My name is Lottie Gross and have been a travel writer and editor for the last four years. Until 2017 I was the web editor at a global guidebook publisher and I am now the travel editor at a digital publisher, who are launching a new website in summer 2017.
"How did you get into travel writing?" is a question I get asked a lot. That’s not because I’m an ultra-experienced travel writer with countless guidebooks and hundreds of national commissions under my belt. I’m most definitely not.
I’m not the next Paul Theroux or Bill Bryson. I’ve not travelled to all seven continents and I can’t speak two different languages, let alone twelve or twenty.
I’m a journalism graduate-turned-web editor with just four years in the industry and a smattering of small (and a few big) titles in my portfolio.
But my relative inexperience is exactly why I’m qualified to answer that question that passes so many of my friends’ and acquaintances’ lips.
Because I can hopefully give you the freshest insight into this industry.
Maybe once upon a time, in the ‘golden age’ of travel writing (whenever that was – it seems to span a variety of generations according to my conversations with colleagues), there were editors who really would just call you up and ship you off to wherever they wanted to cover next. But today it’s a very different climate.
I don’t know about what it used to be like. But I do know about what it’s like now.
I’ve been on both sides of the coin: I’ve done freelance work, touting for business from publications I admire and respect, and now I’m the web editor for one of them, in a full-time staffer job (still occasionally touting for business elsewhere).
By no means do I know it all, but I hope to be able to provide insight from my colleagues and friends in the industry to give some well-rounded, practical advice.
If you’re still suspicious, head here to find out how I became a travel writer and figure out whether or not my advice might mean anything to you.
Why am I giving all this information away for free?
Because I can. Because it would have made my journey into travel writing far less confusing if this resource had been around. And because next time someone asks me the question, I can just send them a link instead.