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Get paid to write and find travel writing jobs by submitting your writing to any of these 45 travel websites that pay freelance writers in 2019.
Many people dream of becoming freelance writers because of the freedom it provides. One day, you could be typing furiously on your laptop surrounded by the hustle and bustle of a big, busy city – and the next, you could be sipping on a cool iced tea and enjoying the ocean breeze in a sleepy beach town as you finish up an article.
For those of us that like to move as we work (aka live a digital nomad lifestyle), being paid to actually write about your travel adventures is a dream come true – and with these websites, you can make it a reality.
If you have travel stories to tell, you will find websites that are looking to pay for them.
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You don’t need to be climbing mountains, staying in remote, off-grid locations, or only dining on the weird and wonderful ‘delicacies’ of the world to get published, either (although I’m sure all of those tactics would work too!).
Think outside the box. When people think ‘travel’ they often think of exotic and far-off places. In reality, you’ll find markets that want articles on day-trips an hour out of your city.
Find your niche – and milk it for all it’s worth. Not quite sound your groove as a writer yet? Start here.
How To Post Your Chances Of Getting Travel Writing Jobs
As you can imagine, travel writing is very popular these days. What writer wouldn’t want to make money telling people about their holidays?! (Obviously that’s not what 99% of travel writing jobs actually are, but still, we can all admit it’s a cool job).
Popular writing niches are much harder to break into – but that doesn’t mean you should write off (haha, writing pun) your dreams of being a travel writer already.
Boost your chances of actually getting your pitches accepted by these travel magazines by:
- Doing your research! These websites will know a blanket-pitch when they see one.
- Personalize your pitch to each website, and know their audience. It takes more time, but it’s worth it when your pitch is actually accepted.
- Having a strong online presence already. One of the best ways to do that? Have a blog of your own. Even if you publish an article on your own blog once a month, owning a beautifully designed, high-quality blog to refer bigger websites to can make a big first impression.
- Perfecting your pitches. Honestly, if your pitches to these websites are wrong, you could have the best story in the world – but you simply won’t be able to get your writing in front of people.
- Having good stories to actually tell. If you want to get travel writing jobs, you need to travel. Not internationally, necessarily, but you need to be getting out there and actually living new experiences in order to write about them.
Get started below with these 45 publications to find travel writing jobs in 2019.
1. National Geographic
National Geographic is looking for cutting-edge travel stories that haven’t been seen anywhere else yet.
They’re looking for extremely talented, well-educed writers who can share a fantastic story and stand head above shoulders against the rest of the travel publications in the world. A hard ask – but if it’s right for you, you could make a seriously impressive career for yourself.
2. Lonely Planet
Lonely Planet is one of the biggest travel publications in the world. They offer extensive guidebooks available both in print and ebook editions, as well as in-depth travel guides on their website.
Again, getting published in Lonely Planet is a hard barrier to break – but once you’re in, your career as a travel writer is well and truly underway.
3. Travel + Leisure
Travel + Leisure is another large travel website with an extensive network of talented and highly acclaimed freelance writers.
This website doesn’t advertise how much they will pay for freelance writing assignments, but it’s another site that will provide a fantastic launch-pad for your travel writing career.
4. Matador Network
Matador Network is an international travel publication with some really fantastic guides and travel stories from all over the world.
What’s really fantastic about Matador is their creator’s area, connecting writers and journalists with opportunities all over the world.
5. BBC Travel
BBC Travel, like the above websites, are always looking for unique travel writing jobs and articles that haven’t been published time and time again anywhere else.
A link from BBC Travel alone is worth a lot for any travel writer, so it’s seriously worth taking your time and finding a worthy story before you pitch your idea to this site.
6. AFAR Mag
AFAR Mag is particularly interested in spotlights on emerging destinations, cultural exploration, ‘how to’s’, round-ups, and travel trends, and travel upgrades.
They offer competitive rates upon publication.
7. Go World Travel
Go World Travel published descriptive articles that offer real anecdotes and straightforward language, with stories “about the people who call this destination home, the treasured regional customs, or the places where locals hang out”.
They pay $30 – $40 per article published.
8. World Nomads
World Nomads is one of the most popular travel insurance providers for backpackers and long-term travellers, but it has also started to offer paid assignments for travel articles around the globe.
