travel writing

Travel Writing: Explore 20 World-Class In-Flight Magazines That Pay

Pitch In-Flight Magazines for Paid Travel Writing Gigs. Makealivingwriting.com

Sit back and enjoy the flight…and the magazine. If travel writing is your niche, that standard flight-attendant message should get your attention.

Let me explain.

With the Thanksgiving holiday in the rearview mirror, an estimated 30 million people in the U.S. are back home or back to work after catching a plane to celebrate. Many more travelers will book flights between now and New Year’s.

And for every passenger, there’s a little something for them in the seat pocket in front of them. No, I’m not talking about the barf bag. It’s the in-flight magazine.

It’s a hidden market for travel writing a lot of freelancers overlook. You won’t find many of these custom pubs listed in Writer’s Market (there’s only two listed).

But nearly every airline in the world has one. And most in-flight magazines depend on freelancers for travel writing pieces, profiles, features, and front-of-book content.

Want some of those travel writing assignments? Explore these 20 world-class in-flight magazines and start pitching.

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Secrets to Earning Six Figures in Freelance Travel Writing

Secrets to earning six figures as a freelance travel writer. Makealivingwriting.com

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:

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How One Freelance Writer Broke Into Her Dream Niches

By Jessie Kwak If you’re just starting out as a freelance writer, breaking into new magazines can seem like a chicken-and-egg scenario. You’d love to write for Redbook, Psychology Today or Popular Woodworking, but editors want to see clips in

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How I Supercharged My Writing Income with a Niche Website

By Erin Raub I was a few years into my freelance writing career when I decided that I wasn’t quite happy. Like so many other freelancers, I knew I loved to write. I knew that my craft thrived under the

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