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I left school at 15 to live in a hippy squat house in London. I've tended bar in a strip joint… inspected bolts at a factory… waitressed in a Chinese restaurant…


But today I get paid to visit white sand
Caribbean beaches… wildlife sanctuaries
in Borneo… Indian Ocean hideaways…
Rome… Paris… London…

I invite you to do the same. In fact, I'll even
help you get your first assignment.

Dear Reader,

The work I do today is the stuff of dreams… stress-free, romantic, fun. And all sorts of everyday people do it. Like me, they've left behind the drudgery of 9-to-5… the boring desk job… and today they get paid to follow their bliss. Care to join us?

As far as I'm concerned, it's the best job in the world. Who wouldn't want to travel the globe and get paid for it?

For me, last month's "work" involved checking out facilities at a quaint spa village deep in Germany's Black Forest. And arduous work it was too… moving from my sun bed into the pool where I was pummeled with blissfully warm jets of thermal water.

My German work schedule also involved visiting Neuschwanstein, the fairytale castle built by Mad King Ludwig of Bavaria… riding the cog wheel train and cable car to the summit of the Zugspitz, Germany's highest mountain…

I stayed in das Schiefes Haus (the Crooked House), a beautiful half-timbered hotel in Ulm dating back to medieval times… feasted on venison and Pfifferlinge mushrooms servedwith noodles in a creamy sauce… sampled far too many varieties of local wine.

In this past year alone I've made three trips to Paris. I've visited Spain, Portugal, Latvia, and the Bohemia region of the Czech Republic (and there are more wonderful spas in Bohemia, by the way).

Last January—under pale blue skies—I meandered down the east coast of Italy, exploring the hill towns of Le Marche and the curious trulli dwellings of Apulia.

In February, I was in Greece, island-hopping from Athens to the Saronic islands of Aegina, Poros, and Hydra.

I spent Easter on La Reunion, a gorgeous French-speaking island of volcanoes and white sand beaches cast adrift in the Indian Ocean.

Yes… There IS More to Life

I feel very lucky. Most people trudge to work every day… to a job that pays the bills but provides little by way of inspiration. They endure a life of commuting, business suits, and fluorescent lights.

… and no reprieve but 10 days of vacation a year. It's a life. But it's no way to live.

At least, that's the conclusion I finally came to…

And not only did I crave a change… I desperately needed one. I was out of money. The situation was getting dire…

How It Came to Pass that I Get Paid to See the World

Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Steenie Harvey, and I'm not exaggerating when I say my passport pages are as well-turned as a child's favorite story book. I really do travel the world… and get paid to do it.

In fact, the "work" never stops. Next week I'll be in England's East Anglia region—the soft rolling countryside of poppy-sprinkled cornfields and ancient wool towns made famous in the paintings of John Constable.

At the beginning of October it's back to Italy—Tuscany and Umbria. Then, later in the month, I'm going to Mexico. Christmas? Well, the last one I spent in Sicily. This Christmas I'm extending my "working vacation" to 18 days—I'll be discovering the Caribbean islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe.

Apologies if I'm making you envious, but you too could quite easily have a "job" like mine.

If you're interested in traveling the world and getting paid to tell other people what about what you discover—like I do—there's plenty of "work" to be had.

And you should know that it's easily something you can do on the side. You needn't commit full-time to it (unless you want to).

In a moment, I'll tell you exactly how you can quickly and easily make this dream lifestyle a reality. But first, let me tell you a little more about how I did it…

My Not-So-Brilliant Career…

My life wasn't always so exciting. I didn't always flit about the globe for pay.

Before this, I tried everything. I never graduated high school, so "career" jobs were out. I tried tending bar (in a strip joint, no less). I inspected bolts at a factory. I waitressed in a Chinese restaurant…

Fifteen years ago, I was working as an office clerk in the miserable English midlands. (And I do mean miserable—think grim, industrial, dark-satanic-mills England and you'll get the picture.) Me—a high-flyer with a glamorous lifestyle?

When I wasn't typing reams of invoices, I was telling elaborate lies to customers about why their printing orders weren't ready. Plus the pay was absolutely dire. My boss could have given Scrooge a good run for his money.

