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5 Reasons Housesitting is Great for Travel Writers

5 Reasons Housesitting is Great for Travel Writers

I’ve been a travel writer for nearly three years. I explore the globe and write guides, articles, and essays about my adventures and the destinations that I visit. I’m having the time of my life and only wish I had started writing a long time ago. Being a travel...

Why Getting Bylines May be More Important than Starting Local

Why Getting Bylines May be More Important than Starting Local

One of the first things we’re told when we start freelance travel writing is “start local.” Find local stories, cut down on your travel expenses, and hopefully develop relationships with local or regional publishing outlets where you can sell your articles. Some...

How I Got My First Byline

How I Got My First Byline

Even though it had been a late night in the darkroom during the winter of 1975, I was at my desk putting together a photo submission when the call came in. "Peter, Gerry Gagnon," the man spoke crisply on the phone.  A quick check of my memory, he was the editor of...

3 Benefits of Writing Locally

3 Benefits of Writing Locally

I wasn’t a real travel writer, I never went anywhere. Writing about home felt like a compromise, a concession made because I lacked the money to fly to Venice, explore the Balkans, or cruise Cuba. Without bylines, press trips weren’t on offer. My travel budget was $0....

The Changing Face of Retirement

The Changing Face of Retirement

If the phrase “golden years” evokes images of relaxation and leisure, you have a 60-year-old advertising campaign to thank. The phrase was coined in 1959 when America’s first large-scale retirement community, Sun City in Arizona, was pitching its new development to...

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