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The Travel Magazine Database is not a giant rolodex.

It’s a database that provides detailed, curated information how to pitch information on more than 500 magazines so you can get paid to write.

Here’s how the Travel Magazine Database is going to help you achieve your goals:

→ In order to earn more money as a travel writer, you need more assignments.
→ In order to land more assignments, you need to pitch more often to more outlets.
→ In order to pitch more, you need information readily available to you on what + how to pitch each story to…

…and that’s exactly what the Travel Magazine Database provides.

Looking for registration? Members log-in: click here.

What’s the Travel Magazine Database?

It’s a searchable database designed to give you clear direction on how to pitch to more than 500 travel magazines including…

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TRAVELER
COASTAL LIVING
SOUTHWEST AIRLINES MAGAZINE
SOUTHERN LIVING
LUXURY TRAVEL
TRAVEL + LEISURE
CONDE NAST
SAVEUR
SUNSET
DELTA SKY
HEMISPHERES

and so so so many more…

NEW MAGAZINES ADDED WEEKLY!

Make your hours count and spend them pitching and writing, not researching.

 

“It’s a no-brainer; you need to get your database. There is nothing else out there like it.

Before Gabi and the database, I was not pitching anywhere near as often, nor anywhere near as seriously. It would take me hours of research to find 2-3 outlets to pitch. Right now, I have 10 assignments — a year ago, if I could place one article in 6 months that would be amazing.”

 – Christine Hinz, Freelance Travel Writer

 

If you want to hit $1,000 per month, or $3,000 per month, or $6,000 per month, or even $10,000 per month writing travel articles you can.

All it takes is consistently sending out solid pitches.

You may be thinking “I don’t have the time to invest in my travel writing right now.”

Let’s talk about how you’re currently spending your time as a writer:

  1. You’re reading articles online (hey, you found this page)
  2. You’re soaking up free, valuable information on travel writing
  3. You’re (hopefully) researching magazines to send pitches to

What if, instead of falling down an internet rabbit hole, you were focused and powerful in how you approached that time?

What if your time was spent on just these three things:

  1. Sending pitches.
  2. Writing articles.
  3. Collecting money.

Imagine if all you had to do was log in, search, match and pitch.

What else would you be able to do?

What else would you have time for? How many more articles would you be able to write (and get paid for)? How much more money would that add to your bank account?

Chances are, you’d finally be able to…

  • send time-efficient, successful pitches
  • gain connections for repeat work (and recurring assignments)
  • pitch new publications for a “yes”
  • stay relevant and consistent with your story ideas
  • increase your income with travel writing
  • find the right outlets for your ideas
  • craft effective pitches that work

The trick is getting targeted with your ideas and pitches, and pitching a lot. But it doesn’t have to be time-consuming.

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Inside the Travel Magazine Database

Each magazine listing includes four signature sections:

1. What is the Magazine All About?

  • What type of magazine is it? Consumer? Custom? Trade?
  • How often does it come out?
  • What percentage of the articles in the magazine is travel-based content?
  • Who publishes the magazine?
  • Where are the located?
  • How do the editors describe the positioning of their magazine?
  • Where can you read full issues of the magazine online?
  • Are they available for free online or only on paid online newsstands?

2. Who is the Magazine’s Audience?

  • How many people subscribe to the magazine?
  • How many total people read the magazine? (some magazines get big boosts in readership from “pass-through” readers or locations like doctors’ offices)
  • How old are the readers?
  • What is the average income of the magazine’s readers?
  • What activities do the readers enjoy?
  • How frequently do they travel?

3. How Can You Pitch this Specific Magazine?

  • How is the magazine laid out?
  • How many sections are open to freelance writers?
  • Which sections are not open to freelance pitches?
  • How long are the sections you can pitch?
  • What is the tone of those sections?
  • How are the sections open to freelanceres structured?
  • What kind of stories have they published in the past?
  • Are there additional opportunities to pitch the magazines online section?
  • How much does the magazine pay?

4. Who Do You Pitch and How Do You Reach Them?

  • Which editors should you target your pitches to?
  • How can you email them?

