How I Make Money as a Travel Writer

This business of freelance writing and editing is tough. Not the writing per se (if you have the skills), but knowing how to be a freelance writer of any sort or specialisation. It’s something I’m still figuring out, and I certainly don’t have all the answers. But I’m having fun along the way.

I recently published a piece on the ‘Freedom with Writing’ website/newsletter titled ‘How I Earn $1 a Word as a Travel Writer’. I’m not rich. I’m not always jet-setting around (OK, 2016 was quite a year!) But this article outlines how I actually got to a point where I’m making reasonable money from my freelance travel writing and editing.

These tips, of course, are just a reflection of my own experiences. There is no single right or wrong way to become a travel writer/editor. That’s the fun of it. You can take your passions and quirks and idiosyncracies and make them into a job.

Read an extract here, or the full article on Freedom with Writing.

How I Earn $1 Per Word as a Travel Writer

While I’ve been traveling my whole life and writing almost as long, it has only been in the last few years that I have started to make money as a ‘travel writer’. Copywriting for tour companies and hotels, writing itineraries, branded content for travel-related companies, literary travel essays, memoir-style pieces, listicles, travel advice… if it’s travel-related, I’ve written it.

I’m not exactly what you’d call a ‘seasoned pro’ of the travel writing world, in that I haven’t been doing this very long, I haven’t written any major guidebooks, and I’m not on the road full-time. But, I have been paid that magic number–$1 per word–for my work. Not all of my work by any means, but enough to know that well-paying jobs are out there for writers with the right skills, experience and networking prowess. Here’s how I got there.

First, I identified my niche…

While I’ve traveled all over the world (40 countries) and have written about destinations from North America to Europe to East Asia, I have a more specific niche. I divide my time between Nepal and New Zealand, so these two places are where I focus my travel writing energy.

Read the rest of the article here.


  1. I found your website through “Freedom With Writing.” I really liked your article and I wanted to check your website.
    I have been writing since 2003 when my first English article was published in The Rising Nepal. I think I have written almost 2000 articles on The Rising Nepal, The Kathmandu Post, The Himalayan Times, and Republica. It is realy difficult to get established as a writer when you are writing in the second language.

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