June 1, 2012 
Barbara Winter's Joyfully Jobless News
Dear Lisa,

To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted."  

~ Bill Bryson

In This Issue
Postcard From Barbara
How Successful Will You Be As A Travel Writer
Ultimate Travel Writer's Workshop
Barbara Online
Buon Viaggio Blog
 
The theme this month is
Postcard From Barbara
POSTCARD FROM BARBARA

Leaning Tower of Pisa I'm pretty sure I was born with wanderlust, but for the first half of my life my love was unrequited. No matter what I did, I could never find a way to finance my travels. It wasn't until I became self-employed that I realized I could create a business that paid me to travel.

 

Over the years, I've amassed more than a million air miles -- on just one carrier. I have no idea what the grand total would be, but I do know my travel adventures are some of my fondest memories.

 

It's no surprise anymore to discover that folks who attend my seminars also want more travel opportunities for themselves. Happily, there are numerous ways to make that happen.

 

Here's one idea for anyone longing to see the world and get paid to share what they've discovered.

 

HOW SUCCESSFUL WILL YOU BE AS A TRAVEL WRITER

By Jennifer Stevens in Colorado Springs, Colorado

 

Venice StreetYou don't need the literary flair of Frances Mayes to be a successful

travel writer. (I'm not saying it wouldn't help -- I'm just saying it

isn't necessary.)

 

What you do need to make it in this business, however, are a few

important traits and a handful of proven techniques -- all of which

you can learn with a little effort.

 

Do you have what it takes? Let's find out. Answer "yes" or "no" to

each of the questions below:

 

  1. Are you interested in exploring new places and discovering the ways they're different from your home? You'll have more success -- and, indeed, a more enjoyable travel experience -- if you don't always try to get things done "The Texas Way." Instead, are you ready to take pleasure (and find humor) in discovering what makes every place unique?
  2. Do you enjoy meeting new people?
     
  3. Are you opinionated? In other words, are you able to articulate why, specifically, you think one place or experience is superior or inferior to another? 
     
  4. Are you persuasive? You'll need to sell yourself, your ideas, your articles, your photos. You need to be able to line up in your own mind -- and in the mind of your buyers -- the reasons why they will benefit from what you're offering.
       
  5. Are you observant? Do you pay attention as you travel to what you see, hear, feel, smell, and taste around you? (Or are you willing to learn and hone this skill?)   
  6. Las Vegas at SunsetAre you willing -- indeed, even eager -- to travel on your own (or with friends and family) without relying on a pre-packaged trip or tour? Are you willing to make your own travel arrangements and even play some of your travel "by ear," perhaps forgoing reservations occasionally so you stumble upon lesser-known villages, cities, hotels, restaurants, shops, markets, and such as you discover a destination?  
     
  7. Are you polite? Believe it or not, a certain measure of success as a travel writer or photographer is due to common courtesy. The more pleasant and easy you are to work with, the faster and more regularly you'll land by-lines and perks, the more welcoming people will be when you get your camera out. 
     
  8. Are you willing to read and do research? You needn't learn everything there is to know about a destination before you write about it or photograph it, but you do need to give yourself some context in which to place your own observations. And, you'll want to make sure your time on the ground in a place is well-spent. So a bit of research ahead of time -- online, in the library, and through personal contacts can help enormously.  
     
  9. Are you able to follow directions? For example, the writers who do what a publication's Writer's Guidelines suggest find more success, faster, than those who do not. So, even though you might have a full-length article in mind, if the guidelines say, "Start by submitting a short piece for our 'Postcards' section," are you ready and willing to do that?   
     
  10.  Do you subscribe to at least three travel-related publications and read at least one travel article a week?

 

How many "yes" answers do you have?  

How many "no" answers do you have?  

The more yes's you have, the more success you're likely to enjoy as a

travel writer.  

That said, any "no" you may have listed certainly indicates an

obstacle you can overcome if you're willing to try.

 

Editor's Note: Meet Jennifer Stevens and find out how to turn your

travels into paychecks and free trips at the one and only Ultimate

Travel Writer's Workshop, this July 26-28, in San Francisco, CA.

 

ULTIMATE TRAVEL WRITER'S WORKSHOP

Although I'm contacted almost daily about promoting programs and products, I am very picky about endorsing anything I haven't managed to investigate or that I don't think is a great fit. I am delighted to report that I'm wildly enthusiastic about the Ultimate Travel Writer's Workshop.

 

July 26-28 in San Francisco, California

 

Over Three Power-Packed Days, you'll...

  • Learn the secrets of writing travel articles you can sell from a group of the best editors and writers in the business... 
  • Discover little-known techniques travel writers use to land concert tickets... meals... vacations... and more... without paying a dime... 
  • Walk away with a short publishable article in hand... and the contact information for editors we know who are happy to work with you, even if you've never sold a story before...
  • See for yourself, how you can have the time, adventure, and freedom you're looking for as a freelance travel writer...

 

Reserve your seat by today and you'll save a full $300 off the registration fee. To take advantage of this special rate for our Ultimate Travel Writer's Workshop, July 26-28 in San Francisco, click here:  http://www.thetravelwriterslife.com/tww/sf/bw/.

Buon Viaggio,

 

Barbara Winter

Barbara Winter 

 

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