Do I need to describe the advantages of being a travel writer? You visit the most beautiful places around the world, see how people live in different countries, and earn money at the same time. This lifestyle isn’t just for millionaires. More and more people consciously choose this life and organize their work accordingly.
However, there is one major disadvantage of all travel jobs: they rarely give a steady income. That is why today I want to share with you a list of the easiest and best-paid jobs for travel writers. Some of them may require specific education (like editing), but most can be obtained even without it. The main requirements are your talent and desire to write.
If you enjoy doing fun stuff and sharing it with the world, then blogging is for you. With a blog you get to write about your hobbies like cooking, driving, or anything at all. There are no restrictions on what you can or cannot write about on your blog. Moreover, you get to interact with your readers right there on the platform – you read their comments and ideas regarding your articles. A blog offers you an avenue to do something that you love and earn money at the same time. You can use it as a marketing tool for promoting your own products or services. This way your readers or potential customers will be up to date with what is going on in your business life: new products, available offers, DIY manuals, etc. Apart from directly engaging with your customers, other companies will pay you to advertise them on your blog. The more subscribers you have, the more money you will earn.
The most important abilities required for successful blogging are basic writing skills and creativity. Specific skills like photo-shop, programming, etc. will also be advantage depending on what your blog is about. According to Upwork job ads, writing a simple post about affordable cities in Europe can earn you up to $25.
2. Providing Writing Services
A person with proficient writing skills, good academic writing, excellent formatting skills, or top notch grammar can provide writing services for various freelance websites at a fee. Freelance websites will connect you with the clients who wish to pay for completing their resumes, personal statements, or any other assignments. Resume writing can earn you as much as $100 per job at ResumeWritingLab, while assignments can earn you a decent $30-$40 each at SuperiorPapers.com. You will be required to have excellent writing skills to offer writing services. Since some freelance websites require documentation before offering job opportunities, a college degree in the specific area will be an added advantage
Anyone who can offer professional writing services can also get paid to edit already written content, both in academic and creative writing. The basic skills required for one to be a successful and sought-after editor include excellent grammar, top-notch writing, formatting, and good reading skills. Compared to other writing jobs, editing is actually the easiest since the bulk of the work is already done for you. In most cases, the majority of the work is just making corrections. From my own experience, one can earn $40 an hour with close to no hustle.
4. Creative Writing
An imaginative mind, great writing skills, and creativity is all that is required for you to earn money as a creative writer. From fiction, romance, love, and science – you can write it and sell it. You do not have to be the next Hemingway to earn money from this kind of writing, all you need is the desire to write and the willingness to learn. With the availability of tools such as AmazonKindle, it has become easier to write and publish e-books and even sell them on Amazon. Depending on the topic, you can earn anywhere from $100 to $120 per ten thousand words of writing.
5. Guest Posting
This job involves writing for websites, blogs, or any other media platforms. You will get paid by the website owners. Of course, not all internet resources hire guest posters, but here are a few that do: Great Escape Publishing, WriteNaked, and Bootsnall.com. If you are recognized for a certain skillset or have a huge social media following, commercial companies may invite you to guest post on their media platforms as well. Popular writers are also invited for interviews to discuss and review certain products or services.
The earnings of guest posters range from $50-$75 for requested articles, $100-$150 for interviews, and $150 –$ 200 for articles on earning an income with valuable advice.
6. Travel Recommendation Writing
Are you well-traveled? Do you know about remote exotic locations where someone can have a good time? If so, this is the right job for you. Travel recommendation writing will offer you the opportunity of sharing your experiences with the world while earning money in the process. You get to relive traveling experiences with an audience willing to share in your adventures. Depending on the number of words you write, various freelancer sites pay $10-$15 per a thousand-word article on traveling.
A ghostwriter is a person who is hired to write any literary or journalistic work, but will not get the credit for it. The copyright to his or her work officially belongs to another person. Writing jobs that are done by ghostwriters include autobiographies, speeches, music, and scripts. Depending on how impressive the undertaken work is, ghostwriters earn decent amounts of money, especially considering that most of the people who seek their services are prominent members of the society.
Now you know what the best jobs for travel writers are. Do you enjoy any of them? Would you like to try it? If you have writing skills and a desire to explore this world, it’s time to choose the destination and go! Stop being afraid and start acting!