Travel Writing Guidelines
Do you have a travel article?
We are always looking for new writers and articles focusing on the following subjects: United States destinations, great places to see live music, adventure and outdoor experiences, family travel, working with a travel agency. Do you have a particular focus you do not see listed. No problems!
ITKT USA is one of six respected travel-focused sites, so if In The Know Traveler USA is not quite right a fit for you we have other sites that might. In The Know Hotels needs hotel reviews. In The Know Bride needs stories about destination weddings. Travel. Write. Live. helps with the travel industry and the travel writers life. In The Know Traveler USA is always happy to receive articles and blogs. We are one of the few sites that do pay for blog posts.
Get your travel writing game on!
In The Know Traveler makes being a published travel writer simple. Our site promotes original stories, blogs, and features written by seasoned pros and articulate novices alike. Regardless of your experience, we are interested in your voice and would like to consider your original work for publication. May your creativity soar!
How In The Know Traveler USA does it.
- You send us you your story and/or photographs (500-700 words in length).
- We proof read every story for grammar, punctuation and content.
- We decide is your story is a good fit for ITKT either accepting or declining your submission.
- If all goes well, you retain all of your rights. We retain the right to publish article/photography on our site and make the edits described above.
Here are a few generic pointers I offer anyone who is interested in writing for In The Know Traveler. Please write stories between 500-700 words (we also accept short blog posts, 150-250 words about one detail of your trip). Triple check spelling and grammar (we don’t have a lot of time to edit, so the stories we publish are darn near finished.). We tend to focus on 1st person narrative that includes something on culture or positive tourism (sustainable, eco, what makes a destination unique). We also avoid “you” and “we” voices, I think the heart of a travel story is the personal experience (Truthfully, I never publish articles that have more than “you” appearing in it more than once anymore — “I” is the way to go). I want to read about something you absolutely loved that inspires others to travel, be honest, tell me as if I were your best friend, not what you think I want to hear or what you think a travel article should say. I would also make sure you read out submission guidelines found on our “About Us” page and visit http://travelwritelive.com/?p=563 to learn more about what to avoid before sending out submissions.
* Please also note that ITKT USA presents 52 featured articles a year. This means even great articles get passed on due to these limitations.
Simple! Write, send us your stuff, we edit… and you are published online.
NOTE: we take our credibility and integrity seriously. Bad writing can be edited and improved‚ stolen writing (plagiarism) is a crime! Whether you write for us or anyone else, give credit to your sources or unoriginal ideas, always.
Be a Travel Blogger Now.
Forget about Blogspot. You can either be part of the masses or one of the select travel writers that In The Know Traveler uses to send on press trips and features on our sites — and you still get paid. Here is how we define blogging on ITKT.
1. Promote travel
2. 150 words + per entry minimum
3. Write about what you want, when you want.
4. Spell and grammar check (but no profanity!).
This is a great way to get bylines and your travel thoughts out into the world with a well-established, well-respected online travel magazine. Wow! that was easy.
Benefits for You
- Exposure: In The Know Traveler now reaches tens of thousands of travel fans and industry professionals every month.
- Experience: Writing an article for a magazine or website is fun, but it requires discipline. This will be the easiest way to learn how to work with an editor, period.
- Credentials: As a contributor to In the Know Traveler, you will have a permanent listing on our Contributors page, a growing directory of respected travel-writers. You will also have something to put on your resume.
- Payment: We pay $10 bucks per story, 450+ words and $3 per blog post, 150+ words (at this point, we are not paying for photography). It is not much money, we realize, but more of a gesture that we value your writing… in time we plan on increasing revenue for our writers, so help us improve and grow!
Press trips and media events
This is not really a benefit, but writers ask all the time. Occasionally there are press trips or media events we need help covering. This is based solely at our discretion and our relationship with each writer and only considered as needed. We cannot guarantee trips or promise to send you; it is your writing skill, timing and a dash of luck that will allow us to send you on a press trip.
What should I write about?
Tell us what you would tell your best friend, not what you think a travel article looks like. We want something that teaches our readers something practical about travel and the nuances about a particular destination. We want the details. We want an In The Know Traveler.
If you are interested, send stories to editor[at]intheknowtraveler[dot]com
******************A Special Note to people looking to Guest Post*********************
Guest Posts really don’t work
We do not accept guest posts, which are articles written by people looking for free links to corporate sites in exchange for a free article. Truthfully, these articles never match the style or spirit of ITKT and have little relevance to our readers. While we love and appreciate corporate travel partners and use helpful press releases we think our readers will enjoy, guest posts do not fall into this category. However, we do offer traditional advertising, paid links and sponsored pages. For more information contact ads[at]intheknowtraveler[dot]com. Or come and be one of our travel writers with your original story.