 

Want to know more? You can check out a full demo of the database:

As a member, you’ll also get these bonuses when you join…

BONUS #1:
THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO PITCHING AND LANDING TRAVEL MAGAZINE ARTICLES ($59 value)

This 180-page manual is complete with everything you need to know to pitch like a professional. Pitching is the single biggest way to up your publishing track record. While most aspiring, struggling, and even working writers flounder in this area, YOU don’t have to. This guide will walk you through…

  • The MINDSET of pitching (and how to psych yourself up instead of talk yourself down)
  • When to pitch for the best outcome and other commonly asked questions!
  • What magazines really pay and how to project your pay accordingly
  • The PROCESS of pitching (step-by-step) for new and experienced writers
  • BONUS Worksheets – including how to match your idea to a magazine!

BONUS #2:
WEBINAR: HOW TO BREAK YOUR TRIPS INTO THE MAXIMUM NUMBER OF ARTICLE PITCHES ($19 value)

Learn how to get multiple assignments from ONE trip so you can make the most out of your travel agenda! The most successful travel writers don’t limit themselves to one article per trip, and neither should you. We’ll cover sample itineraries and how these translate into article ideas and pitches.

BONUS #3:
WEBINAR: HOW TO GENERATE SUREFIRE SALEABLE IDEAS ($19 value)

Before you send a pitch or even worry about matching your idea to the right magazine, you want to make sure your idea is saleable. This webinar will take you behind-the-scenes of the business of travel writing, so you can nurture the ideas that are most likely to sell.

BONUS #4:
WEBINAR: THE MAGAZINE LANDSCAPE: WHERE ALL THE ASSIGNMENTS ARE HIDING ($19 value)

Ever wonder what you really have to do in order to get an assignment? The answer? PITCH! And not just MORE, but BETTER. The best way to devise pitches is to know what magazines are looking for first, and shape how you filter the memories from your journeys around what the magazine wants. This webinar will walk you through the landscape of travel magazines so you can improve your pitching – and therefore your success rate!

All totaled, the Travel Magazine Database and Bonus Bundle is valued at well over $10,000.

That’s a ton of money! Right?

But we’ve spent more than that on magazine acquisitions, researchers, and writers to create this resource for YOU.

It can take anywhere from two to five hours to analyze EACH magazine you’ll find in the database. We’ve already got more than 500 magazines in there and we add NEW MAGAZINES every week.

We also have a member of our team dedicated to reveiewing our past entries each month to spot:

  • new editors
  • editor promotions
  • magazine sections added and removed
  • complete magazine revamps
  • changes in frequency (bimonthly to monthly means twice as many publication opportunities for you!)

A membership like costs publicists more than $3,000 a year for the most basic version with just one licence.

And those databases don’t even include the type of in-depth how-to-pitch information we have, with instructions on how to pitch each individual section of the magazine.

Your investment is only $20 per month. That’s it.

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“These seem like great, easy-to-pitch pieces that don’t necessarily always require a ton of prior travel. There are so many awesome indie travel magazines out there! I had no idea that so many of them were looking for first person narratives as features!

Before the database, I had no idea there were so many AAA-affiliated magazines. So many of them have “Weekender” type sections with small to larger itineraries for locations both within and outside of the specific magazine’s area of focus.

These seem like awesome opportunities to share the communities I know well with a variety of different geographic audiences!

And even though I love writing about local food and craft beer, it never occurred to me to pitch that type of “travel” content to a magazine like bon appetit, Lucky Peach, or one of the edible city-specific magazines.

Duh. I also noticed quite a few publications that had “Here and Now” and “What’s Hot” type sections specific to travel trends or timely issues.

These seem like great, easy-to-pitch pieces that don’t necessarily always require a ton of prior travel.

There are so many wonderful magazines in the database that I can’t wait to keep digging and start thinking through how their sections and themes could be good fits for what I’m already doing.

Thanks so much!”

–  Megan Bannister, Freelance Travel Writer

 

Our Story

The Travel Magazine Database was founded by Gabi Logan when she realized that travel writers needed a resource that would help them approach editors (and their career) more strategically.

Back in the early 2010s, Gabi was a successful travel writer herself and, while attending conferences, she found that people would sort of freak out when they heard that she was making good money writing about travel full-time for (mostly) print magazines.

She would constantly get asked for advice and wouldn’t know where to point people — mostly because there was lots of great information out there, but there wasn’t ONE comprehensive resource that covered all the bases.

After finally getting sick of not being able to hand them ONE solution, she wrote her book The Six-Figure Travel Writing Roadmap and created Dream of Travel Writing, a company committed to helping travel writers build the career of their dreams. Dream of Travel Writing teaches the nitty-gritty reality, craft, and business of travel writing with free articles, paid trainings, and low-cost resources.

