| Who We Are and What We Look For
Transitions Abroad has long been known as a trailblazing travel publication and online information source. We aim to create inspirational
yet practical planning guides for cultural immersion travel, work,
study, living, volunteering abroad and much more.
Founded by a lifelong traveler as part of a family of multilingual travelers, a trained and experienced journalist,
professor of modern literature, and award-winning study abroad advisor and visionary Dr.
Clay Hubbs in 1977 to provide practical information
and inspiration relating to educational and cultural immersion travel abroad, Transitions
Abroad was a magazine far ahead of its time, and publishes a wide variety of articles on its website. TransitionsAbroad.com
is now a leading site for travelers of all ages
who want to extend their time abroad through all forms of work, study,
volunteering, living, or cultural immersion travel.
Our name suggests the fundamental changes to your perspective that result
from immersion in another culture in a manner sensitive to your hosts, land, and their culture; we have always embodied what is currently called "transformational travel" with a bent towards avoiding overtourism at oversaturated locations in order to maintain our welcome.
An ever-expanding community of expert travel
writers and talented freelance writers provide both the inspiration
and the details that readers need to make their own plans. We seek out thoughtful and perceptive writers to provide stories and information
that inspire others to seek and engage in travel experiences
in a respectful manner while visiting, studying, volunteering, working,
or living in host countries.
Millions of visitors come to our website yearly
in search of a wide variety of information, so your contributions can change lives, and will be seen and valued by curious, passionate, educated, motivated,
and sophisticated travelers globally.
Please read our travel writing editorial requirements
below very carefully to ensure that your article is a proper fit.
We have provided very detailed guidelines for a variety of topics to help you with your submission.
Browsing our site for featured stories should offer plenty of examples of our editorial preferences.
What We Look For in Editorial Style
- Useful, practical information
gained from first-hand experience and geared to readers who
travel to immerse themselves abroad while respecting
the culture and land of the people whose countries
(homes) are being visited (while preferably
spending money that benefits local economies
- Articles that inspire others
to enjoy and explore off-the-beaten track travel respecting
natives, their culture, and the land being visited. TransitionsAbroad.com
is primarily a space for travelers and travel writers
to share information with an emphasis on the practical
yet inspirational, or what is currently called "transformational travel" and avoiding overtourism at locations that are saturated.
- Content must be information-based. The
editors are unable to check all sources, so current and
accurate information is essential. Try to approach travel
writing as an engaged journalist wishing
to share important and exciting information with others. Be as concise as possible and do
not hesitate to offer your own documented critical
- In-depth articles that explore a subject with authority. The web has matured over the years and there is much information on almost any subject under the sun. What differentiates an article on any subject over another is the authority with which you write and the depth of the knowledge you have gained from your experience.
- Box outs should
ideally include resources not in the body of the article: e.g.
websites, social media, or books in any format
referring to the subject covered. Well-researched supporting
material and annotated links in box outs
increases the likelihood of publication; we
cannot emphasize enough the importance of providing
practical information that others may use.
- Photos, Videos, Graphics. Multimedia
is now expected by all those who read
about anything related to travel and is a very
effective way of engagement. The more visually powerful and sensitive
the photos or videos you include, the more the reader will gain
a sense of place, people, and culture.
- Either journalistic
or an experienced conversational writing style. The
journalistic style is honestly our preference since
we believe a story should tell itself in the 3rd person as much as possible, but
if you have refined your conversational style and
know how to engage the reader while providing no-nonsense practical information
and inspiration, we are open to publishing
Current Requirements. Please kindly note that we currently seek MORE articles on working, living, volunteering, and studying abroad!
abroad: Teach English abroad. Internships abroad. Summer, student, seasonal
jobs abroad. International jobs and careers. Etc.
