Are you a travel blogger, or someone who has a skill for imparting information in a humorous and informative way? How’d you like to publish a guest post on Practical Wanderlust? It’s the big leagues, kid. You’re gonna be a shtar!
Well, not really.
But if the glory of publication (and some links back to your site) is enough for you, and you want to share your writerly creation with our 275k monthly readers, here’s what you need to know!
Important Note: This opportunity is for bloggers and aspiring writers only. If you are looking for a link back to your for-profit site, that’s a sponsored post, not a guest post. We do NOT publish sponsored posts that aren’t written by us.
The Kinds of Guest Posts We’re Looking For
There are a zillion travel blogs out there, and each one has its own distinct style. Ours is … well, spend a few minutes reading the other posts on our site, and we hope you get a feel for what we’re all about: insanely detailed travel information with a side of (usually really terrible) jokes.
So when it comes to your submission, your voice and the depth of travel information you share is key!
This is what a guest post for Practical Wanderlust needs:
- Your guest post should drip with sass. We’re looking for general hilariousness and funny anecdotes, told with ridiculousness and humor (but not like, in a mean way). Do you got jokes? Jokes are good. We also like cussing (although we try to bleep that sh*t out). If your friends describe you as “the funny one” and also “the one to ask for travel recommendations,” you’re a fantastic fit for Practical Wanderlust. (And also, can we be friends?)
- Your guest post should be insanely informative. “Practical” is in our blog name for a reason: we’re all about down to earth, useful information. And a whole, whole lot of it. No matter what you’re writing about, you should cover ALL of its angles, and avoid leaving questions for our readers to search for elsewhere. This is also our posts are pretty freaking long: all those juicy details take up a LOT of words, not to mention time to research & validate. We have horribly high expectations here at Practical Wanderlust, please join us in our stress circle.
- Your guest post should SELL a destination. Whether you’re writing about your home town or your favorite vacation spot, by the end of the post I need to want to go there immediately. Tell me what makes it special and convince me that I absolutely HAVE to visit. This also goes for everything that you recommend: tell me what to order on the menu, tell me why I NEED to visit X attraction, tell me why the vista on your favorite hike is SO worth the 9-mile shlog through a gator-filled swamp to see, etc.
- Your guest post should not be cookie cutter. If I can find the stuff you’re recommending with a quick google search, it’s not in depth enough. We’re looking for tips and information that you can only get by visiting a place or being a local. Please don’t write about somewhere you haven’t been for at least several days. Also: the weirder/quirkier your recommendations, the better!
- Your guest post should be built around a competitive keyword. We can help with the keyword research, but it definitely helps if you have something in mind before you pitch to us. We’ll need to find a keyword/topic that you can design your post around before you start writing.
- Your guest post should be relevant to our readers. Your topic should be something that our readers are interested in. Spend a few minutes browsing our site to get a feel of our content. FYI, we are a budget travel blog, so leave the luxury at home in your mansion or on your yacht.
- Your post should not be a story about a personal experience. We are looking for guest posts that are informative travel resources. Awesome stories about your own travels are a great fit for your blog (or like, to share with us over a beer or 5) but currently not something we’re looking to publish on Practical Wanderlust. That said: we love when you work in few short personal anecdotes into your post!
- Your post should be about a topic that’s relevant to our audience. Here are some specifics about what we’re seeking at the moment:
- USA Travel: We’re especially seeking content about any/all destinations on the East Coast, US National Parks, TN, IN, KY, FL, OH, CO, WA, OR, CA, NM, and UT. We love city guides, lists of places to visit in a specific state, self-guided walking tours, and local’s guides about where you live. Here’s an example.
- South America Travel: We’re looking for “things to do in” style posts about destinations in South America, whether they’re major tourist attractions or a little off the beaten path. We’re also looking for adventure travel (especially adventure towns), anything about the Amazon (we’ve never been, sadly!), hiking guides, food guides, and self-guided walking tours of major cities in South America. Here’s an example.
- Hiking: We’re looking for lists of hikes to do in a specific destination, whether it’s a country, city, or mountain range. Hiking guides should contain lots of personal experience: you should be a hiker and you should have first-hand experience hiking in the area you’re writing about. Here’s an example.
- Food, booze, and coffee travel: What to eat and where to eat it, like this post. For food/drink focused posts, we’re currently seeking posts about destinations we’ve already covered – please take a look through our destination guides and let us know if you spot an overlap!
- Local’s guides: Tell us everything about where you live! What to do and see, where to stay, what to eat, and insider tips that only locals would know. Here’s an example.
- Day trips & Weekend trips near X city: What are some of the coolest things to do near a major city? How can our readers get off the beaten path? We’re especially seeking posts that overlap with destinations we’ve already written about, so please take a look through our destination guides and let us know if you spot an overlap. Here’s an example.
- Self-guided walking tours of a city: If you had to design a path for our readers that would take them through the coolest parts of your favorite city, where would you send them? What route should they take, and where should they stop? Put your tour guide skills to the test and design a self-guided walking tour for our readers! Please note that we’ll probably need you to create a Google map to go along with your route. Here’s an example.
Have an idea? Awesome. We’d love to hear it! Use the form at the bottom of this page to send us a message with your pitch. If we like your submission, we’ll get back to you and move forward with your pitch. We might need to work with you to nail down your topic/keyword and craft an outline together.
Guest Post Guidelines
If we love your pitch, we’ll be looking for a guest post that follows these guidelines. We might request a few edits before we’re ready to publish your post on our site.
- At least 2,000 words. We don’t write short posts. We don’t think they’re sufficient to convey the depth of information that our readers come to our site looking for (our readers are a bunch of nerds, just like us). So beef your post up and get wordy!
- Up to 5 links to your site. Feel free to sprinkle your 5 links wherever you like to reap the SEO benefits of guest posting! We’re also happy to link to your social media accounts.
- A short bio about yourself. Our readers want to be introduced to you before they dive into your amazing post, so give them a little bio with some context about who you are! Feel free to plug your social media in here as well. You can also work this into your intro & conclusion sections.
- Include relevant links to other sites. If you list a business or attraction in your post, you MUST include a link to their website (or a TripAdvisor review, or some other relevant link). You should be providing enough relevant information to need several links! For those concerned that this dilutes the effectiveness of their guest post, it doesn’t: Google loves relevant links because it means you’re serving up legitimately useful content – a post with a handful of links all to a single domain seems spammy and less genuinely useful.
- If you have photos, they must be high-res and edited. We love when you have high-res edited photos (at least 900px wide). If you are including photos, they should match the content of the post and be visually stunning – nothing dark or grainy. If photos aren’t your strong suit or you don’t have photos that will work for your post, don’t worry: we can source copyright free stock photos.
Please note that we will try to limit edits to your post as much as possible, but we reserve the right to make changes to fit the tone, voice, or narrative flow of your post to fit our site. Whenever possible we will ask you for edits before we make our own changes. We also reserve the right to add affiliate links.
Send Us a Pitch!
Have an idea? We want to hear it! Use the form below to send us a pitch with your idea, or email editor at practicalwanderlust.com.
Psst: if you’re looking for do-follow links back to a for-profit website or business, don’t fill this form out. This opportunity is for bloggers, writers, and regular folks only.