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This week on the Zero To Travel Podcast, award winning travel journalist Jayme Moye shares everything you need to know about breaking into the travel writing industry, getting published and building a dream career.

Jayme Moye is an accomplished professional travel writer who has won multiple awards and written hundreds of articles for over 50 different publications, including National Geographic and Men’s Journal.

Jayme doesn't hold back in this interview. She spills every industry tip and secret you need to succeed. You'll learn exactly how to get started (even with no experience) and pitch articles like a pro. Give it a listen now and you'll learn:

Exactly how to get started as an unpublished writer with no experience
The first thing you should do if you want to be a professional writer
How Jayme went from office job to world traveling professional writer
What editors are looking for and how to sell your writing
How to pitch magazines with story ideas
The best way to get your name around in the travel writing world
Why your pitches are so important
Key industry terms to make you look like an experienced pro
Inside tips from Jayme on how to become a more creative writer
And so much more!

Listen to the travel podcast interview now by hitting play on the bar above. You can also Subscribe to the Zero To Travel Podcast on iTunes.

Here are a few key points covered in this interview:
Finding Your Place To Start
For just about everyone interested in becoming a travel writer, but especially for those who don’t hail from a writing background, the biggest question is always, “where do I start?”

So let’s begin with a simple and straightforward piece of advice.

READ!

Specifically, read whatever it is that you want to be published in. The better understanding you have of the publication you’re wishing to be a part of, the more likely you’ll be able to create something fitting and desirable.

It’s also a good idea to pay close attention to which section of the magazine you’re aiming for, as well as how the magazine is structured overall. Many magazines are structured similarly with regard to their recurring departments and feature articles, so as you start to recognize the structure of one, others will become easier to breakdown too.

Once you’ve got a destination for a pitch in mind, it’s time to consider the angle you’ll be pitching from. Is the story you’ve got in mind new or a novelty? Is it feature-worthy, or better suited to a specific section of the magazine? If it’s the latter, it’s important to gather information on who the editor is for that specific section. In fact, having a specific editor to contact is always a vital part of the pitching process.
Making An Effective Pitch
Jayme abides by this rule - always pitch before you write.

Why?

Because the editor you’re writing for will be critical in determining the direction your story takes.

The editor knows better than any other person what the audience of the magazine likes and what aspects of the story will need to be up or downplayed, which is exactly why their input is so critical before you put pen to page.

But how do you make an effective pitch?

Format is everything, and in fact a universally accepted format does exist that will propel you 98% ahead of the crowd if you use it. This ideal format consists of:

✓ Including the word “pitch” in the subject line, directly followed by the story subject (for example “Pitch: The Science Behind Polar Migrations.”)
✓ Using an informal greeting, and one that includes the first name of the editor.
✓ An opening sentence that begins something like, “For your consideration…,” and a reference to the specific section you’re interested in.
✓ A strong opening paragraph on the subject of your pitch, a “hook,

Direct download: ZTT055_Jayme.mp3
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What is it like to hop in a Land Rover and drive from Europe to India?

On a recent trip to Nepal, I was slowly wandering back on a lakeside trail from a hike near the town of Pokhara when I ran into Niels and Anna, a lovely German couple.

The first thing I noticed, even before their charming smiles, was "The Dude."

Who is the dude?

This badass car is the dude!

The friendly couple were partway through an epic Land Rover overland adventure, peeling out of their home town in Germany just a few months ago and slowly making their way to India.

Immediately, the questions came pouring into my head:

What is it like to drive through the middle east?

How long does it take to plan a trip like this?

What is life like on the road?

Later in the evening we sat down for a pizza and I unloaded my brain full of questions in a very fun podcast interview. Give it a listen now by hitting play on the bar above.

You'll learn:

How a Land Rover overland trip differs from a typical backpacking experience
How long it takes to plan an epic trip like this
Where to find your vehicle
Simple measures you can take to stay safe on the road
Heartwarming stories about the kindness of strangers in Iran and throughout the overland trail
What border crossings are like
And much more!

Are you ready to travel overland?
Mentioned in this show
Niels and Anna's blog

Independent Travel Gold Overland Podcast

Lonely Planet Thorn Tree Forum
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Rob Greenfield is an amazing purposeful adventurer, environmental activist and master moneyless traveler.

Keep your backpack nearby, after hearing Rob in this thoughtful travel podcast interview you might just dash out the front door and have your own "adventure in simple living."

Rob shares:

How simple living makes moneyless travel possible
Why America wastes so much food and how you can help
The reason why traveling with a purpose makes free travel easier
How to travel for free without mooching
Rob's scariest moment on his moneyless journey through Central America
How to trade services for free travel
And so much more!

Resources From This Show
How To Travel America For Free (without mooching)

#donatenotdump

Photo from Rob's Website

My 1st interview with Rob

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Category:travel, podcast, travel podcast, travel podcasts -- posted at: 7:15am EDT

Erik Weihenmayer is a living legend.

Since going blind at the age of 13, the accomplished mountaineer, adventurer and athlete has also completed such feats as climbing the 7 summits including Mt. Everest, finishing Primal Quest, the most grueling adventure races on earth, and a slew of other amazing climbing, cycling, flying and kayaking feats.

The father of 2 is also an author of 2 books ‘Touch The Top of The World – A Blind Man’s Journey To Climb Further Than The Eye Can See” and “The Adversity Advantage – Turning Everyday Struggles Into Everyday Greatness”

In this travel podcast Erik shares the story behind his latest unbelievable adventure, solo kayaking 277 miles down the Grand Canyon with his partner, Navy Veteran and fellow blind adventurer Lonnie Bedwell.

You don't want to miss this one. Hit play and listen to the interview now.

