There are two ways to travel.
Some people take vacations to relax and escape. I’ve been there. We all need to recharge our batteries from time to time.
But there’s another way you can travel… a way to see something new, meet new people, learn a new skill or simply find yourself. That’s what I call travel with purpose.
I’m in Seoul, South Korea this week with nine aspiring travel writers looking for story ideas with professional writer and Travel Editor, Kyle Wagner. And when we went around the room this morning telling Kyle what motivated us to come to a workshop like this rather than sign up for a typical travel tour, 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 are 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).
If this is you and you’d like to learn more about being a travel writer, stay tuned. I’ll send you quick tips I pick up from the back of the room each day while I’m here.
What you learn on a trip like this can pay for itself many times over in story sales, free trips, and adventures… and even in self-growth like Jerry said.
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 you should know that we hold expedition trips like this in different destinations every year. You’ll find our full list of this year’s trips on our You’ll find our full list of this year’s trips on our Workshop page here: http://www.thetravelwriterslife.com/workshops/.
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