There is no shortage of information on the art and business of travel writing. Do a simple Google search for ‘travel writing’ and you’ll get over 870 million results.

You could narrow the search down to ‘how to break into travel writing’ but that will provide an only slightly less intimidating 201 million results.

No matter how you look at it, that’s way too many results to dig through to get the real dirt on how to make it in the competitive field of travel writing.

Sometimes it’s just better to forsake Google and discover information the old fashioned way – by the book.

Check out, for example, the recently released Break into Travel Writing by Beth Blair. Covering the ins and outs of print and online travel writing, this book is like a road map for new (and even established) travel writers.

One of the co-founders of an award winning travel blog The Vacation Gals, Beth references her own personal story, as well as those of many other travel writers and bloggers, throughout the book.

Break into Travel Writing is an easy to read and inspiring, how-to guide that covers everything from research and press trips to print travel writing outlets, blogging, apps, social media, and the importance of networking and self-branding.

Anyone serious about wanting a career as travel writer should get a copy for the bookshelf.

Add a copy of Tim Leffel’s  Travel Writing 2.0: Earning money from your travels in the new media landscape (see my review here) to the bookshelf as well and you’ll soon be on the fast track to a travel writing career

Of course, reading these how-to books is only part of the equation. You’ll also need plenty of determination, discipline, stamina, and hard work.

Travel writing, after all, is not just a walk in the park.

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