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Top Travel Writers

Eric Mack

Journalist, writer, podcaster, radio producer, adventurer, dad. / CNET, Forbes, Inc., Gizmag, NPR, more

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Jon Nickel-D'Andrea

Life's too short to fly coach!

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Jason Steele

Jason Steele is a journalist who specializes in covering credit cards, award travel, and other areas of personal finance. As one of the nation’s leading experts in the credit card industry, Jason’s work has been featured at the top personal finance websites as well as mainstream outlets such as Yahoo! Finance, Money, and Business Insider.

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Emily Price

I'm a full-time tech and travel writer based in San Francisco, California. My work has appeared places like The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Fast Company, Conde Nast Traveler, Elle, Esquire, Glamour, The SF Chronicle, and Mashable.

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Harlan Vaughn

I’m a points and miles enthusiast interested in personal finance, the power of positive thinking, and earning as many points and miles as I possibly can! I currently live in Dallas, Texas.

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Amy Sherman

Amy Sherman is a San Francisco–based writer, recipe developer and publisher of the award-winning food blog Cooking with Amy. She has written for food, travel and lifestyle publications including Afar, Architectural Digest, Tasting Table, Food Network, Recipe.com, Epicurious, KQED's Bay Area Bites, Fodor's, 7x7, Frommer's and CleanPlates. You can also find her work in the following print publications -- A La Carte magazine, Marin magazine, Westways, Via, Gastronomica and Avianca inflight magazine. Her corporate clients include Visit Half Moon Bay, Chase Sapphire, British Airways, Just and Williams-Sonoma.

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Eric Rosenberg

Eric Rosenberg is a finance, travel, and technology writer in Ventura, California. When away from the keyboard, Eric he enjoys exploring the world, flying small airplanes, discovering new craft beers, and spending time with his wife and little girl. You can connect with him at Personal Profitability or EricRosenberg.com.

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Bob Bales

Bob has worked and traveled throughout the world having retired from the military and also working in various countries as an expat.I am a writer and blogger with over six years of experience writing about travel for online audiences. His work appears both on the travel blog, The Traveling Fool and across the web on various online publications in various subjects.

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Kelly Dunning

I travel the world full time and work remotely as a digital nomad.

Lindsay Tigar

Lindsay Tigar is an experienced, established travel and lifestyle journalist, editor and content strategist. Since uprooting from Asheville, North Carolina in 2010 to Manhattan, Lindsay's work has appeared on several websites, including Travel + Leisure, Vogue, USA Today, Reader's Digest, Self, Refinery29 and countless others. While she is always up for the challenge of any assignment, her main areas of focus include travel, wellness, career, psychology, love and healthy living.

Lee Huffman

Lee has a background in personal finance, banking, investments & insurance, credit cards, real estate, and travel. He has spent almost 20 years in the financial services industry and has blogged since 2012. He can speak intelligently to your audience on topics that would be of interest to them.

Rachel Hartman

I'm a freelance writer with a degree in Business Administration and more than 10 years of experience in the publishing industry. During this time, I have helped create high-quality content for top U.S. online, print, and custom publications.

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What makes a good travel writer?

Of all of the gigs in journalism and content development, the invitation to tell the stories of the world seems the most glamorous. When you follow these writers on Instagram, watching in awe as they bounce from country to country, review luxury hotels, go on the safaris you’ve only dreamt of or scribble about destinations you’ve never heard of — it’s hard not to feel a bit of jealousy. But like any other sector that requires research and time, travel writers edit and hone their craft continuously. To succeed in this competitive landscape, they must always maintain a few principles:

They are always curious.

About places, events, off-the-beaten-path holes in the wall. Wherever they go, travel isn’t only about checking off another passport stamp, but exploring the region in search of the best new angle that hasn’t been written about. This changes what would be a vacation for most into a constant work assignment, as they seek out the latest trends in hospitality, culinary and culture worldwide. A travel writer asks appropriately questions about traditions and trends, while maintaining an open perspective and of course, taking copious notes.

They are professional and flexible.

If you’ve ever flown the sometimes not-so friendly skies, you know how unpredictable traveling can be. Flight delays, traffic, lost luggage, overbooked rooms — you name it. But when your job is to write about the places you’ve been and those you think others should visit, you have to maintain your sense of professionalism, as you’re challenged along the way. This requires flexibility and understanding, especially when you’re in parts of the globe that are more underdeveloped than others.

They translate cultures to a wide demographic.

A travel writer could find themselves wandering through the muted, beautiful streets of Japan, bowing in respect and being mindful of any faux pas, or deep into the Andes mountains, learning about the history of gauchos in Argentina. Regardless of where the assignment or their inquisitiveness takes them, the task of a travel writer is to translate their experiences to a wide demographic, inspiring others to take the risk, book the ticket — and get to exploring.

What are the biggest trends in travel writing?

Over the past few decades, international and airplane travel has become increasingly more accessible. This means, more than ever, inexperienced and well-seasoned nomads are making their way to every last corner of the planet — and thus, making the role of a travel writer more chased after. And of course, difficult, since a creative angle isn’t always easy to come by. Here, a few who have mastered the craft predict the direction they anticipate the industry going:

Local Immersion Knowledge

"I’m part of the new breed of digital nomads who do not see the need of having an office to work. As I’ve traveled through 30 countries on six continents, I’ve seen the great desire for local knowledge from editors. Being able to say I’ve called Thailand, Peru or Portugal home for a month has helped me land many assignments."

Lindsay Tigar, Freelance Lifestyle and Travel Journalist
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In-Depth Itineraries

"I think itineraries are the way forward. Personal, real, in-depth write-ups about how, when and why you took a certain trip. There's lots of info out there about general destinations and personal narratives, so I think true followers of travel writing want to know exactly how to plan their own trip. This is where the detail-orientated writers will truly shine."

Eileen Cotter Wright, Travel Journalist and Blogger
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Creative, Learning Travel

"Creative travel is ramping up, with boomers who have free time and millennials who crave experiences over things looking to work out tension and creative ambition. The goal is less to create, and more to re-create through a no-goals learning experience, or learning for the sake of learning. Venues, schools and programs that can offer this type of experience in a variety of formats and locations."

Joanne Cleaver, Journalist
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Who does travel writing really well?

Pretty pictures splashed about social media or in a listicle are one thing, and true, remarkable travel journalism is another. Though there are countless websites and magazines who assign and publish voyage-specific content, there are definitely superstars in the sectors. After all, ask any travel journalist and they’ll be the first to rattle off certain dream bylines they’ve been pitching for, well, years. Travel + Leisure leads the pack in variety—not only do they seek original, detailed reporting from writers located all around the world, but they also publish shopping, city, country and seasonal guides, as well. As a vibrant, lively publication, they also focus on travel trends and news, ensuring their readers are always updated on the latest and most plane-worthy.

On the other end of the spectrum is National Geographic. While in recent years they have started to publish ‘top’ and ‘must-see’ type of lists, they’re highly respected for their ongoing quest to find the most interesting, compelling stories the planet has to offer. This challenges writers to dig deep and truly immerse themselves into the places they trek to, hoping to give a glimpse that the vast majority of the planet will never see.

Secrets from a Travel Writer

"If you want to be a travel writer… you have to travel. Never pitch a story that’s already been published, but instead, tell us what story needs to be told that we don’t know about. That will be what sets you apart from the thousands of pitches we receive... each week."

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