It was also attending conferences that Gabi realized that while many travel writers are struggling to get assignments, editors are equally challenged to find stories to publish and place. Editors want to hear great pitches just as much as writers want to hear “YES, I’ll pay you to write it!”

So the Travel Magazine Database was born as a bridge to connect magazine editors with travel writers by giving writers exactly what magazines are looking for, and how to pitch for a yes.

Gabi continues to attend nearly 40 conferences per year, and speak to hundreds of editors. She is constantly expanding the network in the database to make sure that it has the most up-to-date industry information possible.

If you’re serious about getting paid for your travel writing, this database was made for you.

 

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Membership Tiers

What's included:Limited Access
$5/ month
Full Access
$20/month
$200/year (save $40)
Listings of more than 500 magazines
Each magazine's editorial positioning
Full list of each magazine's editors
Editors' email address
Insights into each magazine's audience
Breakdown of which magazine sections are open to freelance writers
Full breakdown of each article open to freelancers, including word count, style, and article structure
Expected pay rates
Examples of past articles in each section open to freelancers
Links to read full issues online
BONUS 1: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO PITCHING AND LANDING TRAVEL MAGAZINE ARTICLES
($59 value)
BONUS 2: WEBINAR: HOW TO BREAK YOUR TRIPS INTO THE MAXIMUM NUMBER OF ARTICLE PITCHES ($19 value)
BONUS 3: WEBINAR: HOW TO GENERATE SUREFIRE SALEABLE IDEAS ($19 value)
BONUS 4: WEBINAR: THE MAGAZINE LANDSCAPE: WHERE ALL THE ASSIGNMENTS ARE HIDING
($19 value)

Ready to get started?

  1. When you join, you’ll be billed for a monthly membership (unless you choose to pay in full for the year and save $40!).
  2. Your login details will be sent to you via email and you’ll receive immediate access to the Travel Magazine Database!
  3. You can get to searching, pitching, and writing – right away!
  4. You’ll land those new assignments, enjoy your travel writing dream, and thank us later. 🙂

You might be thinking…

“I don’t have the money! I need my travel writing to bring in more cash first.”

Totally get it. We all start somewhere.

That said, this database has all of the information you need to go pitch yourself for assignments that will pay up to $3,000, and sometimes more, depending on the magazine.

There is nothing else like this on the market that will make pitching for a “yes” easier for you.

If you’re ready to take your travel writing career seriously, this database is a necessary part of the puzzle.

The question is… where do you want to be in 3 months?

Do you want to be….

  • Pitching more regularly because you have all the info you need at your fingertips
  • Earning more money as a travel writer because you’re getting more assignments
  • Doing multiple stories off of one trip because it’s easy to search more potential outlets?

OR

Do you want to be…

  • In the same place you’re in now.
  • Still struggling to find the valuable information you need for pitching success.
  • Still making mediocre money, receiving few assignments, and making excuses as to why you “can’t?”

There’s no shame in your answer, but if you’re ready to make your travel writing success easier, the choice is simple.

 

“Before I started using the database, there was a pretty small number of magazines I was aware of.

Pitching was happening very rarely.

It was very erratic and frenzied. I could spend all day researching, which was really procrastination. I would waste so much time that wasn’t netting me any money.

And I had previously worked on a few editorial teams. The Frisky. Conde Nast. So I was an editor! People were pitching me all the time and I didn’t know how to pitch.

Between the database and Gabi’s lessons, pitching became really simple. I was surprised that it was so simple and formulaic. It felt really weird to pitch to someone I didn’t know. I felt like “It’s a waste of time but I feel like I have to.” But some people were interested right away!

In the database, everything is laid out and searchable so there is nothing stopping you.

There were also a lot of magazines in there I’ve never heard of and could never track down on my own.

The value for the subscription itself is beyond. It saves you so much time. You don’t have to go to the bookstore and flip through magazines. It shows you so many magazines that most people don’t know exist and don’t know how to pitch.

If I didn’t have this database, it would severely limit my options when I wanted to pitch a story, it would shut me off from a lot of potential income and career growth. All in all, The Travel Magazine Database saves me a lot of hassle.”

– Claire Hannum, Freelance Travel Writer

 

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FAQs

Q: What’s your refund policy? What if I join and don’t like it?

The Travel Magazine Database is a subscription based service. You’ll be billed $20 per month every month to maintain access. (Or $5 per month if you choose limited access.) There is no contract. If you join and don’t like it, you can cancel at any time and we will stop payments and remove you from the database.

