Earn as you travel

by | Mar 11, 2004 | Archives

Earn as you travel. Here is some valuable data about international business and travel writing.

Over the years, I've traveled to more than 70 countries researching business opportunities, but also exploring (and enjoying) these destinations.

Merri and I have lived and worked on every continent and have made extra fortunes from simply stumbling across distortions at the right time in the right place.

Everywhere, I've been treated like royalty. I don't want you to misunderstand me. I dont mean to brag. It's just that when I go to a place with an eye to writing about it, people tend to roll out the red carpet.

That's because they consider me one of a special breed of travelers — a VIP who has the power to attract other visitors. Really, though, I dont have any special qualifications. I'm guessing the same could be said of you.

And that's why I think you might be interested in learning how you, too, can see the world in a richer way, as a VIP and at the same time, get some value for your money and your time.

You see, in my experience, visiting a destination as a writer — when you have a reason to be there, to ask questions, to really get to know a place — gives travel (life, really) more texture and more depth. For me, that alone holds value.

But beyond that travel in this way can actually pay for itself.

Take my long-time colleague, Jennifer Stevens at International Living where I am a contributing editor. She took her husband and toddler son down to the Caribbean for two weeks last summer. As a writer, she arranged for a discounted rate at a luxurious beachfront condominium. She toured the island, ate lobster, relaxed on the sand. And then she sold a story about her experience that more than paid for the cost of airfare for her whole family. As she put it: “I took a truly luxurious, First Class, two-week vacation for about what I'd have paid for a day with the masses at Disney.”

That's what I'd call value. More for less.

Merri and I do this continually. One time we traveled to Ecuador, enjoyed various hotels (really top class ones) for over a month. This entire trip, the air travel, the hotels, the many tours we enjoyed were all free for us.

You, too, can travel in the same way Jennifer and Merri and I do.

This is especially true now because Merri and I have become involved publishing the monthly Natural Awakenings. We reach nearly a million readers a month and are constantly looking for information about health, humanitarian and environmental tips from around the world to put in the magazine.

This is why I have been working with American Writers & Artists Institute (AWAI) to find good writers.

I have been recommending my course International Investing Business Made EZ (go to IBEZ), but there are other courses that can be invaluable as well, especially if you want to be a writer.

To find out how you can join our ranks as a travel writer and put yourself in the good company of others who also like to travel well, explore beyond the tourist veneer, and get a bit of value for their money and time, then follow this link to read about another friend who has really done well writing abroad at http://www.thetravelwriterslife.com/sh/gs10

Until next message may all your travels be good,