Like many people, all I had to look forward to was the annual two-week summer vacation. I loved traveling—problem was, I couldn't afford to do it very often.

Then my husband lost his job. Maybe it was the shock of discovering our income had been cut in half (How could we afford two weeks in Spain ever again?)… but we had this crazy idea. Why not move away? Try a completely different lifestyle? And so we sold up and bought a bargain-priced country cottage in the west of Ireland.

A new, stress-free life. At first it was like a permanent holiday. I had great plans to turn our wild green acre into an organic smallholding… be completely self-sufficient.

Not Gardener, Not Painter…

But my new enthusiasm for gardening seemed unlikely to reap huge dividends. Slugs munched happily away on the lettuces and cabbages. Rabbits waltzed in and ate all the tops off my newly sprouted green beans. The organically grown radishes did just fine, but there didn't seem to be much of a market for them.

And though my husband found work, nobody seemed keen on employing me.

So I tried my hand next at painting… strange landscapes inhabited by silver-colored birds and beasts. Never having been afraid of humiliation, I took them off to an art gallery, wondering how much I'd be offered for my masterpieces. The man sniggered and sent me packing.

By now, the money situation was getting serious.

The Treasure in the Garden Shed

But as luck would have it, the previous owner of our cottage had left behind an ancient manual typewriter in the garden shed. I only remembered it when I came across one of those "You Too Can Have a Career as a Writer" ads in a Sunday newspaper. It got my brain whirring…

I decided to bash out a humorous article about our own search for a home in Ireland… which hadn't exactly been an easy task. Not as we had been seeking somewhere habitable for $10,000… or less! I went on about real estate agents taking us to see hovels with tin roofs and no bathroom facilities.

I penned the sorry tale of shacks with no front doors… the farmhouse where cows were actually using the kitchen as a barnyard… finishing the story with a description of the cottage that we did eventually buy.

This was the first thing I'd ever written since leaving school. I didn't have a clue about how an article should be presented. Mine featured single-spaced typing, thickly whited-out passages covering all the errors I'd made, and a dog-eared left corner to hold the pages together.

…and Thus a Writer is Born

Despite my woeful presentation, the property editor of an English daily newspaper called The Independent published it… and she paid me what was then the equivalent of around $180. Plus she asked me for a follow-up, a more factual article detailing the kind of homes that were on sale in western Ireland. It was an easy piece to write—I simply visited local real estate agents and asked what they had for sale.

Was anybody else out there interested in reading articles about buying Irish cottages? Yes, indeed—three more English newspapers: The Guardian, The Daily Express, and London's Evening Standard.

How about this monthly publication called International Living in the States? I sent a note to the editor, and she wrote back saying that she had long been looking for somebody on the ground in Ireland. Boy, had I struck lucky!

In the nearly two decades since then, I've written hundreds of stories for International Living and others—about not only Ireland, but destinations as far-flung as Poland and Mexico.

These days, editors actually pay my expenses as I travel the globe reporting on their behalf…

If I Can Do It… You Most Certainly Can

You know, I'm going to stop for a minute and answer a question I hear all the time… because it's usually about here in my story that people ask it: Can anybody become a freelance travel writer?

Well, going by my own experience, yes. You don't need to spend thousands of dollars going to journalism school or have had a university education—I never did. (I actually left school when I was 15.)

And you don't need to suffer years of hard labor working full time for a newspaper or magazine. I certainly didn't.

It's fair to say that in my case, much of my success is a result of luck… at least, it was at the outset. I happened upon that typewriter, after all.

The rest I learned through trial and error… and, more importantly, through the kindnesses and guidance of editors I've worked with over the years.

I've made a real go of writing for a living—in the last 15 years my by-line has appeared in such illustrious publications as The Washington Post and The World & I, among many others in the States, Ireland, Britain, Australia, and Germany.

And I've had three travel books published (two on Ireland, one on European vacation rentals). Not that I planned to write any books—I was actually approached by a commissioning editor.

I've enjoyed a successful career as a travel writer, to be sure. But the truth is, there are more efficient, more cost-effective… and, well, smarter ways to go about doing what I did.

In fact, that's why I'm writing to you today.

