The Travel Writing Course

Price: NZ$ 1395 / £ 695 / R 7995


Travel Writing Course

A complete toolkit to launch yourself as a professional travel writer for magazines and webzines

Learn to write and sell engaging travel articles to publications around the world

The Travel Writing Course is for those who love to travel  – and write about it.

Would you like to get paid for the stories you write about your journeys? Then step into the most competitive field in modern professional journalism: travel writing.

Our 12-month online travel writing course gives you all the tools and tips you need to become a travel writer and break into the global travel writing industry. Learn to tailor your writing for print and online travel magazines and blogs, and how to pitch your work.


The Travel Writing Course Gives You...

Expert, Individual Feedback

Get prompt, honest, detailed feedback on every assignment from an award-winning writer. We focus on your unique writing strengths.

No Peer Reviews!

You will only be assessed by your tutor, a leader in their field. No more guessing and wondering how to write; you'll be guided line by line.

No Automated Marking

We use traditional methods of assessing work, as editors at publishing houses would. No generic feedback!

A Flexible Schedule

Work wherever and whenever you want to. You can easily fit our courses around work and other commitments.

Relevant, Usable Content

Easy-to-digest course notes that capture a lifetime of writing experience, ready for you to apply to your own writing.

Ongoing Assessment

Your writing is assessed continuously as your course progresses.

Free Your Potential on the Travel Writing Course

Step into one of the most exciting and challenging fields of writing

Learn the secrets behind writing an award-winning travel story. Discover how to illustrate your words with great images, how to pitch your work, how to conduct interviews, how to research your feature to give it extra depth and, most importantly, how to make an income in this competitive environment.

Over the course of 11 modules and 20 writing assignments, you will be tutored by highly experienced photojournalists who specialise in the field of travel. They’ll take the guesswork and the trial and error out of travel writing by guiding you through every stage of this exciting journey.

You’ll soon learn it’s more than just a blog post about where you went and what you did. It’s about how carefully your traveller’s eye has been honed: do you see the irony, the human interest, the poignancy and the humour in what you encounter? Do you have the research skills to substantiate your narrative? Can you add images to your words? Can you market yourself to an overworked editor? 

Your tutors are always willing to share their knowledge with you, welcoming discussions on the subject of travel journalism and answering any queries you might have. 

'I LOVED this course, from beginning to end. I was made to work hard and my tutor earned my respect by her direct and honest feedback at the end of each module.'

Marilyn Scott, Travel Writing Course

Course Overview

Start your course at any time – applications open all year round.


Price includes GST/VAT

Other currencies will be converted at time of invoice



The assignments vary in length.



These modules include around 300 pages of course notes.



Work at your own pace – up to a maximum of twelve months.


Working with an individual tutor means you can start the course at any time.


Basic writing skills are essential. Computer skills, e-mail and Internet access required. No previous tertiary qualification required.

Our Graduate Students' Successes

We are proud of our graduates who have achieved success. Here are a few among dozens of other journalism
success stories.

Donna Dailey Travel Writing and journalism tutor at The Writers College

Tutor for this course

Donna Dailey

Donna Dailey is a travel writer and photographer whose work is published in magazines, newspapers and travel websites worldwide. Her articles have appeared in Journeys, Essentially America, Endless Vacations, CNN Traveller and other consumer magazines; national newspapers such as The Times, Sunday Times and Daily Mail; and on travel websites for Rough Guides, RCI and more. She has won several travel writing awards from the British Guild of Travel Writers, including runner up Travel Writer of the Year, Best UK Feature and Best Overseas Feature, as well as a Visit USA Association media award for Excellence in Specialist Travel Magazine Journalism.

Donna has written or contributed to more than 40 guidebooks and inspirational travel books, covering destinations in Europe, Africa and America for such publishers as DK, Insight Guides, Berlitz, Fodor’s, Thomas Cook and AA Publishing. She co-publishes three travel websites:, and

Donna has a BA in Journalism and Radio-TV from the University of Northern Colorado. When not on the road, she divides her time between Cambridgeshire, England and southern Arizona, USA.

