by Roberta Beach Jacobson in Karpathos, Greece
In The Know Traveler, also known as ITKT, is a small, online travel magazine that focuses on the positive aspects of travel. Its writers share practical advice, using interesting and unique story angles. ITKT celebrates world travel in a big way — with hundreds of articles (and press releases) archived, and something new almost every day.
One reason this online travel magazine appeals to me is the article length. I much prefer to create short articles, and its 450 – 600 word requirement is the perfect starter length when you’re out to get your first few clips. The editors are looking for fresh perspectives and appreciate humor. Don’t try to cover too many destinations in a single piece.
ITKT has an informal feeling about it and the travel tales are personal. Readers can leave comments. The editor (the domain is owned by California-based Jesse Siglow) is keen to keep content sharp, so don’t be too shocked if you get a few edits. Also, your title may be changed for better placement in search engines.
Another thing I like about this zine is that it’s full of surprises. They publish in English and Spanish, for example. They also offer podcasts, which are free film or audio clips. If you’re looking for some travel inspiration, it’s worth poking around the website and subscribing to their free newsletter.
Contributors retain their rights and are paid a fee of $10 (with nothing additional for photos). They make it easy on first-time writers to get published, with lots of pointers on what they want from writers.
You can find full writer’s guidelines at: https://www.intheknowtraveler.com/submission-guidelines and even a tip sheet at: https://www.intheknowtraveler.com/checklist
ITKT sums up its editorial needs with this message: “Tell us what you would tell your best friend. Not what you think a travel article looks like. We want something that teaches our readers something practical about travel and the nuances about a particular destination.”
Are you inspired? Hope so. Make sure you follow the writer’s guidelines, then send your articles to: email@example.com
[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.]