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Travel Writing - A Great Home Business - Not Just For Baby Boomers

by Yvonne Russell on October 16th, 2008

How would you like to make money while you travel?

When the kids have flown the coop and you have more time to yourself, baby boomers’ thoughts often turn to travel. But anyone can get started with travel writing - not just baby boomers.

Break Into Travel Writing By Writing About Your Own Area
You could start by writing about your own area. What is old hat to you may be exotic to someone else. The other advantage of writing about your local area, is there is less time and dollar cost involved for accommodation, travel, gas, phone calls etc. Plus, you know the area already and probably have some contacts.

Tips For Getting Started

  • Read travel articles in the newspaper, magazines and online to get a sense of style, approach, format and length
  • Enrol in a writing or travel writing course
  • Find out about the business and marketing side of travel writing
  • Attend a writing or travel conference, seminar or trade show
  • Learn about writing for the web
  • Start your own travel blog
  • Join a travel or travel writing forum and learn from the experts for free
  • Join a travel writers association
  • Network with other travel writers and travel industry professionals
  • Write. Write. Write.

Useful Resources

  • Have you had success with having a travel article published? We’d love to hear about it.
    Do you have any travel writing tips or questions?
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2 opinions for Travel Writing - A Great Home Business - Not Just For Baby Boomers

  • Alina Popescu
    Oct 20, 2008 at 7:46 am

    What I’d add is that travel stories (be it on travel sites or blogs) get a lot of visitors fast and easy. Social media users are also big fans of such articles.

    If you’re planning on starting a travel blog, you should also take your camera out of the closet and practice your photo shooting skills a bit. Maybe also join a class? Travel posts with relevant photos work a lot better.

  • Yvonne Russell
    Oct 21, 2008 at 12:25 am

    Thanks for these great suggestions, Alina. I agree that photos really add to the experience of “virtual travel” when reading articles or blogs.

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