Pay is advertised currently, but this is definitely a website to keep an eye on for any relevant opportunities that come up.
9. Hit The Road
Hit The Road publishes articles with an emphasis on “rented campervans and motorhomes” and the journey on the road, so if you’re apart of the #vanlife squad this could be a great option for you.
They pay $50 if your article is accepted.
10. 101 Holidays
101 Holidays is a UK-based travel website that provides interesting travel guides and tips for around the world.
They pay freelance writers between £50 – 100 for every article published.
11. The Expeditioner
The Expeditioner publishes mainly “first-person narratives of all lengths and sizes” and welcomes unsolicited article submissions for great travel stories.
This site pays $30 per article.
Go Nomad wants “informative and unique travel articles and research about destinations, activities, and experiences” but is very clear that it’s not interested in listicle-style articles or guest posts.
They’ll pay $25 per article published as well as giving you a link to your website.
13. Go Abroad.com
If you have experience teaching, volunteering, and travelling meaningfully abroad, you may have some success pitching GoAbroad.com.
Fill out their application form here to apply.
14. In the Know Traveler
In The Know Traveler are looking for personal experience travel stories and resources to help new travellers. They do only pay $10 per 500 words, so this isn’t a great publication to rely on if you want to make a real income travel writing.
Wanderlust considers pitches for “inspirational round-ups, “listicles”, guides and advice piece”, but do advise that you make yourself familiar with their writing style and audience before pitching.
Wanderlust pay £220 per 1,000 published words, although this part of the site doesn’t appear to have been updated in some time so the rate may have changed.
FODORS is another extremely well-respected travel website that can look fantastic on your writing CV, provide a high-authority backlink to your website, and provide plenty of freelance writing opportunities in the future.
You’ll need to be an experienced writer with a really great story in order to get your pitch accepted, but it can be well worth the effort if successful.
17. Perceptive Travel
Perceptive Travel is unique because they actually only published guest articles from writers who have books published in print. It’s a very specific requirement, but it shows this website only wants quality writers.
If you’re successful, Perceptive Travel will pay $100 per article.
18. Life Hacker
Life Hacker isn’t a travel website, but it does publish travel-related articles alongside other topics. This is another huge website that is internationally recognised and pays well in terms of both money and link authority if you get a link back to your website.
19. Pathfinders Travel
Pathfinders offer up to $150 for “lively, original, well-written stories that provide a good sense of place”.
They do ask you to note that their main audience is African Americans, although they do occasionally look for articles relating to other people of colour.
VICE is another extremely well-known online publication, with stories about travel, culture, and trending news stories. Since it’s so popular, it is going to be more difficult to get an article accepted here.
However, they are always on the lookout for interesting, unique perspectives, and getting an article published here could really skyrocket your success as a writer.
She’s Wanderful accept guest contributions on travel guides, global issues, and travel tips written for women who travel.
They offer $50 per article.
22. Hidden Compass
Hidden Compass is a quarterly online travel publication accepting guest contributions that tell stories about quests, humans and nature, chasing demons, or longer feature essays.
They pay up to $300 per article.
23. Travel Pulse
Travel Pulse is a well-established travel website providing travel tips, entertainment stories, destination guides, and more for a wide audience.
24. Loaded Landscapes
Loaded Landscapes publish articles that are particularly related to “landscape, nature, wildlife, and travel photography”.
They offer between $25 – $150 per article.
25. Go Mad Nomad
Go Mad Nomad accept guest submissions on lesser-known destinations and fresh perspectives on popular areas, stories from the road, and practical travel advice.
Go Mad Nomad pay $25 per article.
DesertUSA publishes travel and adventure articles focused on the North American Desert regions.
They pay $50 per article with photos.
27. Road and Travel
Road and Travel is an online resource specializing in travel, automotive, and personal safety topics, with a slight slant towards women aged 29 – 59.
This publication accepts articles related to accommodation, airlines, destination reviews, and safety on the road. Pay is negotiated with each writer individually.
28. Girls Get Away
Girls Get Away is a travel website with the aim of giving women a voice in travel. They accept guest contributions on a wide range of travel-related topics, provided the article is written in the context of a female-only trip.
