Learning to Backpack the World as a Travel Writer

Learning to Backpack the World as a Travel Writer

If you are starting out as a travel writer, you will notice that you may have to change your style of traveling. Learning to backpack the world as a travel writer is a distinct thing. It is different than backpacking the world as a backpacker. As a writer, you are traveling to find article by-lines. This will lead you to abnormal places and to places you may not really want to go.

When you take travel writing courses they will tell you how important it is to have an interesting take on a subject. No one will buy your writing if it is boring and has been covered before. Travel writing is all about finding new and exciting places to cover. I don’t mean you have to literally go somewhere no one has gone before. But it does mean you will have to go off the beaten track. If you are going to cover something that is better known, you will have to come up with a new twist on it. There has to be something interesting that will make people want to read your work.

You will also quickly learn that where you go may not be totally up to you. Unless you choose to write strictly as a freelance writer, submitting articles to publications after you travel, you may have to go where you are told. This is because your editors will be deciding which places they want stories written for. This isn’t all bad though. This way you may end up discovering great places that you never would have seen otherwise.
The most important thing to remember is that when you travel as a writer, you are essentially traveling for work. This means that while other backpackers are out having a beer at night, you will be furiously working on your notes.

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