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Guest Posting by Travel Bloggers on Women on the Road
PLEASE NOTE: These guidelines are for travel bloggers only. If you are a business trying to place a guest post, a sponsored post or something commercial, please contact me directly.
Women on the Road is a great showcase for your travel writing talents, with thousands of women visitors a day ready to read you.
What is Women on the Road?
Women on the Road is one of the original women's travel websites. It all started with an email newsletter in 1996 and by the end of 2006 this website was finally born - for women who travel smart, safe and solo, who are respectful of and curious about other cultures, who want to discover the world on their own terms and leave their preconceived ideas behind.
What's in it for YOU?
- Two strong do-follow (non-commercial) links back to your own travel blog or site, one in the text and one in your bio.
- Ongoing promotion through the various social media channels managed by Women on the Road.
- Promotion in Women on the Road NEWS, my monthly newsletter.
- Association with a respected, mature travel website with a DA 47.
Here's what I'm looking for
Destination posts, written through a female lens and containing practical destination-related advice for the smart and independent female reader, written in your voice. Posts must be based on in-depth knowledge of your destination gained from having lived there or traveled there extensively. Information should be honest and realistic - no promotional rose-tinted glasses prose. No top ten lists.
Your story should in narrative form and contain information about the following, structured any way you like - and information not easily found in a hundred other blogs. While top sights and things to do should of course be included, we're looking for things that highlight your own in-depth knowledge of a place.
- why this destination is ideal for independent or solo women - but also why it's not perfect
- why YOU decided to move here/spend a long time traveling here (unless you were born and brought up there, of course!)
- how safe it is for a solo female traveler including neighborhoods, public transport and anything else that's pertinent
- an idea of budgeting and planning
- any special woman-friendly venues or activities
- etiquette or cultural norms women should be aware of
- culture, history, food customs - touching on the oddest or most spectacular
- anything that might be particular interest to women who are traveling independently...
Not sure your idea fits the bill? Please ask!
What NOT to submit
- No Wikipedia: no list of sights and activities anyone can find a click away.
- No generic how-to pieces as in 'how to travel safely' or 'how to pack'. I have plenty already. If you do provide advice, make it part of your broader destination article, as in "most of the city is perfectly safe but solo women might think twice before wandering through these neighborhoods at night..." Important information, not found in general destination pieces.
- No generic destination pieces: best restaurants in London, top hotels in Rio, things to do in Paris. The web is awash with this kind of piece.
- No submissions about group, organized, family or couples travel.
- No rants - be factual. If you had a terrible experience, by all means mention it, but don't color your entire piece with negativity, as in "why I hated X country". We all have different experiences and see things from different perspectives.
- No poetry, book excerpts, and nothing that has been published elsewhere - original work only.
- No affiliate or commercial links in your story. Women on the Road may add a few affiliate links where appropriate, and edit to make your submission more attractive to search engines - in other words, help it be found online!
How to submit your articles/posts
Pitch first - tell me a bit about yourself, what you want to write about and why you're qualified to do it, and we'll take it from there. I'm looking for diversity at every level, and am also making sure I'm not drowning in a specific destination while ignoring others.
Once we've agreed...
- Photos: Please include high-quality photographs, your own or photos to which you have the rights. (Submitting photos presupposes you have taken, bought or otherwise secured the legal right to use that photograph from the author or representative). Photos should be at least 1020 px wide with captions. If you don't have your own photos, please source them (only photos you have permission to use, such as appropriately credited creative commons) and send links, including links to relevant licences. Please upload photos to Dropbox or another sharing platform and send me a link.
- Length: mosts posts/articles are around 1500-2000 words, but may be a bit longer. Give the story what it's worth. The better the writing, the more it can sustain a longer piece.
- Don't forget two sentences for your bio and your two links.
NOTE: The best guarantee of publication is relevance (woman-centered), reader demand (that's why I ask you to check with me first), expertise and good writing.
Have you got the perfect piece? Let's find out...