Work experiences abroad of all kinds are of great interest to our readers—whether to extend travel for the short-term or build an international resume for the long-term—and we were among the first to write a book on work abroad.
abroad, moving, expat life, and long-term travel, sometimes with a working component. Work permits, housing, education, and all elements related to expatriate life.
abroad: Participant reports that go more in-depth than most reviews and testimonials and describe your own experience as well as other related options. Thematic articles by country, activity, and other issues are also welcome.
and student travel abroad: Includes teen, college
and post-graduate, language learning vacations, and
adult educational travel overseas.
immersion travel: As described in the Travel Writer
Guidelines below. We seek travel submissions that
cover illustrated immersion travel, budget
travel, adventure travel, independent travel, educational travel, responsible/sustainable/transformational travel, long-term travel, as well as other
types of travel we highlight in our various travel sections.
- Overtourism: See the requirements for such pieces below.
- Country Guides — unique, factual, and original overviews — by writers corresponding to various types of work, study,
travel, and living in countries and regions you know deeply from experience.
Please see the writer submission guidelines
and explore the appropriate sections of our site for more details and examples. See what we have and what you think you can add for our community.
What We Do NOT Seek
- "Guest posts" with links back to fundamentally unrelated or generic commercial sites. Please save your time and ours and do not submit such generic guest post queries as they will be ignored given the hundreds we receive daily.
- Submissions that are primarily
promotional or advertorial in nature.
- Sightseeing or destination travel writing submissions
that focus on what to see rather than on direct contact with the land, culture, and people hosting you.
- Submissions that represent travel
as a form of material consumption and objectify the people and culture of
- Submissions that use cliches, such as "step out of your comfort zone," "bucket list," "breathtaking view," "amazing," "paradise," "gem," "nestled," "charming," etc. Good writing, to be effective, does not overload with cliches. There are many ways to express these ideas and we prefer not to use cliches in the context of learning, travel, voluneering, and living aboad. In the future we will create our own ever-growing list to supplement lists already out there.
- Overly self-referential travel writing,
including personal travelogues or highly personalized
narrative travel writing or blog posts.
These are very valid forms of travel writing that are not a central element of our current core editorial, which aims to focus in a more journalistic mode on the practical needs of our readers.
Travel Writer's Guidelines
Please note: As of 1/2019 we seek articles primarily on work, volunteering, living, study, and language learning abroad. We will return to a greater immersion travel focus in a few months.
This section focuses on interaction with
local people and cultures and the avoidance of superficial tourist
routines. Articles may involve such activities as a finding a home
stay or a rural bed and breakfast, a 1- or 2-week language study
course, or pursuing a special interest or activity like cooking,
music, dancing, visual arts, writing, photography, hiking or biking.
Travelers of all ages are invited to share their experiences, as
the passion for travel and the desire to learn has no age limits.
Striking a balance between practical and inspirational travel
writing is preferred.
Submissions by travel writers in the Cultural
should describe (and provide supporting information for) travel that
involves some active participation in the life of the host
- Cultural Immersion Travel: Usually
a form of travel that includes interaction with the
people of the host community. It goes beyond conventional tourism
to the deeper experience that makes travel exciting, enriching,
and educational... travel that includes immersion in another
culture by living, working, studying (or playing!) alongside
- Community-Based Travel: Travel that profits
the host community and does as little as possible to disrupt the local culture
and ecosystem. If an organized tour, we believe that
the organization and guides should be, whenever possible, from
the host community, or at the least that the tours should profit
the host community in some significant way.
- Slow Travel: The Slow
Food®, born in Italy, but now
spreading its influence globally as one of many aspects of
the Slow Movement of which Slow Travel is also a part, has
demonstrated the intrinsic connection between ethics and aesthetics,
responsibility, and pleasure. In the realm of Slow Food, for example, eating slow often
just feels right in this age of frenzied materialistic consumption,
fast food, and fast living. We wish to explore and expand upon
these aspects of Slow Movement while keeping respectful interaction
with the host community and appreciation of their culture to
These three complementary principles of cultural
travel are the primary basis of our editorial preferences
for the following subsections featured on TransitionsAbroad.com.
| Travel Writier's Section Guidelines
Examples of the types of the types of travel submissions
we are seeking are listed here in alphabetical order:
- Adventure Travel
or overviews of adventure travel experiences ranging from rafting
to cycling to motorcycling to mountain climbing, from independent
adventure travel to participation in small group tours.
