If Travel Writing Is Your Passion, Then Know This: Telling Stories of the World Is More Important Now Than Ever
You're Warmly Invited to Join Our Inner Circle of Travel Writers and Get Expert Advice and Personal Feedback to Help You Thrive as a Travel Writer in a Changing World
From the desk of Nathan James Thomas
Intrepid Times Founder & Editor
Re: An Open Letter to Writers and Travelers at the Beginning of a New Era…
Breaking into the travel writing space is extraordinarily difficult. Submissions go unanswered. When editors do reply, they send template rejection letters. Writers are accustomed to the deafening sound of silence.
But we keep at it. We persevere. Because what we do matters. It matters to show the world as it is. To report on the wonderful strangeness of life. To tell the stories that no one else could tell.
No one sees the world like you do. Your unique perspective is your greatest weapon. While others stare at their phones, you are the one looking out the window, noticing the people, listening to the foreign conversation, trying to understand and make sense of the new world you set out to discover.
Travel is changing. For most of us, exploring far-flung places is going to be harder, at least for a while. Many budding travel writers have already quit the game. Others are planning their exit.
But real travel writing has always been about more than simply being far from home. It’s about finding the stories that others miss; Feeling the electric charge of curiosity, and following that wherever it leads you.
…The World is Changing. Now is the Time for a New Generation of Travel Writers to Make Their Name. Will You be One of Them?
We’re about to enter a new era of travel writing. The old rule book has been torn up. The new rules are going to be written by a new generation of writers who understand that travel cannot — will not — stop because travel is a state of mind.
No, now is not the time to get established as a reviewer of resort hotels or to write listicles about which airlines have the best in-flight meals. But if you wanted to write that kind of thing, you probably wouldn’t be reading this anyway!
BUT, now is the best time to truly get in touch with what it means to be a travel writer in the deepest sense possible. To see your life as a journey. To mine experience for meaning. To structure powerful, inspirational and motivating stories from experiences that others wouldn’t even notice. To see what others miss. To listen when others talk. To understand appreciate the world as it is, and not as it is merely “sold” in guidebooks.
Getting established and gaining real recognition as a travel writer has never been easy. We’ve read literally thousands of submissions and worked closely with writers around the world, and are committed to helping passionate travel writers survive and thrive in this new world.
When you cut to the core of what good writing means and discover how to…
…Then you will be unstoppable, no matter what is happening on the news! And we’re here to help.
Today, we’re excited to announce the “Intrepid Times Private Writer’s Club” – an online membership program designed specifically to help you achieve your goals and find success as a travel writer in a changing world.
Here’s How the Intrepid Times Private Writer’s Club Will Help You Grow as a Travel Writer:
Intrepid Times is bringing together an intimate group of travel writers and aspiring travel writers, and providing you with the guidance, feedback and support you need to thrive.
Membership is open to writers from around the world, at any stage in your career. You may already have had several articles published and you want to take it further. You may have a full-time job or business and want to pursue your passion for travel writing on the side. You may be committed to fully making it as a professional travel writer. The only requirement is that you are passionate about writing, and relentlessly curious about discovering the world in whatever way possible!
As a member, you will get exclusive access to a carefully created series of resources designed to help you overcome the hurdles and find success as a travel writer on your own terms. Here’s what’s inside…
We’ll go through the writing you send us line by line, and show you exactly what you need to do to improve. We’ll show you the things you are doing right – so you know to keep doing them – as well as the unintentional mistakes you may be making that are putting editors off. We know that after finishing a piece you’re anxious for expert feedback, which is why we make reviewing Writer’s Club articles a top priority!
When you send in your work to our editors, you’ll use a private code which will immediately move your story to the top of the queue. You can choose to send your work in for feedback only, or feedback + consideration if you would like us to also consider your article for publication on Intrepid Times.
(While we always make editorial decisions based purely on the merits of each piece of writing we receive, your VIP code moves your work straight to the front of the queue and guarantees you actionable, detailed feedback whether or not we choose to publish.)
Every month, you’ll also receive a new masterclass that will focus on the areas where travel writers struggle, such as writing effective pitches, going from writing articles to writing (and publishing) books, structuring a story, and building a strong brand as a travel writer.
These lessons are no-holds-barred audio seminars on specific techniques, ideas and strategies for finding success as a travel writer. Created exclusively for club members, the intimate format means you will get the kind of uncensored, actionable advice that it is not usually possible to find online.
We’re lining up an exciting array of guests for upcoming episodes, including book publishing executives, journalists, personal branding experts and editors of leading publications to participate in the next few masterclasses and give you the breadth of their experience. You’ll be given the opportunity to send your questions in in advance and have them answered by our host and expert guests!
Free Preview: Here Are the Travel Writing Masterclasses That Exist So Far...
You’re about to learn actionable writing tips and career tips from people who have achieved success as travel writers, as well as the industry gatekeepers who guard access to the publishing world.
Each masterclass is released only to Writer’s Club members. You also get detailed, easy to followed notes to download alongside each lesson that is released. This will make it easy for you to internalize the practical writing tips
As a member you get unlimited access to all past masterclasses + any new masterclasses released while you’re a member! You will also have the opportunity to submit your questions to be answered / discussed by our editors and guests.
