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Dream to become a travel writer- new (support and critisism needed!)

  1. Taylor Qualman profile image61
    Taylor Qualmanposted 22 months ago

    I plan to be leaving in april of next year to begin as a travel writer, and to experience the world. Im currently saving money, and selling my stuff. I just started building my grounds for writing, and I feel i am doing fairly well, but there will always be room for improvment. I am new to this site, and i would appreciate tips, or help with areas i can improve. I want to build support that i will have when i begin in april to prevent floundering with my work. There are two hubs on my profile so far, and you may find a bit more of my work here:  (not promotional)  Also i would appreciate feedback about my bio on here so i know if it is adequate enough. Thank you!

    1. Maximum A profile image89
      Maximum Aposted 22 months ago in reply to this

      All the best to you then. I'm also planning on traveling in a year of two, too. I guess my only feedback and/or advice is to pay close attention to/improve your writing (grammar, phrasing, etc.) and to read up on travel blogs and sites for travel writers to get you prepped up for your adventure, even though it'll still be a few months away. Good luck, Taylor!

      1. Taylor Qualman profile image61
        Taylor Qualmanposted 22 months ago in reply to this

        I noticed that my grammar, and such has fallen a bit. Thank you. Its gonna take a bit of work dusting off an old skill. Thank you, and good luck to you as well!

    2. Maffew James profile image98
      Maffew Jamesposted 22 months ago in reply to this

      It's always good to have lofty aspirations.

      Do you want to start your own website/blog where you can write about your travels, or are you planning on starting more of a freelancing career? The distinction is important because it defines how you go about preparing for this.

      If you're planning to start your own travel site, I'd recommend beginning to build it up right now and start to gain loyal readers and consistent traffic before you even leave. An email list is really important here because it allows you to reach your readers and keeps them engaged with your site. You can also use it to market to them if you end up taking it to the next level with an ebook, online travel guide, or some other form of product to ramp up your income.

      Freelancing is a whole different kettle of fish though. It'd be good to have some form of exposure to the industry prior to leaving. Articles published in magazines and popular travel websites are good for your resume, and it's good to have powerful contacts that like your work and can provide references or work as you travel. I'm sure there are many talented freelancers on Hubpages that could provide a lot more detailed help with such a career choice.

      1. Taylor Qualman profile image61
        Taylor Qualmanposted 22 months ago in reply to this

        I never did understand the whole "email list thing" lol. But, i am building followers on one page on facebook so far. It will be apart of my travels. An attempt to show people that there is still good in this world. Right now im just throwing peacefull related writing on it, because i can't exactly prove much from home. I want to start my own travel blog, make that peace page grow, and possibly a website where people can share experience that trouble them. Like the experience project.. only taken more seriously. An maby photograph, and videos on the side since those would take less time, and effort. I did do a little bit of freelance writing a few years back. I hated writing how someone told me to. My writing is my personality, and i am happiest showing it my way. My main goals were simply to help people, show people that life does not need to be a daily rat race/grind fest, to show people the world still has hope, and to prove you don't have to be rich to see experience life.

        1. Maffew James profile image98
          Maffew Jamesposted 22 months ago in reply to this

          Sounds great!

          Well the benefit of an email list is that you're constantly in touch with your audience. Instead of someone visiting your blog once through a search engine or whatever channel and then leaving, they can be given updates every time you post and have more chance of returning. If you wrote a book about your travels, you could send emails about that to generate sales, and you can even send out a newsletter to keep them up to date with where you are in the world.

          It's basically all about branding and building trust, as well as keeping in constant contact with an audience that keeps coming back. Having a Facebook page has similar benefits and can be used in much the same way. You'll probably find your Facebook page really useful as you gain more followers; it will drive a lot of traffic to your blog for new content.

          I definitely see your point about freelance writing. It's never really appealed to me, but I know a few people who love it. The blog route is better because you can build a business out of it and run it however you like. In any case, good luck with your dream.

          1. Taylor Qualman profile image61
            Taylor Qualmanposted 22 months ago in reply to this

            I'll certainly look into building an email list. Thank you very much for your insight, and good luck to you too!