Executive Travel, a subscription print and online magazine, is tailor-made for the business traveler. Inside, you’ll find airport round-up articles, business profiles of major international cities, and style tips for looking sharp at your next meeting. It even runs adventure articles, like “Heliskiing: The Ultimate Chairlift,” in case you have an extra day or two to play in your work destination.
Since Executive Travel covers such a wide variety of topics, you’ll likely find a way to break into the travel writing market there. In the next few months, it’ll be covering luxury hotels near U.S. National Parks, profiles of leading innovative companies, biking vacations, and a whole issue dedicated to business travel in London.
Do note that most articles have a luxury slant to them, which is reflected in the magazine’s tag line: “savor the journey.” That is hardly surprising, considering that it’s the little sister of Travel and Leisure, Food and Wine, and Departures… all published by the American Express Publishing family.
If you’d like to write for Executive Travel, it helps to have a business or financial background. Be sure to mention any relevant experience there when you introduce yourself to the editors.
Though Executive Travel is 95% freelance written — which gives you a better chance of getting in than at many other travel magazines — the writer’s guidelines are a little unusual. The editor asks that instead of pitching your story ideas, you simply write in announcing yourself as a freelance writer, give some background information, and provide a few clips. If the editors like what they see, they’ll get back to you with story suggestions.
That said, if you happen to live in a city that’s on the upcoming editorial calendar, you might mention that you’re a local writer there. Executive Travel only takes city stories from locals.
You can take a peek at the writer’s guidelines here: http://www.executivetravelmagazine.com/writers-guidelines
[Editor’s Note: Learn more about opportunities to profit from your travels (and even from your own home) in our free online newsletter The Right Way to Travel.]