Here’s a sneak preview of what’s already created – use the Soundcloud boxes to listen to a brief audio extract of each masterclass:
Masterclass #1: Write an Irresistible Opening Paragraph that Editors Will Love
Editors will tell you they read every word of each story they get sent.
Don’t believe it.
Editors receive dozens, maybe hundreds of submissions per day. Many will just read the opening paragraph, and glance over the rest. This is why your opening paragraph is absolutely essential.
In this masterclass, Intrepid Times editors Nathan Thomas and Jennifer Roberts dissect several examples of good (and not so good) opening paragraphs, and show you exactly how to start your travel story off right.
Contains: 80 minute audio masterclass + accompanying PDF workbook
Status: Uploaded now – get access the second you sign up
Masterclass #2: How a Professional Journalist Writes a Travel Story
If you want to learn how to distill your travel experiences into a compelling story that people will actually want to read, then ask a travel journalist.
Thomas Heaton is an established travel writer who has recently returned from a long stint as a food and travel journalist at the Kathmandu Post. Prior to that he worked in New Zealand where he was nominated for a Canon Media Award for best regional reporter.
In this masterclass, Thomas shares practical tips from his experience as a professional travel journalist and an editor on how to write a travel story that will get noticed, including:
- When to say “I” – Clear principles for when it is (and is not) appropriate to insert yourself into a story
- What is “journalistic relevance” and why it matters to travel writers
- How to use language that engages the audience and helps them share in your experience
- The one technique that made Anthony Bourdain such a successful travel writer
- What makes a “story” a story – how do you choose which travel experiences to write about?
Status: Uploaded Now – Get Access As Soon As You Join!
We're Here to Help Share the Stories That Only You Can Tell
No one sees the world quite like you do. This is why your voice deserves to be heard. Using our experience, network, and resources, we’re going to amplify your message and help you have the impact you want to have as a writer — however this looks for you.
Maybe you see yourself as a professional travel writer, able to make a living or meaningfully supplement your income writing articles about the places you visit. Maybe you see yourself as a published author, able to pop into your local bookstore and see your name in print and on display. Maybe you are just passionate about the art of travel writing and want to share your story in the most powerful way possible.
Together, we can rise to the challenge of keeping real travel writing alive. And I would love for you to be a part of this journey with us.
Every writer has been there – the cold template email or (rare) polite note from the editor saying that your work has been rejected. We receive up to fifty submissions a day, yet publish only one story per week, so we are no strangers to having to reject authors’ work. And pretty much every piece that is rejected gets sent back for one of the same five reasons.
Editors are busy. When they load an inbox full of dozens of submissions, they will look out for these five reasons and nearly always kill any article that commits even one of these mistakes. And this isn’t just magazines and websites – book publishings often choose a page at random and carry out the same process with the manuscripts they receive.
That’s the bad news. The good news is, these five mistakes are surprisingly easy to avoid – once you know what they are!
The moment you sign up for Intrepid Times’s Private Writer’s Club, you’ll get access to the “The Rejection Report” as a welcome bonus to read while you wait for the next masterclass!
You're About the Embark on a Complete Travel Writing Transformation
Far more than a writing course, you’re about embark on a complete travel writing transformation that will help you unleash your creativity, get your writing published, and uncover the deeper meaning behind your experiences and adventures. All you need to do now is select the option that best reflects your goals and level of commitment, and we’ll see you on the inside!
Secure Your Place in Our Private Writer's Club - Select Your Preferred Option to Continue
- Instant access to all existing masterclasses including audio lessons + PDF workbooks, + all bonuses
- One brand new masterclass every month on a new topic
- Everything in the “Wanderer” option, plus…
- Detailed feedback on your writing by Intrepid Times editors – send up to one piece of writing per month for rapid review and line by line feedback
- Priority article consideration for publication on Intrepid Times
- Ask your questions to be answered by guests and our editors on upcoming masterclasses
- Strictly limited to 20 members at any one time
- Everything in the “Wanderer” and “Nomad” options, plus…
- 60 minute one-on-one monthly writing coaching session with an Intrepid Times editor
- Send more articles for review – up to one per week
- Strictly limited to 5 members at any one time
The Not-So-Small Print:
Easy to Cancel, Priority Support
The Intrepid Times Private Writer’s Club will not always be easy to join, but it will always be easy to leave. You’ll be in personal contact with our editors, and receive VIP support throughout your membership. You can cancel your membership at any time. If you are not satisfied with the quality of instruction you receive, you can claim a full-refund of your most recent payment by letting us know with 15 days of the transaction. For priority support, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We’ll see you on the inside!
Nathan James Thomas
Founder & Chief Editor,
Author, Travel Your Way (2021) Co-editor,
Fearless Footsteps (2020)
Feedback is starting to come in for the first Masterclass (How to Create an Irresistible Opening Paragraph) – here’s what members are saying:
“I listened to your masterclass with Jennifer, made heaps of notes, and found it most interesting and enlightening. Thank you for the work you both put into that.”
->Bridget – Australia
“I cannot thank you both for letting me understand the right approach to travel writing. I was intrigued to hear those many angles to kick off a story, interspersed with right examples i.e Intrepid Times featured stories, factored in to understand better.”
->Satarupa – India
This masterclass is waiting for you in the members area right now!