Travel Writing - 4 Ways to Make Money As a Travel Writer

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Have you ever wanted to travel the world and make money for writing about what you see? It's not as hard as you may imagine. Using a few underground techniques, you can be making a healthy income in no-time flat for writing about traveling the world!
Here are the ways you can make money as a travel writer:
1) Traditional Method: Selling Your Stories To Travel Magazines and Newspapers
This is the most common and most well-known method. Ironically, it also pays the least of all the methods.
You can take two paths when selling your article to a magazine. First you can query a magazine on their interest about a particular subject. If interested, they will agree to buy your article if it meets their standards. The second method is to write the article, then try and sell it.
To find magazines and periodicals that purchase travel stories, go to the library and check out the most recent Writers Market and you'll have over a dozen periodicals that pay anywhere from a few hundred bucks to a few thousand dollars for an article.
The risky side to this is that there are no guarantees of payment, and you must either have a great story or be a great writer to make this work. Not impossible, just tough.
2) Writing For Other People's Blogs
If you can write a 400-1500 word post on any given subject, you can sell the post to a blog at a set price. Heres why: Blogs constantly need new content. It's how they stay fresh with their readers and how they stay well-ranked in the search engines.
However, writing a new post every few days is a difficult task! If you take over that task for a blog owner, you're going to be saving them a TON of time and effort, providing their readers with great value, and making an income for a project that is relatively easy for you to complete.
You can get paid anywhere from 20 bucks to a few hundred dollars for this kind of writing... and it's a LOT easier to do that writing for a magazine.
Think of it: You spend a day writing 5 articles and sell the articles for $30 dollars each. Now you've made $150 dollars for a couple of hours of work and everyone is happy.
3) Writing for Your Own Blog
Another option is to write your own blog and use your travel stories to drive traffic to it. You'd be surprised at the number of bored, lifeless people who want to live vicariously through someone traveling the world. You can then monetize your blog by selling adspace or selling products related to your blog. This sounds basic, but it has made many-a-traveler tens and even 100's of thousands of dollars per year.
4) Completing Writing Projects on 'Project' Sites
There are literally hundreds of writing projects posted every single day on Elance, Guru, DoMyStuff, and other 'project' posting websites.
All you have to do is set up a free account as a content provider, then answer people's requests for writing projects. Once you're done, the funds will be electronically deposited into your bank account, and you can withdraw the money from any ATM in the world. You can then pick up another project... or complete several projects all at once!
Many projects go for $1000+ dollars, so it doesn't take a lot of these to be able to travel well and travel often. You can even do the work on the airplane ride to your next destination!
If you have any writing skill at all, you will be able to pick one of these methods and become a well-paid traveler.

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