Travel writers wanted! If you like jobs that involve travel, then you’ll love working as a freelance writer for adventure travel publications. It’s a great way to combine your passion for adventure and travel, while contributing to travel magazines.
I performed a quick search through our database of writing markets at Worldwide Freelance, and here are 12 of the results. Check out these adventure travel writing markets.
This magazine, published 6 times per year, has been at the forefront of adventure travel in Asia since its inception in 1992. In terms of content, the more off-the-beaten track the better. “It should be adventure-based – bikes and hikes, not buses and trains; boarding in the surf, not boarding a cruise.” Their coverage area is Asia, although they stretch the definition to take in Australia, NZ, Siberia, Central Asia, Indian Ocean islands and even parts of the Middle East. A text plus pictures package is required.
A bicycle travel magazine published nine times yearly by Adventure Cycling Association Dedicated to bicycle travel and cycling adventures worldwide, including epic, cross-country cycling tours, shorter multi-day trips, and mountain-bike treks, as well as featuring bicycle-gear reviews, and other bicycle-travel news. Payment for manuscripts is negotiable, but generally ranges from $0.30 to $0.60 per word.
Magazine with destination features covering outdoor travel and in particular, trekking and mountaineering. “Our definition of trekking is quite broad and ranges from three day backpacking trips right up to serious multi-day, wilderness expeditions. We do not feature day walks.” Just as interested in classic must do routes like the Inca Trail or Kilimanjaro as in more obscure expeditions. Rates are negotiable, depending on quality of images and text, but always based on a words and pictures package.
“As the authority on escaping to the backcountry, Backpacker offers readers accessible, close-to-home getaways alongside exotic life-list destinations, practical tips for outdoor adventure and the best gear information available. Covers foot-based travel primarily for North American destinations. 9 issues annually. Features usually fall into one of several distinct categories: destinations, personality, skills, or gear. Departments include Life List, Weekend, Done-in-a-Day, Skills, Gear. Approximately 50% freelance. Pays $0.40 to more than $1.00 per word.
This is owned by The Royal Canadian Geographical Society and is currently Canada’s fourth most-read magazine. It’s only published four times per year, though, so expect tough competition for only a few manuscript spots.
A travel website for the avid traveler. Sections include Adventure Travel, Backpacking, Voluntourism and more. Pays $30 per article.
A travel website that publishes original, unusual and inspiring travel articles written by top travel writers. Pays $25.
Published eight times a year by the National Geographic Society. Their publishing goals are “to find the new, to showcase fresh travel opportunities, to be an advocate for travelers.” Each issue of the magazine contains five or more features, roughly balanced between U.S. and foreign subjects. Interested in places accessible to most travelers, not just the intrepid or wealthy. The types of destinations vary from mainstream to adventure travel. Paying market.
The website for Northeast outdoor travel and adventure. From running whitewater in upstate New York, to surfing on Block Island, to snowboarding in Vermont and exploring the vast wilderness of northern Maine. Publishes articles on outdoor sports and adventure travel, news on environmental issues and outdoor recreation, events, and profiles of outdoor characters. Pay not specified.
A monthly outdoor recreational magazine that targets an active outdoors audience in Seattle and Portland. Topics include Outdoor Recreation, Adventure Travel, Training Evaluation and Tips, Health and Nutrition, Local Outdoor News and Trends, Local Athlete Profiles, Local Outdoor Business Profiles, Outdoor Fitness Product Reviews, Book Reviews, Humor/Essay. Pays $75 to $125.
Canada’s travel magazine, steering away from the cozy and coddled to take a more adventurous and realistic look at the world and how people travel through it. Frequently produces special sections or issues on such subjects as road trips, volunteer travel, and food. Pay negotiated.
A monthly national magazine dedicated to covering the people, sports and activities, politics, art, literature, and hardware of the outdoors. Looking for articles on outdoor events, regions, and activities; informative seasonal service pieces; sports and adventure travel pieces; profiles of engaging outdoor characters; and investigative stories on environmental issues. Paying market.
- For a list of more general travel magazines, check out 50 Travel Writing Markets from Worldwide Freelance.
- If you would like to write for in-flight publications, then download The In-Flight Magazines Report, which lists more than 250 inflight magazines.
- If you are new to travel journalism or you would like to take a course in travel writing, we suggest Writers Digest University where you can learn how to become a travel writer.