So You Want To Combine Your Love For Travel And Writing?

So You Want To Combine Your Love For Travel And Writing?

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The job of the writer is romantic to no end, and more so if you combine it with traveling and seeing the world.

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Writing in itself is a great way to get away, and depending on your topic of choice, you may even enable others to travel by immersing themselves in your stories, articles and literary ideas. Combining traveling with being a writer could be one of the most rewarding careers you may choose and one with a lot of freedom and a great compensation if you play your cards right.

The life of a writer, especially a traveling writer may seem glamorous to most but there is a lot more to it than just relaxing at exotic locales and churning out the occasional article or story. The pace is definitely grueling and it takes a lot of work, discipline and dedication to get to the point where you are actually able to make a living out of your literary work.

The evolution of the internet is one of the greatest things that could have happened to traveling writers, especially because since magazines, newspapers and editorials continue to be reliable venues to get publish and get paid; there are also other great approaches to getting your work out there via blogs and personal online publications. This is of great importance in order to make people aware of your work and to have a strong portfolio for potential clients to observe.

It is important also to understand that there are thousands of other would-be writers online posting pretty much anything they want and creating large amount of content that is constantly being uploaded, shared and read by other Internet users. Therefore, it is essential that your portfolio allows you to separate yourself from the crown, and just so you know, they quality of your content alone is not enough; you must also present a destination, activity or subject that impassions you, and own it. Polish your skills and focus on something specific, the more specific the better and share your writing with authority, enthusiasm and finesse. Use the social networks to your advantage and become familiar with other authors in subjects similar to yours; by commenting their pages and becoming active in forums and chats, you will be boosting your popularity as well.

Work on your network both online and offline at all times. Don’t pass up opportunities to meet other members of this nomadic tribe of traveling writers and soak up as much knowledge as you can from those you admire due to their success.

Image courtesy of OuadiO at Flickr.com
Image courtesy of OuadiO at Flickr.com

People always assume that you should jump in headfirst and travel as far as you can before you start writing, when in all honesty; starting small and local is probably your best bet. Your hometown is a place you probably know very well, so that makes it a great place to start developing your skills and offer information to those who are far away and may be interested on what is local to you. Newspaper, magazine, website, and guidebook editors all appreciate that sort of boots-on-the-ground expertise. By covering what you know best, you’ll position yourself as an expert, capture editors’ attention, and catapult your career.

Never stop reading. As a writer you need to read a lot and read constantly. Get your hands on a lot of the material you wish you write yourself and study it obsessively. Choose stories and articles that you admire and analyze them profusely to find out why they work. What did the writer do to make it stick with you? Use this material as inspiration and to help you focus.

Never forget about the narrative. Don’t tell your readers about things but show them things instead. Make sure you use details to help your readers create this places inside their mind and feel like they are there interacting and surrounded by what they are reading.

Understand that you will never stop learning in this world of producing travel media, so you should probably take a serious look at what experts are doing and consider the possibility of taking actual courses in order to perfect your skills and take them to the next level. There are many courses online and great platforms specialized in teaching how to make the most out your knowledge and the resources available to explorers like yourself.

All of these tips are things to keep in mind and in no particular order of importance they are listed to help you take a look at this exciting career and prepare yourself to live a life of adventure and wonder.

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