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We give you the confidence to spend your vacation actually vacationing, not fumbling with a guidebook or second-guessing yourself. Sign up to my travel newsletter for the latest posts, city guides and tips. This is such a great source to know how to start a travel blog and what to write about.

A tried and tested step by step trip itinerary is worth so much for people trying to plan a trip to the destinations you’re writing about. The best travel blog posts are divided by headers to make it easier for the reader. The more you write the easier and better it will become. Worryingly I’ve seen a few resolution lists for this year where bloggers have said they want to ‘up their blogging output’, but I just think this is a dangerous goal. Set your aims too high and then travel blogging just becomes another pressure to live by, and for most people pressure is a fun killer, which ruins the whole point of travel blogging.

Don’t forget your author bio – Just a couple of sentences about you including where you’re from, where you’ve travelled and any other interesting info. We’re happy to include links to your personal travel blog and social networking sites. When I went to the Traverse conference in Brighton everyone was excited to see Will Peach on his panel. His open, truthful and at times offensive writing on thegonzotraveller.com and the now defunct travelsexlife.com was definitely entertaining whether you loved it or hated it. When I met him he didn’t seem the same as his douchebag online persona and a few weeks later he came out with this article about his disillusion with the travel blogging industry. After that he only posted a few more blogs before he went on to focus on the brilliantly written, yet less offensive, willpeach.com.


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Learning how to write a good travel blog can be quite formulaic in the way it’s set out. Of course the creativity comes when you decide which words to choose. You don’t have to define and limit yourself straight off though. My advice would be to let your style, tone and topics instinctively evolve over time and with every post you write.

A guest post is a post that comes from fellow bloggers whereas a sponsored post is likely a post referring to a post about a company or service. A pitch should be an outline of your idea not to exceed a few hundred words. Please do not send a complete article, essay, or blog post until we have requested it. If and when your post is published, we expect you to share it across your social media channels within 48 hours of being published. Winter guides for major cities, national parks, and skiing destinations.

If by round 2 your post isn’t where we need it to be, we unfortunately won’t be able to move forward. We try not to make you jump through hoops if we don’t intend on publishing your post, but please be aware that it does happen. We will provide you with a keyword and an outline to create your post around. Please make sure your post fits this keyword and the outline we’ve provided, otherwise, we won’t be able to publish it. More awesome stories / posts to share with our readers and friends. Strive for a minimum of 500 words in you article, unless it’s a photo-story.

If that’s a deal-breaker, unfortunately, this opportunity may not be for you. If you have a voice and topics you’d like to share, we have a distribution channel that you can use to share those topics. Compensation is available and our contributors get the benefit of having their content read by potential visitors from all over the world. Sometimes we also hire contributors that show they are a good fit for the site.

If we think that your writing shows potential, and things are going swell between us, there may be the opportunity to become a regular paid writer for The Backpacker Network. You can submit up to three proposals, just be sure to fill out separate forms for each new idea. Please note, idea-approval doesn’t automatically result in a published piece on the website. We prefer receiving drafts as a shared Google document rather than a single PDF, and we’d want you to create a shared Google Drive folder for your photos even better! You may include those in the body of your email. We are now accepting submissions for destinations in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, and Europe.

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