How to Successfully Pitch Editors as a Travel Writer in 2020

Daniella

If you’ve ever felt like you needed some mysterious skills or powerful connections to be a travel writer, I’m here to tell you otherwise. To the uninitiated becoming a travel writer can feel impossible. Yes, it’s tough to break into this coveted field, but it’s possible.

How do I know?

Well, I broke into the travel industry back in 2017 without any special skills or connections.

Turns out what it really takes to be a successful travel writer is the curiosity of an adventurer and an unrelenting desire to see the world. Plus, a passion for the written word. You see, these two things make it easier to share. To share your experiences, thoughts, and sensations in a way that captures the imagination of anyone who reads your words.

Being a tourist is not enough. Just taking a vacation won’t work. You need to travel with an open mind and heart to see what lies beneath. Your job is to recall and express what others miss, to entrance readers (and editors).

How to Successfully Pitch Editors as a Travel Writer in 2020

The World Has Changed

During pre-pandemic days the travel writing industry was plentiful and lucrative. Even though it was difficult to achieve, the travel writers who persisted enjoyed plenty of perks and rewards.

But the world has changed.

Although I know for a fact that travel media are still sought after for collaboration opportunities, things are different. Both established and new travel writers will need to adapt to the “new norm”. But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t opportunities.

Travel writers will play a big role in helping the travel, tourism and hospitality industry recover. PR agents and travel brands are more eager than ever to work with travel writers to promote their clients and businesses to the world.

As hotels, resorts, airlines, cruise lines, tourism boards, DMO’s and more start to open up for the summer season and beyond, they’ll need the skills that only travel writers can provide.

That’s why I feel there is no better time than now to become a travel writer…

Roadmap for Travel Writers

To help you along your journey, I’ve created a Roadmap to Landing Your First Travel Sponsorship.

This roadmap will guide you through the process so that you always know what to do next.

Inside you’ll find the exact steps you need to take to become a travel writer and land your first sponsored travel collaboration with hotels, resorts, spas, restaurants, or tourism boards.

How to Successfully Pitch Editors as a Travel Writer in 2020

6 Keys to Travel Writing Success

One of the main steps in the roadmap is building up your portfolio. Either on your own platform (blog) or leveraging the platform of a larger and more established publication.

In order to do that you need to know what editors want…

Market Research

No matter what, always thoroughly research your markets. Most of the time when you pitch is rejected it’s because you’ve pitched something that doesn’t fit the publication and their audience. Don’t waste your time trying to sell something that they don’t buy. Familiarize yourself with the publication first – read their content! Go back through past issues/posts to get a good idea of what they publish. You don’t want to send a pitch for a story idea that was recently published.

Catchy Headlines

Writing a catchy headline can be a challenge but it’s an important part of the process. Your headline needs to capture the essence of your piece. But it also needs to convey your energy and enthusiasm for the content. It’s a lot to ask from a title, I know. Don’t spend hours obsessing about this though. Use this headline analyzer tool to help you along.

Follow Submission Guidelines

This is just common sense but sometimes requires repetition. The publication and editor know what they want. So, they tend to make this clear in their submission guidelines. The closer you stick to those pitching parameters, the better your chance of getting published. Address the editor by name, provide all the required information, and be polite. Editors are busy people and to build a good relationship means being respectful.

How to Successfully Pitch Editors as a Travel Writer in 2020

Show, Don’t Tell

This is a vital part of travel writing. Readers need to feel as if they’re experiencing a place with you. Creative language is useful but not always necessary. Use your five senses to recreate the experience; even in a brief pitch. Give the editor an idea of what to expect by putting your best writing in your pitch. Good writing in your pitch could be enough to convince the editor to take a chance on you, even if you don’t have any relevant clips.

Include Photography

We all know a picture is worth a thousand words, so use them too. If you’re a good photographer, make your skills known. Send a few of your images along with a pitch. Many publications will even pay you to use your images along with your content.

Patience

When it comes to pitching publications, you need patience. Some editors can take really long to respond while others will get back to you immediately. But don’t be afraid to follow up after a week or two. You can definitely send a follow up email asking for confirmation that your pitch was received. But use the time between replies wisely by formulating new story ideas and pitching other publications too.

How to Successfully Pitch Editors as a Travel Writer in 2020

Pitch to Travel

There is so much involved in becoming a successful travel writer, but the effort sure is worth it. If you’re committed to honing your skills as a travel writer then you’ll want to enroll in Pitch to Travel. This intensive course was designed for aspiring travel writers who want to perfect their pitch to get commissions from editors and land travel sponsorships with ease. Join the Pitch to Travel VIP waitlist here for an exclusive launch discount!

