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 below before contacting.)
1. Excellent writing ability
We need to see that you have proven writing experience, so please mention your blog or writing portfolio. Diary-like travel blogs for family and friends, a school newspaper, or business writing is usually not relevant. We ideally work with freelance writers/bloggers or with 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. Practical travel guides are our main thing, though we like to mix in stories about off the beaten track places every now and then too.
Ability to provide high-quality photos is a big plus!
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.
Indie Traveller style guide
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 still you, a traveller, and not a generalized travel guide voice — though articles should always have a clear practical 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”. Try to speak to the imagination.)
- 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.
Payment: $0.07 a word (via PayPal)
Get in touch
Jobs are offered mainly to 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.