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Paying Markets for Writing and Photography

For many of us, blogging doesn’t exactly pay the bills, at least not directly. But it is a great way to hone our skills to market elsewhere, whether it be writing, social media, or photography. Keep in mind that everyone has to start somewhere and it’s not likely you’ll land your first story or photograph with National Geographic, but reach for the stars! We’ve included both blogs that pay a beginner’s rate and well-known publications. We haven’t included the exact numbers because they vary by story and can change frequently.

Writing

You’re already probably writing for your blog, so why not get paid to write for someone else? So where do you find writing or blogging work? Here are a few job posting boards we recommend.

Blogs

These travel blogs and online magazines pay $10-100 for stories. We’ve mentioned what type of stories they’re looking for.

Online Publications

These travel publications generally pay upwards of $100 and up to $1,000, depending on the story.

  • Fodor’s: slideshows and stories on worldwide destinations with unique angles
  • Roads and Kingdoms: unique longform stories as well as special sections
  • Transitions Abroad: articles on long-term travel, teaching English abroad and cultural immersion
  • BBC Travel: unique travel stories that fit their existing columns
  • Atlas Obscura: offbeat travel and food stories about unique locations around the globe
  • Tales to Go: transformative travel stories by the same publisher as Traveler’s Tale books
  • France Revisited: English language stories about travel in France

Print Publications

Print publications tend to pay a higher rate than online publications, but also have longer lead times and require very specific content.

Photography

Services

Sell your photos to one of these websites, which could end up being purchased by a big name company or publication. It’s a relatively passive form of income.

Publications

Another option is to pitch your photos directly to travel publications. Here are a few that pay for photos.

 

As you can see, there are many ways to make money doing work you’re already qualified for. Get started pitching yourself!

 

Do you have any other publications that are looking for writers or photographers? Let us know in the comments!

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