Travel Better, Sell More: The “New World” of Travel Writing Online Workshop is custom designed for you.
We’re committed to helping you network—to bringing you together with the folks who can help you take a giant step forward, fast.
So during the workshop, we’ve built in time for you to meet with editors who are looking for writers like you. You’ll have a chance to pick their brains, ask questions, even pitch your stories to them. And they’re all folks willing to pay new writers—if they have the right stories on offer.
And we’ve invited representatives from tourist boards and convention and visitors bureaus to join us too so you can speak with them directly, find out exactly how they work, what they’re looking for, and what it takes to benefit from the travel perks they often offer up to travel writers.
Plus we’ll show you what’s selling now, give you a story assignment, and then provide you personalized feedback on your article—so you can avoid the frustration of trial and error and improve and polish your writing much faster than you could on your own. It helps you to leap-frog ahead.
Whether you’re new to this travel writing idea and you’ve never written a story before—or you’ve already got a few bylines under your belt—this program is designed to push you up to the next level, fast.
Our overriding goal: accelerate your success and cut years off your learning curve.
That way, sooner than you imagine possible, you could be getting paid to travel and savoring the perks and VIP treatment in-the-know travel writers can enjoy.
Like JD, who was a sales rep for high-performance flooring before he got laid off and reinvented himself with our guidance. Today he spends part of the year on Mexico’s Baja Peninsula, writing about all there is to do nearby and selling stories about his adventures. “I wouldn’t trade my remote-income lifestyle for anything!” he says.
Or take Barb, who was working in the cosmetic industry before she learned the inside scoop on travel writing from our experts and pivoted with great success. Not only does she have lots of bylines under her belt today, but she’s cashed in on all sorts of VIP perks, including tea for two at the Ritz in Paris. She says, “Travel writing has opened unimaginable doors... [and] changed the way I view the world.”
If they can do it—so can you. And this August 21-22, I’d like to prove it to you.
Expert Editor Access, Real-World Insights
At this online event in August, we’re gathering a collection of some of the most respected travel editors in the business to show you exactly what it takes to sell more stories.
We’re bringing in the “big guns”—the guys with the check books—and they’re going to show you exactly what they want to write those checks for.
Your first reader is an editor—the gatekeeper you’ve got to get past if you’re to see your story published and paid for.
All too often, editors watch travel writers make the same mistakes—over and over. And it can be little things that kill you story. So we’ll help you avoid those pitfalls and, instead, deliver article ideas editors are excited about—in a way that will have them asking you for more.
We’ll show you how to find the right publications for your stories. And we’ll give you the formula you need to package and present your ideas to editors so your articles get published.
We’ll put you inside an editor’s head so you can begin to channel what these guys are really looking for. So you can feel confident in the stories you’re proposing and writing.
Please join me and my colleagues for our Travel Better, Sell More: The “New World” of Travel Writing Online Workshop and in two days flat, we’ll hand you all the tools you need to start enjoying a life full of travel.
I’ve structured this program to be practical—not theoretical—and that means everything you’ll learn will help get you that much closer to living a life where you’re truly engaged no matter where you go... a life where you’re learning new things and exploring new places and enjoying a real adventure.
And we’ll show you how you can make that true, even in these unprecedented times.
You’re Uniquely Qualified to Succeed
I’ve said already that anybody can learn the craft of travel writing. And I believe that’s true.
But I also believe you’re uniquely qualified to be a successful travel writer. I say that because...
First, if you’re typical of our readers—you have a bit of life experience under your belt, and that is immeasurably helpful when it comes to finding and telling interesting stories.
That’s because you’ve seen things. You have points of comparison. You can, in fact, make informed judgement calls about whether something really IS interesting or unique or underappreciated—or not.
You bring to any situation greater context than, say, a 21-year-old who’s just starting out. I’m not implying that a younger writer can’t make it.
I’m simply saying a more seasoned eye gives you an edge when it comes to spotting and telling stories that editors will want to buy.
In addition, one key to success as a travel writer comes with fostering relationships with those editors.
And chances are, you’re well practiced in communicating. That’s more important than you might think. You’re used to responding to emails. You’ve spent a lifetime earning a living at a j-o-b. So you understand how to sit down and meet a deadline and get things done. Those rather mundane skills actually give you a leg up when it comes to travel writing.