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Comments (22)

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    Esther

    Aug 10, 2020 at 5:49 pm

    I was considering doing this bc a friend is a travel writer. Thanks for laying it out!

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    Kate Kenzie

    Aug 10, 2020 at 8:46 pm

    This is so useful. Thank you x

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    Krista Muscarella

    Aug 11, 2020 at 5:02 pm

    I’m so excited to be learning from the best. The Pitch to Travel course has been phenomenal so far and I can’t wait to see whats next. This post about pitching is so informative. I need to ramp up my Pinterest ASAP!

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      Daniella

      Aug 22, 2020 at 3:30 pm

      Awww Krista, thank you so very much for your kind words! You are an amazing travel writer and I’m honored to be able to guide you.

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    Kat & Phil

    Aug 12, 2020 at 2:53 pm

    Thanks for sharing these helpful tips for travel writers. Patience is the one we are currently working on 🙂

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    Ana De- Jesus

    Aug 14, 2020 at 2:29 pm

    This was a great resource for pitching editors as a travel writer. I liked what you said about writing catchy headlines and following submission guidelines because although it might seem obvious it actually can be very easy to overlook.

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    Natalie

    Aug 15, 2020 at 11:19 am

    I’m starting to look into publishing my travel writing right now but have been feeling a bit overwhelmed by the process, so this is so useful to me right now! Thank you so much for sharing 🙂

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    Tegan & Alex

    Aug 17, 2020 at 10:29 pm

    Great tips! Definitely going to hang on to this post for the future! All this can just be so overwhelming… thanks for sharing your tips!

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      Daniella

      Aug 22, 2020 at 3:29 pm

      It does feel overwhelming at first but it gets easier over time. You can do it!

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    Leslie Senevey

    Sep 15, 2020 at 3:28 pm

    Good article!

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    Saptarshi

    Sep 15, 2020 at 5:07 pm

    Thank you for these great and useful tips. Would be very useful for my upcoming posts and also I will edit my previous posts accordingly.

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    Tegan

    Sep 15, 2020 at 5:13 pm

    This is fantastic– thank you so much for sharing your expertise! Can’t wait to learn more.

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    Rachel

    Sep 15, 2020 at 5:32 pm

    This is so useful for people (like me) trying to start in this competitive field. I really like how the advice you give is so constructive and I am definitely going to use the show not tell technique!

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    Jennifer (bubbles)

    Sep 15, 2020 at 8:11 pm

    This is a great article! Thank you for sharing your tips 🙂

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    Shwetha Krish

    Sep 16, 2020 at 4:53 am

    Thank you so much for this post. Though I have written travel blogs, travel sponsorships is something I still need to explore. I came across your blog yesterday and I am so happy I did. Will be going through your posts more so now!

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    Demi

    Sep 16, 2020 at 12:24 pm

    This is a very helpful tip. As a new travel blogger, we struggle with many things. How to get sponsorship or to collaborate, who to find a catchy headline and so much more. This post is absolutely helpful. Thank you for sharing🙂 I will save this post.

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    emma

    Sep 16, 2020 at 4:03 pm

    Wow great tips! Will be saving this for future reference as It will help me for sure!

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    Jessi

    Sep 21, 2020 at 5:14 pm

    I had submitted multiple forms for hotels in the SD area and never heard anything back at all. Have you experienced that?

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      Daniella

      Sep 21, 2020 at 5:24 pm

      Hi Jessi, yes I have experienced this. It happens quite regularly; especially to new travel writers. My suggestion is not to submit forms but rather to find the right contact ( a decision-maker) and send a well-structured pitch. If you need some guidance, I’m opening enrollment for my course Pitch to Travel on 1 October which will teach all my strategies for successful pitching so that you can actually land those sponsorships. https://oursoulfultravels.com/pitch-to-travel-insiders/

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    Sarah Styf

    Oct 14, 2020 at 3:54 pm

    I really write about everything, but love to write about our family’s camping travels. These are good notes to hold onto as I work on a camping memoir.

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    Image Earth Travel

    Oct 20, 2020 at 1:22 am

    Great article and tips!
    The “Join the Pitch to Travel VIP waitlist here” returns an Error 404 page and wondering whether you can update the link please? Many thanks.

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      Daniella

      Oct 20, 2020 at 1:09 pm

      Thank you! My apologies, that page is not available while Pitch to Travel is open for enrollment. I see you’re on my email list – you’ll receive a VIP discount email shortly.

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