When you travel, do you get a rush out of navigating public transportation, stumbling through the language, and chowing down with the locals? If you do, then you’re probably not a tourist… but rather, what Transitions Abroad magazine refers to as a real “traveler.”
This magazine defines itself by underlining this difference between tourists and travelers.
“The distinction is simple,” the guidelines say, “tourists are those who bring their homes with them wherever they go, and apply them to whatever they see. They are closed to experiences outside of the superficial. Travelers, however, leave home at home, bringing only themselves and a desire to learn.”
This distinction is an important thing to understand about the magazine if you’d like to get published in it. And, really, it’s a great place for a by-line. They have over five million readers a year and they’re still accepting articles from new writers.
The pay isn’t bad, either: $75 to $100 for about two pages of single-spaced text.
As a writer, what I like about the site is that I can see a long list of story titles and teasers in each department.
The culinary travel section, for example, includes stories about how to find good eats in Bangkok, but nothing on northern Thailand. I’ve made a mental note that this might be a good place to pitch my story about a fiery cooking class I took up north in Chiang Mai.
Here’s what you need to know if you’re thinking about pitching any of your travel stories here:
For starters, Transitions Abroad magazine is looking for practical how-to stories that are respectful of local culture. The editors stress that your article should be information-based and up-to-date, so be careful to check your facts, too. They also encourage that you add a sidebar with any details that aren’t in your story, like prices, contact information, directions, etc.
Articles about food markets, cooking lessons, wine, and other culinary-related subjects are welcome, so long as they stick with the independent traveler (not tourist) theme and allow readers to experience a culture – any culture – on a deeper level.
You’ll find all the information you need to submit a story to the culinary travel section under the Cultural Immersion Travel Writer’s Guidelines, here: http://tinyurl.com/5ssht9.
Should you write a knockout article that closely follows the writer’s guidelines, you can submit the whole thing (as an attached Microsoft Word document only) via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here’s to you — and me — getting published in Transitions Abroad.
[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.]