Here are just a few places where you can submit your travel writing — and get paid a bit. (Thanks to That Travel Blog for the tips!)
1. Matador Network
Matador Network works with thousands of writers, photographers, and filmmakers. “From industry-leading voices to young creatives published for the first time.”
Matador’s ‘Creators Community’ is one of the best resources out there for beginner travel writers. MatadorU allows you to hunt for opportunities with specific calls for submissions and market leads posted regularly by their editorial team.
Payment: $40 for commissioned articles
Instructions: Sign up to their Creators Community on MatadorU and set up a profile. After completing your profile, click the “U” logo to access the user dashboard and market leads.
Verge is a small, Canadian digital-only publication.
Verge specifically looks for articles “with purpose.” This can be in the form of working, volunteering, studying or any other purposeful reasons for traveling.
Their audience consists mainly of socially aware individuals who want to make a difference. Payment: A small flat fee for contributions
Instructions: You can send all submissions and inquiries to contributing(at)vergemagazine(dot)com.
3. The Expeditioner
The Expeditioner features travel articles, news, videos and more from some of the best travel writers and talented bloggers worldwide. They are looking for travel stories that are written in a first-person narrative style. Articles must be informative, well written, and inspiring for eager future travellers.
They would prefer articles written with an American audience in mind, with original and relevant photography.
Payment: $30 per article (1200 words +)
Instructions: Fill in their online form or email matt(at)theexpeditioner(dot)com. Read this page for guidelines and submissions.
4. Go World Travel
Go World Travel consider writers from all ends of the spectrum, as long as you write well and set yourself apart from the standard “how to get there” articles. The style of writing should be around a destination or place. They are looking for descriptive, straightforward writers who encourage people to go and see the place for themselves.
Anecdotes, curiosity about the place and a detailed insight into your personal feelings towards it, are all things they are after.
Payment: $30-$40 per article (up to 1600 words)
Instructions: Submit your articles to submissions(at)goworldtravel(dot)com. Include the story title and destination in the subject line. More instructions here.
5. Tales to Go
You can write for one of the Tales to Go issues that are available on their website or as a subscription service. Read some of their previous issues to get an idea of the style of writing and types of stories they are after.
Payment: $50 per submission (1000-3000 words submissions have a better chance of being accepted)
Instructions: Previously published stories are welcome, as long as you retain the copyright. They also consider material for books so have a look at their guidelines for more information.
Listverse is always looking for writers who can write a distinctive and interesting listicle (list-articles). They want authors to think outside of the box with an alternative perspective, hidden knowledge or some unique facts about a given subject area.
The list should be no shorter than 10 items and be all of your own work, no copying someone else’s ideas. Sound simple? Give it a go!
Payment: $100 per submission. You must have (or be able to create) a PayPal account.
Instructions: Lists should be 1 or 2 paragraphs per point with a minimum of 10 items in a list. Submissions can be filled in here.