My point is: You’re already ahead of the game, and you haven’t even started yet...
Travel Writing Delivers Flexibility, Fun, and Income, too
One of the most powerful benefits of travel writing is that it’s extremely flexible. Once you understand the core tenets—and they’re not complicated—you can apply them to just about any place and anything.
Live in Iowa and like antiquing? Write about that.
You’ve been vacationing in Cape Cod every year for two decades and know the best clam shacks? Write about that.
You live in California and you like to surf? Write about that.
So many outlets exist where you can get your stories published, there’s almost no end to the possible topics you can focus on.
You can go at travel writing full time if you like—one source says the average annual pay for a full-time travel writer is $73,000.
I have no doubt some people are earning that much—and more. But my guess is those people are working a lot! Maybe you aspire to do that. And if so, good for you.
But to my mind, the best way to think of travel writing is as a lifestyle choice. Yes, you can (and should) get paid for your stories—and at our upcoming online workshop, we’ll introduce you to a bunch of editors who pay. But typically you can expect that compensation to be $100, $300, $500, maybe $800 per piece.
Much of the payoff, remember, comes in the form of VIP treatment and perks. And that can be downright glamorous... not to mention worth thousands of dollars you don’t have to pull out of your own pocket.
You see, tourist boards, hotels, resorts, airlines, and the like are eager to host travel writers on-the-house in the hope they’ll get some positive “press” about what they have to offer.
They’re in the business of getting bodies to visit—and while they could simply take out an ad, it’s more effective if a writer tells a compelling story that excites readers to visit.
So these offers of hospitality are out there... and part of what we’ll show you in August is how to put yourself at the front of the line to receive them.
This Lifestyle Is Downright Romantic
Once, years ago, I took a press trip to Cancun over a long weekend. Not the sort of place I typically vacation, to be honest.
But a new apart-hotel group invited me and said I could bring my husband along, it was free (airfare for us both, included), and I was grateful for a few days of sun and sand. We found a welcome fruit basket in our water-view apartment when we arrived.
We paid for no meals the whole time we were there, yet we ate very well—cocktails and wine included. Our hosts took us on a high-end tequila tasting. We snorkeled in a cenote.
Yet I think, all told, the trip cost us the airport parking fee. It really was an escape on the house. And the sponsors were pleased with the short piece I had published upon my return. Good exposure for them. I call that a win-win.
Julie talks about a trip she enjoyed... an editor she’d been working with asked her if she’d like to take a press trip on behalf of the publication and write about the experience.
She said yes and jetted off on an all-expenses-paid jaunt to a Club Med in Florida. A generous welcome basket was waiting for her in her luxury, water-view room, golf lessons with a pro, pampering at the spa, a flying trapeze experience, lots of meals and evening parties...
She had a ball—and the public relations firm that had organized the trip was so pleased with her and the story she produced that they invited her on three more press trips in the three months that followed.
Mary landed a six-day, all-expenses-paid trip to Cornwall, England. And while she was in the country, she says, “I went gliding, canoeing, cycling, rode a steam train, visited museums, castles, breweries, and wineries. I took an all-day guided tour in a luxury van, cruised the river on a punt in Canterbury and Bath. I devoured London on a walking food tour of the West End. All at no cost to me.”
But here’s the important bit: You don’t have to write full-time to cash in on any of those sorts of things.
Travel writing is something you can easily do in your spare time.
The Travel Writer’s Life Can Deliver Sweet Benefits
- Take better vacations—you can travel in a way few people can afford on their own.
- Enjoy lifelong learning—explore new places and new cultures, eat new foods, meet new people.
- Stay engaged and “stay sharp” long into retirement.
- Turn the places you like to go in your hometown into paychecks.
- Get paid to practice your hobby. Do you golf? Ski? How would you like free upgrades and even invites to try a place out—no charge.
If any of that sounds good to you, then join our expert travel writers and editors this August (from the comfort of your home) as we show you how you can position yourself for exactly those sorts of benefits. No experience necessary.
And you don’t even have to travel to make a go of it. After all, where you live is a destination for somebody. (This is true all the time, but it’s a particularly useful tidbit to consider in the more months this pandemic is likely to linger.)
