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Make Money Writing Travel Articles From Home

Updated on October 11, 2013

I know, I know, staying at home does not equal travel. Thank you for stating the obvious. Now, if you are ready to learn how you can do exactly that, stay at home and write travel articles, then please read on.

I wrote an article a few months back in which I burst some traditionally-embraced bubbles. In that article I pointed out that because of the internet and the availability of information about sites all around the world, it really wasn’t necessary for a writer to actually visit a distant site in order to write about it. All one really needs is good research skills and an authoritative writing style. Seriously, folks, I have never been to Europe and I’m willing to bet I can write an article about the French countryside, and I’ll have you not only believing that I have been there but booking your tickets for your next vacation.

But today we won’t be talking about any subterfuge but rather about travel writing featuring sites where you live.

I can already hear the grumbling from those of you in the back row, and remember I was once a teacher so I know who you are. You are saying that staying at home and writing about your city is all well and good if you live somewhere interesting like New York or Chicago, but what about you poor saps who live in the middle of nowhere?

And I say to you that there is something interesting to write about no matter where you live. Fascinating stories surround us each and every day. As writers we need to be observant and always be on the lookout for the next great story.

Before I give you some things to look at in your area, let’s first discuss your own personal preparation for this undertaking.

250 year old barn in our area was good for an article
250 year old barn in our area was good for an article

Willing and Able

Writers need to have open eyes and open minds….toss in a little imagination and you just might be amazed at what leaps out in front of you.

You must always be on the lookout for the story behind the site, and look for unique qualities about the site that will appeal to other people. If you find it interesting then chances are someone else will want to read about it and eventually visit it themselves.

As you travel around your village, town, city or countryside, always have a camera with you. Other than your writing ability, a camera may be the most important tool a writer has. Not only do you capture quality pictures that might be requested by a magazine after acceptance of your article, but pictures also serve as a constant resource after you have left the site and prepare to write about it.

Always carry a notebook with you in the car so you can jot down random ideas as they come to you.

Now, if you are ready, let me give you some ideas for finding the next great travel article.

Thoughts to consider

A local street fair meant an article
A local street fair meant an article

START LOCAL AND EXPAND

And I do mean local. One of the first articles I sold was a piece about a neighborhood street fair held in our neighborhood. It was in its second year of existence and nobody had written about it by the time I stumbled over it. I sold the piece to an alternative newspaper in our area, and a year later sold it again to the major newspaper in our city.

What is happening in your neighborhood? City? Any festivals happening? How about history of your town? Can you find any interesting stories about former residents? Is there an old-timer you can interview who can give you insights into lifelong ago where you currently live? What was it like where you live 200 years ago? Is there anyone famous who is from your area?

One of my favorite places to visit is the cemetery. Please, don’t look at me like that. I’m serious! There are some great stories on those old gravestones for a writer who is curious and has some research skills.

And simply because you are writing about your local area does not mean it won’t be interesting to a state magazine editor, or a regional magazine editor. Interesting stories have universal appeal. Remember that fact and you will see unlimited possibilities.

LOOK FOR INTERESTING BUILDINGS AND THEIR HISTORIES

The oldest building in Olympia, where I live, was built in 1878, so anyone living east of Olympia surely can find an older building to write about.

But age isn’t everything. Is there an interesting story behind a particular building? I would imagine quite a few buildings in Chicago and New York have great mafia stories behind them. All you have to do is discover them, write about them and sell them.

Is there a local restaurant that sells an unusual dish? Is there a local school that once had a famous student?

In the city where I was raised, Tacoma, Washington, I can show you the Bing Crosby home and the home where Ted Bundy grew up. Do you think there are any stories in those two homes?

Interesting perspective on travel writing

Bing Crosby's childhood home in Tacoma
Bing Crosby's childhood home in Tacoma

LOOK FOR INTERESTING PEOPLE

Okay, not every city has the homes of Ted Bundy and Bing Crosby in them, but every town in America, England, France or wherever has its share of interesting people, even if they are just local and always have been local.

Ask around and see if you can’t get some recommendations of people to interview. Read back issues of the local newspaper for inspiration, and track down people who were newsworthy decades ago but may be forgotten today.

Maybe the local Little League coach has been coaching kids for fifty years. You don’t think that is an interesting story if written correctly?

LOOK FOR ANNIVERSARIES

In four years it will be the fortieth anniversary of Bing Crosby’s death. Do you see where I’m going with this?

