Where to Publish Your Travel Stories
You’ve rolled on out of town. You’ve seen the sights both on and off the beaten path and chatted with the locals. You’ve even learned a bit of the local language and culture. For sure, you’re coming back in the future. You also have tons of stories to tell your comrades back on the home front. The problem is you don’t know how to tell the stories or even where to publish them.
Digital storytelling — blogging, podcasting, webcasting — is all the rage among travelers on the road. Yet few of the websites out there seem to target the audiences you want to reach. The big magazines seem hard to crack and, although getting paid for your writing would be great, what you really want is to get your stories out there so other people can enjoy and learn from your experiences. It would also be great to connect with other travelers.
Luckily, there are a few great options out there now for where and how to tell your story. And the best place to start is by setting up your own blog and directing people to it. In fact, a quick trip to Blogger or Wordpress will set you up with a personal blog in mere minutes. Easy, fast and user-friendly. You’re all set to tell your stories. Add the link to your email signature, put it on your Twitter account, and stick in your Facebook profile.
Of course, that’s only the first step. Next you need to connect with other travelers around the world. This is where newly emerging travel writing sites will help you out. For instance, you can set up an account with Earthwalkers Magazine and quickly be on your way to telling travel tales to a bigger audience. You can publish articles — sometimes for pay — on their website, set up a network of friends, and access personal travel stories from around the world.
You can also check out The Backpacker, an online magazine designed to help travelers share stories and experiences. Similar to Earthwalkers, this site offers a plethora of information, an opportunity to connect with other travelers and a Travel Wiki teeming with all the travel information you could need.
If you like to mix it up with traveling and volunteering, try out Compathos, a new foundation that links artists and writers with meaningful organizations that make change in the world. It’s all digital storytelling all the way with this organization.
Women who have stories related to solo chic travel can post up on the Journeywoman site. This site abounds with stories, tips and advice for women who like to venture out into the world on their own.
Now you’re all set. Fire up your computer and get your stories out there. We need them today more than ever!