See the Adventure Travel section
- Budget Travel
A section which
provides current information on best-value-for-money travel opportunities.
Frequently travel bargains also are a form of
immersion travel since spending less often means being closer
to the local culture and people. Be specific about websites, dates,
contacts, etc. either in the body of the text or in accompanying
See the Budget Travel section
Travel and Alternative Tours (Cooking, Art, Dance, Music, Writing,
Massage, Yoga, Meditation, Immersion, etc.)
Cultural travel provides a chance to combine travel with educational
activities that enliven all the senses.
You can learn from established native cooks, artists, writers,
or live with local hosts, admire local lands where the food is
grown, hear and speak the local language, taste local
produce, and many other forms
allowing immersion in the culture.
While our focus is on independent travel, we recognize that there are also many
occasions when locally-organized tours are the least intrusive, safest (e.g.
Safari), or most efficient ways to see the local sights.
We seek details of tours or independent travel that share your
experience such that others may be inspired and perhaps even follow
See our Cultural
Travel section for examples.
- Educational Travel: Lifelong Learning
First-hand reports on a travel-to-learn or study abroad experiences
or programs relating to cultural history, musical studies,
archeology, or Eco-friendly safari tours. The section may include
cultural immersion experiences that travelers would find difficult
to organize or learn on their own.
See the Educational
Travel and Language
Study sections for examples.
- Family Travel
Vacation overseas with the kids? Short- and long-term
family travel can be inexpensive and enriching, and is increasingly
practiced. Submissions can focus on local family tour operators,
home stays, vacation rentals, camping, and independently planned
itineraries with an emphasis on cultural and community-based travel.
See the Family Travel section
- Independent Travel
Detailed itineraries that take independent and solo
travelers off the tourist trail—whether to the less-visited
areas of Europe or to remote regions of the rest of the world.
See the Independent
and Solo Travel section for examples.
- Long-Term Vacation Home Travel
Whether renting a home or apartment for the long- or
short-term, or staying in an Italian agriturismo, there
is no better way to immerse oneself in the country being visited.
Instead of being a tourist reliant on food and lodging from ubiquitous "tourist
traps," you can shop and cook your own food, take daily trips
at a leisurely pace, read or daydream, and invite locals or other
visitors to join you. Detailed descriptions of experiences
seeking, renting, and living in vacation homes and how this helped
immerse you in the local community at your own pace are welcome.
See the Vacation
Home Travel section for examples.
- Responsible Travel, Sustainable Travel, and Creative Alternatives to Overtourism
We welcome informative articles on how local communities
abroad organize and profit from ecotourism, plus first-hand experiences
with responsible ecotourism operators. Topics may also include
a discussion of the ways in which you may have given back to the
people in the countries where you have traveled, ways you have
attempted to limit the impact of your presence on the often-limited resources of host environment,
and any other ways you have may integrated into a local community that welcomes your presence.
We do not seek or espouse a "holier-than-thou" attitude, but rather
encourage stories of respect and good-faith
attempts at sensitive integration into
the homelands and culture of local people in whose homes you are
Overtourism: Recently, particularly in Europe, but also worldwide, cities and monuments such as Venice, Florence, Siena, Barcelona, Prague, Rome, Machu Picchu, the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador, and more have been absolutely swarmed by tourists, often descending from cruise ships and tourist buses. The consequences are often horrific for locals and ruin the experience for sensitive travelers wishing to gain a sense of place. Very often, locations outside these cities and other equally interesting monuments nearby are readily available and often empty, with hosts who are very welcoming needing money for the local economy, and visiting off-season is also an option. We have always sought to explore such locations and strategies, as this article on Prague illustrates.