Course Curriculum

Module 1

What is Travel Writing?

  • Distinguish travel writing from other genres of writing
  • Develop an understanding of the elements that characterise travel journalism
  • Get answers to FAQs about a career in travel journalism
  • Writing Exercise 1: Practice writing scenes that ‘show’ rather than ‘tell’ (assessment and feedback task)

Module 2

Targeting Your Market

  • Analyse a magazine in terms of content, style, format, tone, target market and demographic
  • Learn how to match your writing with that of a selected travel magazine
  • Writing Exercise 2: Analyse the demographic, style, tone and format of a selected magazine (assessment and feedback task)

Module 3

Topics that Sell

  • Know where and how to find sellable ideas
  • Learn techniques for generating ideas
  • Distinguish between a topic and an angle
  • Study an overview of prominent international travel magazines
  • Writing Exercise 3: Refine topics into angles; come up with an angle for a travel article (feedback task)

Module 4

The Travel Writing Industry Revealed

  • Find out how to write the perfect query letter
  • Distinguish between writing on speculation versus querying and being commissioned
  • Writing Exercise 4: Write a query letter for your targeted magazine, covering all aspects of style, tone, content and format (assessment and feedback task)

Module 5

The Compelling Opener

  • Discover the critical elements for writing a compelling lead
  • Identify the different types of introductions for travel pieces
  • Writing Exercise 5: Write a compelling opening to your article (feedback and assessment task)

Module 6

Body-Building Part 1

  • Identify the main components of an article
  • Use a basic story structure to map out your travel piece
  • Use transitions and logical flow to facilitate easy reading
  • Writing Exercise 6: Begin to write up the body of your article and hand in a first draft (feedback task)

Module 7

Body-Building Part 2

  • Learn the main grammar, style and punctuation rules for good writing
  • Know the rules for apt usage of quotations
  • Writing Exercise 7: Test your knowledge of grammar, style and punctuation (assessment and feedback task)
  • Writing Exercise 8: Panel-beat the body into shape and hand in a second draft (feedback task)

Module 8

Body-Building Part 3

  • Find out how to create catchy sidebars and resource boxes
  • Write your own byline
  • Writing Exercise 9: Write a byline and 2 sidebars (feedback task)

Module 9

Finishing Off in Style

  • Identify the different types of closers
  • Essential photography tips
  • Writing Exercise 10: Write the closer to your piece (feedback task)

Module 10

The Final Cut

  • Edit your piece by following basic guidelines
  • Understand the different kinds of cover letters and how to submit your piece in a professional way
  • Invoice and organise payment for your stories
  • Understand the basics of copyrighting, recycling stories and syndication
  • Writing Exercise 11: Edit your piece and submit it with a cover letter. Include photographs for bonus points. (assessment and feedback task)

Module 11

Mastering Travel Writing for the Web

  • How writing articles for the web is different to print
  • Using SEO-friendly keywords, headings and sub-headings
  • Writing tips: hyperlinking and chunking
  • Finding work online
  • Writing Exercise 12: Write and submit a web article