September 18th is National Cheeseburger Day. Do you think an article about the oldest Olympia drive-in, Big Toms, might be a good idea pitched with National Cheeseburger Day?

Next year is the 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death. I can drive you by his former home in Olympia; do you think there is an article there?

It took me ten minutes to think of those three article ideas. What can you do if you think about it for an hour?

LOOK FOR THE UNUSUAL

One thing we can always count on is the unusual. With seven billion people there is no shortage of the weird, but since you are going to stay at home to write, you will need to find the weird or unusual in your area.

Let me give you an example. Every year in Olympia we have the Lakefair Celebration, a week long excuse to party and have fun. A carnival comes to town for this event, and I thought it might be interesting to interview some carnival workers and ask them about their lives on the road. It turns out it was interesting….interesting enough to sell the story to a local newspaper.

I have no idea what is happening in your area, but I’m willing to bet something strange, interesting or unusual is happening or will be happening soon. It’s your job as a writer to find out what it is and then sell it.

Do you think you can use these ideas to write a travel article?

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Stay at Home and Be the Eyes of the World

It took me one hour and ten minutes to write this article. That’s how long it took me to think of a plethora of article ideas. Imagine how many you can think of if you let your imagination roam.

I firmly believe that the only restrictions on a writer are ones set by the writer himself. A good writer can make dog doo doo interesting. A poor writer could be sitting at the right hand of John Lennon and not come up with a writing idea.

This article is over. What I want you to do now is step away from your computer, open the door, step outside and say hello to an endless array of travel ideas just waiting for you in your hometown.

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

      Bill, I love the tip about writing about stuff like is local to you in your own neighborhood for a travel magazine. Seriously, what a great idea and could probably find plenty of places we take the girls to write and share. Really such great food for thought and thank you for that. Also, hope your day is starting off good now!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, I'm pretty sure no matter where you live that there are stories waiting for you....one just has to look for them.

      Thank you as always my supportive friend.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Yes, I would love this so much!!! We always have local events, even one huge one just last weekend. It sounds kind of ironic to stay home and to write travel articles, but what a fun opportunity to do such.

      Interesting and insightful article once again Bill!

      Voted up +++ and sharing

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Definitely up my alley! All great ideas! Thank you, Bill! I hope you have a great day!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      I think HP is having technical difficulties, for it is showing that you published this on your profile page 20 hours ago, and they same thing happened to me, so I asked a question.

      Hope they get this adjusted as it looks like no one has commented in such a long time, when that is not the case!

      Hugs, Faith Reaper

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Great truths here. The bad ones are really bad though. LoL

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Great ideas and tips!

      Yes, if we look around, any nearby location, an event or a festival can be a topic of a great article, which people will find interesting to read about.

      Thanks for this interesting hub! Have a good day!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Yes, Faith, there is a whole world out there just waiting for an imaginative writer to write about it....I hope you give this a try so we can all learn more about your area.

      blessings always my friend

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Randi and I hope you do as well.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, I would be a crazy man if I tried to figure out HP and what they do or don't do. There always seems to be glitches with the system. I just write, Faith....that's all I do. I let the numbers people worry about the numbers and the system. :)

      Have a blessed day

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      They are indeed, Eric. LOL

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure Chitrangada...thank you for taking the time to comment, and enjoy your day.

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      carol stanley 3 years ago from Arizona

      This is such a great idea and there is a lot of history here in Prescott. Just have to jot the ideas. There is a city Mayer with about 200 people and a historic building now a restaurant and antique store...Wow i see what you mean..You just have to put yourself out there. I am pinning of course, but going to share this with some of my facebook groups...

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Oh yes Billy another great read and you are so right in all you say. A little something came to me as I read your advice on carrying a notebook with us wherever we go.

      This is one of the first things I read when buying a Writer's Forum Magazine.

      I did just this and I wrote absolutely nothing in it; it felt good to have it in my bag and I maybe wrote a couple of titbits but then nothing! It seemed I was day dreaming about writing but not actually being constructive. However by today it is an extension of me. I think of something or I see something; out it c0mes and pen to paper. I wouldn't be without it anymore so take heed readers ;advice worth listening too.

      When it comes to finding something to write about I find today that I can write about anything and everything. I had a morning of no ideas at all therefore I wrote a humorous poem on no ideas.

