Career in Journalism: Guide to Travel Writing

My posts majorly talk about different avenues for a career in journalism. If you are a traveller, and have the ability to put sentences together of experiences, you can try your hand at travel writing. A travel journalist is a writer who is travelling as a journalist/writer, not as a tourist or holiday maker.

It isn’t easy to write interesting narratives when you are in holiday mode. You can either be a full-time travel writer or a freelance writer.You’ll need to know how to write a travel article, and discover angles that is unusual. provides you the kinds of travel writing that you could explore:

Points to be noted:

  • Travel guides are not regarded as travel journalism.
  • Travel journalism is writing that engages the reader and is often historically, politically, culturally and geographically informed without becoming too academic.
  • Travel writers have an eye for the idiosyncratic

Types of Travel Writing:

Destination Specific: Maybe a city/resort/hotel. These are often thinly disguised promotional pieces and rarely go beyond the surface. A few writers do manage to write about a very specific place and give the place a certain character and personality.

The Travel Guide: This is a big market, and often is a book published independently. Occasionally a travel guide-style piece does appear in magazines. Their primary focus is to provide information – list structures are very common.

The Journey: Many travel writers focus on the journey – on movement from one place to another. The narrative may involve places and encounters along the way, but the emphasis is more on getting there than on being there.

Thematic: Many travel stories are thematic. For example – you may focus on visitingforts of Medieval India. Good thematic writing moves through different locations but maintains a tight focus.

Personal Narrative: First person account that needs to have a particular focus and interesting theme. No one is interested in the writer unless something truly interesting happens to them.

Feature Writing: A travel feature combines elements of both features and travel writing. There is research, context, analysis as well as descriptions of place, characters and atmosphere.

What should a good travel piece cover?

  • A sense of hardship or challenge
  • Seeing the world and feeling the world
  • Seeing things in a different light, a crooked angle
  • Shows us a part of ourselves – both self and anonymity
  • To rethink and question judgments
  • Keep our minds mobile, awake, alert

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It would be great to see you come back and know more about travel writing.

Contributed by:

Arundhati Sarkar

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