It’s just like Netflix or Hulu or any other online subscription. You can cancel on your own at any time with a click of a button.

Q: Is this worth the investment? $20 per month or $200 upfront is a big investment for me right now as my travel writing hasn’t been very lucrative just yet!

We totally hear you. In the beginning, it can be challenging to nail your pitches and get assignments. However, the only way to get better at this is with practice. All things considered, this database is a very low cost of entry at $20 per month.

If all the database did for you was help you get ONE more paid writing assignment this year, it would have paid for itself. You are always welcome to start at the $5 limited access level.

And here’s the thing – if you’re not hitting your income goals, there are typically three reasons why. Either:

  1. you’re now pitching enough;
  2. you’re not pitching strategically; or
  3. you’re giving up too easily.

This doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with you!

You have the potential to make six figures as a freelance travel writer. But in order to create that travel writing career of your dreams, you need to know WHO to pitch to, WHAT to pitch for a YES, and the nerve to hit “send.”

We can’t give you the nerve, but we can give you the WHO and the WHAT. The rest is up to you.

Q: What if I join and still don’t get assignments?

We’d encourage you to use all of the bonus material we’re supplying and watch the introductory video on how to best use the database as well.

The database does not include any custom feedback, support, coaching or matching — but if you use all of the provided materials you will have everything you need to nail it!

And if you’re not getting assignments because you’ve subscribed to the database but you’re still not doing the work or sending pitches… well, then we can’t help you there! If you want to build a successful career, you have to be willing to put in the work.

We do have one solution though.

If you use the Travel Magazine Database for three months to pitch regularly and get no responses whatsoever, not only will we give you all of your money back, we will also give you three pitch-letter critiques and a coaching call to get your pitching on track so you do get responses from editors.

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A final note from our founder…

Look, I know that pitching is scary. Putting yourself out there like that can bring up all kinds of things. It’s painful to get rejected. You might find yourself procrastinating to avoid doing it. It might make you think things like “who am I to get paid to write this article??”

You might feel like an imposter. It might make you hesitate before hitting “send” or rewriting your pitch 1000 times over. You might deal with perfectionism x 1000.

But the only way to get over that is to keep taking action in spite of your fear. The truth is that your desire for a career in travel writing — for getting paid to go on adventures and write, for having total flexibility and freedom with your schedule, and seeing your name in print in magazines and online publications — has to be bigger than all of the fears that are holding you back.

There are so many writing opportunities available to you as a travel writer.

If you want to get paid for writing you have to go out there and ask for those paid assignments.

I created The Travel Magazine Database to make that process easier on you.

It will allow you to search magazines and learn who to contact, how to approach them, and what they specifically need for their publication – setting you up for a big, fat YES every time. It is almost like a living thing, in that it’s constantly being updated and added to.

My dream is that every travel writer out there is able to save hours of time and land way more assignments as a result of this database.

See, I believe that earning great money as a travel writer doesn’t have to be so hard. And I believe that YOU deserve to have the career of your dreams too. But I can’t do the work for you. You have to decide that your dreams are worth the work — that seeing your name in print, getting paid to do something you love, and actually having things work out is what you really want.

If you’re ready to take your travel writing career to the next level, this database and bonus bundle is here for you!

Gabi

p.s. Do you know what is one of my favorite editor responses from a database user? She told me: “I just had an editor compliment me on my ‘well-targeted pitch!'”

 

 

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Why Does the World Need a Travel Magazine Database?

Hello travel writers and future travel writers!

When I quit my job and started travel writing, I scoured the internet for lists of websites and magazines I could pitch travel stories to.

There were quite a few names that kept coming up over and over again:

Respectively, they paid $25 and $40.

There was even a great set of posts created by students of the Matador travel writing program highlighting seven places they wanted to write. Even in here, I’d find the usual suspects or newsstand magazines I knew about but didn’t feel ready to pitch like Backpacker and AFAR.

So I took my list of all the same low-paying publications everyone was sending article ideas to and thought, “if this is how you have to start, then this is what I’ll do.”

The Paradox of Low Paying Pubs

I pitched, I waited for responses, I wrote stories for those outlets, and then I waited for the articles to actually appear so I would finally have published travel articles to show to the world and for the check to arrive so that I could earn a living.

In case you haven’t guessed, those last two things can take a long time to happen. Even online. And that’s a tough way to earn a living.

