Tuesday, March 28

The Seven Myths Of Being A Travel Writer

The dream for many writers is to travel the world. After all, writing is one of the most portable professions in the world. Why not combine it with your desire to get away? If you've ever considered, you may well have heard of the following seven myths. Here's why they aren't true, and how you can achieve your goals.


1. You can't balance travel and writing
This is very much dependent on the individual. Some people struggle to manage their time, and so find themselves ignoring work in favour of enjoying themselves, or missing the sights because they're so busy working. If you can balance your time, though, it's easy to do both. It sure beats working in a bar or as a tour guide if you're traveling for an extended period.

2. You can't work overseas
Yes, you absolutely can. It's easier than ever to make money when you're working abroad, thanks to the internet. All you have to do is make sure you have the right working visa for the country you're going to. It's completely possible as long as you plan properly.

3. You won't earn enough travel writing
Many people say that you can't make enough writing online in order to fund your travels, but that just isn't true. You can, with a little bit of planning. Michael King, a writer with UK Writings, was able to make enough for his travels. He was earning $9 per hour writing with them and saved $14,000 for his trip before he even left his own country. 'It was definitely worth it, and it was paying better than most minimum wage jobs' he says. He also states that there are plenty of ways to earn for your travels.

As you can see, travel writing is indeed doable, and much easier than you'd think. Take these tips and busted myths to heart, and you'll be able to fund your travels with your talents, no problem.

4. The destination is the only thing you can write about
If you're traveling, you may think that you must write about where you're traveling to. Says who? Our planet is a pretty thoroughly explored place at this point, and we've explored just about everything. Instead, mix it up. Talk about the process of traveling itself. Pick a niche that no one else has talked about.

5. You must write long stories about your travels
You may feel as though you must write long and involved stories about your travels. In fact, internet readers often don't have the patience to listen to what you have to say. Online readers are known to stop reading much more quickly than they would if your text was in print. They want answers about the place you're visiting, and they don't want you to beat around the bush. Keep your writing short and succinct. Give the reader what they came for.


 6. You can only write about your actual travels
There's no reason why your travels have to dictate what you write about. Of course, if you're jetting off to exciting climes, then why not write about what you're seeing on the way? If you have wi-fi access, though, there's no reason why you can't write about anything else at all. For example, writer Harry Pool used to be a travel writer but found the work too restricting. He says, 'I switched to writing for assignment writing service, as I've always been a good academic writer and I can still do that while traveling through my favourite countries.'


7. You can write in English wherever they speak the language
This myth isn't totally correct. You can write for English speaking countries, but you'll need to be aware of differences in how they speak and write in the language. There can be differences, and you'll have to make sure they don't sneak their way into your own writing. Keep track of your own grammar by utilizing online tools to check your work.

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11 comments:

  1. Great post 🙂 keep up the good work.
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  2. Most of us do not know the ground reality travel blogging. A very useful and informative post. Have a great day!

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  3. I wouldn't consider myself a travel blogger but I started writing about my travels and it's been great! It's interesting to see the myths behind it!

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  4. Loved this! I would loooooooveeeee to be a travel writer!

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  5. I always thought being a travel writer would be fun, but with a mortgage and three kids I'm just not sure it's in the cards for me. Maybe I'll be a senior citizen travel writer

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  6. This definitely put things into perspective for me, I travel a lot and often get distracted and either spend the whole day going around or spend too long writing and don't explore enough so I end up missing a lot of things I wanted to do.

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  7. Interesting and insightful! I was expecting this article to be scare tactics as often that happens.

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  8. Loved reading through your post. And, I've heard these things so any times that it's almost tiring to answer them. Now, I can just send this post to them! Travel writing is truly one of my favourite domain!! :)

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  9. Thanks for breaking the myths,there has to be someone to speak positive against all negatives

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  10. I love your myth busters! You definitely open the doors to more possibilities for travel writers!

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  11. I love this post - it's very encouraging. One thing not to forget is that any travel writer has to spend plenty of time doing the work.

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Thank you so much for sharing ur thoughts...:)!!!!