This website pays $20 per article.
29. Transitions Abroad
Transitions Abroad is particularly aimed at people who live, work, study, or volunteer abroad.
If you currently make a living teaching abroad or are working or studying in a different country, this could be a great opportunity to share your experiences and get paid for it.
Outpost is a Canadian magazine, but they accept stories from anywhere in the world. They particular like “longform travel journalism, beautiful high-resolution photos from around the world and comprehensive travel guides”.
Articles online should be between 800 and 1,500 words, and pay is negotiated on an individual basis.
MotorHome is dedicated to motorized RVs, so will accept contributions on virtually any destination accessible by RV.
Again, a great option for people living in vans or campers!
32. Best Travel Story
Best Travel Story is a bit different because rather than paying for your article, you can enter your travel story to win their competitions, which are held several times a year.
BACKPACKER is another big online travel publication looking for quality writing about quality (outdoors) stories.
Your pitches should centre around hiking, more specifically in North America. This site pays between $0.40 – $1 per word, so it can be a really well-paying gig.
34. Delta Sky Mag
Delta Sky wants talented writers for destination guides, cultural pieces, and travel trends for their magazine.
Pay is negotiated on an individual basis.
Backcountry Magazine pays for travel writing jobs with “original ideas with a strong backcountry hook, from current events to prolific characters to unique destinations”.
They pay $0.35 per word as standard (which is pretty great, as rates go!).
36. LA Times
LA Times wants bold, original travel features that include both text and photos. Stories must be based on trips that took place in the past two years.
You need to sign a contract in order to get paid, but it looks like pay is negotiated individually rather than there being a flat rate.
Travelista pay $40(AU) per 1,000 words and are looking for articles about
local places in your region, or about your home town.
If your application is successful, you’ll also receive professional training.
38. Hostel Geeks
Hostel Geeks want articles about the “unusual and interesting side of traveling the world”.
Guides have to be unique and not published elsewhere, and they’ll pay you $15 an hour.
I know – why would I even list unpaid opportunities, right? Well, below are some big publications that can pay off in more ways than just money.
Getting your writing published at any of the below websites will:
- Get you a high authority link back to your websites (excellent for SEO)
- Establish you as an expert travel writer
- Get your name in front of thousands (if not millions) of readers
- Provide an extremely well-known reference for your portfolio
So, even if you won’t get paid for the article itself, getting published on these sites is a goal well worth aiming for. Just a thought.
39. The Culture-ist
The Culture-ist wants well-written content that aligns with the website’s philosophy.
To get your pitch accepted, it’s a good idea to thoroughly do your research and make sure you know what kind of content they publish, and who their audience is.
BootsnAll wants transformational travel stories. They ask for travel moments that changed your life, or for a piece that takes a stand on a travel topic – and ask you to consider your readers and what they should take away from your story before you pitch.
Again, doing your research is highly recommend here.
Huffington Post, surprisingly, doesn’t actually pay freelance writers for published articles, but a link back from such a big website is enough for most aspiring writers.
HuffPost don’t publish “anything that is too niche, too introspective or diary-like” and recommend you scan through the website before submitting your pitch to ensure it’s in line with their guidelines.
Opodo is a UK-based booking agent for flights and hotels and publishes a wide range of travel-related stories.
Again, this is a good option if you want to gain experience writing for a bigger publication and get a high-authority link back to your website.
43. Last Minute.com
LastMinute.com is another popular booking agent for last minute hotel deals, and are looking for contributions to their blog about a wide range of travel-focused topics.
44. The Traveloid
The Traveloid want articles for their audience of aged 18-40 travellers offering a fresh insight into new experiences around the world.
They also seem keen for regular contributors – it’s not specified if they pay these writers but it’s worth a look.
45. We Are Travel Girls
We Are Travel Girls receives over 200,000 readers a month and accepts guest posts aimed to inspire female travel and give other women the confidence to see more of the world.
As you can see, there is a vast number of websites with travel writing jobs up for grabs.
The important thing is approaching these travel websites the right way – you only have one shot to make a great first impression, so you’d better make your pitch count.
That’s why I created my go-to pitching checklist, with a list of points you can tick off to ensure you’ve hit every element in your pitch. Sign up to get your free copy below.