So I started searching the deepest recesses of the internet for travel magazines looking for stories, or at least, that had submissions guidelines outlining what they were looking for from writers interested in writing stories for them.

I printed each one, stapled it together and put it in a neat file on my desk so I could read through them all and dream up stories to pitch. And pitch I did, and I got assignments from those opening shots (or second or third shots in same cases), but a pattern emerged. None of these places paid very well, and they often took a while to get back to me.

It’s easy to extrapolate from here that travel magazines simply don’t pay well and that the editors are swamped and take a long time to get back to you, but then a curious thing happened.

I went on my first ever press trip.

We had an unexpected opportunity to tour Turkish tea plantations and production plants and sit down for tea with the head of Turkey’s biggest tea company in his wood-carving filled office scented with the fragrance of constantly steeping apple tea.

When I came home, I knew there was a story here, and so I scoured the web for magazines about tea. I found a couple, but I couldn’t get my hands on copies, just the articles that were online. And I couldn’t find the editors’ email addresses, only info@magazine.com black holes.

But I pitched them nonetheless, and never heard back.

Months later, I found a magazine database (that is now sadly defunct). They had been collating all sorts of publicly available information about thousands of magazines for years. I was super excited to find new magazines I’d never heard of, but then I realized they also had those tea magazines I tried to pitch after my trip.

And they had the direct email addresses for the editors. So I resent my pitch.

Does Enough Access to Info About a Magazine Make All the Difference?

I got a response in just a few minutes. And after some back and forth, an assignment from the tea magazine. And after some other emails, assignments from many other magazines I didn’t even know about until I discovered the database.

But even when that database was still around, it didn’t give me everything I needed to get assignments.

It gave years and years of a magazine’s editorial calendars, but it didn’t tell me what the names of the magazine’s recurring sections were and how they were formatted so that I could craft a pitch based on knowing what they’d covered in the past and what they would like to cover in the future.

The contact information section gave me the name of just one editor—the editor-in-chief—who is not, unless the magazine is very small–the one that reviews pitches.

And it had the magazines classified according to pay rates that I often found to be complete estimates or unfounded and not reflecting the rates editors were actually offering, making it hard for me to know if it was really worth my time to pitch a given magazine. (We’ve got a neat trick for this based on 100% up-to-date, verifiable information.)

Most importantly, it focused on magazines from North America for more general journalists—not the travel magazines from other English-language markets that I knew existed and weren’t getting a lot of pitches but I just didn’t know how to find.

So, when I was traveling, I started to keep an eye out for interesting magazines or magazines that feature travel-related stories so that I could have my own personal magazine database. I picked up adventure travel magazines in Asia, dozens of in-flight magazines in Europe, and wine-focused pubs in Sonoma.

That was more than seven years ago. These days, we’ve got so many magazines that I hide them in closets, under our coffee table, and under the benches at our dining table so our friends don’t think I’m a crazy magazine lady (the journalist version of a cat lady—keeping cats is far more expensive than keep magazines!).

Sharing the Love

When I started coaching people to reach their own travel writing income goals, I wanted to give them access to all these great magazines that I knew about and few others did to help them get lots of fun, well-paying assignments from them as well. So I looked at my piles and my scanner, shuddered for a moment, and thought of a better way.

Now, I’m excited to share it with all of you. Not just the huge stacks of magazines, but a processed form of them. My coaching clients have me walking them through how to analyze a magazine to ensure assignments and helping them identify what sections their ideas fit into. We’re going through all of our magazines and doing this work for you.

For every magazine with a full entry available, you’ll find:

  • which sections are open to freelancers
  • the length of each section
  • examples of what has been covered previously in each section
  • the magazine’s target readership traits
  • the percentage of travel-related content in each issue
  • where to read full issues online
  • editors’ email addresses
  • pay rates to the best of our knowledge
  • and much more!

My apartment is only so big, so we only have several hundred magazines in our hands at the moment. But that doesn’t mean that’s all you get!

We know about more than 1500 magazines that are looking for travel articles, and we’re putting those all into the database with a more basic set of information so that you can find more magazines for your articles. For each of these magazines, we’re showing you:

  • the magazine’s editorial focus
  • what type of magazine it is (custom, consumer, trade)
  • where the magazine is based
  • relevant editors for travel pitches
  • several years of covers to give you a sense of the magazine’s style

And if you prefer to check out magazines yourself and just need our help discovering new magazines to pitch you can also get limited access to all of our magazines for half the price of the full subscription.

