IMPORTANT: this is NOT for sponsored or guest posts.
Are you passionate and knowledgable about travel? And do you have professional writing experience? Then we’d love to hear from you!
At Indie Traveller, we don’t ever ‘assign’ any articles. Instead, we ask our writers to pitch us on their travel experiences and the topics they are able to cover. For us, it’s all about publishing quality content, which means working with writers who have a passion for and knowledge of the places and experiences they write about.
1. Excellent writing ability
We ideally work with professional freelance writers or experienced bloggers, or in some cases with expats/nomads who are based in the destination. Please mention your past work, your own blog, or writing portfolio.
2. Familiarity with the subject matter
Authentic first-hand knowledge is critical! We’re not looking for cookie cutter or rewritten content. We’re trying to select contributors based on their personal knowledge; the more you have it, the better.
So if you just breezed through, say, the usual sights in Ho Chi Minh City in a day, then your article might not be quite what we’re looking for. But if you spent a month there volunteering and know the place inside out, then we’d probably be way more excited to share your insights.
Of course, you don’t need to have lived in places to write about them. But we do love articles that offer a little more depth and context.
3. Only for countries we already cover
If a country is in our top menu bar then we’re open to articles about it. If not, we’re not quite ready for this country yet.
(Countries we’re especially keen on right now include: Malaysia, Indonesia, Guatemala, Panama.)
Payment is via PayPal (or, if preferred, via Upwork).
Rate details available on request.
We’re most interested in practical travel guide-style content, not human interest stories or travel diaries.
That said, the travel guides can have some personal observations sprinkled throughout, and can be written in a semi-narrative way depending on format. The voice of the article is ultimately you, a traveller, and not a generalized travel guide voice.
- No hypey or glossy magazine language. Words like “perfection”, “seduced”, “secret”, “X is the new Y” are not our thing. Keep it casual and real. Be honest about what readers should expect, good and bad.
- Show don’t tell. Descriptions bring places to life. Instead of just saying it’s ‘off the beaten track’, try including some details and context that will already make this clear. (Maybe it’s a “sleepy town where you’ll only find some farmers, unplucked chickens, and a few roadside stalls selling moped fuel by the bottle”. This will speak to the imagination a lot more.)
- Some I-perspective is allowed. Even if an article is mostly informational, it’s okay to sprinkle some opinion or personal anecdote.
- Be super informative. We love seeing down-to-Earth, comprehensive, and genuinely useful articles.
Get in touch
As a reminder, we mostly work with experienced freelance writers or expats/locals/nomads with in-depth knowledge of a destination. We read every email but may not be able to give a personal response in every case.