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 piece 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 If you are looking for a link back to your for-profit site, that’s a sponsored post, and we do NOT publish sponsored posts that aren’t written by us.
What 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!
Here are the destinations we’re looking for:
- USA Travel: We love city guides, weekend itineraries, lists of places to visit in a specific state, self-guided walking tours, and local’s guides. Here’s an example. We’re open to anywhere within the USA. We’re also actively seeking content about:
- Anywhere on the East Coast or New England, especially Massachusetts & NYC
- USA National Parks
- Tennesee, Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio (& anywhere nearby)
- The South, especially GA and LA
- The West (UT, NM, NV, CO, all of it)
- The Pacific Northwest, especially Portland
- Anywhere in California
- South America Travel: We’re seeking everything from major cities & tourist destinations or smaller, off the beaten path towns. We’re 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. We’re primarily seeking content about:
- Other Destinations: We’re currently seeking posts and guides about major cities & popular destinations in…
- Asia: Indonesia, Nepal
- Europe: Norway, Italy, Germany, Spain, Denmark, and Austria
- Central America: Panama, Costa Rica
- North America: Canada, Mexico
Topics & Types of Posts
Here are the types of posts that we’re currently accepting:
- 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 major cities: What are some of the coolest places to visit 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 major cities: 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 need you to create a Google map to go along with your route. Here’s an example.
- Hiking Guides: 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 must be a hiker and you must 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! We also need photos provided for this style of post
See something on the list that you can write about? This is what a submission for Practical Wanderlust needs:
- Your writing 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 blog 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 post should include contextual history. We want to encourage you to dive deeper than surface level. Don’t just tell us what to do in a place. Tell us WHY… why that thing exists, what it represents to that destination, and how it tells the story of the destination?
- Your 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 post should not be cookie cutter. If I can find all the stuff you’re recommending as the top 10 places listed on TripAdvisor, 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 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 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 submissions 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!
Psst: Yet again, we want to remind you: if you’re looking for do-follow links back to a for-profit website or business that is not a blog, don’t fill this form out. This opportunity is for bloggers, writers, and regular folks only.
If we love your pitch, we’ll be looking for a piece 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! 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 lots of relevant links!
- If you have photos, they must be high-res and edited. We love it 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, we’ll need you to source copyright-free stock photos (and we’ll help with that process if you’ve never done it before).
- You’ll work with us through at least 1 round of edits. We have an amazing and experienced editorial team that will help you perfect your piece to meet Practical Wanderlust’s guidelines by collaborating with you on a round of edits. You’ll know exactly what to change and why. Our goal is to help you learn and even improve your writing skills by working through the editing process!
Things to Avoid
Want a better chance of getting your pitch accepted? Here are a few things we look for that make us side-eye and hover our mouse over the “delete” button. Please avoid these in your pitch and draft!
- The phrase “truly something for everyone.” Don’t tell us how your destination is for everyone. We don’t want that. At all. Tell us how it’s perfect for OUR READERS specifically. If you catch yourself typing the phrase “something for everyone,” immediately delete it and rewrite that sentence.
- The phrase “you’re sure to.” This just drives us nuts. It’s just sort of passive-voice wish-wash that doesn’t really say anything. Don’t say “you’re sure to enjoy the food at this restaurant.” Say “the food at this restaurant is bomb AF and their eggplant parmesan is next-level.”
- Using cliches instead of using specifics. Please avoid cliches or generic descriptions that don’t actually say anything, and instead use as many specifics as possible. After all, what makes you want to visit: “This restaurant has a great vibe, and it’s one of my favorite places to eat in [destination]” versus “The brightly colored Spanish-tile floors create a fun vibe, and the grilled cheese paella topped with crispy shallots is one of my favorite dishes in [destination]!” Please do not describe a place as “Instagrammable” without also including specific details!
- Activities for kids. Our readers don’t typically have kids, so we don’t suggest kid or family-friendly things to do. There are a ton of fantastic family-friendly travel blogs out there, but we aren’t one of them!
- Activities that aren’t unique to your destination. Whether you’re suggesting a restaurant, museum, or tour, it needs to be unique to your destination. Absolutely NO CHAINS, and please refrain from suggesting something generic, like a bowling alley or zoo – unless that bowling alley or zoo is unique and well-known in your destination, like the historic duck-pin bowling alley in Indianapolis or the world-famous San Diego Zoo.
- Activities that are better suited for residents than tourists. The things you do in your hometown as a resident are not necessarily the things that a visitor to your hometown would want to do. Your favorite local bar and your favorite local grocery store are all fantastic neighborhood amenities, but please consider whether they’re really worth recommending to visitors.
Send Us a Pitch!
Have an idea? We want to hear it! You can pitch us at editor at practicalwanderlust.com or use the form below.
If you’ve already got a draft for us to review, we prefer to receive drafts as a shared Google doc, and even better, we’d love it if you could create a shared Google Drive folder that includes your photos! You can send those along with your email.
Here’s what to expect when you email us:
- If your pitch is a good fit, our editor will be in touch to let you know we’d like to move forward. We will provide you with a keyword to create your post around. Please make sure your post fits this keyword, otherwise, we may not be able to publish it.
- Our editor will go through 1-2 rounds of edits to help you tailor your post to our needs. This is also your opportunity to ask questions and learn about travel writing – our awesome editor is a professional journalist and editor with a wealth of knowledge.
- The final round of edits may come from our editor or directly from us. There is also a chance that even after a few rounds of edits, your post may not quite fit our needs – we try not to make you jump through hoops if we don’t intend on publishing your post, but please be aware that it does happen.
- After you’re finished with your edits, sit back and relax! We are hard at work publishing your post. We’ll be in touch when it’s live, and you can share it with everyone you know 😉
- After the post is published, it will be up forever and ever. Spot an inaccuracy or want to change a link? Just let us know.
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. Also, heads up that will be adding affiliate links to your content!
We’re looking forward to reading your pitch!