      Thank you once again Billy and here's to sending you and Bev all my love.

      Eddy.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You go, Carol! Great Old West history in your area, and many magazines would be willing to pay for those articles. I hope you give this a try. Let me know when your articles are purchased. :)

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      Lee Raynor 3 years ago from Citra Florida

      Hey Billybuc

      Back in 2011 I wrote a series of articles about Italian Regional foods: (http://chefsref.hubpages.com/hub/Italian-Food-Befo... and I was asked for advice as to where to visit and what to try. So, this Hub is good advice and the advice works

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eddy, I will never understand writer's block. I can't shut the ideas off. My notebook is filled with titles and a one sentence description of what the title means to me....and then I write the article later when I have time. I have about 25 titles sitting around at any given time waiting to be written.

      Thank you my dear and I hope your week is progressing nicely.

      love and blessings always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      chefsref, I love it. Thanks for sharing your experience. Much-appreciated.

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      Jim Higgins 3 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      A great list of ideas here Bill. Food for thought and action!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Jim! It's always good to see yo drop by.

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      Marlene Bertrand 3 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Excellent tips. Plus, the video brings the message home loud and clear for anyone wanting to make a living at writing articles.

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      Bernadyn 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

      I love this idea and have tried it before. I live in a boring, lame city according to many people but as I've researched more and keep track of events that go on in my town, I know there is always something interesting to do and write about. I've read about some exciting things here, too, so I know as long as you look at something with a writer's eye, there will always be a story. Awesome tips here!

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      This is an article I really looked forward to reading! I like enjoying and writing about things like this. You're right, there are so many interesting places out there, and so many stories to be told.

      Thanks for sharing this with us, and have a great day!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Marlene! If I had more time I'd do this more often. There is no end to the things I could write about in this area.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kathryn, living where you are living, how could one ever run out of stories to write about? There is so much history around there. I would be tempted, of course, to go off the beaten path and find stories outside the city that nobody else has written about. Good luck if you decide to try it, and thanks as always for the visit.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      BNadyn, your last line is the best...as long as you look at something with a writer's eye...indeed my friend. I will never understand how some writers are stumped for things to write about....open up your mind, eye and heart and let your imagination soar. :)

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill, not too long ago you suggested I write travel articles. At first I poo-poohed the idea because I don't go anywhere. This hub has opened my eyes and my mind. I really need to get away from my office and venture out more. I'm constantly taking pictures around my home and neighborhood and writing ideas down as they pop into my head. This article has opened the door and shown me the other side of the road. Another keeper!

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      livingsta 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      Great article Bill, something that I would love to do. I had an idea of writing a few travelogues after visiting my hometown next time, but your hub has motivated me to do so even before the visit. As always, I am inspired by your advise here. Thank you so much my friend.

      Hope you are well and had a good day.

      Sending you smiles, blessings and a hug. :-)

      P.S: Missed reading your hubs!

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      lovedoctor926 3 years ago

      I could see myself as a travel writer. These are great suggestions. There are a number of must see attractions here for visitors in Miami as well as National Historic Landmarks. Last month, I had the opportunity to attend an event called Miami Spice, where you sample many types of specialty international dishes created by world-renowned chefs for a fixed price. During this event, I was even thinking of how cool it would be to go to different restaurants in Miami, sample food and write reviews after dining. I should check out ezinearticles.com. Anyway, thank you for these useful tips. I think I'm going to start writing some hubs on traveling very soon. I like the idea of carrying a notepad in your car. voted up & sharing.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, I think these opportunities are in almost every area if you look for them. The key is to find an angle that nobody else has found. Editors are always looking for refreshing ideas and I know you have the imagination and drive to succeed at it.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dahlia, it is nice to see you again my friend. Thank you and I hope you give this idea a try. I know I love to read about interesting places that I have never visited, and you are a good enough writer to succeed at this.

      hugs and blessings coming your way

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Doc, I love it and I hope you try it. Look for a new angle, a new idea that nobody has written about before, and then pitch it to local newspapers and regional magazines. Good luck and thank you!

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      Deborah Neyens 3 years ago from Iowa

      I've written a number of travel articles about places near where I live. Unfortunately, they don't get too much traffic because Iowa isn't exactly a tourist mecca. But I also write a lot about my home away from home, Key West (well, I don't exactly have a home there but my good friend does and I visit about once a year), and those articles tend to get a pretty good showing. Here's a tip for your readers: I post a lot of back links to my travel articles in the relevant section of the Tripadvisor travel forum (I look for people posting with requests for information to which my articles are responsive) and get a good amount of traffic from there.