Take a look around at what we’ve been doing (here are some full entry samples to start with), and join us when you’re ready to take the pitching plunge and stop saying that you don’t have more travel writing assignments because you don’t know who to pitch.

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Gabi Logan
Founder, Dream of Travel Writing

Tour the Travel Magazine Database

Upon logging into the Travel Magazine Database, you’re greeted with our “Welcome” page, which offers multiple options for exploring the database.

On the “Welcome” page, we offer direct links to some of the most popular categories of magazines, both geographic distinctions and topical ones.

Welcome Screen

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Scrolling View (Homepage and internal pages)

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As you continue scrolling down, you’ll see the posts most recently added to the magazine database.

We add at least one post to the database every single day, so whenever you log in, there’s something new to find to fuel your pitches.

Each entry is titled with the name of the magazine covered in the breakdown as well as the level of depth the entry goes into.

The Travel Magazine Database includes two types of entries: limited posts and full posts. Full entries include detailed breakdowns of all sections of the magazines open to freelancers and what they cover along with more goodies we’ll show you below.

In the scrolling view, you’ll see three covers of each magazine to give you a sense of its style and a very brief description of the magazine’s geography and topics, along with a full list of tags expanding on what the magazine covers generally and specifically along with the type of articles it features.

If you see a magazine that looks close to what you need, but not the right geography or style, click on one of the tags to get pull up a full list of closely related magazines with a similar type of coverage.

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When you find a magazine you’d like more info about, click read more from the preview view to access the complete entry. Depending on the type of entry, you’ll either find four tabs (for full entries) or two tabs (for limited entries) of information about each magazine.

Magazine Entry View

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In the “Description” tab, you’ll find several fields:

  • Type of magazine: Whether the magazine is a consumer, custom, or trade magazine. More on what those mean is available in our FAQ here.
  • Publication frequency: Whether the magazine comes out weekly, monthly, bimonthly, annually, or on a more irregular schedule.
  • Percentage of travel content: The approximate amount (as it can vary per issue) of text in the magazine devoted to travel and travel-related topics that you, as a travel writer, could be interested in pitching.
  • Language: If the magazine is published in an additional language besides English, we mention that here. If we determine that a magazine is primarily written in another language and only translated into English, we don’t include it in that database, as it doesn’t make sense for you to spend time pitching it!
  • Publisher: The company that produces the magazine.
  • Location of editorial: Where the magazine’s main editorial office is located, so you can keep the time zone in mind for deadlines and other time-sensitive communications.
  • Website: The primarily online home of the publication.
  • Editorial positioning: Directly from the horse’s mouth, this section highlights how the magazine differentiates itself in the market place.
  • Read online: Where (if possible) you can find full issues of the magazine online to aid in your pitch prep. If these are only available with payment, we note that, otherwise everything listed here is free. We also include links to sample articles in the “How to Pitch” tab to illustrate the styles of the magazine’s departments and features.

Description Tab View

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In the next tab, “Demographics,” you’ll find a wealth of information on the magazine’s readers. What we include here depends on the publication, and can include information about different regional editions, the age, wealth, and habits of the reader, and anything else we can find to help you target your pitches.

Data points like the size of the magazine’s circulation can also help you in your rate negotiations. Also keep in mind that magazines that are highly targeted, particularly to big spenders, whether corporate travel managers or ultra high-end travels, also bring in more ad revenue and pay better than “larger” magazines with a more general audience.

Demographics Tab View

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The “How to Pitch” tab is where the magic happens. This is where we take hours to break down every single section of a magazine, figure out which are open to freelancers, tally up the section lengths, list past examples of what each section has covered, and give you all the nitty gritty tools you need to make your pitches shine and show editors that you really get their magazine.

In the “Editorial Structure” section, we lay out the names and frequencies of each section in the magazine, including the average number of features.

The “What to Pitch” section is where you’ll find details on each section listed in the “Editorial Structure” that is open to freelancers with the length and article style for each.

At the end of the “How to Pitch” breakdown, we let you know if there are additional sections to pitch online, which, FYI, often pay a lower rate than their print counter parts, and what we’ve been able to discern about the magazine’s pay rates. For more information on the pay info situation and our special trick for finding out if a magazine is worth your time even without a listed pay rate, check our our FAQ.

How to Pitch Tab View

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You get the cherry on top of the ice cream sundae in the “Contact Info” tab. Here we not only give you the names of every editor relevant for your pitches, but also the exact email format so you reach out to those editors directly.

