“What do I need to be a travel writer?” is a question I’ve been asking myself more pointedly in the last few months. With an overwhelming number of travel blogs and travelgrams, seemingly with thousands of wanderlusts making money visiting the world, I wanted to know how it’s done. How do people make money from traveling?
If you are looking for a clear-cut answer, then stay tuned because I do not have it yet. Instead, I’m using Travel // Write // Her to document my personal efforts of figuring out those answers. I am not sponsored and will never offer second-hand advice.
Getting Started as a Travel Writer
Travel: Before buying this super cool domain and booking my flight to Iceland, I renewed my U.S. passport and received my fifth book with plenty of room for stamps. I also checked out the visa rules for the countries I plan to visit and started forming a physical and financial plan.
Writer: Although I’m an editor now, I do not have a degree in English, composition, or the like. Instead, I have an undergraduate and graduate degree in unrelated subjects. I started as a freelance writer for an internet publishing company. After a few years, a start-up publishing company scouted and hired me for an in-house writer position. After a year, I was promoted to editor.
So, why now and how? I’m not on a gap-year or holiday and I need to work while traveling. Fortunately, I left my in-house editing job to work freelance this year, which gives me the opportunity to travel and earn simultaneously. I’ll explain how to start earning money from writing as well as other opportunities along the way.
How is Travel // Write // Her any different from other travel blogs?
TRAVEL: As a woman in her early thirties with a decent (albeit not limitless) income, my travel experiences will waiver between backpacker and well-off tourist. Long-term travel requires flexibility and compromise on how and where to spend resources. That is to say, I’m not staying in youth hostels nor costly hotels. Airbnb offers accommodations with a similar affordability but without sharing a room with 13 strangers. Likewise, my travel menu will range from personal French chefs to street vendors. I’ll review self-guided tour options and paid excursions for local sights and landmarks.
WRITE: Aside from the technical aspects of traveling, I want to cover how to be a writer living abroad. This includes setting working hours, finding Wi-Fi, and other existing challenges to a free spirit on the go. Don’t be surprised to find short stories based on people watching and retells of local tales.
HER: In addition to writing articles about booking trips abroad, packing months worth of clothing into a carry-on, and then places I’ll visit, I want to add my personal touch. Traveling alone as a single woman can present hazards as well as some amazing opportunities. However, I believe that solo travel can be a safe and enjoyable experience, and may even be preferred over trips with too many travel companions. I’ll post personal stories that, hopefully, will make you laugh, cry, or book your next trip.
“If you have been postponing travel, then consider your delay canceled.”