Wanderlust for Tangoing Divas: 10 Publications for Female Travel-Writers

As a newbie to the world of travel-writing, the idea of pitching, polishing and publishing articles is somewhat terrifying!  And, with so many publications to choose from, where does a girl begin?

In addition to printing your work, many publications also offer mentoring and networking opportunities, competitions, tours and the chance to join an inspiring community of female travellers!  Following are 10 publications to get you started:

Road and Travel

Road and Travel is an online magazine, aiming to educate and inform women’s choices regarding their “automotive, travel, and personal safety needs”. Courtney Caldwell is the founder and editor-in-chief. Although the magazine is aimed at women, submissions should be written to appeal to both men and women interested in travel and automotive topics.

Hint: Visit the Travel Channel for categories of published articles

See submission guidelines or check out Road and Travel on Facebook and Twitter

Postcards from Millie

Postcards from Millie is an online, Australian travel community. Founder Victoria Ugarte, started the site from her experiences in the masculine business world where she witnessed women “compete rather than collaborate” missing out on the “nurturing, life-connecting side of being a woman”. Travel stories can be emailed to info@postcardsfrommillie.com.au. The site not only publishes travel writing, but provides seminars, organised trips, coaching and workshops.

Hint: The travel diaries of inspiring women are a great read!

See submission guidelines and check out Postcards from Millie on Facebook and Twitter

Women’s Running Magazine

Women’s Running Magazine is a print publication, issued six times a year. Topics include fitness, health, nutrition, active destinations and individual profiles. Breanne George is the editor-in-chief, and encourages email queries to editorial@womensrunningmag.com. Responses may take a minimum of 6 weeks.

Hint: Experienced travel writers may pitch a query for the “Active Getaway” department

See submission guidelines

Galavanting

Galavanting aims to provide “more than just the latest gear and reviews of ludicrously expensive resorts”. Editor-in-chief, Kim Mance, is also founder of the Travel Blog Exchange. Story pitches or completed articles from female writers can be emailed to submissions@gogalavanting.com with a short bio and links to previously published work.

Hint: Articles offering a female perspective on family travel or a couple’s trip are also welcome.

See submission guidelines and check out Galavanting on Facebook and Twitter

Wanderlust and Lipstick

Wanderlust and Lipstick, covers travel stories, tours, tips and recommended gear. Articles are sought from female writers, although work is not restricted to a female audience.  Founder and editor, Beth Whitman, accepts queries or finished pieces emailed to wanderlustandlipstick@gmail.com. Submissions from previously published writers will be given priority.

Hint: Wanderlust and Lipstick will include links to your website or book in your writer bio!

See submission guidelines and check out Wanderlust and Lipstick on Facebook

Journey Woman

Journey Woman publishes writing from a female perspective, although articles from men will be considered if they address the sites mandate to “inspire females to travel safely and well and to connect women travellers worldwide”. Submissions via email can be made to the publisher and editor, Evelyn Hannon at editor@journeywoman.com.

Hint: Check out the suggested article categories before submitting.

See submission guidelines and follow Journey Woman on Twitter

Tango Diva

As a global online community, Tango Diva empowers women to embark on solo travel. Founder Teresa Rodriguez Williamson, publishes articles covering a range of topics from style and wellness to destination reviews. View the Tango Diva checklist, editorial calendar and style notes before submitting your article to stories@tangodiva.com.

Hint: Submissions from first-time writers are welcomed and when you’ve published 5 pieces on Tango Diva, they will present you with a press pass, for press trips and tours.

See submission guidelines and check out Tango Diva on Facebook and Twitter

Women’s Adventure

Women’s Adventure is a print magazine published quarterly. It covers sports, travel, fitness and lifestyles of active women. The founder and editor-in-chief, Michelle Theall, welcomes queries via email to edit@staff.womensadventuremagazine.com. You can follow up by email if you haven’t heard back in 2-3 weeks.

Hint: Timely pitches with alternative story angles and suggestions for sidebars or web links, will grab the editor’s attention

See submission guidelines and check out Women’s Adventure on Facebook and Twitter

Wave journey

Co-founders Vivienne Chapleo and Jill Hoelting, started the North American-based Wave Journey in 2006. This online travel resource caters for women who “love to travel, cook, read or revel in outdoor activities”.  Feature articles on first-hand travel tales, recommendations and reviews are sought for the website and monthly newsletter. Article submissions copied into the body of an email can be sent to wjnewsletter@ymail.com.

Hint: A minimum of 1 photo (maximum of 12) submitted in JPEG format is required for articles to be featured on the homepage

See submission guidelines and check out Wave Journey on Facebook and Twitter

GoNOMAD Women’s Travel

GoNOMAD Women’s Travel is currently seeking more articles to increase its coverage of female travel. Published articles include reviews of female getaways, books, websites and advice such as Love the One You’re With: How to Travel Together Without Killing Each Other . Queries and submissions can be emailed to the editor Max Hartshorne at editorial@gonnomad.com .

Hint: Let them know if you’ve posted or blogged a link to their writer’s guidelines and they will bump you to the top of their list!

See submission guidelines or check out GoNOMAD on Facebook and Twitter

After reading a publication’s guidelines, familiarise yourself with back-issues of a print publication, or online articles if it’s a website.  This helps you to gain a feel for their style and also prevents you from pitching ideas that have previously been published.

Good Luck!

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8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Heather
    Mar 01, 2010 @ 21:41:25

    This is a great list! I’ve bookmarked this so I can learn more about these publications. Before Matador U I felt I didn’t know where to begin, now I’ve got dozens of publications on my “submit to” list. This assignment was a bit tedious but definitely worth the work.

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  2. meg
    Mar 09, 2010 @ 15:00:26

    this is a great list, i’m definitely going to look into a bunch of these. i haven’t begun this assignment yet…it’s my goal for this week….

    Reply

  3. kkdevilliers
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 01:18:17

    What a great resource – thanks, Rebecca!

    Reply

  4. Candice
    Mar 15, 2010 @ 14:42:48

    Sweet list! Might have to steal some of these.

    Reply

  5. Women's Tours
    Apr 22, 2010 @ 23:24:06

    Great list. Very informative and useful for women on the go.

    Reply

  6. Abbie
    May 20, 2010 @ 00:08:44

    I saw this title and thought that it sounded like a familiar Matador U assignment – great list! 🙂

    Reply

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