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Travel Writing Business Course

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Designed for those interested in the field of professional travel writing or even those who would just like to write better journals of their travels for themselves, friends, and family, the Travel Writing Business Course will give you everything you need to produce interesting and entertaining writing.

The course starts you off with the basics and progresses you to the point at which you are capable of creating work of your own in this genre. You will be introduced to travel writing, guided you through the different aspects involved, and all the questions you have will be answered along the way.

What You'll Learn from the Travel Writing Business Course

This course guides you through 7 comprehensive modules:

  • Introduction
  1. Is Travel Writing for You?
  2. Where to Begin?
  3. The Nitty Gritty of Travel Writing
  4. Your Travels
  5. Travel Writing Skills and Drills
  6. Sharing and Selling your Work
  7. Inspiration for Travel Writing

Following an introduction to the course, and what to expect from it, the Travel Writing Business Course begins by explaining what travel writing really is (such as books, guides, brochures and more) and providing examples of some famous writers. This module then moves onto explain the necessary skills needed to succeed and how this course will help you to get there.

To increase your self-awareness and know your travel personality, which in turn will help your writing, the second module provides a short quiz. Here you will also be exposed to the different specialisms of travel writing, so you can understand which market you are planning to cater for, and the importance of knowing this.

Module 3 of the Travel Writing Business Course discusses how travel magazines function and operate and then moves on to the importance of researching the area you intend to travel to and write about, including any special features of your destination. It is likely that you will take photographs as a visual aid to your travel literature, so the basic knowhow of photography is covered here also.
If you would like learn more about travel photography, Centre of Excellence also offer a specialised Travel Photography Course.

To get the most from your trips, becoming an expert traveller is important to this career choice. Module 4 talks you through everything that you need in order to travel to different places: financial resources, bookings at motels and hotels, food, clothing, any special equipment and more. Also included here is the way in which you travel, such as how to create a detailed itinerary and the pros and cons of both group and solo travel. Without funding, you aren’t going anywhere, so this module also discusses the various ways in which you can acquire funding, if your personal resources will not cover the expense.

The fifth module is all about writing. Along with discussing the importance of strong writing skills, students are informed of several drills and skills pertaining to travel writing. Also here students learn about several basic rules of writing travel literature, such as ‘show but don’t tell’, knowing one’s transitions, knowing the characters, and having something to set them apart from the rest.

Once you have finished your travels and written some interesting and insightful work, module 6 of the Travel Writing Business Course will guide you in how to share and sell your work. It also advises you on how to get to know the editors whom you’re going to be working with to publish the travel literature.

The final module of the course aims to leave you with some inspiration for your own work, in the form of samples of important travel literature, which are discussed and dissected, to understand just what makes them stand out. Also discussed here is how and why the experiences of travel writers are usually very different from the experiences of an average individual.

Who Would Benefit from the Course?

Taking learners from the basics to creating their own travel writing, the Travel Writing Business Course is aimed at those who wish to follow a career writing in this genre and want all the knowledge they will need in one place. This said, anyone who is going travelling and wishes to improve their journal or blog entries, and also get more from their trip, will find a lot of useful and inspiring information here.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Travel Writing Business Course will take you up to 150 hours to complete working from home. There is no time limit for completing this course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace. The course comes with a course assessment in the form of quizzes, written questions and short essays, once you have completed your course assessment please email or post it back to us for marking, you will then receive your feedback and certificates.

This course is certified by the IANLPC (International Association of NLP & Coaching) and the IAHT (International Alliance of Holistic Therapists), both of which are internationally recognised organisations. The IAHT certify personal development, health, fitness and nutrition courses. The IANLPC is a global support network for NLP Professionals and coaches, including the fields of Life Coaching, Hypnotherapy Business Coaching, Leadership, Nutritional, CBT, Personal Development and Holistic Therapy.

Course Syllabus


Module 1: Is Travel Writing for You?

  • What Do We Mean by Travel Writing?
    • Adventure Literature
    • Travel Journals
    • Guide Books
    • Fiction
  • Some Famous Travel Writers
    1. V. S Naipaul
    2. Lawrence Durrell
    3. Paul Theroux
    4. Bill Bryson
    5. Mark Twain
    6. Florence Nightingale
    7. Peter Fleming
    8. Robert Byron
    9. Eric Hansen
    10. Rebecca West
  • Do You Have What It Takes?
    • Don't Let Fear Control You
    • Add to your Skillset
    • Don't be afraid to explore
    • Determine a Niche
    • Spread the Word
    • Go Digital!
  • Quiz
  • Why this Course?
  • Summary
  • Course Assessment

Module 2: Where to Begin?

