You love to travel. You adore adventure. You can't stand monotony. And you love to write . . .Does that sound like someone you know? If so, travel writing might be for you.
When the coronavirus is no longer a global threat, the world will slowly open for exploration. And when it does, you will be ready!
So, travel writing is all about — well — travel & writing, am I right?
Actually, it's more. Sure, you can learn to write stellar articles about places you've visited, but half the challenge is finding a home for them. And with all the competition, that could be difficult. According to Kristi Dosh, a travel writer with a sports focus, it's also navigating the social media world to attract attention.
Yep. Something I never considered. But her course made it easy to pull the pieces together and make it happen, so I can be noticed.
So here are some tips Kristi gives:
Be connected to social media
Learn to take great photos, whether on an SLR camera or your phone
Discover travel-related hashtags and use them liberally on Instagram (up to 30), and sparingly on Twitter (2-3). Facebook does not generally use hashtags. Here are a few to get you started:
If you are savvy on social media, consider scheduling your posts using one of these third-party schedulers:
So, fine. I know what you are thinking. "You've given me all this detailed information. Now, what do I do with it?"
Glad you asked!
Before you go on a trip, find the accounts for all the places you will be visiting. Whether it's a restaurant, a City Visitor's Center, a museum, or tour agency, follow them all. You can find their social media connections on the website, or search for them within your SM app.
Then, create one post with a photo (royalty-free or given credit) using the appropriate hashtags above along with the particular place you will be visiting, and share how excited you are. You can even mention their names within the post (i.e. @JarmWanders2Wonder - not a real account, in case you are wander -uh - I meant wondering. ;-})
They might answer back, follow you, or at best, offer you a free meal, ticket, or tour. That hasn't happened to me yet, but it could, now that I know how to attract their attention.
Well, hopefully, I've given you enough to ponder for now. Are you still thinking of travel writing? Let me know below!! Consider this course with Great Escape Publishing if you are serious about it and want more. And here are two of my past travel blog posts for you to enjoy in Charleston, SC and Bath, England
Enjoy! And I'd truly love to hear your thoughts below. . .
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