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Embarking on My Greatest Adventure: Freelance Travel Writing

One writer's journey to a travel-writing career -- and how you can do the same

- December 12, 2013
During summers in high school and into college, I worked part-time at a local travel agency. I vividly recall one afternoon flipping through pages of a national travel magazine, reading about faraway places that I'd never heard of, dreaming of visiting them one day. But what I recall even more vividly is the thought that stuck in my mind: "I want to do that. I want to be a travel writer."

Fast forward 10 years. After graduating from college and trying out a few different jobs, I applied for -- and landed! -- a full-time travel writing and editing gig with a branch of a national travel organization. Accepting the position was risky -- it required my brand new husband and me to move about 15 hours away, at our own expense. It was also risky on the part of my new employer, as I didn't have travel writing experience, just the passion.

Unfortunately, the travel writing position didn't pan out the way I had hoped, and I made another career move where writing was still the focus -- public relations. Though my career went in another direction, I continued to write and began pitching myself as a part-time freelance travel writer. Editors bit, too -- my first freelance assignment was with Women's Health & Fitness, for which I wrote about learning to surf and rock climb.

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