Travel Writing

Level: Professional Development

By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Gain skills and knowledge in Travel Writing as a foundation qualification towards further studies, or for personal interest
  • Be awarded the BSY Professional Certificate of Merit
  • Be eligible to become a member of AHCP (Association of Complementary Practitioners)

You can study this course from the comfort of your own home; in your own time and at your own pace; with helpful support and encouragement from our friendly tutors.

Course overview

Of all the types of writing, travel writing is one of the most exciting, and also the most rewarding financially and personally.

 In this course you will discover how to gauge the market for travel writing, how to plan your work and do research, and you will learn techniques for producing and selling top quality articles, reviews, books and guides.

 The course is suitable for complete beginners, as well as those with some experience.  While covering the technical side of writing, it is also strongly focused towards making an income from your talent.  There are special sections on making extra money from travel photography, selling subsidiary rights and obtaining free travel.  You’ll also learn a little about self-publishing using both traditional and electronic techniques.


  •  Lesson One
    • An Introduction to the World of Travel Writing
      • Is Travel Writing for You?
      • What is the Market Like?
      • The Different Styles of Travel Writing
      • The Main Categories of Travel Writing
      • How to Find the Best Subjects
      • Travel Writing Niches to Consider
      • Home or Away?
      • What Makes Good Travel Writing?
      • Getting Experience
      • What You Need to be a Travel Writer
  • Lesson Two
    • Writing a Travel Article/ Creating Good Travel Reviews
      • What Makes a Good Travel Article?
      • Planning Your Article
      • Researching Your Article
      • Writing the Article
      • Writing the Review
  • Lesson Three
    • Marketing Travel Articles and Reviews
      • Unsolicited, Solicited and Commissioned Articles
      • Researching Potential Markets
      • Important Principles for Selling Travel Articles
      • Selling to the Main Markets
      • Making Contact with Publishers
  • Lesson Four
    • Writing a Travel Guide or Book
      • Characteristics of a Guide or Book
      • Getting Ideas for your Guide or Book
      • Planning your Guide or Book
      • Researching your Guide or Book
      • What to Include in the Different Types of Guide or Book
      • Writing the Guide or Book
      • Choosing a Title
      • Finalising your Work
  • Lesson Five
    • Marketing a Travel Guide or Book
      • Things to Know about the Market for Books and Guides
      • Researching Potential Markets
      • Important Principles for Selling Travel Books and Guides
      • Creating a Book Proposal
      • Making Contact with Book Publishers
      • Contracts and Royalties
  • Lesson Six
    • Self-publishing
      • Why Self-publish?
      • Preparing your Book for Self-publishing
      • Methods of Self-publishing
  • Lesson Seven
    • Unlocking the Secrets of Free Travel
      • Obtaining a Commission
      • Journalist’s Inspection Trips
      • Finding Travel Providers
      • Completing your Free Travel Project
  • Lesson Eight
    • More Ways to Make Money from Travel Writing
      • Selling Subsidiary Rights to your Travel Writing
      • Travel Photography
      • Claiming Payments for Copying and Lending
      • Starter List of Useful  Contacts

Practical training

No practical training is required to complete this course.