Often the hardest step in building a track record is to get something published. And writing travel stories is a very good way to do it. I built up a readership in the early years not with novels or short stories, or even well-accepted non-fiction, but with writing for travel magazines, the inflight magazine for Air New Zealand (then called Pacific Way) being a very good example, though Signature, the magazine of a prominent credit card company, also bought a number of travel articles.
It was great! Not only was I paid well, but I went on so-called "junkets," where the local tourist department would meet you at the airport bearing gifts, pay for lodging, and take you to a series of nice restaurants, along with all the local museums and so forth, where prominent people like museum directors would be glad to show you around.
Interested? Well, it is possible to enter this world via an online magazine, which is currently asking for stories. They don't pay, but they don't charge, either.
It is Justtravelnews.com
Read the rest to find the application form, the guidelines, and the list of sites where they contribute the stories.