See the Responsible
Travel section for examples.
- Senior Travel
Among the most noticeable features about current global travel
trends are both the age and the sheer numbers of mature men and
women taking active, adventurous vacations with a healthy learning
and service focus. Whether short-term vacations or retirement
sojourns, Senior Travel Editor Alison Gardner is looking for 50
to 80-year-olds to write about ecological, educational, cultural,
and volunteer travel. Topics may include home stays and hospitality
exchanges, international tours with substance, educational programs,
See the Senior Travel section
- Solo and Group Woman Travel
More and more women are traveling solo or with other
women. Submissions should emphasize the many advantages of
solo and group travel along with precautions regarding health
and safety, or other issues.
See the Women Travel section
- Student Travel: High School, Gap Year, and College
The first exposure to travel is often as a teen and college
student, and an experience overseas is therefore often all the
more intense and transformational. We seek practical yet inspirational
articles which describe summer, semester, or longer-term travel
abroad which have resulted in a change in the perception of
others and of yourselves through immersion in the culture you
have visited. All such travel is inherently educational.
See the Teen Travel
and Study and Student-to-Student sections
- Travel to Eat and Drink: Culinary Travel
Culinary vacations are growing in popularity. Movements
such as Slow Food® highlight how food provides a
connection to the land from which it is produced. Details of
culinary travels and off-the-beaten-track
discoveries of local food are welcome. Since wines are being cultivated
in more and more regions of the world, wine tours — whether
in small groups or solo — have long been one of the most
relaxing ways to travel. Detailed itineraries describing wine
tours, including references to the people, land, and foods which
accompany the experience are ideal.
See the Travel
to Eat section for examples..
Traveler Writer's Guidelines
The working abroad section deals with the many
ways travelers choose to support themselves while living abroad for an extended
period abroad. For many, the work is not an end-in-itself, but provides
the possibility for a more deeply rewarding experience through immersion
in a foreign culture. For others, international employment is a great way
to build a global resume.
Articles in this section should provide the practical information
necessary to prepare for and to find work abroad of both a long-
and short-term nature. A discussion of the process by which work
permits are applied for and obtained for each of the following
types of jobs—if such is not covered in a program you have
participated in—is much appreciated and is of great use to
those who are looking for work abroad in a new country.
Writers are encouraged to include an
evocation of the particular culture or the experience of cultural
immersion or culture shock within the context of an information-based
article. Articles which discuss working within the context of
living abroad are of great interest, as many who take jobs overseas
do so in order to experience another culture in the
everyday basis where interaction with locals is constant.
As always, the inclusion of annotated links and
resources useful for others are greatly appreciated and increase
the likelihood of publication.
- Teaching English Abroad
As the world rushes to acquire English, the new lingua
franca of international commerce, diplomacy, and higher education, the
bulk of job opportunities abroad are for English teachers.
In many cases, your credential is simply being a native speaker
of the English language. Increasingly, however, a college degree and a TEFL Certificate obtained onsite or online from a reputable organization is necessary to find the most desirable jobs and receive the best pay.
In this section, we seek various practical
articles and participant reports, which ideally take the form of mini-guides recounting your experiences teaching or relating to specific issues about teaching English abroad.
Here are some sample questions you might wish to consider depending on what you feel will be most valuable to share with others seeking to learn TEFL and to work (and live) as a teacher abroad:
- How did you prepare to become an English teacher? Did you obtain a certificate to teach English? If so which organization provided the training and what was the type of the certificate? Was your certificate obtained onsite abroad or online? Did the program help you with job placement and visas?
- What were your experience(s) teaching and living in a
country overseas either through an consulting firm, TEFL training program with job placement, or as a freelancer?
