Looking to take your travel writing to the next level? Or perhaps you’re just starting out? Regardless of where you are on your journey, here are a few key resources that you may find helpful as a travel writer. Running a travel magazine such as Modern Trekker (and other magazines) means that we also have hugely benefitted from all of these resources—we thoroughly endorse them!
We’ve made this page because we get a lot of questions on what kind of hosting to use when first starting out, what courses travel writers should take, and other such questions! If you have any questions about these resources, don’t hesitate to ask.
(Disclosure: This page contains affiliate links. You can read our affiliate disclaimer at the bottom of this page.)
If you want to learn the skills you need to start a travel career from anywhere in the world, this is the course for you. The course extensively covers topics such as travel writing, business & blogging, travel photography and video production. In short, everything you need to know! It has fantastic reviews and is a highly respected course. You can learn more about it here.
This email list building provider is a lifesaver when it comes to building an audience of subscribers. We’ve used MailChimp, but because of their unprofessional service and not so easy-to-use site, we wouldn’t recommend them.
While MailChimp is free, it can make things very complicated and even more complicated when switching mail providers. For $29.00/mo (the price of a few Starbucks drinks within a month), we were sold; especially since it was an extremely intuitive service. So definitely check them out! You’ll be grateful you did further down the road.
If you want an extensive guide on how to make money with affiliates, then we’d highly recommend taking this course. Michelle Schroeder-Gardner, the creator of this course, makes $50k a month in affiliate sales and gives amazing tips in almost every aspect of selling affiliate products. We’re seriously glad we took this course, which is why we’re recommending it to you. We’ve also used what we learned in this course for our other magazines that span all kinds of topics. So no matter what your niche is, this is a great course and the skills are transferable. You can check it out here.
This was the first hosting site our parent company, Chasing Foxes LLC, started out with. We chose it at the time because it was the only one that was affordable and had helpful customer service. You can start your blog with them for $2.95/mo (with a free domain name). If you’re thinking about going with them, then we’ll refer you to our parent companies blog about it over at Chasing Foxes to learn more: 10 simple steps to signing up and creating a blog with Bluehost.
PicMonkey.com is kind of our best friend when it comes to image creation. We use it to make images for all the websites we own: Chasing Foxes, Macarons & Mochas, and—of course—Modern Trekker! It’s a free site unless you want to use their Premium Membership which is only $4.99 a month or around $40 for just a year. We use the Premium service since it allows us much more editing tools and fonts. If you’re a beginner and not a Photoshop expert, then we’d definitely recommend PicMonkey!