Contact Info Tab View

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Even if you have a full access membership to the database, you’ll still see many limited entries in your scrolling view. Any time you have access to a limited entry with a full access account, it means we haven’t yet put together a full breakdown of the magazine, but we want you to know about it and factor it into your pitching plans.

Limited Entry View

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Limited entries have two tabs, the “Description” and “Contact Info” sections. In the “Description” tab, the main difference is that we don’t include information on where to find full issues of the magazine online. In the “Contact Info” tab, we don’t include the email format for the magazine’s editors in the limited entries.

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You can also find our full list of categories for navigating the database, as well as search by title name, keyword, category or location at the bottom of every page of the database:

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Travel Magazine Database FAQ

Frequently asked questions about our Travel Magazine Database, pitching, and travel magazines:


 

Why do we analyze magazines?

One of the biggest complaints editors have about pitches they receive is that the writer is clearly not familiar with the magazine he or she is pitching.

There are the comical editor horror stories about someone pitching an article about hunting one’s first chicken to a vegan food magazine or a report on local archeological digs to an interior design magazine.

But more often than not, writers are pitching stories that sound—if you only know the title of a magazine—like they could be a fit, but if you took the time to dig into the tone and structure of a publication, would obviously be a little (or a lot) off of what the magazine actually covers.

In a pitch, showing an editor that you understand his or her publication and its audience is more important than the idea you are pitching or your background—it’s what inspires an editor to write you back and encourage you to send more pitches rather than write you off.

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How do we analyze magazines?

We’ve got a whole post on how we analyze magazines—and how we recommend you do it when you’re analyzing a magazine on your own—on our parent company site, Dream of Travel Writing.

For every full entry here on the database, we work from a full copy of the magazine and double check all of the advice we’re giving you against the most recent masthead (the list of editor’s names) and media kit on the magazine’s website.

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How many new entries are added to the database every month?

We add at least one new magazine to the database every day!

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How do I know if the information in the database is up-to-date?

Since our website is in its first year, you can be assured that everything in the database is quite fresh; however, publishing is a volatile business, so sometimes things change quickly. We’ve even found while working on the database that we may write a full breakdown of a magazine only to find out that it is ceasing publication the next month.

Whenever we find out updates like this, we incorporate them into the database, and we’re adding more ways to capture more updated information everyday.

For each magazine, we provide links to the magazine’s website (limited entries) or the magazine’s website and a full copy of the magazine (full entries), so that you can reconfirm what we’re telling you before you pitch. But you can always tell how current the overall information in any given entry is by looking at the entry’s publication date, which will tell you when we first performed the magazine breakdown.

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Why can’t I see all of the entries in the database?

There are two types of database memberships: limited and full.

If you have a limited access membership, you will only have access to limited entries.

If you have a full access membership however, you will see full entries for some magazines and limited entries for others. The limited entries you see are for magazines that don’t yet have a full breakdown, and the limited entries you don’t have access to correspond to magazines that have full entries, which you should be able to access.

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How do I know if I have a good story idea?

A “good” story idea is a completely moving target, but it always depends on one thing: that the idea exactly fits an existing hole in a magazine. There is no such thing as a good article idea independent of a place for it to be published.

Outside of that, several ways to know if you have a “good” article idea are that it is:

  • specific to a definable audience
  • addressable in the length of the article
  • addressing an issue of interest to the audience
  • addressing a topic relevant to the magazine
  • definable in a single sentence

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How should I structure my pitch email?

There is a tried and true formula for successful pitches:

  • draw the editor in and communicate why your idea is interesting and appropriate to his or her audience
  • articulate how your idea would fit in the magazine and what your article would cover
  • show the editor why you are the best person to write the story

It’s really that simple! But executing each of those things is not so simple. We’re got more resources on writing great pitches here:

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Why do we not list pay rates for many magazines?

There are two big reasons why you won’t see a specific pay rate listed on many of the full entries:

  • magazines are notoriously opaque about their rates, in part because…
  • magazines pay different writers different rates

We can go through databases in which freelance writers anonymously self-report what magazines have paid them and places where editors self-report what their rates are, but the unfortunately truth is that these things often have little relationship with the rate that any particular writer will get when receiving an assignment from a magazine, and even less to do with how much a writer who pushes for more money may receive.

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How can you tell how much a magazine pays?