What Our Students Say

Ann HustonTravel Writing Course
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I thought the course would be good, but it turned out to be great! [My tutor's] responses to my submitted assignments were lightning-fast and her feedback was frank and encouraging. The course more than met my objectives. I loved it, I learnt lots and I will consider doing other courses through The Writers College in the future.
Jan NormanTravel Writing Course
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I was sad when I completed the course. I loved it so much, I felt like signing up and redoing the course the very second that I finished it.
Lemanja DavidsonTravel Writing Course
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I give this course a rating of 10/10. It is very informative and educational. It gave me the tools, guidance and the confidence I needed to enter the travel writer’s world. I will definitely be studying further courses through The Writers College. Keep up the great work. Thank you.
Will McGuireTravel Writing Course
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My tutor Donna was excellent at analyzing where I needed improvement. Her feedback was clear and helpful, and by following her suggestions, my work improved exponentially. I feel confident that I have completed the course with a saleable article and picked up enough tricks to continue shaping my work into the travel writing style, and hopefully sell articles.
Alistair JohnstonTravel Writing Course
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I thoroughly enjoyed the course and realised how much I don't know about my own language. Donna was a pleasure to work with as a tutor. It was obvious from her responses to my work that she is a genuine wordsmith. The course met all of my objectives. I learned a great deal and had a lot of fun doing so.
Marylene CoutretTravel Writing Course
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Each module of the course was very well thought-out and designed to gain knowledge in a very effective way. Donna was a very helpful and patient tutor. She provided a lot of instructive, enlightening advice and information. Her positive feedback never failed to encourage me and boost my confidence.

Get These Additional Benefits

Lifetime Course Access

Benefit from free lifetime access to future course updates and access to our writing resources.

Join a Community of Writers

You will have access to our friendly Facebook community, daily writing tips and writing inspiration.

500+ Bonus Articles on Our Blog

A superb, constantly updated resource with articles on writing and interviews with writers.

Work at Your Own Pace

Our courses work around you. You can pace your course around your busy life.

Work Opportunities

Top students are invited to join our writers and editors for hire service.

Be the First to Know About Writing Competitions

We'll help you keep up to date with the latest competition announcements

Risk-Free 100% Money-Back Guarantee

We are so confident that you will love your course that if you’re not 100% satisfied with the quality of our training, simply ask for a refund within 30 days.

Complete the Application Form to Enrol on the Travel Writing Course

You will receive an approval email and invoice within one working day.

Questions? We've Got Answers

Detailed course notes covering the content of each module are emailed to you.

At the end of each module, you will be required to complete one or two writing exercises. In total, the course includes ten writing assignments, all of which count towards your final result. You must also produce one query letter (300–600 words), one feature-length article (1200–1500 words) and one 500–word web piece.

Once you have completed a writing assignment and emailed it to your tutor, you will receive an assessment and feedback, and the module will be considered complete.

Absolutely. You have direct communication with your tutor for the duration of the course. The more questions you ask, the more you will get out of the course.

You will get lifetime access to the course, and you’ll benefit from all future updates and improvements to the course.

For the majority of our courses, only your tutor will see your work. Your work will remain completely private unless you get it published. In the journalism courses, your work might be published in the public domain, but you do have the final say as to whether or not it is published.

You will receive a Writers College Certificate upon successful completion of the course, provided you meet the following conditions:

  • You must have completed all  assignments (namely, writing exercises, one query letter and two articles).

  • The course must have been completed within 12 months of registration.

  • A minimum average of 50% for the course must be achieved.

  • Basic writing skills are essential.
  • Basic computer skills, as well as email and Internet access are required.
  • No previous tertiary qualification is required.

Because you will work with an individual tutor, you can apply for a course and start as soon as you want to. There are no specific start dates as would be the case with a traditional college.

An application is usually approved within one working day. Once we see proof of payment, your course will start.

You could be starting your course today!

  • Reading Time: 18 hours

  • Writing Time: Up to 35 hours

  • Research Time: 2–6 hours, depending on the complexity of your article


Once your application has been approved, you will receive notice of approval and an invoice via email. As soon as we see proof of payment, you will receive the first module. We will also send you your tutor’s email address and your login details. Your tutor will also be in touch to welcome you.

Any work you create on our courses is owned by you. We will never make a claim to anything you produce. We follow the rule that copyright subsists with the creator (you).

'Challenging, for sure, but do this course properly, apply what is learnt, and you may just become a (really) good travel writer. Also, a lot of really good information available through the college’s online library. Assignment feedback was prompt, meaningful, motivating.'

Gary Hillman, Travel Writing Writing Course

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