This might sound tough, but with the internet and modern tools, publishing online is as easy as writing a Word document. It doesn’t take much to put a few hundred words on a page… but with help you’ll be able to sell those words and get paid to travel the world.
How can you become a full-time travel writer? There’s two parts, really: travel and writing! In fact, there’s a third – marketing your work, or selling the idea of your story to magazines or paying websites. What happens if you can’t sell your story? Then add it to your own website and use that to sell hotel stays and other travel services – you can make money both ways, and you’ll be building a sustainable business as you travel around the world.
I would recommend looking into different writing courses. The best of these will not only give you an idea of how to improve your writing and tell better stories, but will also show you how to pitch to editors, market your existing work, and leverage new media to build your reputation and income.
Unfortunately many books on travel writing are out of date. Although the basics of story-telling are still the same, the style of writing for a magazine and for the web are very different. Because readers treat them differently, a good writer will craft each piece differently.
And, unfortunately, many travel blogs don’t make money. A recent survey of 100 bloggers showed that only 5% were making more than US$2000 a month… more than 50% were making less than $20!
Thankfully, there is an answer to both of these problems. MatadorU writing school is a new-media course created by professionals currently working in the industry. The course is completely online and is supplemented by student/teacher forums and a job-listing board which allows you to find work almost immediately. Read a MatadorU writing course review to find out more.
There are also lots of free resources available to help you make money travel blogging. My favourite is Make Money Travel Blogging, which has lots of great ideas from start-up to advanced tweaking. They also review plenty of paid resources, which means you get to see something about online courses before you buy them.