Before we open registration for our upcoming travel writing workshop in Denver, I’d like to take a minute to recognize and congratulate nine of our members who went from everyday travelers (enjoying vacations the way tourists do) to published and accomplished travel writers (enjoying travel with a purpose… seeing the world in a way a tourist never does… uncovering unique stories… and getting those stories published in glossy magazines, newspapers and online).
People always ask me: “How realistic is it for someone who comes to one of our workshops or buys one of our programs to find success as a travel writer?
To answer, I followed up with 12 of our members who are active on Facebook and posted their stories in a video.
This past year, I followed up with 9 more…
And our workshop attendee pages on Facebook are full of lots more. Some of them have been published as many as 20-40 times and have flown as far as Ireland, Belize, Norway, Costa Rica, Fiji and Paris!
Traveling is one of life’s greatest luxuries. Why not make it a way of life? (Especially when someone else is footing the bill!)
It opens your eyes to new ideas, cultures and people.
Some people take vacations to relax and escape. I’ve been there. We all need to recharge our batteries from time to time.
But when you travel as a travel writer, you travel with a greater purpose. It’s your “job” to explore something new, meet new people, learn a new skill or simply find yourself.
At one of our more recent travel writing workshops in Seoul, South Korea with professional writer and Travel Editor, Kyle Wagner, we went around the room telling Kyle what motivated us to come to a workshop like this rather than sign up for a typical travel tour and I think Jerry said it best…
“I want to find myself,” he said. “I’m recently retired. I ‘think’ I want to start my own travel blog. My friends wish I’d write more about the places I go. So I’m here to learn how to do all that in a fun place with like-minded people.”
And Jerry’s not alone. As we went around the room our reasons for wanting to travel and learn travel writing were all very similar.
From English teachers to medical practitioners… a Broadway choreographer to a Merchant Marine, our backgrounds were varied but we all want to travel… we travel differently than the average tourist… and being a travel writer gives us the excuse to do more of it (and hey – the free stuff travel writers get isn’t a bad part of the deal either).
After joining us at one of our workshops recently, Joe Brusse, for example, landed his first press trip (that’s a trip where all or part of his expenses were paid for) less than a month later.
Joe will be spending six days on a cattle ranch in the foothills of the Andes in Patagonia. And again, his trip is unlike anything you can find through a travel agent. Yes, it’s travel… but it’ll be an amazing (possibly life-changing) trip for Joe. This is not a typical vacation– this adventure is the beginning of Joe’s new life as a travel writer.
So stay tuned for my insider tips from Seoul. And, if the type of travel I’m talking about here appeals to you, then join our community (it’s free)!!
Get a free report, take a look around, or maybe try one of our programs. They all come risk-free so if you try it and you don’t like it, we’ll buy it back from you.
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