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      L.M. Hosler 3 years ago

      This is interesting to me because my mind has been coming up with some ideas of things going on in my very small town. The county fair is coming here this week, there is a winery or two close enough by to do some writing about and at least one actress from my area. You just added some ideas to my list. Last year we had a 2oo year celebration for the town and we had civil war re-enactments and a big variety of other things, which I also got pictures of. I should have written about that a year ago.

      The article was excellent as always. The idea about carrying your camera has also occurred to me. I just have to remember to take it with me.

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Bill,

      This is an awesome hub. This is what I think would make an excellent HOTD. Voted WAY UP!

      Best to you,

      Kim

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good tips Deb...I'm guessing your would find more success about Iowa articles in Iowa magazines....online, not so much....let's face it, Iowa is not a tourist mecca. :) Although I love it.

      Thanks for the great suggestions!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for stopping by, L.M.....there is so much to write about...I would love to go on an extended roadtrip and discover some great "out of the way" places to write articles about.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kim, that is sweet of you. I've never had a HOTD....HubPages doesn't really like my articles. :) but thank you!

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Interesting, informative and so true with an open mind one can write about anything that comes to mind clear and well approached.

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      Liz Davis 3 years ago from Hudson, FL

      I always like to watch you think outside the box. It saves me the trouble.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DDE, I firmly believe that. A good writer can write about any subject and make it interesting. :) Good luck to you and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lizzy, I don't think you have spent five minutes of your life inside the box. Just sayin'

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      Elizabeth Parker 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      This is great advice. I had just written a small article on New York on the bubblews site yesterday and a few weeks prior, I wrote one on the Lion Habitat Ranch here in Vegas. It was somewhat like you described your street fair. I went to the Lion habitat one morning, came back and realized there were no descriptive articles on this great find! So, I wrote one, I even sent the hub to the owner who was thankful and posted it on his facebook wall. News travels fast! It's up to us to write it!

      Great hub, Bill!!!

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      Georgianna Lowery 3 years ago from Slaton, Texas USA

      This sounds ridiculous, but I made a good chunk of change last year writing articles for a travel site - making notes of the things to see and do and places to eat in the given areas. There is a lot of money to be made at it, and I found quite a few places I'd like to go in the course of my work!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Georgie, I know a couple people who do this on a regular basis. Evidently there are a lot of people who have money to travel. LOL I'm just not one of them.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 3 years ago from Pune, India

      This is a great idea.

      Actually I have written about some places without visiting them and some movie reviews without watching them. In the same way, I have written reviews of some books without reading them. It looks funny, but one can do it easily. Nothing wrong in it, after all you help your readers by sharing information.

      Shared this Hub.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Liz, I read your article on the lion habitat and as usual it was well-written. I love your last line...news travels fast and it's up to us to write it. That says it all my friend. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Jainismus and I agree with you completely. I think people would be amazed by the number of articles written that the writer never did or visited or tried.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Bill, I remember hearing a writer tell how he lost his job because he wrote a travel article on a place to which he had never been. His point was similar: the information is available online. Anyway, writing about the local scene is a great suggestion. Thank you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dora, I think the percentages are huge of people who write about things they have never experienced. Anyone writing for a content mill does that every single day. It is the nature of the online beast.

      Thank you for sharing that and blessings to you always

      bill

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      Connie Smith 3 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      This is uncanny, Billy! I just visited a supposedly haunted house that was built in 1792 by a mason using his own handmade bricks. On top of that, it was used as an underground railroad house for escaping slaves! I wish I had taken my camera, but I'm sure I can stop there again. It is on the market at a steep price, and needs much TLC, but would make an awesome local article I bet. Thanks for all your ideas, and have a wonderful weekend my friend ;) Pearl

      Voted Up+++

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pearl, that is the perfect example of what this article is all about. Grab that camera and get back over there, then write your article and submit to local newspapers and regional magazines. Someone will be interested in that story; I guarantee it.

      Thanks my friend!

      bill

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      Sherry Hewins 3 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

      When you're visiting an area, there's nothing like having the inside scoop that can only be provided by a local. I haven't tried submitting to travel magazines, but I have written plenty of hubs about northern California and my local county.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sherry, I hope you give it a try, because your statement about locals is right on. Look for an interesting angle and go for it. :) Thank you!

