If you happen to be the footloose, globe-trotting types, there is an ocean of publishing opportunities waiting for you in the travel and lifestyle sector.
Travel publications are constantly on a look-out for new and exciting content on destinations, weekend getaways, festivals, food and wine as well as hotel and restaurant reviews. However, a rewritten article based on information from the internet is not likely to get you a slot on the pages. Editors are especially interested in ‘personalized’ accounts given by travelers that include unique observations and experiences that have not been hitherto written about. Now, for instance, every Indian knows that Goa has great beaches and that Taj Mahal is worth a visit in Agra. How about approaching the subject with a twist and covering ‘the best restaurants for authentic Goan food’ or a story on ‘the top 10 touristy things people do on a visit to the Taj Mahal’?
If you know of a remote place that is slightly off the tourist circuit, cover it by all means. If you have a palate for different cuisines and hyperactive taste-buds, venture into food and wine critiquing – it is an extremely fancy field to be in!
Here are a couple of Indian travel publications that you can try your luck at:
Jetwings: As Jet Airway’s inflight magazine, it is sure to get your name ‘up there’ (quite literally) and give you the much needed exposure. Back issues of the magazine can be viewed on the airlines website and cover a plethora of subjects ranging from travelogues to reviews. They pay around Rs.1000/piece. The length of the features greatly varies depending on the subject covered.
India travel Times is a lesser known travel publication that does not pay for freelance contribution.Details can be found on their website.
Outlook Traveler is one of the leading travel publications in India but rather difficult to break into.
Apart from these, most women’s magazines, local publications, newspapers and lifestyle magazine’s carry articles on travel, food and wine – there is no dearth of options for a travel writer.