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You cannot become a travel writer with the batting of the eyelid. This is something that has to be acquired overnight. The good news is, you can of course take some special training to become a freelance travel writer. In fact, as the saying goes, you actually get paid to see the world, stay in deluxe accommodations, and enjoy exciting adventure and food fiestas and not to mention, view breathtaking sights.

Job Profile/description/responsibilities: Travel writers are required to travel extensively, although this does not mean that you have to spin all over the globe. Writers who love traveling can even take a detour of the neighborhood or town and come up with amazing stories.

Requirements: You are required to have a flair for writing if you want to try a hand at the travel writer jobs. The language of communication should be English as it has a wider reach and appeal. Knowledge of literature helps in this regard as does good communication skills and formulation of ideas, sound grammatical knowledge.



Academic: As a travel writer, you must have a good knowledge of English, nuances of grammar, with preferably a bachelor's degree in English, literature or related fields.

Skill sets: These include the ability to adequately express you in the language of communication, since this is the unique selling point of a freelance travel writer. Perseverance and self motivation are added bounties in this aspect. Good judgmental skills and the ability to concentrate in the midst of confusion pay off in the long run. You must also be a voracious reader.

Training: There are quite a few employers who look for a comprehensive background in the liberal arts, whereas others prefer training the travel writers in communication skills and the ability to put thought to words. Additional background in dealing with other fields such as fashion, law and business are preferred.

Prior experience: Most of the travel writer jobs require the professionals to have relevant prior experience in travel writing. In fact, experience as a freelance travel writer is sometimes encouraged as it diversifies the scope and vista of the writer and helps broaden their view. It also helps if you have a blog.

Employment Outlook: Being a travel writer includes practice as well as expertise, especially with the horizon of the online space expanding in the recent years. In fact, even if you are not able to make it to your physical destination physically and materially, you can be there virtually and in terms of print. This is where the importance of travel writers lies.

Career prospects (globally): You can get in touch with a number of international branded companies and get to write travel features and articles for them. You can apply for travel companies and prestigious portals like Lonely Planet to get recognized.

Salaries: $40,000-$61,000

It is satisfying to be a travel writer, although all writers must remember not to let technicality get the better of their creative skills. Make sure to go for good and thorough research work before settling down to write your article.
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