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      lovedoctor926 3 years ago

      Thank you Billy.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure Doc!

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      Abby Campbell 3 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Very useful hub, but I'm one of the are 8% that voted "just not my thang." LOL. Thank you for the interesting thoughts though, Bill. Have a great evening!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for stopping by, Abby, and I hope your evening is a good one as well.

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      stephanieb27 3 years ago from United States

      Great idea, sounds very interesting! :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Stephanie! I hope you are well my friend.

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      Martin Kloess 3 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you again for this. I have little choice. I cannot process the stimuli of the outdoors. Even to go to a window requires a wheelchair.

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      rdsparrowriter 3 years ago

      Great tips and thank you billy :) I read your artistry blog through emails and I find them very useful and interesting :) God bless you!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Hey Billy Boy, you just gave me a terrific idea! Somewhere to start at least. My camera and notebook are always close to me, thanks for the tips. You've written yet another exceptional and very useful piece of work. My very best.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      Oh how you got my juices flowing with this one! LOL

      I AM the poor sap you refer to living in the middle of nowhere now from living in Dublin full of ideas, famous people, events and so much more to keep the most passionate writer supplied with for years!

      I LOVE doing just what you say, looking for ways to create articles in this area where I am surrounded by fields, livestock but also there are stories, there always is, right? I was talking with an elderly neighbor sometime ago and the stories he relayed of the "old days" were riveting and I even said to him I would love to write about them. He told me another elderly man on the the other side of MJ's place but down a bit would be better with more stories. He sadly passed away before I got to meet him.

      Yes this once former mining area and a farming community now would have stories of feuds, hard times, customs god knows what but I know they are there and I have definitely got the inquisitive mind and interest to dig deep!

      Thanks so much Bill for an article which really got me going!! LOL

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      Elias Zanetti 3 years ago from Athens, Greece

      An inspiring article about travel writing, Bill and some very useful tips and advice.

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      Girish puri 3 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      Stay at home and do write travel articles, an inspiring article and of course great tips, Thanks Bill. God bless.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you for your thoughts Martin!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you rd....I am very happy that my blog helps you in some way. Blessings to you always!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, that is music to my ears. I love it when a reader says I gave them an idea. Good luck with that my friend and thank you.

      blessings always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzie, I love it! Those are the kinds of human interesting stories that people love to read and magazines love to gobble up. Good luck to you my friend.

      hugs,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Elias and good luck should you decide to try these ideas.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      girishpuri, I am quite certain that interesting things and places are close to where you live. You just need to find them. Best of luck to you and thank you!

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      drbj and sherry 3 years ago from south Florida

      Appreciated the various topic tips, Bill. Except for the dog doo - not so much. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      drbj, we have three dogs so it's a natural for me. :) Thank you!

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      There are lots of useful suggestions in this article, Bill! Thanks for sharing them.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 3 years ago from West Virginia

      Bill, great advice. Many local markets have very few content to compete with, which is another bonus. I operate a freelance SEO service and when I was posting articles, I noticed there was none in my local area. Unusual, that's a great tip, the weird and unusual does good. Great tips and useful information Bill. Voted up, awesome, useful, interesting, and tweeted.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Alicia and have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lyric, thanks for sharing your experience. The local markets are a goldmine; all we have to do is do the work and look for stories.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal

      Unless and until the market you are writing for does not want a first person view on certain place, you can always write travel with the help of internet.

      If there can be an armchair traveler, then why can't be there arm chair travel writer.

      Thanks for sharing these great tips.

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      Mary Merriment 3 years ago from Boise area, Idaho

      Thank you so much for sharing these ideas. I have tons of photos from some areas we have visited and I never thought to write about our experiences and what we learned from them.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vinaya, I don't know why this is such a difficult concept for some writers to grasp....there is no reason in the world why a good writer can't write travel articles from home. Thanks for your thoughts on the matter.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, there is some great history around the Boise area. Find an interesting angle so that you aren't repeating....in other words, make your own niche. :) Thank you!

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      There are always good places to go, and they aren't hard to find. Great work, Billy!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, you are the perfect example of this hub....you are making a name for yourself writing about one lake in Oklahoma.....excellent job!

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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      Nice one, Billy. Really enjoyed this article.

