We’ve all heard the glamorous stories about the lucky few individuals who make a living from travel writing, floating from one five star resort to the next and being paid for it. While these “jobs” do exist, what is often not as well documented are the long hours spent hard at work behind the scenes to make this happen.
If you are an aspiring travel writer we would like to work with you to make your travel dreams come true. In this section of the site we have a few items that will help you along the way:
Firstly we’ll show you our writer guidelines and requirements that you’ll need to meet in order to get your article published in Go and Travel magazine (G&T). Our standards are high and it takes a lot of work to get an article published. However, this section deals with the frequently asked questions which should help you on your way.
At G&T we believe there are amazing stories out there that need to be told! If you enjoy writing, why not write for us? Apply to join our team of highly skilled freelance travel writers and photographers.
We only look at travel proposals by email, so if you want your work published on G&T this is what you need to know:
Should I send my story in full?
I have submitted my proposal – When will I hear from G&T?
This is my first travel writing article – will it be considered?
Do you have any advice for aspiring travel writers?
What makes my article a good fit for G&T?
Familiarize yourself with the style, tone, and content of G&T, and remember we cannot publish too many similar articles or similar destinations, so the more ‘out there’ your article is the better chance it will stand of being published. An important question to ask yourself is how your article differentiates itself from others and what new information it is providing to the reader.
Remember our social media channels are also open and waiting for your contributions so please tag us in whatever it is you are getting up to. Here are just a few ideas;
Just a shot of a plate and about 200 words about a meal is a simple idea, but effective if you are out experiencing a different culture or trying out a new recipe, don’t forget to send us pictures which capture the whole experience. Timelapse video’s often work well to show how the meal was prepared.
Keep your article titles interesting, there is a lot of content out there and you want people to be captivated by your title so that they will read your work, here are a few examples we liked…
• I Went to a Tree Climbing School to Overcome My Fear of Failure
• How Tokyo Became Asia’s Graffiti Capital
• How to Move Abroad When You’re Young and Broke
making headlines sound like things you might overhear in conversations and then want to listen closer or join the conversation will engage your readers.
Use our name and get creative
We have the coincidence of being called G&T – use this connection with the drink. If you are drinking a G&T in strange places send us a photograph. G&Ts are nice to look at and not hard to make. They carry a history of people having them in exotic places – like explorers of old swigging them in Africa, India and Southeast Asia. If you need an angle for a short story just have a G&T there and write a few words about where you are. So whether it is a G&T on a skyscraper rooftop, on the banks of the Nile or in Chinatown, London we want to hear and see it.
We include a “Know before you go” section at the end of all our articles which help our readers to take action and put together a similar trip. It is important that these tips are well researched and include up-to-date information.
What kind of work gets published at G&T?
- Destination features – These articles cover a specific destination, region or country, and normally include an adventurous activity which was a highlight of the trip (eg Running with the bulls in Pamplona). The article should be both anecdotal and informative, generally written in the first person and in the past tense, and between 800-1,200 words.
- Upcoming events – These are shorter, topical pieces (550-750 words) giving information on a new event. Often new event organizers are looking for exposure and if you have the chance to do this for them they will see value in your article (eg a new mountain bike race around Mount Kenya).
- Interviews – Perhaps you met someone of particular interest on your travels? Take the time to find out more about them and ask if they want their story told (eg. London based man takes one year to cycle through Africa).
- Knowledge specialist – Do you have a lot of information on a specific travel-relevant subject? eg. Cycling holidays or family adventure trips. We would love to share your knowledge with the G&T readers. Please ensure that your facts are accurate and that you have in-depth knowledge of your content. There is nothing worse than a recent traveler disputing your claims.
- Video Stories – A video is a great way to showcase a travel destination. We like these to be kept between two and five minutes. If we like it we will feature it on our YouTube channel. We also ask for a “Know before you go” section which helps readers plan a similar trip.
- Useful travel advice – Guide our readers by offering some practical advice and lessons you learned while exploring your destination. Help them save money, perhaps a tour operator you found particularly good value in or a local supermarket which sold souvenirs for a fraction of the price. Help them avoid any mistakes you may have made on your adventure. The style should be direct and instructive, but easy to read and implement. Eg. Finding the cheapest flights online or surviving on $3 a day in North America.
- New ideas – we are open to new ideas, so if you have a proposal for articles please feel free to send it to us. Provided it is travel related and adds value to our readers’ travel plans, it can find a home at G&T.