|As an avid world wanderer with a love for written word and hundreds of pages of blog entries from my jaunts around the world, I thought I’d give travel writing a try. My travel style tends to fully embrace low-budget adventures down seldom trodden paths. Think hitchhiking on the backs of tractors in northern Uganda, CouchSurfing the perimeter of India, and trekking solo through the central highlands of Vietnam. In terms of writing, narration of the world around me, through its scenery, its people, and its politics, seems to comes naturally and as such, the blogging I’ve done in the past reflects just that—vivid descriptions of my surroundings intertwined with current events and issues of inequality. In my quest to share a few of my experiences with other curious travelers, I’ve highlighted 5 publications that seem to fit nicely with my specific niche of travel and writing.#1 The Expeditioner (www.theexpeditioner.com )
· Editor: Matt Stabile
· Submission Guidelines: Accept unsolicited travel writing, generally in the range of 900-1200 words. Submissions should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org . Payment is based on experience.
· First Impressions: A great place to begin showcasing some of my favorite short narratives and accompanying photographs from previous travels.
#2 World Hum (www.worldhum.com )
· Editors: Jim Benning & Michael Yessis
· Submission Guidelines: Paste your submission (of no more than 2000 words) as well as your bio into the body of an email. Attachments will not be opened. Include the section that you want your piece to contribute to in the subject line of the email. Send submissions to email@example.com. If your submission is accepted, World Hum editors will contact you as soon as possible with more information, including payment details.
· First Impressions: The intersection of travel, pop culture, and current events, just the kind of publication I’m looking for! This online forum challenges its readers to not only think of travel as a way of life, but also to take life a little less seriously as is expertly demonstrated in the “How To” section.
#3 Wanderlust Review (www.wanderlustreview.com)
· Editors: Phil Duncan, Cindy Chang, & Erin Foran
· Submission Guidelines: In an email, provide a 3-sentence description of yourself, including name, location, and previously published work (if any). Submit photos and/or writing as attachments during either of the two submission periods Oct. 1-Dec. 1 or Apr. 1-Jun 1. Send all submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org and make sure the subject of your email reads: GENRE – Title – Last Name. You should hear back within a month or 2 of the submission closing date whether your entry was accepted or not.
· First Impressions: A bit more sophisticated, with an almost academic feel, as compared to The Expeditioner. Submissions to this publication focus on literary works rather than guides to a particular place, and will likely be a bit more of a challenge for me as I improve my storytelling, narrative skills.
#4 Outside (www.outside.away.com)
· Editors: John Bradley, Dianna Delling, Sam Moulton, & Jeremy Spencer
· Submission Guidelines: Send queries (a clear, original, and provocative thesis) and two or three relevant clips along with a self-addressed stamped envelope to: Editorial Department, Outside Magazine, 400 Market St., Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87591. A typical response time is 6-8 weeks.
· First Impressions: The “go to” magazine for adventure travel with a long history of remarkable feature articles. Writing for Outside would mark a major accomplishment in my hopes of “making it” in the travel writing industry.
#5 Budget Travel Magazine (www.budgettravel.com)
· Editor: Nina Willdorf
· Submission Guidelines: Budget Travel accepts submissions from freelance writers. To be considered, send a copy of published work, as a sample, your pitch (not complete article) and a cover letter. Send submissions to: email@example.com.
· First Impressions: A magazine I find myself flipping though during waits in the grocery line that highlights great travel deals and destinations. This one maybe a little ways off in terms of contributing, but a great source for inspiration