You can easily write about what there is to see and do in your hometown. And when you do that, you're pretty much guaranteed local celebrity status. That means invites to all sorts of fun stuff—like gallery openings, tourist attractions, new restaurants, and more…
This August, at our Travel Better, Sell More: The “New World” of Travel Writing Online Workshop, we’ll show you how it’s done...
You'll come away from this program with easy, proven techniques for landing no-cost trips… real-world advice for turning your travel know-how into cash… tried-and-true ways to transform your vacations into tax-deductible adventures… and more…
We’ll show you how to come up with story ideas. And we’ll teach you how to take your experiences and transform them into saleable articles.
Editors are always in the market for stories told in a way that’s engaging and rings true. We’ll show you how to know what they’re looking for—and how to deliver it.
You’ll get paid. You’ll get your name in print. And before you know it, editors could be banging down your door, asking for more.
One question people ask all the time is: Where can I send this story I’ve written? So that’s something we’ll address in detail.
We’ll pull back the curtain and show you how the whole process works, so you come away confident you know exactly what to do to go from story idea to article creation to seeing your name in print and cashing a check for your trouble.
And then we’ll show you how to parlay that success into offers of on-the-house hospitality.
The Secrets and Strategies Our Experts Share Really Work
You can be a published travel writer a lot faster than you probably imagine.
Join us for this one, power-packed weekend, and within a handful of weeks you could have a byline and even be enjoying some of those perks I just talked about.
Now that’s a big promise, I know.
But this online workshop isn’t filled with theoretical fluff. We tell you how, in the real world, this industry works. And then we show you—step-by-step—exactly how to navigate your way through it.
Past attendees share lots of praise:
“Loved all the nuggets of insider info. I’ve also never taken an online class where the speakers were so engaging!”
“The expertise of the panel members that was coupled with their enthusiasm and willingness to share that expertise with beginners. No prima donnas there. They treated the students with respect and encouragement. And no pressure to upsell.”
Current and Relevant
“This workshop was chock-full of very current, relevant information for a person like myself embarking on a brand new chapter in my life. Heartfelt thanks to Jennifer and all the presenters and organizers for your genuine passion and love for what you do, which inspired me to take that first big step!”
Thank you for the Tools
“Thank you for all the tools to make this work!”
Join us in August, and we’ll keep you on top of the changing industry trends—particularly important this year as so much has changed—and bring you the most current templates for what’s working right now.
All that means you can avoid the pitfalls that trip up most new travel writers, and instead, steer yourself directly to the bylines you need to guarantee your own success.
Once you have a track record—and it needn’t take long to create one, I always say to aim for three bylines—you can position yourself well to start taking advantage of invitations to travel on somebody else’s dime.
Ordinary Folks, Extraordinary Successes
Take Dawn-Marie, for instance. She’d never written a travel article before. But she followed the same steps for getting published and landing perks that we’ll outline for you in August.
And, as she tells it, “I’d landed a press trip on my very first try. This gave my husband and me a romantic, three-day Valentine’s weekend at someone else’s expense.”
Or consider Terri—an accountant-turned-writer who spent her first career preparing tax returns in an office in New York City. She says she longed for more excitement, flexibility, and fun.
She found it in travel writing.
When she discovered Great Escape Publishing, Terri didn’t even have a passport and she’d certainly never written an article. But she attended one of our workshops and systematically put into practice the strategies she learned there.
Today she’s got well over 1,000 bylines to her name and she’s been to 29 countries across five continents.
She says, “I’ve fished for piranha in the Peruvian Amazon, driven a reindeer sleigh in Norway, swam through ancient caves in Belize, walked alongside penguins in Antarctica, and even followed a nomadic tribe on a hunt in Tanzania.
“As I look back on it all, I realize travel writing is so much bigger than collecting passport stamps and bylines. It has given me confidence in ways I never imagined. It can do the same for you. It’s all about taking the first step toward the life you want to live. And after that first step, take another one… and another. Before long you’ll be looking back realizing just how much your life has changed.”
No matter what your background is or whether you have writing experience—or not—we can show you how to turn your love of travel into bylines and paid-for adventures and help you, too, enjoy the world in a way the average tourist never does...