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Travel Writer
A young woman writes in her journal inside Stanley's Copje Tented Camp while on safari in the Mikumi National Park, Tanzania, Africa. Emmerich-Webb/Getty Images
A young woman writes in her journal inside Stanley's Copje Tented Camp while on safari in the Mikumi National Park, Tanzania, Africa. Emmerich-Webb/Getty Images

Do you have a yen to travel and a way with words? Add them together and you have the makings for a great travel writer. As a travel writer, you can wind your way around the world or the country, visiting specific destinations and writing vivid descriptions and reviews for readers. And you can do it all on someone else's dime! You need to be independent, courageous and creative and up for anything new and different.

Don't expect to start right off with paid projects, however. Usually you'll need to build up your own portfolio first and publish your stories and photographs online or try to freelance with a local paper. If you don't have the money to travel on your own, become a tourist in your own town. Hone your writing skills by experiencing your local environment through the eyes of an outsider. The job of a travel writer is to bring your passion for travel and new experiences to the minds of those who have never been there.


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