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      I love Bill DeGuilio's travel articles, my friend, and thought about him as I read the first couple of paragraphs. He's among those who are blessed with the ability to travel and the talent to write very well about those experiences.

      A nice contrast is the notion that you suggest. Why NOT take advantage of local novelties and present tempting travel fare for those who have yet to visit one's locale AND those who've lived here but have never opened the eyes of their hearts to what's smack dab right in front of them?

      Thanks for sharing about your experiences of having done this. As always, you teach by example, and I respect that about you.

      Aloha, and have a fun, writer-invigorating, and safe weekend with lovely Bev! I'll be doing the same on this end of the state with Rita. In fact, after our lunch with friends today, we're going on a long ride up Cottonwood Road to find a lookout point where we can have a great view and take pictures of the Walla Walla Valley. Later tonight, we'll hit the SE Washington Fair--a nice 4-hour date mingling with the locals. Life is good!

      ~Joe

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glad to hear it, vkwok! Have a great Hawaiian weekend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joe, that sounds like a fantastic day. The western Wash. Fair starts next weekend and we will definitely be going...I love this time of year. Fall is setting in, the weather is cooler, and there are so many things to do and see. How could one ever be bored???

      Have a great day buddy and as always thank you.

      Aloha

      bill

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      Mark Johann 3 years ago from Italy

      Hey, I like the video from ehow here. I learn that my voice of writing is not so attractive but I believe I may find the perfect voice someday.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mark, a writer's voice grows with the writer. Yours will change in time and become stronger as you write more. Keep the faith my friend and thanks for the visit.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Great advice regarding writing about things in your respective areas. Like you, I take a notebook with me in my bag and jot down interesting articles. I like writing about things in my area. It gets me out and about too.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great point Glimmer....think of it as a new way to exercise. :) Thanks as always.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Bill, thanks for giving a slew of ideas to the writer. It is true ideas are just waiting to be discovered if we let our minds roam free. Very interesting and a very useful hub.

      Have a wonderful day, my friend!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Rajan! I look forward to your next article my friend; have a wonderful week.

      blessings always

      bill

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      Crystal Tatum 3 years ago from Georgia

      Another brilliant hub. I am stockpiling writing ideas for the future, and your hubs are featuring prominently in that file!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad to hear it, Crystal. You are too good of a writer to keep you as a secret. We need to get your work out there for all to see.

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      Jennifer Arnett 3 years ago from California

      Now with Google maps I can literally "walk" down any street in the world. I enjoy virtually exploring the world. I am hoping to do some more local Hubs.

      I found this article on a Google search and it ranked high. It looks like Google likes you even if you don't like keywords.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Availiasvision, I love it...Google search despite my best efforts to be keyword-unfriendly. LOL Thank you!

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Great information Billy. When I get my camera, I'll try this out. What about expanding to other places besides where I live, like to North Carolina, for example.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I see no reason why you couldn't do that, Kristen. Give it a shot. To my way of thinking, you've got nothing to lose.

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Thanks Billy. I can use the Internet to go outside of my hometown and do another state. Thanks for the tips.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Yes you can, Kristen. If I can do it you can do it. Best wishes.

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Thanks Billy for the input.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You bet, Kristen!

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      Brian Leekley 2 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      As soon as I get organized and caught up, I might give travel writing a try.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I hope you do, Brian. If money is a factor, then HP is a waste of time in my opinion. You have the skills to make money with magazine articles.

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      Barb Johnson 2 years ago from Alaska's Kenai Peninsula

      Thanks Billy! Very encouraging. Oh, the places I'd love to go. Travel writing can be a fun and refreshing switch from the usual subjects I write about. Go for it Brian!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Babby, and welcome to my site. I appreciate you stopping by.

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 2 years ago from Lakewood New York

      Hi Billy, I don't know how I missed this one, but I read it and just want to say Thanks! You've given me some wonderful ideas, about new and some I've already written.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      esmonaco, I'm so glad to hear this article gave you some ideas. Hopefully those ideas will translate into money in your pocket. Thanks for stopping by and good luck.

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      Mary Norton 23 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      Be the eyes of the world...like that. You have given me so many insights into how I can improve my travel articles.

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      Bill Holland 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I am very happy to hear that, aesta! Thank you!

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      raj 15 months ago

      we are looking for article writer for our travel website. travelagentsdeal.com

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Raj!

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