How To Become A Travel Journalist: Must-See Tips & Advice

Everyone loves traveling, but sometimes we can be restricted to go on those vacations because of work. Our jobs can be time-consuming and cause us to get stuck in one part of the world for a long time. Traveling is one of the best activities a person can do, it’s refreshing and educational. Road trips, train rides, plane rides, and cruises are an experience. Now, what if you could travel while doing your work. You would be able to travel the world, work where ever you want, and get paid. Travel journalism will do just that. Here are some tips and advice to help you become a travel journalist.

Have A Blog

It’s best that you already have a blog that you have been developing for a while. But, if you are not one of these people don’t get worried, you can quickly create one yourself right now. Editors want to see how well you can write and creative you can be. They want to look at how hard working you are through your writing. Your blog is, basically, your resume for editors. This is your easy starter plan is by creating a blog. You don’t need to worry about followers or likes, what you do need to keep your attention on is your writing. Keep in mind, creating well-crafted blog posts will get editors intrigued and consider you for a position or send you out on gigs. Be creative and find your niche, it can be anything surrounding travel journalism.

Be A Better Guide Than A Travel Guide

Here’s something that some people don’t know, you can be passionate about travel and be able to write the best blog posts in the world, but that doesn’t help you qualify to be a travel Journalist. You need to do your research about the place you are writing about, and you can’t just assume and guess; you can’t write your way into getting a good grade. This isn’t college. Think about a travel guidebook, in a small pamphlet is all the information a person needs to do some sightseeing. But, there is more out there to visit than just what is on the booklet. That’s where a travel journalist comes in to save the day. You are the adder to the pamphlet, talk about the food stands people pass by every day but have the best food. Or the secret bars no one has ever heard. Pretend you are the travel guide that wants a promotion. Just try a little extra harder, and it will pay off in the end.

Hard Work, Difficult Pay

Some of you need to keep in mind that travel journalism is not a fantasy where you get to travel all over the world, write little assignments here and there, and get paid like you are from the cast of Friends. It will take time to make a commission. If you have experience in this field, it may be a different story for you. But for those who are just starting out, don’t get discouraged. It’s all about time, and this is your job. You need to take a few days to plan and another couple to write. All of that work could equal out to about $500.

Twitter Is Your Best Friend

Use Twitter as a mentor. Follow other journalists, editors, magazines, newspapers, travel blogs, airlines, tour operators, tourist boards, attractions, museums, hotel groups, etc. Use this as research, not only for your writing but you personally. See what these accounts are doing and how they are getting around and use it to your advantage. They are your cheat sheet for your travel journalism. Write about what airlines have the best rates, what are the new attractions, which bar serves the best beer, these pitches will help you become a better journalist. Twitter can also help by creating traffic to your blog, talking about your blog will boost followers and get people to look at your writing.

Postgraduate Courses Can Be One Of Your Greatest Tools

There is no specific degree you need to have in this field. It would be good if you had a journalism or writing degree, but as long as you can write that’s all that matters. Some editors may not look at the specific degree but whether or not you have some postgraduation qualifications. Editors don’t care how long; it could be three years or three months. The skills to help put you in a better position with editors.

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