Ever dream about earning big from travel writing?
It’s a popular niche in the world of digital nomads, freelancers, and wannabe writers. But can you actually make a living at it?
Yes. I’ve been a travel writer for nearly two decades. I’ve written about traveling through southeast Asia on a budget, hiking the Pisco Trail in Peru, combing through the ruins of Antigua, Guatemala, and many other adventures in the form of blog posts, articles, books, and copywriting projects.
I’m headed to the Philippines this week. But I’m not jet-setting from one exotic location to the next every week. That might be one of the biggest misconceptions about travel writing.
A lot has changed for travel writers since I got started. At one point in time, travel writers regularly took all-expenses-paid vacations to exotic locations all over the world on assignment for a long list of magazines. It still happens, but not like it used to.
So how do you make a decent living as a travel writer, and hit the six-figure mark? I’ve thought about that a lot over the years, because I’ve had to navigate the industry’s sometimes troubled waters, jet lag, and changing itinerary.
If you want to build your freelance business as a travel writer, here’s a few things you need to know: