In this episode, Jackie Laulainen shares why she believes you must attend conferences to get your travel career going. She also shares her insider secrets to become a Yahoo Travel contributor and how to properly prepare for each day of a press trip.

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014: How to Become a Yahoo Contributor with Budget Travel Expert Jackie Laulainen 


Jackie in Balandra Bay, in La Paz, Mexico

Today’s guest is is a travel blogger and podcaster at The Budget Minded Traveler. Since 2003 she’s been traveling the world and encouraging others to do the same, usually on a budget. She is the author of The Aspiring Traveler’s Handbook: A preparation guide to international travel, which is available both on her website and for Kindle on Amazon, and she is a regular contributor to Yahoo Travel. When she’s not jet-setting across the world, she can be found enjoying her wild and beautiful backyard in Bozeman, Montana. Find out her inside secrets to become a Yahoo Travel contributor and build a successful travel writing career on the 14th episode of Break Into Travel Writing.

The Finer Details of This Show Include:

  • How high school youth group trips gave Jackie the travel bug.
  • Jackie’s 2 year long study abroad adventures.
  • Her tips for long term international travel.
  • How she became a contributor for Yahoo Travel.
  • Why once you learn one romance language you can quickly learn more.
  • The best day to book airfare.
  • Jackie’s top three international budget travel destinations.
  • How to pick the right backpack.
  • Best 3 shoes to take on your next trip.
  • Jackie’s #1 packing tool. You’ll never guess!
  • And loads more!

Jackie also shares her insights on how to break into travel writing and build relationships at travel conferences. Some of the main points we discuss are:

  • Benefits of attending Tbex.
  • Showing up at conferences, webinars and chats to propel your travel writing career.
  • Prepare for each day of a press trip so you know how you want to deliver content (video, blog, etc).
  • Why face time at a conference is more valuable that a tweet.
  • As travel writers our goal is to get people excited to travel.
  • If you don’t have a blog start one today!
  • Take action and put yourself out there!

There’s plenty more Jackie shares on today’s show on that same subject – and offers great insights! Be sure to listen to hear what she has to say on if you are serious about becoming a travel writer and “to not make excuses about attending conferences. You must attend to get your travel career going”. Have a listen to get the inside scoop, and then join me in thanking Jackie for being here! And thank you as well. We’ll see you next time!

Episode Resources
Jackie Laulainen’s website
Jackie’s Podcast; BMT 011: 8 Secrets to Finding the Best Deals on Flights
Jackie’s Book: The Aspiring Traveler’s Handbook: A preparation guide to international travel
Jackie’s Ninja Packing Tips
World Travel Market
Adventure Travel Summitt (ATTA)
Travel and Adventure Show
New York Times Travel Show

Connect with Jackie on Social Media:

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Jackie Laulainen on Instagram

Connect with Alexa, Break Into Travel Writing & My Travel Blog
The Aspiring Travel Writer, the Facebook group

Hope you enjoyed this episode with Budget Travel Expert Jackie Laulainen. Please join me in thanking her for sharing such awesome information and actionable tips! Interested in hearing the full podcast? Click here to listen now!

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Budget Travel Expert Jackie Laulainen

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