Resources From The Show

Kayaking Blind

Erik Weihenmayer

No Barriers USA

Voices For Vets

photo courtesy of Kayaking Blind

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My business partner Travis Sherry and I share the challenges and pitfalls that surround the location independent and digital nomad lifestyle.

We also announce our amazing new project, a real community where you can connect with other like minded people building, sustaining and growing their location independent lives.

Learn more about our new community Location Indie.

In this travel podcast you'll get an inside look at our personal struggles and the daily challenges that pop up when you are running a location independent business while traveling the world.

Resources From This Show
Extra Pack of Peanuts Podcast
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Want to learn a variety of amazing travel skills in one short travel podcast episode?

Then you'll love our new series: Travel Tactics

Benny Lewis, a national geographic traveler of the year, helps us learn how to speak a new language from Day 1.

Travel lover Wandering Earl's Book. If you are interested in this book and click on the image you'll be directed to Wandering Earl's website which I highly recommend. When you decide to purchase the book through this affiliate link you'll be supporting the podcast at no cost to you. Thanks!" target="_blank">Wandering Earl sets the foundation for living a life of travel.

Plus, travel tech superstar Dave Dean from Too Many Adapters and I debate apple vs. pc and discuss which laptop to bring when you travel long term.

Resources Mentioned In This Show

If you are interested in this book and click on the image you'll be directed to Wandering Earl's website which I highly recommend. When you decide to purchase the book through this affiliate link you'll be supporting the podcast at no extra cost to you. Thanks!

Fluent In 3 Months International Best Selling Book by Benny Lewis

Hammocks & Hard Drives by Dave Dean

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In our last travel podcast episode of the trekking week series, three special guests share their advice and even mishaps from some of the best treks in the world.

Travis Sherry talks about getting dragged up Mt. Fuji by his wife.

Stephanie Zito gives us an overview on planing a trip up My. Kilimanjaro and what is it like to celebrate christmas at the top.

My wife Anne Dorthe shares an alternative to the Inca Trail that is less crowded but no less beautiful. It's an inside look at what it's like to walk on the Lares Trek to the stunning ruins of Machu Picchu in the sacred valley of the Peruvian Andes.
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Stephanie on the Summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro

Trav and Heather on Summit of Mt. Fuji

Cover photo: Anne Dorthe at Machu Picchu

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Walking 3000km along the Te Araroa may be the grandest adventure that New Zealand has to offer.

What's it like to walk across the entire country?

Experienced thru-hiker Mike Vacek shares his story, and what it is like to live life on the trail.

Mike is also part of a small percentage of hikers who has completed the triple crown, the big 3 distance trails in the USA. He's also walked the Camino de Santiago in Spain and countless other trails.

In this exciting travel podcast interview you'll learn:

What it's like to hike the entire Te Araroa trail
Preparing for the walk and what to expect on the ground
Why the Te Araroa may not be the best option for beginner distance hikers
How you can set up your life to make time for a months long trek
Why these hikes help Mike land better jobs
Which epic trails are doable for beginner's and more seasoned veterans
Wilderness treks vs. trails that run through towns and villages
And so much more!

Resources from the show
Green Corners

Te Araroa
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Packing is an art unto itself, packing for an extended walking trip brings it's own set of unique challenges.

If trekking, or multi-day hiking, is going to be part of your next trip then it's good to come prepared.

But not, over prepared.

This travel podcast episode will teach you the basic logistics surrounding trekking, what to expect and how just a few pieces of key gear can make the difference between life and death, or simply comfort and misery.

Remember the golden rule of packing: "If you forgot it, you can buy it."

Except..

When you can't!

Don't let anything slip your mind, give this travel podcast a listen and you'll learn:

How to pack when trekking is just a small part of this trip.
3 reasons why trekking it so awesome
What to do with your other regular travel stuff when your on the trail
The #1 thing to consider when you are booking the place you stay before your trek
One simple thing that will keep everything dry when the rains sweep in
Why buying gear in the country when you arrive might be the best solution (and why it might not)
Which types of foods are the best to bring and why it doesn't have to be expensive
My highly recommended strategy for preparing for your first trek

Listen To Other Episodes On Trekking
Resources From The Show

Trekking In Patagonia Travel Podcast

The 10 Essentials

How To Choose The Right Backpack Travel Podcast With Myself and Travis

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Direct download: ZTT46_Trekking_logistics.mp3
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If you've been thinking about trekking in patagonia, this is the travel podcast for you my friend!

It's trekking week on the Zero To Travel podcast, and this episode has everything you need to know to go on an adventure trekking in Patagonia.

I answer common questions like:

it hard to go trekking in Patagonia as an independent traveler? Do i need a guide?
should I bring?
there certain towns/cities that make great bases for a trekking holiday?
should I put all of my other travel stuff when I'm in the wilderness?
parts of Patagonia should I visit?
destinations are off the beaten path?
I trek the W or do the full circuit of the Torres del Paine?
I need to be an experienced backpacker or wilderness hiker?
it dangerous?

In one short episode you'll learn the answer to these question plus:

The #1 reason to visit Argentina
Advice on what food to bring on your treks
booking with outfitters before your trip is a bad idea
cheapest way to travel to patagonia
you don't need a tent
much more!

Want more trekking? Check out the Ultimate Guide To Trekking Logistics episode which provides a full overview of everything you need for an international trekking adventure.
Sunrise on Fitz Roy

Inside a Refugio
On The Summit Of Villarrica

Torres Del Paine National Park "W Trek"

Perito Moreno Glacier

Summit of Volcan Lannin

Just Another View Trekking In Patagonia

Trekking In Patagonia Resources:
Torres Del Paine National Park - Official Website

About Los Glaciers National Park

About Siete Lagus Route - Patagonia

Booking refugios for Torres Del Paine 

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Direct download: ZTT45_Patagonia.mp3
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