Get Paid to Travel – Travel Websites that Pay for Articles

Travel Writing — By on January 30, 2011 at 2:20 pm

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Travel FreelancingWant to get paid to travel? If you’re interested in sharing your travel experiences, there are several travel websites that accept pitches from freelance writers. Here are a few of them, and what they pay per word or post. If you know of any other great sites for freelancers — that either pay or publish for experience — please let us know in the comments as we’re planning to expand this list! Also: We plan to do a “How to Pitch” series with some of these websites, so stay keep checking this page for an updated list!

Travel Websites That Pay for Freelance Articles and Posts

  1. Travel Belles $10 per post. Read our guide to pitching The Travel Belles here!
  2. Lost Girls World ($12 per Travel Guide or “Pitching 101” article) Find out how to write for Lost Girls World by clicking here.
  3. Jaunted; ($15 posts video posts)
  4. Hotel Chatter ($15 posts and video posts)
  5. Oyster Locals ($25 per post)
  6. GoNomad;; Click here for Go Nomad submission guidelines. Read our guide to pitching GoNOMAD here!
  7. Gadling,; $25 per post
  8. The Expeditioner,; $30 per article. Read our guide to pitching The Expeditioner here!
  9. BoostnAll;, $30 to $50;  For BootsnAll Submission Guidelines click here. Read our guide to pitching BootsnAll here!
  10. New York Times, “In Transit”; $50 per post
  11. AOL Travel; ($250  – $400 for 750 words)
  12. Transitions Abroad;, $50 to $150 per piece; Click here for Transitions Abroad submission guidelines. Read our guide to pitching Transitions Abroad here!
  13. Slate;; $.50 per word
  14.;; $.75 per word
  15. Budget Travel; $.50 to $1 per word
  16. Fashionable Bride;; $1 per word
  17. MSN;; $1 per word
  18. Travel and Leisure;; $1,000 per article (Check out their “Web Exclusives” under the “New This Month” tab)
  19. AARP;; $1.70 per word
  20. Matador Network; (Various). This site also occasionally calls for submissions.
  21. World Hum
  22. Galavanting;; $15 for all published pieces except features, which net $50. Read our guide to pitching Galavanting here! 
  23. Unanchor:; $100 per self-guided tour itinerary
  24. Locationless Living; $10 per 250 word article.
  25. Recommend; $0.30 per word. Read our guide to pitching Recommend here! 

Travel sites that accept submissions for experience, rather than a payment

  1. Nat Geo Intelligent Travel
  2. Pink Pangea
  3. Huffington Post Travel; (Here’s an interesting Q&A with HuffPo’s Travel Editor Kate Auletta, courtesty of

Some ideas and rates courtesy of, JoAnna Haugen

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  • Carla katzer says:

    Who is the guy in that picture?
    How do I get paid to travel and write reviews? I love to travel and an amazing writer… I use colorful in depth words that’ll make your mouth water and your fingers dance to book a travel.

  • Aaron says:

    thanks for providing all this info. Really helpful!

  • Dust Bunnies says:

    Erm, can I get paid to travel the world? I would jump on that in a heart beat! 😀

  • Laura says:


    I’m an emerging travel writer (I have a few national and international pieces under my belt), and was wondering if you knew who would be best to contact at the NYT In Transit blog? There doesn’t appear to be a masthead on the site.



  • Damian says:

    Yeh, you said you can’t mix business with pleasure.

  • mark anthony peters says:

    I work for an leading english daily news paper printed in kerala. I have nearly 35 years of experience in the print field I want to work on line writing news from India can any one help me??????????.
    Thanks and regards
    mark anthony peters

  • Is there an update to this list? It’s very valuable – I always send the students in our teen travel blogging class to this list. Thanks!

  • derna says:

    I work for an leading english daily news paper printed in kerala. I have nearly 35 years of experience in the print field I want to work on line writing news from India can any one help me??????????.
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  • SimonG says:

    I’d be wary of publishing with Gonomad. I’ve had two articles published and I was only paid for one. Now, I am happy simply to be accepted and have my article up on an independent site but since their own submission guidelines state that published articles will receive payment then I really think they should follow the rules that they themselves set. More to the point, although you may receive a peremptory email regarding your accepted submission you will never receive the courtesy of a reply to your own emails. For example, months ago I had two emails from “interns” telling me that my articles were selected for publication in an ebook and would I like a voucher to download my own free copy of the book? Well, yes, obviously. To date I have not had a reply from either the interns or the editor regarding these ebooks, in spite of the fact that they contacted me! I have given up on Gonomad as a reliable website. The courtesy of the editor and his employees leaves much to be desired.

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