Get paid to write online with this epic directory of 99 travel publications (both online and in-print) that pay travel writers up to $4,000 per article!
If you enjoy writing, why not get paid to write online? Traditionally freelance writers have often had to scrape by on meagre earnings, pitching gigs at magazines and newspapers. But these days, anyone can get paid to write online. Seriously. We’ve personally written and been featured on many large sites like Business Insider, WiseBread and Forbes and we’ve earned over $3,000 per month from a freelance writing side hustle. It’s possible if you know where to look.
The editors of websites and magazines are no longer necessarily looking for a journalist degree or a lot of experience. They want to find people with real life travel experience who can captivate an audience… and they’re happy to pay for that. In this post I’m going to list 99 (yes, ninety-nine) awesome websites and magazines that you can pitch your ideas to so that you can get paid to write online.
This directory is as up to date as possible and it is separated into two categories: Get Paid To Write Online (Websites) and Get Paid To Write Online (Magazines).
If you want to get paid to write online, but you don’t like pitching magazines and websites, why not start your own blog? While we did enjoy freelance writing for a living, running this travel blog is much more lucrative than our freelance job ever was and we work half as much. We can teach you How To Start a Travel Blog, plus you’ll get our Beginner Blogger Video Course and our Beginner Blogger Ebook ($119 Value) for free.
Get Paid To Write Online (Websites)
This is where we’ve have the most experience in freelance writing. While we’ve written quite a bit about finance, tech and lifestyle, travel is our bread and butter and we mostly get paid to write online on websites, although we have had some work in print. Because there are so many travel websites and blogs out there that are always looking for submissions, it’s never been easier to get paid to write online. Don’t believe me? Check out my post about how to support your travels through freelance writing.
Because many of these opportunities have a mix of online magazines and in-print magazines, it’s a bit hard to separate them into these two categories, but I’ve done so based on where you’re most likely to be published. In this section (websites), your work will most likely be published online.
- Pay: $50 – $150 per 1,500 words
Transitions abroad is a travel website all about teaching people how to move to a new country. The editor here is a very smart and thorough guy named Greg. If you’re going to pitch, make sure you’re detailed and showing something unique and useful that you’ll be sharing.
- Pay: $0.50 cents / word (usually around $600 – $700 max per article)
World Nomads is a travel insurance company, but lately they’ve been putting together a lot of in-depth guides and they’ve really been working on their blog. There are a lot of submissions here, so be sure that your pitch is unique and very detailed. The pay is very good though and they often pay extra for use of your travel photos. If you want to get paid to write online, then this is a good option for sure.
- Pay: $25 per 800-2000 word article
GoAbroad is one of the original travel blogs on the web and the editor here is a very busy man so be sure to wow him with your pitch. Typically if you want a link back to your blog (very valuable from such an established domain) you won’t get paid for the article. So you’ll have to choose.
I Know The Traveller
- Pay: $10 per article per 350-500 word article with photos
This is an extremely low wage for an article of 500+ words, but it may be a good way to get your foot in the freelance door and start getting paid to write online. The website focuses on travel stories and personal travel experiences.
- Pay: $50 / article with photos
This site is looking for writers to cover Natural History, Adventure, Native American & Southwest Arts & Crafts, Travel, History and Desert Lore. The pay isn’t great but they don’t specify how many words per article so it may be an okay deal.
- Pay: $50 / article with photos
This is a massive travel website and the link alone back to your own travel blog will be worth its weight in gold, but they also pay a decent amount for articles. Look in their social media and on their home page for posts that have done particularly well in the past, and then pitch them a similar idea with your own spin / destination.