How to Break into Travel Writing – an online course

How to Break into Travel Writing

(now available online) 

Want to travel the world and get paid for it? Learn the secrets of getting started and landing exciting assignments in this hands-on travel writing workshop. Discover the proven path successful travel writers follow and how to blaze your own trail.

Explore the beaches of Puerto Escondido in your free time

Workshop Outline

In this hands-on workshop you can expect to learn:

Today’s markets demystified

  • Print, blogging, online, video, tablet and mobile apps

Developing story ideas

  • Before, during or after you travel?

Tapping into your true voice

  • Finding sources, local color, reporting

Getting noticed:

  • What editors look for

 How to pitch your ideas

  • Query or spec?  The mechanics of who to contact and how

 Styles of travel writing

  • Service pieces to essays: getting multiple stories

 Follow-up and handling rejection

  • When, how, who


  • FAMs, Working with PR agencies, and Tourism Boards

Must-have equipment and resources

  • What you need in your toolkit and why

Once you’ve been accepted

  • Pay, rights, invoicing, social media

When to break the rules

  • Why and how


$200 online

One-on-one mentorship also available on an hourly basis. Contact [email protected] for details.

For tips on how to break into travel writer, earn income and travel the world, check out these other sites:

Podcasts: How to Break into Travel Writing 

Michele Peterson is based in Puerto Escondido and Toronto

Workshop Leader

Michele Peterson is an award-winning freelance writer specializing in travel, eco adventure and food.  After a successful career in financial investments, she made the leap into travel writing. Now she travels the world — from the foothills of the Himalayas to the waters of Hudson Bay — writing about her experiences.

She has written for the Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail, MoneySense, Dreamscapes, and over 100 other publications. She divides her time between Guatemala, Puerto Escondido (Mexico) and Toronto (Canada).

Her work also appears in best-selling anthologies such as Sand in My Bra: Funny Women Write from the Road, The Risks of Sunbathing Topless, and other popular travel anthologies.



Michele’s workshops are detailed, informative and practical. She pointed out what I was doing right with my piece and helped me to focus and fine tune. Her dynamic personality, honest comments and encouragement helped me to get that first piece published.

Gail Murray, Toronto

I attended your class last night and enjoyed it very much.  You were quite inspirational and your love for your work came through in the class

Liz, Toronto

I was in your ‘Travel Writing’ workshop last week along with my girlfriend Cynthia.  I just wanted to say ‘thanks’ for a very informative and interesting session! 

Nigel, Toronto