  • Step One - Your Travel Personality
  • Quiz - Your Travel Personality
  • Results - Your Travel Personality
  • Type A - The Adventurous Traveller
  • Type B - The Intellectual Traveller
  • Type C - The Happy Wanderer
  • Type D - The Traditional Traveller
  • Step Two - Know Yourself
  • Step Three - Know Your Market
    • Solo Travel
    • All About the Locals
    • Food Is Never Out of Fashion
    • Local Sites from Movies Are Always Popular
    • History and Art
    • Body and Soul Travel
  • Summary
  • Course Assessment

Module 3: The Nitty Gritty of Travel Writing

  • How Do Travel Magazines Work?
  • Research
  • Some Pointers About Photography
  • Summary
  • Course Assessment

Module 4: Your Travels

  • Becoming A Professional Traveller
  • Finances
  • Adventure
  • Fly
  • Language
  • Accommodation
  • Couchsurfing
  • Tourist Offices
  • The Food
  • Pack Right
  • Be Cautious
  • Say YES!
  • Communicate
  • Spend Some Time
  • Travel Insurance
  • Book Your Flights
  • Your Travel File
  • Your Travel Bags
  • Luggage Bag
  • Toiletry Bag
  • The Itinerary
  • Have Your Time Accounted For
  • How to Make One?
  • Be Realistic
  • Let Your Close Ones Know
  • Solo Versus Group Travel
  • Some Useful Travel Mantras
  • How These Mantras Help
  • Funding Your Travels - The Pros and Cons
  • Summary
  • Course Assessment

Module 5: Travel Writing Skills and Drills

  • How to Stand Out
    • Set a Goal
    • Be Inquisitive
    • Socialize with The Locals
    • Take The Aid of a Guide
    • Exert Heavily
    • Keep a Notepad
  • Importance of Writing Skills
    • Astute Observation
    • Avoiding Bias
    • Mythologizing
    • Fallacious Arguments
    • Scene Construction
    • Create Multi Layered Descriptions
    • Anecdotes
    • Develop a Publishing Mindset
  • Rule# 1: Show Don't Tell
  • Rule# 2: Know Your Transitions
    • Addition in/ Agreement with/ Similarity
    • Limitation / Contradiction
    • Example
    • Effect / Consequence
    • Conclusion/ Summary
  • Rule# 3: Your Characters
  • Rule# 4: What will set you apart?
  • Summary
  • Course Assessment

Module 6: Sharing and Selling your Work

  • Why Is It Important to Sell Your Work?
    • Build your Resume
    • There Are a Lot of Options to Choose From
    • Learn to beat the Competition
    • Make Editors Your Best Friends
  • The Travel Writing Market
    • In-Flight Magazines
    • Lifestyle Magazines
    • Food and Wine Magazines
    • Trade Magazines
    • Local Travel Magazines
  • International Travel Magazines
    • Go Nomad
    • Go World Travel
    • In The Know Traveller
    • National Geographic Traveller
    • Wanderlust magazine
  • Multiply Experiences
    • Travelling is expensive
    • Remember to discuss with your editors before leaving
    • How do you multiply experiences?
    • What are the Do's and Don'ts
  • Know Your Editors
    • Know Their Style
    • Long Term Relations with Editors Are Necessary
    • Editors Give You Work
    • But Be Braced for Change
    • Editors Will Always Look Out for You
  • Summary
  • Course Assessment

Module 7: Inspiration for Travel Writing

  • Sample Pieces
    • Ma Jian: Red Dust
    • Colette Rossant: Apricots on the Nile
    • Charlotte Hobson: Black Earth City
  • Experiences of Travel Writers
    • Travelling on the road
    • Constant revisions and editing
    • Plan Out What You Want to Write
    • What A Travel Writer Should Be Doing?
    • What a Travel Writer Should Not Do
    • Preparing Technical Details of Your Trip
  • Summary
  • Course Assessment

Our courses include comprehensive support, should you require any assistance. You can contact our friendly course advisers by telephone or by email.

Contact Details

Continued Learning

All course delegates are welcome to attend our regular, ongoing learning and inspirational events. We also hold regular inspirational events in Manchester and London for all students studying any of our courses. The events are a great way to watch live demonstrations of different techniques, learn new skills, have a practice with other students and to meet your tutors. Once you've signed up for any of our courses you will receive details of our different monthly events via email. If you cannot attend our events you can watch a live streaming of the event on our tv channel.

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