After blogging at Indie Traveller for 5 years, I’ve realized one thing: I can’t be everywhere nor be an expert on everything!
That’s why I’ve begun hosting articles from external contributors with relevant expertise. So if you have a passion for a particular destination and can write about it with much authority and enthusiasm, then I’d love to hear from you. (Please do check the requirements before contacting.)
Payment: $0.07 a word (via PayPal)
1. Excellent writing ability
We need to see that you have proven writing experience, so please mention your blog or writing portfolio. Showing a diary-like travel blog for family and friends is usually not enough (as writing for a wider audience is quite different). We ideally work with freelance writers/bloggers or expats/nomads who are based in the destination.
2. Familiarity with the subject matter
Authentic first-hand knowledge is critical. We’re not looking for cookie cutter or rewritten content and are trying to select contributors based on their personal knowledge. The more first-hand experience you have, the better!
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 most interested in right now include: Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Belize, Guatemala, Colombia, and Laos (specifically Luang Prabang and Vang Vieng). Practical guides for known travel destinations are our main thing, though we like to mix in stories about off the beaten track places every now and then too.
Pitch us on your expertise
The more personal experience you have with the topic, the better!
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. If your article is of high quality, we’d love to hire you for more (depending on where you’ve travelled and what you’re most knowledgeable about).
Indie Traveller style guide
We’re most interested in practical travel guide-style content, though this can have some personal observations sprinkled throughout. The voice of the article is still you, a traveller, and not a generalized travel guide voice — though articles should always have a clear benefit to the reader.
- 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 speaks to the imagination much 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
Please mention some specific article ideas and some examples of prior work. I may not be able to reply to every pitch.