Financial Travel Tip #19: Earning Money as a Travel Writer

by Nora on March 10, 2012

Do you want to be a travel writer?

Do you want to travel around the world, enjoying complimentary luxury and pampering at every turn, seeing and doing adventurous things in exotic places? And then commit your awesome experiences to paper and make wads of money doing it?

Yeah, me too.

Don’t get me wrong – I call myself a travel writer, and indeed I make money writing. But I write about more than just travel; I incorporate my personal finance expertise and lifestyle design experience to work in a niche that is less populated and therefore easier to get noticed in. (If you look at my Writing & Publicity page, you’ll see lots of financial publications in there).


If you want to sustain your travels with travel writing, far be it for me to stop you. But be sure to view it as a business, market yourself accordingly, and give yourself time to start generating (decent) income before you rely on it to keep your travels going.


Here ares some informative resources about the realities of becoming a travel writer with tips and resources to help you:

How to Become a Travel Writer (this is an awesome comprehensive travel writing course that I recommend if you’re serious about becoming a travel writer)

Travel Writing 2.0: Earning Money From Your Travels in the New Media Landscape

Financial Travel Tip #102: Blogging vs Freelance Writing, and Finding Gigs

Financial Travel Tip #111: 10 Rules for Earning Income as a Freelance Writer


Other Ways to Earn Money While Traveling

Did you know there are dozens of ways to earn  money while traveling? Check out this post for the full scoop:

11 Ways to Earn Money While You Travel

How to Become a Kick-Ass Photographer (including how to make money at it)


{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

1 nod 'n' smile March 10, 2012 at 12:16 pm

Great article over at Wise Bread! That $6000/year figure is quite the eye opener. I just recently started pitching and writing articles and I’ve quickly realized that I can make more money doing.. anything else. It’s definitely a labor of love and if I didn’t think that way, I’m pretty sure I would have quit after my very first assignment. Thanks for the honest insight.


2 theprofessionalhobo March 10, 2012 at 2:09 pm

@Nod’n’Smile – “I just recently started pitching and writing articles and I’ve quickly realized that I can make more money doing.. anything else.”

LOL! Yes, writing must be a passion first and foremost.

Check out what I say in my FAQs about getting into writing; there’s a very interesting story about what makes a writer write. Enjoy!


3 Jen March 12, 2012 at 6:36 am

Some great advice on here! I think becoming a travel writer is a lot more difficult than people realise, but still possible for anyone with passion xx


4 theprofessionalhobo March 12, 2012 at 10:08 am

@Jen – Absolutely, anything is possible, and passion is key. But then again, I think that’s the way with any business, especially a creative one.


5 Cale May 3, 2012 at 2:03 am

I find that hitchhiking, camping, and underbidding everyone on allows me a moderate income, jaja.


6 theprofessionalhobo May 3, 2012 at 9:25 am

@Cale – Although hitching and camping might not pay, I guess underbidding everybody on could work… long as you’re getting your money’s worth! 🙂


7 Izy Berry - The Wrong Way Home February 3, 2013 at 11:10 pm

I agree with you: you need real passion in order to be a travel writer.


8 theprofessionalhobo February 5, 2013 at 4:10 pm

Thanks, Izy! You write because you NEED to write. I still firmly believe this, and when I don’t write anything for a while, I sometimes find myself writing articles in my head – and really feeling the NEED to write it down and get it out!


9 Lucy June 14, 2014 at 4:06 am

I love your website Nora, and your financial travel tips are fantastic — totally achievable and infinitely practical.

I’ve met so many travel bloggers on the road who seem to be totally unaware of the true potential earnings of a full time travel writer that I want to print this post and flyer it!

Thanks for the reality check:)


10 Nora Dunn June 14, 2014 at 3:54 pm

Hi Lucy,
Glad you appreciate the reality check! Here are a few more recent posts that might give you even more information:


11 Lucy June 15, 2014 at 9:26 pm

Already read them! I’m devouring your financial tips like cupcakes!



12 Nora Dunn June 16, 2014 at 6:11 pm

LOL – Cupcakes…..Financial Travel Cupcakes….you might be on to something there…. 🙂


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