Become a travel writer, make money, and deduct your expenses
Becoming a travel writer is much easier than you think. You can become a travel writer, earn good money, and writeoff your expenses as business deductions.
Travel writing has been a dream of many of us. It is easy to see yourself hiking a new trail in Teton National Park or toasting a sunset from a little beach bar on the Florida Gulf Beaches...then putting it all into word pictures so others can enjoy it too.
The part that dissuades us, though, is the tight grip held on the genre by magazine editors. After you've accumulated 8-10 rejection letters, on pieces where you crushed yourself to turn out quality content, it gets pretty discouraging.
However, the Internet has changed all of that. Right now, there are hundreds of everyday people (I'm one of them) who make money from their laptop by providing information about places where they visit, or where they live.
I do not have to fool with mail costs, I do not have to fool with sending query letters to editors, I do not have to fool with editors ripping off my idea and sending one of their favorite writers to do the piece.
Travel writing should be fun...not a hassle. (At least that's how I look at it.)
Does becoming a travel writer sound a bit more do-able for you now?
You can become a travel writer with a laptop, a digital camera, and commitment
Before you read any further, let's be clear, I'm not talking about you setting up a free blog and making posts every couple of weeks.
I don't know about you, but I've read enough drivel in blogs about various digestive problems, steering clear of beggars/street people, and pointed discussions with restaurant managers about poor service, to last the rest of my life.
Blogs DO NOT make money. Burn that into your brain. Blogs DO NOT make money.
If you spend any time reading some of them, you'll see that they are a combination of poor journaling and self-inflation.
* Would you commit to continually improving your expressive skills and photography skills?
* Would you commit to writing on boats, in parks, or is cafes on your laptop?
* Would you commit to the mundane chore of editing the digital photos you take each day?
* Would you commit to sitting down at a keyboard everyday for a year to 18 months to get your business off the ground?
* Would you commit to giving your readers the most positive experience possible and make them want to visit the areas you do?
* Would you commit to giving your readers solid answers to: Who, What, When, Where?
* Would you commit to spending 5-6 minutes each evening recording your expenses or mileage in order to save $3000 - $6000 in taxes?
As you can see, becoming a travel writer entails a bit more than taking naps in hammocks or enjoying sunrises over a mountain lake. Building a business will be a bit of a struggle, at first, because there is a definite learning curve involved...but if I can do it...you can do it. Probably even better!