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PressThis: How to Become a Travel Writer (seriously)


For a little over a year, I have thought about traveling since it’s something that I love to do but don’t get a chance to… hardly. I always wanted to explore the world, nationally and internationally since I was a young girl.

For those of you who have been following me a while, you know I love to write. Writing is a lifelong passion of mines and a way of life. Anyway, although I am working hard on my craft, to get my content, stories, etc out there, I’m not giving up. Some things been going on and I won’t speak negative on them.

I am, though, considering other ways, just haven’t started, though I am sharing what I researched for anyone who may be thinking about trying travel writing out.

I’ve included a preview below on tips for becoming a travel writer. You can click on the link to learn more. Hope this helps anyone.


How to become a travel writer.
1. Read.

Start reading and don’t stop.

Read all the “greats,” but don’t skip the more obscure writers. Read magazines. Get yourself a library card if you don’t have one, and if you can’t do that, check Google Books and Google Magazines.

The idea isn’t to imitate, but to simply know what — what genres, what styles, what writers — came before you, as well as who your contemporaries are.

2. Redefine the genre of travel writing.

“Travel writing” includes hotel reviews and destination guides, published in guidebooks and in glossy travel magazines. But travel writing’s more than service pieces.

Check out this genre-busting, long-format narrative by Porter Fox. Or this blog postu by multi-genre writer Elizabeth Eslami, which I’d categorize as “place-based writing.”

In a way, all movement and all settling is travel, and so the stories we tell about these experiences are “travel writing” in the broadest sense of the word. Even if some editors don’t see it that way.

3. Start a blog.

In the not-so-distant past, a writer had to have a decent portfolio of publication credits to be considered a “travel writer,” and certainly to be published in a glossy mag.

Not so anymore.

Thousands of writers have published their writing primarily or exclusively on their blogs. Some have gotten book deals. Some have gotten print gigs. Some get offers of free travel. And some get nothing more than the recognition that their writing means something to a random reader who stumbled across their blog doing a Google search.

Not sure how to get started? Check out Matador’s stockpile of blogging tips.

4. Develop your online presence.

Use Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms to connect with other writers, editors, and readers.

5. Build a network, online and off.

Start your blog, set up a Facebook and Twitter account, but make sure you get offline, too. Stories and relationships don’t develop best through a screen. That only happens at ground level.

MatadorU hosts frequent workshops and events around the world.

6. Travel. But not just to “exotic” places.

You’ve got a 9-5’er. You’ve got kids. You’ve got debt. You’ve got no money. You’ve got an expired passport.

What you’ve got are excuses. A walk beyond your front door is travel. The only thing you need for a trip is curiosity.

Click the link below to read 22 tips for becoming a travel writer.

Source: How to become a travel writer (seriously)

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Love

If You Truly Love #Quote


“If you truly love, you will always be pulled back together again…”

At times, people need the necessary time and space so they can grow spiritually, mentally and emotionally, etc. Real, unconditional love always comes back because it haven’t truly left in the first place. 

I wish you all a day and each day filled with lots of love, abundance and happiness. 

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Happy New Year!!! 🎉🎉🍷


Wishing everyone a Happy New Year! Goodbye to 2018, and hello to another year!

I raise my virtual glass of whatever I’m drinking to you all, and toast to a better and successful year.

May this year be fill with abundance, prosperity, success, and happiness, and all that good stuff. Muah! 💋

 

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PressThis: In 2019, Let Love Change You


Image Credit: Derrick Freske

 


Start believing that you deserve so much more and that you deserve to be happy.

 

A lot of people say that pain changes people. Well, I can’t argue with that. But just so you know, love can be as powerful enough to change people too.

In 2019, don’t just learn but do love yourself. Start treating yourself better. Put everything that you learn in 2018 to action. Be kinder to yourself, because loving yourself starts from you and not from anyone else. Don’t let the negativities around and within you define you as a person. Believe in yourself more, because you can do it. God will strengthen you. Start believing that you deserve so much more and that you deserve to be happy.

In 2019, stop fixating yourself into something temporary. Stop lying to yourself that almost relationships can be worth a try or loving someone who ghosts you is worth the risk because they are not worth it. Instead of wasting your time and affection to those people, invest more to the people who have been there for you all this time. Because those people are the ones who should matter and they deserve to be valued. Be grateful for these people, because they are God’s blessings to you.

In 2019, put more effort into what matters you the most. Life is short to begin with, so stop procrastinating and start living your life to the fullest. Do what makes your heart and soul feel so light and easy. Put your passion into work and create something others can’t do. Don’t let the world dictate what you need to do and achieve by this time, it’s your life and only you can tell what you want and need. Just put your faith in Him and keep on doing you.

In 2019, let love do the work. Let yourself be free from all of the baggage you’ve been carrying all these years. Believe that you will heal from everything that keeps you from hurting too much. Forgive yourself from committing mistakes and failing countless times. Learn how to be softer to yourself and start loving your imperfections. Love yourself first before loving someone else, because how can you give love to others if you haven’t given it to yourself. Be the person who is capable of loving, because this world needs more people like you…

Source: In 2019, Let Love Change You

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An Eternal Yin-Yang Love #Poetry 


That wonderful, yet terrifying feeling of you knowing the innermost thoughts and feelings of mines. 
A telepathy once unknown.

A consciousness received.

Chakras activated, healed, and balanced.

A spiritual path

Growth and development.

A journey

The darkness and light, 

To overcome the challenges we faced.

That selfless love. The self-love.

The ups and downs, 

A progress

Of being the best version of ourselves.

Real and true love, unconditional.

Me, healing and recovering from the past.

You, knowing who you truly are,

Shedding the layers of the old you.

And still a work in progress,

Because we have a life purpose to fulfilled.

A soul mission.

Never truly just about us,

But what we can do for the World.

I love you, because you are me and I am you. Xo.

— Pamela Hester ©2018

From my Instagram post- @phoenixrise1