- What motivated you to want to teach English?
- How did you research and find your position?
- Was your experience a positive one?
- What were your experiences regarding cultural immersion? Did you ever fully adapt to your new home abroad as you taught? Was the host country hospitable to you? Do you have advice for others on adaptation?
- Had you already visited the country, or did you learn to
appreciate it while in there?
- How did you fund your training or trip abroad?
- Can you provide anecdotes relating to your experience abroad
which will offer insight to others who wish to follow
- If you are still in teaching overseas, have you found other
options to develop a career in the host country through
networking and your presence?
- If you have returned to your home, did the experience
help you in developing your career?
- Tell us what you think are the top countries to teach English,
provided you have worked in more than one.
- What were the most positive (and sometimes negative) aspects
of teaching in a given country or to the people you were
See the Teaching
English Abroad section for featured writing examples.
- Volunteer Work Abroad
A popular and rewarding way to extend a trip abroad
is to exchange work for free room and board. In many cases, volunteer
programs may be quite comprehensive — including language learning,
internships, excursions, etc.— and the cost is correspondingly
higher. Many volunteer programs are excellent ways to combine
or extend your travels with participation in a useful service,
which some refer to as volunteer vacations or voluntourism. Some
volunteer service is best served by well-trained individuals,
such as long-term care for children, while other activities require
less training and are a source of learning to help you in
future volunteering activities. Articles by participants in the
Peace Corps or issue-related articles by other dedicated long-term
volunteer veterans are welcome. We seek:
- First-hand practical reports relating to your
experience in a country overseas, including the research
methods you used to find the program or organization you
chose. Would you choose different methods or tools to find
a program now if you were to volunteer again?
- The top countries in which to volunteer, meaning where
you feel you can make the most difference.
- The top organizations you would recommend for a given country,
region, or worldwide.
- How to find the most responsible and effective programs.
- Any theme or country-related theme you think would be valuable
to others who wish to volunteer overseas.
- Has volunteering abroad resulted in a learning experience
which changed your life in general and in your current life?
Do you continue to volunteer even when back at "home?"
- Discussions about issues such as volunteer vacations, and
how they impacted you and the host community in a meaningful
See the Volunteer
Abroad section for featured writing examples.
- Internships Abroad
The best time to seek work abroad and to prepare for
an international career is while you are a student or soon after
graduation (though some internships also exist for those seeking
a career change.) Please tell us why you sought an internship
- For the adventure of learning, working, and living abroad?
- As a chance to gain in-depth knowledge of another culture
and yourself through immersion?
- As an inexpensive way to improve foreign language proficiency?
- As preparation for an international career?
- First-hand reports on how to do this and more
are welcome, as are thematic articles by interns.
See the Internships
Abroad section for featured writing examples.
- Short-Term Work (Student/Summer/Seasonal Jobs)
Your experience in finding and maintaining a short-term job abroad
is of great interest to our readers, especially as a way to
extend your stay. You should include resources and practical
information on how readers can find a similar work experience.
- First-hand articles about your experience on jobs ranging
from crewing a yacht to leading an adventure tour to
freelance travel writing and publishing to working abroad
as a journalist
- What you consider the top short-term, seasonal or summer
- The pros and cons of particular jobs around the world.
- Tips on how to make the most of your job to combine
work with travel and pleasure.
- How to find a short-term job in a country which will be
- Opportunities for creating your own work as a freelancer
- Any other ideas or tips you may have regarding short-term,
seasonal, and summer jobs abroad.
See the Short-Term
Work section for featured writing examples.
- Teaching K-12 and University
Travelers with K-12 certification have a broad range of
options for teaching abroad. Articles in this section include
work in private international schools, Department of Defense schools,
teacher exchange programs, and volunteer organizations. Topics
of interest include:
- First-hand evaluations of your experiences while teaching.
- Tips for those who wish to find such teaching jobs.