To help with the fact that most magazines simply won’t be clear about their pay range because they want to get articles for at the low end of their pay range as much as possible, we have created a handy (though a little sneaky) metric for ballparking how much a magazine pays writers and whether it is worth your time.

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Check out our handy pay rate estimator trick here.

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How can you tell which editor to pitch?

This is a tricky one. In our full entries, in which we list all of the folks on the editorial staff that might be useful to you in your pitches, we don’t say exactly who to pitch for which stories. This is for two reasons:

  • it often changes over time, and often frequently
  • there is no rhyme or reason to which editorial titles correspond with various positions

In small magazines, with an editorial staff of four or fewer, the editor-in-chief is often the one accepting pitches. In huge newsstand magazines, like Travel + Leisure, there is absolutely no point in writing to the editor-in-chief and often several levels below him or her as well. You’ll need to go to an assistant editor or section editor with your pitch.

Mid-sized magazines use titles in unpredictable ways, sometimes having an assistant editor, associate editor, editorial director, and editor-in-chief with the assistant editor functioning more like an editorial assistant (i.e. no decision making power), and the editorial director handling projects but not necessary magazine assignments.

Across the board, the people that we list in the “contact” info tab are ones that you should try reaching out to. If you have a good pitch and it simply goes to the wrong (but not *super* wrong) person, editors typically just forward it to where it needs to be. You won’t see us list the following positions, even if they’re on the masthead under editorial, because these are positions that don’t assign articles:

  • editorial assistants (more assistant than editor)
  • copy editors (more proofreader than editor)
  • contributing editor (a freelancer who writes frequently but doesn’t assign)
  • publishers (unless they are the only person on the masthead, they don’t assign)

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What are trade, consumer, and custom magazines?

One of the fields in our main magazine overview classifies magazines as trade, consumer or custom.

Trade magazines are not available to buy on the newsstand or online. They are delivered to a qualified circulation of people who work in a particular industry. In travel, there are many different areas of trade magazines, from magazines for travel agents to people who run hotels to people who plan group tours.

Consumer magazines are available in the bookstore, airport, and other newsstands, and these are the travel magazines you are probably most familiar with. They include major titles like Travel + Leisure and Conde Nast Traveler as well as smaller regional pubs like Edible Columbus and New York Family.

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Should I pitch a story before I’ve traveled to a destination?

This depends on one thing (how sure you are that you will be able to deliver the story you’ve pitched), which in turn depends on three things:

  • how experienced you are
  • how much prior research you’ve done
  • how much control you have over your own schedule

If that made you nervous just reading the phrase “how sure you are that you will be able to deliver,” the answer is probably no, but we’ve got a whole post about when you should and shouldn’t pitch before your trip.

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Should I pitch the same story to more than one magazine at a time?

Yes! Absolutely. But not the exact same wording. Magazine editors need to know that you understand their publication and audience, so you should reslant each pitch you send to make sure that your pitch resonates with each editor.

And when your story gets accepted, make sure to let the other editors you reached out to know that the story has been picked up elsewhere.

The only time I don’t advise doing this is when you already have a relationship with a magazine. Let that editor have priority and follow up before you submit the idea elsewhere.

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What about when a magazine says it doesn’t accept unsolicited manuscripts?

There is a difference between an unsolicited manuscript and an unsolicited pitch. An unsolicited manuscript submission is when a writer sends in an entire story that is already written with a “pitch” that more or less says, “Here’s a story. Would you like it?”

A pitch, on the other hand, says something more like, “Here’s a story that I could write for your magazine. This is what it would be about. And I would write it in this format.” Then the editor has the chance to say, “I already have a story just like that, but could you make it a profile instead of a narrative piece?” or “I don’t have anymore feature spots, but could you do that as a round-up as five places for this section in the front of the magazine?”

Being flexible in this way not only shows the editor you are a professional, but also gives you more of a chance of being published.

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How do I change my password?

You can change your password in two places. In the menu on the right side of the page, mouse over “Your Membership” and then click on “Edit Your Profile.”

You also have a lot of different options regarding passwords, log-ins, and managing what devices you are signed in from by going into your WordPress user backend by clicking on your user photo (or the grey blank face if you don’t have a user photo) in the upper lefthand corner of your screen where it says, “Howdy, [your name].”

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How do I cancel my membership?

You can cancel at any time while logged in by accessing your membership page from the menu on the right-hand side of every page. You’ll see a link to cancel your membership on the “update your billing information” page.

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