Travel Writer's Field Guide Podcast

Hosted by travel writers Phoebe Smith (From Our Correspondent, Wanderlust) and Daniel Neilson (Time Out, The Great Outdoors, Sidetracked), this is the monthly podcast that accompanies the book of the same name.

This podcast is in association with Craghoppers outdoor clothing and protective travel equipment for over 50 years.

Episode One – Writer Or Traveller

You have, of course, been travelling all your life. The question addressed in this episode is about what should be committed to paper or screen. Why you should record some bits and which bits do people want to read? In this episode, we discuss storytelling, travelling as richly as you can, getting into travel writing in the first place, as well as offering 7 hard-earned tips from a life on the road.

Episode Two – Is There Anyone Out There?

Phoebe Smith and Daniel Neilson discuss: Writing for a particular audience, Magazines that accept submissions, Newspapers with great travel sections, How to make money from commercial websites ,Getting into guidebook writing, Making films and podcasts

Episode Three – Types of Writing

In the 3rd episode of the Travel Writer's Field Guide Podcast we look at type of writing. In it we cover how to write for a specific audience, from a newspaper to your mum, and how to structure stories. We've also included a bonus section of common mistakes in writing and how to avoid them.

Episode Four – How to pitch to editors

We share the 10 commandments of pitching to editors. How to get heard, what to say, how to pitch when you've very little experience. Daniel Neilson and Phoebe Smith have edited magazines and books and now they share with you exactly how to get published.

Episode Five – On the Road

In this episode of the Travel Writer's Field Guide, in association with Craghoppers, with authors Phoebe Smith and Daniel Neilson, they cover life on the road. How to organise your time on trips, interviewing techniques and the tricks and gadgets they use for travel writing.

Episode Six – Structuring Stories

Every time we write – whether starting a book, beginning a blog post or even writing a quick update on social media – we always read this insightful quote from travel-writing guru Bill Bryson first. You could have just had the most incredible and life-changing travel experience in the world, but no-one really wants to hear about it. It’s akin to a friend trying to share their latest dream with you – utterly tedious.

Episode Seven – Land of Contrasts - the cliché in travel writing

This episode is our favourite so far! We take a sideways glance at one of the most challenging areas of writing and especially travel writing, and that’s the elimination of cliché, of journalese, of the hackneyed, the superfluous and the empty. We look at the language editors abhor, common mistakes, the use of overly formal words (amongst, whilst), and also the use of exclamation marks. No editors like exclamation marks. None we’ve ever met.

The world is full of stories.
Write them.

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