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10 Travel Publications That Pay for Travel Writing

So you love to travel. Why not submit those amazing travel stories and get paid for doing what you love. I love to write just as much as the next guy. But I would be lying if I said that I didn’t care about the money.

As writers so many will tell you that you’re bound to live a life of poverty. But it doesn’t have to be that way. You can do what you love and find a way to make respectable income. Here are 10 great publications that will pay you for your travel writing.

1. Wanderlust

Wanderlust is by far the crème of the crop when it comes to travel writing. The magazine offers interviews from famous travel photographers and writers, lists of great places to explore, and expert reviews on outdoor gear.

While it may be hard to get published here as a first time writer, you can definitely shoot for a shorter post and work your way up from there. Examples of shorter posts accepted include pocket guides, consumer features, and news stories. (1)

Payment: Depends upon the length and type of article published. Always contact the publisher directly. For a 1,000 word article writers average $300. For a fact article of 750 words writers average $125 a post.

Details: Contact the website (website@wanderlust.co.uk) in order to suggest an idea to the publisher. Contact the magazine (submissions@wanderlust.co.uk) in order to submit travel stories to get published.

2. Listverse

Listverse covers everything under the sun in a listicle format. Your submission should be no less than 10 items. The most popular format on the website is writing about 10 things in new and exciting ways. Lists must be at least 1,800 words long. While the editors encourage ingenuity, all writers must follow the author’s guide before submitting.

Payment: $100 for an accepted proposal. All payment goes through PayPal.

Details: To submit lists just visit their submissions page. (https://listverse.com/submit-a-list/)

3. Matador Network

Matador is a collaborative team of travel writers, photographers, editors, and filmmakers from all around the world! They work with thousands of professionals every year to publish travel destinations, news, gear, and tips. This is a great website for beginners.

Payment: $40 per article.

Details: In order to submit articles professionals need to sign on Matador Creators Community. It helps to have a nice picture and bio to really connect with other creators.

4. BootsnAll

Billed as the best website for Indie Travel, this website is looking for articles that inspire us to leave the comforts of home and learn from our travel experiences. Make sure to read the Indie Travel Manifesto to really good a good grasp on the types of articles on the website.

Payment: $50 per article

Details: Writers looking to submit a piece should visit the BootsnAll submissions page.

5. The Expeditioner

Just get back from that perfect trip and want to share the juicy details? The Expeditioner is your best friend for first person accounts on beautiful landscapes and people from across the globe. Sections include backpacking, beach travel, budget travel, and travel tips to name a few. It’s also a great place for fellow writers to get inspired.

The editors of the site publish the top 50 travel blogs once a quarter. One of the best ways to become a better travel writer is to read some of the best stories on travel. Searching for articles on these 50 sites will help you get inspired.

Payment: $30 per article (1,200 words and up)

Details: Check out the submissions page for expert tips on how to submit query letters and how to get published. Travel stories in the first person narrative get published here.

6. Go World Travel

Writers for Go World Travel cover over 90 countries worldwide. They really look for articles that go beyond how to get there and what to do when you arrive at your destination. They want honest opinions of the people that call your destination home. They want your perspective on local culture, food, and music.

Writers of all types, from seasoned veterans to first time travelers, have a shot of getting published here. Make sure to write from your unique perspective and avoid the typical angels covered in the travel section of your favorite newspaper.

Payment: $30-40 per article up to 1,600 words

Details: Strive to write first-person professional travel stories. Make sure to include relevant photos and credits if they are not your individual work. Visit the submissions page for more details.

7. Outpost Magazine

Winner of Canada’s Magazine of the Year award, Outpost covers underrated destinations and cultures. Articles typically range from 800 to 1,500 words. Columns are much longer at 5,000 words on average. Sections include travel news, trip of the week, and travel deals.

Even if you live outside of Canada, this magazine will accept great writing from anywhere in the world.

Payment: Varies by article, negotiable

Details: Outpost Magazine accepts submissions in feature stories, thrillseeker, insider guides, and field note sections. Visit their submissions page for more details.

8. Go Nomad

From the year it all began in 2000, Go Nomad continues to publish travel stories from around the globe. If you choose to submit an article, be sure to take a peek at the extensive guidelines. Go Nomad looks for articles with artistic flare. One of the main reasons that this site generates so much traffic is due to attractive articles that readers want to read.

Pay: $25 per article without photos

Details: From the submissions page: “Read the stories we have up on the website and format your story the same way. We like short paragraphs, subheads between every few paragraphs, and photos with detailed captions.”

9. Travel + Leisure Magazine

While competition is fierce to get published in Travel + Leisure Magazine, you can bet that getting an article featured here would put you on the map. Popular sections include the world’s best, travel guide, shopping guide, and dream trips.

Many of the magazine’s best articles are in list format. Be sure to write in a professional manner and submit high quality photos if you have them.

Pay: Varies by article

Details: Visit the contact page for details on submissions

10. Sunset Magazine

Focusing on 13 different western states, Sunset Magazine covers four specific areas: travel and recreation, garden, food, and home design.

Unique in its focus, Sunset Magazine really seeks to capture the essence of the American West through great travel writing and accompanying photos. 70% of the audience are women that live in the suburbs. The biggest need for freelance work is in the travel section.

Pay: Varies

Details: Do not submit your article before submitting a query letter. Articles without the letter will most likely not be accepted. “We don't do a lot of vertical subject stories that only appeal to a narrow audience; we like destinations that offer multiple experiences. Our readers are active, but more into “soft” adventures.” Check out the submissions page for more information.

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