When you dream about your travel writing career, do you imagine yourself hiking Machu Picchu, on safari in Africa or sipping a Mai Tai in the Caribbean? Maybe wandering the streets of Paris, where you stop at a cafe for a coffee and draft an article about your world travels.

If you have travel stories to tell and want to add additional income to your travel blogging bank, there are a lot of markets that pay. If you want to share your stories about the places you have traveled, travel tips and your experiences on the road check out these magazines and websites that pay for travel writing.

Get published and paid for your writing

Before we get to the list. You might be asking yourself why you should write for other publications if you already have a website or blog.

  • Reason #1: There are many print publications that pay. If you haven’t monetized your website or want to add additional income to your travel writing account, writing for print will help.
  • Reason #2: Writing for print or other online websites that pay help to diversify your income streams. What if your big affiliate closes it’s doors tomorrow and that stream of income dried up?
  • Reason #3: For 90% of us, adding additional outlets in addition to your website or blog will land you more media trips.

Here are 50 Print and Online publishers who pay:

(All of the links below are clickable, so check out all the options!)

  1. 21st Century Adventures
  2. Airtran Airways Go Magazine
  3. American Airlines American Way Magazine
  4. American Eagle Airlines: Latitudes Magazine
  5. AOL Travel
  6. BootsNAll Here are their guidelines.
  7. Budget Travel Contact: Letters@BudgetTravel.com
  8. Canadian Geographic Magazine Contact: editor@canadiangeographic.ca
  9. Culture Connect
  10. Delta Airlines Delta Sky Magazine Contact: edit@deltaskymag.com Guidelines are here.
  11. Destination Elsewhere
  12. Emirates Airline Open Sky Magazine Contact: guido@motivate.ae
  13. Escapees Magazine Contact: editor@escapees.com
  14. Explore
  15. Fodors Contact: editors@fodors.com
  16. Gadling Contact: Full list of editors and writers here. You can also try their contact form.
  17. Galavanting Contact: submissions@gogalavanting.com & read their guidelines here.
  18. Glimpse Abroad
  19. GoNomad Contact: editorial@gonomad.com & full guidelines here.
  20. Hawaiian Airlines Hana Hou! Magazine Contact: simone@hanahou.com or tacy@hanahou.com
  21. In the Know Contact: editor@intheknowtraveler.com
  22. Intrepid Travel
  23. Jaunted
  24. Journey Woman
  25. Literary Traveler Contact: submissions@literarytraveler.com
  26. Lost Girls World Contact: See guidelines here for department contacts & full guidelines here.
  27. Lovetripper
  28. Matador Network Contact: editors@matadornetwork.com & Read their guidelines and submit articles here.
  29. National Geographic Traveler Magazine
  30. Northwest Magazines Contact: Alicia@nwmags.com & see full listing here.
  31. Outpost Magazine
  32. Outside Magazine Read their guidelines here.
  33. Perceptive Travel
  34. Pology
  35. Road and Travel Magazine
  36.  Southwest Airlines 
  37. Student Traveler
  38. Sunset Magazine Contact: travel@sunset.com
  39. Tales of Asia
  40. Tango Diva
  41. The Expeditioner Contact: Matt.Stabile@TheExpeditioner.com
  42. The Travel Junkie
  43. The Travel MagazineTransitions Abroad Contact: webeditorial@transitionsabroad.com
  44.  Travel and Leisure Contact: go here and click the link under “Editorial Submissions”.
  45. Travel Belles Contact: hello@travelbelles.com
  46. Verge Magazine Contact: contributing@vergemagazine.com & read their full guidelines here.
  47. United Airlines Hemispheres Magazine Contact: editorial@hemispheresmagazine.com
  48. Wanderlust Contact: submissions@wanderlust.co.uk Editor: Dan Linstead Editor-in-chief: Lyn Hughes
  49. Wend Contact: edit@wendmag.com & specific departments listed here.
  50. World Hum Contact: dispatches@worldhum.com & full guidelines here.

Bottom Line

Ask yourself why you’re doing this. Some publications pay well enough to live on… others, not so much.

Some give great exposure. Others provide valuable links for SEO (and traffic).

What do you look for when writing for travel publications? What advice can you provide?

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If you want to share your stories about the places you have traveled, travel tips and your experiences on the road check out these magazines and websites that pay for travel writing. #travelblog #travelblogger #travelwriter