- Issues regarding teaching overseas in K-12 and University
See the Teaching
Abroad section for featured writing examples.
- International Careers
In many cases, international careers are sought and found
as a result of previous travel, study or short-term work abroad.
Submissions should focus on your experience securing long-term
jobs abroad and discussing ways to prepare for a successful overseas
- What inspired your choice for an international career?
- How did your travels, study, or any previous experience
living abroad prepare you for an international career?
- Did your international career start from the U.S.? Emphasize
practical information and insights based on experience
(which may include international work in the U.S.)
- What do you see as trends in international careers, e.g.
the movement towards freelancing abroad or working as an
- Issues relating to getting your international career going.
- Are international careers possible while living in your
home country as the global economy expands?
See the International
Careers for featured writing examples.
Abroad Writer's Guidelines
The best way to learn about a country and its
culture is to live there (or short of that to travel like a local).
For longer stays, nothing beats exchanging your home for a comparable
home abroad or renting or buying a vacation home. Often you may extend
your stay by working or studying in the host country as well, so
living, working, and studying abroad are often inextricable.
Making a move to live abroad is for
many the ultimate transition—often the fulfillment of a
lifelong dream, in other cases the result of chance and circumstance.
We are seeking inspiring articles which also provide in-depth practical descriptions
of your experience moving and living abroad, including discussions
of immigration and necessary visas, personal and family life abroad,
housing, work, social interactions with the natives, food, culture,
study, language learning, and potential prejudices encountered.
Apart from practical considerations what
were the most significant physical, psychological, and social adjustments
necessary to integrate into the local communities? Feel free to
include anecdotes about locals who may have aided in your adjustment
to the physical conditions and social mores of the host community,
as well as the role of other expatriates in providing information
A listing or reference to the
most relevant websites, publications, and other resources
which have aided you in the cultural adjustment process or
enhanced your current life abroad is necessary to help others
who may find themselves in similar situations or even similar
locations. Such sidebars should include supporting details
and resources that are not in the body of the article.
As always, we do not seek diaries or
highly personalized blogs, but your own perspective in which the host
country remains the primary focus, such that the culture stays
in the foreground.
See the Living
Abroad section for many examples. Please write on this subject if you have experience.
student section deals specifically with learning and studying
abroad for pre-college, college, and graduate students, as well
as living, working, and volunteering abroad for this same audience
of 17 to 25-year-olds. Articles should be 750-2,000 words. All
student-written articles are eligible for consideration in the
Abroad Student Writers Contest with a grand prize of $500
(please make a note if you wish for your submission to be considered
in the contest).
To see a collection of articles recently
published by Transitions Abroad go to the Study
Abroad section of our site or see our annual Student
Travel Writing Contest winners.
Well-researched supporting material and
annotated web links in sidebars significantly increases the likelihood
of publication; we cannot emphasize enough the importance of providing
others practical information which they can use.
Articles should focus on practical, usable information based on
personal experience. Think about
what you were looking for when you were planning to travel and
study abroad. The general guidelines for articles in this section
are the same as for our annual Student
Travel Writing Contest (with a grand prize of $500 and other cash prizes of $150/$100/$50) a page on which you can see some excellent
examples of winners.
| Language Study and Vacations Writer's Guidelines
One of the most important considerations in travel overseas is learning the local language(s) through immersion. The section consists of first-hand reports on language-learning
vacations or study for credit. Such experience often include home stays and other cultural
immersion activities that travelers might find difficult to
organize on their own.
See Language Study sections
of our site for college-age and above examples. Please write on this subject if you have experience.
| Teen High School Programs Abroad Writer's Guidelines
Teen high school years are critical in the development of global experience. We publish articles on group programs and some independent travel, summer programs and camps, language classes, adventure programs, volunteer programs, and teen high school study abroad, along with exchange programs. Recently, taking a gap year is gaining wide acceptance and popularity by some of the top academic institutions in the country as a way to prepare high school graduates to get the most out of their college and university experience. We seek writing reflective of your experience, research, and recommendations of programs that have provided you changes in perspective and expanded your view of the world.
