Who Wants to Be a Travel Writer?

What It Takes
  |  Gorp.com

Since Amelia is one of several people who've asked me that question recently, it's time to respond.

My answer is that if you love travel, learn the craft of writing, study the markets, work hard, and encounter some good luck, you have a reasonable chance of success. And what a great way to combine vocation and avocation.

Now let's be specific. The word"career" implies making a living. The sad fact is that very few writers accomplish that goal. Authors of good cookbooks and romance novels may, but few travel writers do. Consider paying your bills as a computer consultant, plumber, or using whatever other marketable skills you have.

From that base of security, earn extra income by writing about your adventures. Keep in mind that, unlike someone writing a movie review, the travel writer must pay the considerable expense of the trip. Until you have a solid reputation, few publishers will pay those expenses, let alone make an advance.

Published: 30 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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