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.
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.
- SuperStar Blogging Opportunity Board (members only)
- All Freelance Writing
- Contena (members only)
These travel blogs and online magazines pay $10-100 for stories. We’ve mentioned what type of stories they’re looking for.
- GoMad NoMad Magazine: lesser-known destinations, posts from the road and practical travel advice
- Go Nomad: first-person travel accounts and destination guides
- The Expeditioner: first-person travel narratives and tips
- The Culture-ist: food and travel narratives
- Epicure & Culture: food-driven stories
- Girls Getaway: travel articles on girlfriend getaways
- Eat Your World: food focused travel stories
- Too Many Adapters: gear reviews and tech focused travel stories
- Wanderful: female travel stories
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 tend to pay a higher rate than online publications, but also have longer lead times and require very specific content.
- Outpost Magazine: Canadian adventure travel magazine
- Westjet Up! Magazine: in-flight magazine that focuses on destinations in North America and the Caribbean
- Alaska Airlines Magazine: Alaska Airlines in-flight wants mostly West Coast, Alaska, and Hawaii-focused stories
- Delta Sky Magazine: travel and lifestyle & business features
- EnRoute Magazine: Air Canada’s in-flight magazine
- The Australian Way: Qantas’ in-flight magazine is looking for features on their destinations
- Southwest: The Magazine: budget airline’s clever magazine with unique travel stories
- Get Lost: Australian glossy travel magazine features some great photos and is always on the lookout for writers.
- Verge Magazine: Canadian magazine focuses on volunteering and travel with a purpose
- Outside Magazine: outdoors and sports, travel pieces
- Business Jet Traveler: stories on buying and selling jets, lifestyle content, luxury car reviews, travel articles and interviews with celebrities and others who fly privately
- Harbors Magazine: Kenmore Air in-flight needs stories on destinations, lodging, wine, culinary, fishing and boating angles
- The Local Palate: personal stories about chefs, farmers, and vendors as well as tell the history of certain culinary traditions and oral histories of the South
- International Living: stories on experiences overseas
- South Carolina Living: specific travel sections related to the state
- Nevada Magazine: state publication seeking stories
- Northern Virginia Magazine: regional publication seeks stories about area getaways and relevant features from nearby
- Sunset: lifestyle publication with travel stories on California and the West Coast
- New York Times: long form travel stories
- Los Angeles Times: long form travel stories
- Oregon Coast Magazine: regional stories
- Pathfinders Travel: African American travel magazine
- Yankee Magazine: stories on New England
- Arizona Highways: Arizona-based travel stories
- Road and Travel Magazine: consumer auto travel publication
- Canadian Geographic Travel: adventure travel and Canadian travel stories
- Texas Highways: Texas-based travel stories, including lesser-known destinations
- Wanderlust: UK-based glossy travel magazine
- Backpacker Magazine: outdoors and travel features
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.
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!