See the Teen High School Study Abroad section for examples of both expert advice and first-hand accounts—both of which are invaluable to our audience. Please write on this subject if you have experience.
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- Please read our Writer's
Guidelines very, very carefully and browse through some of our featured articles
for style and content.
- Our experience is that in-depth
articles are currently preferred by our audience.
Please be concise and fact-driven, but do elaborate enough to tell a story, while ideally incorporating practical "boxouts." There has been a superabundance of travel content produced in the past few years, so articles that go in-depth are now being recognized and rewarded. (1250-2500+ total words often work best, with high-resolution photos, infographics, and even videos if you have them.)
- Please check that your submission
allows the story to tell itself as would
a journalist, inclusive of as many links to relevant and useful information as possible.
- Initial response time to manuscripts
is usually about 1-2 weeks if your piece is a good fit for our current requirements (due
to the large volume of submissions we receive). If we
do not respond within two weeks, we likely
have no space for the piece and you should submit it to other
publications. Please do not take this personally in any way, as we receive far too many submissions to publish. Feel free to send another pitch in the future if you think it is in-line with an important gap in our coverage.
- Please do NOT submit to us previously
published travel writing and material; we are looking
for first-time rights for original articles and will
conduct a web search to verify originality.
- Please include a biographical
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a head-shot photo of yourself and a link to your blog/website
or a primary social media account.
- Please include your name and email address on at least the
first page of your manuscript.
- In these times, social media marketing
knowledge and experience is more important than ever for exposure.
Please try to ensure that you, as a paid travel writer, do
your part marketing your published work, just as we will.
Please email all submissions or questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Note that you will receive an autoreply that we have received your submission, as we receive many irrelevant commercial guest post submissions daily and cannot answer each and every one immediately.
to Travel Writers
Our team of talented contributors consist of professional
travel writers, freelance travel writers, and passionate travelers
with practical information and inspirational ideas to share; we are
interested in useful and inspirational first-hand information, and certainly appreciate
engaging writing that requires minimal editing.
Payment for freelance articles
is upon acceptance, ranging from $75 to $150 (for an article in the
1250+ word range) based upon how much traffic we project the
submission will generate over time while maintaining our editorial
standards. Average payment is $100, though in-depth, authoritative, and well-written pieces responding to our editorial needs pays as much as $150.
- We are always looking for
experienced published writers to become regular
columnists or contributing editors. Payment to
regular columnists or contributing
editors with extensive experience is by agreement and negotiable.
Experienced and widely published writers may submit specific queries
along with a link to their portfolio.
- Freelancers beginning their travel
writing career are welcome to send submissions "on spec" after carefully reading some of our featured articles to understand our editorial preferences and ensure you are not writing an article on content previously covered.
many other websites that do not offer payment at all, or minimal payment, Transitions Abroad will pay a
fee for each submission while you gain experience and
exposure. Transitions Abroad has a long
history of being a springboard for up-and-coming travel writers. We will offer
guidance, if requested, as part of the concept to editing
to publication to the marketing process.
Please send us a link to your portfolio of articles, relevant posts, or even your blog so we can see examples of your work. Developing a portfolio site is now effortless using many free online tools. A portfolio site is extremely helpful both to help you market yourselves as travel writers and for all publishers evaluating your work, and will increase your chances of publication since we can see your work at a glance.
- All first-time submissions are considered "on spec."
(If you an experienced travel writer, you may send us a detailed query and links to your portfolio before proceeding to write a piece based on mutual agreement.)
Payment for submissions is made quickly, preferably via PayPal,
or by check if necessary. We never publish a piece prior to your compensation!
Should you have any questions or feedback concerning our writer guidelines, please do not hesitate to email us.