How to Avoid My Mistakes

I'd like to introduce you to one of those editors I mentioned… one who really helped catapult my career into full-time travel writing. Her name is Jennifer Stevens, and she was my editor at International Living.

If I'd had the benefit of her tutelage earlier on, I'd have saved myself more mistakes than I can count… and I'd have been more successful earlier, too.

You see, not only is Jen a skilled and proven editor and writer, she's an excellent instructor.
It's one thing to know and practice your craft. But it's another altogether to explain to somebody else what you do and how you do it. Jen can. She has a real knack for making complicated ideas accessible.

And over the years, her advice has helped not only me… but literally hundreds of people transform themselves into working, paid travel writers… some part-time, some full-time.

From financial consultants, university professors, and travel agents… to acupuncturists, actresses, and photographers… people from all walks of life and all levels of education and experience have successfully reinvented themselves.

Now they—like me—are traveling the world and getting paid for it.

Jump-Start Your Travel Writing Career Today

In the summer of 2000, at the urging of International Living's publisher, Jen sat down and started methodically collecting all of the techniques and secrets she knew about creating saleable travel articles in one place.

She drew on her own experience. She's one of the most skilled editors I've ever worked with. And then she started calling and emailing the top people she knows in the business. It's an expansive network of contacts.

She asked a Wall Street Journal reporter, a New York Times correspondent, an acclaimed guidebook writer, an award-winning publisher, and a whole host of freelance travel writers—to share their hard-won secrets. And she catalogued all their tricks of the trade… all the techniques the most successful writers use to get their articles into print.

It took her ten months in all, but she developed what is, hands down, the best program I've ever seen for turning anybody into a working, paid, professional travel writer.

It's called The Ultimate Travel Writer's Program and it's published online by a company called the American Writers & Artists Inc. (AWAI).

I wish I'd had the benefit of its wisdom all those years ago when I was just starting out.

Because in the early years, the commissions didn't flood in the way they do now. It would have been a lot easier if I'd had someone to advise me where I was going wrong. I wasted a lot of time and effort sending off articles to magazines that were completely unsuitable.

That's what makes this program so great. It can take years off your learning curve. In a matter of months—even weeks—you could be traveling the world, writing about your adventures… and getting paid to do it…

"I've had two bits published by, guess who? International Living! It's a good system to subsidize the program fee! And clip-generating, of course." —Peter H.

Earn Money as a Travel Writer…
Without Ever Leaving Home

I'll share some more details about this extraordinary program in a moment, but first I want to let you in on a few more of the perks my writer colleagues and I enjoy.

First of all, to make money as a travel writer, you don't even have to travel.

Now, you might not see that as a perk. But hear me out. What I mean is: Where you live is a destination for other people. There are all sorts of stories you can write about what's in your own back yard. (That's how I got started, remember, writing about my adopted homeland of Ireland.)

For a religious magazine, I wrote about the annual pilgrimage up Crough Patrick, Ireland's holy mountain in County Mayo. For an equestrian publication, I wrote about the age-old tradition of Irish horse markets, where men still spit on their hands and shake to signify they've struck a deal. For a magazine devoted to culture and travel, I wrote an article on Irish fairy lore.

Point is: You can start cashing checks as a travel writer without ever getting on a plane.

For example, take one Florida-based freelancer whose stories about places close to her home include an article about Amelia Island for a Canadian newspaper… one on Jacksonville for the Miami Herald… a piece on the town of Cassadaga for Florida Travel magazine… an article about winter golf in Florida for a lifestyle magazine… and the list goes on.

I bet you can think of all sorts of worthwhile subjects you might write about just outside your own door. And who better to write about your hometown… than you?

"I've been comped four nights at a deluxe resort on Oahu after advising them of my plans. I wrote a letter explaining that I am a 'freelance travel writer' intending on writing an article on 'Hawaii's Most Romantic Room Views.'

"Although I won't be on 'assignment,' I've gotten some pretty good feedback from a couple of newspapers… so wish me luck!! I've got another idea, too. Something about 'Affordable Luxury in Paradise… Off-season in Hawaii.' I'm sorry to ramble on and on, but I'm pretty excited!

"This could be the start of something BIG! Thanks a million!" —Alice C.

Travel Without Paying a Cent

Of course, you'll have plenty of opportunities as a travel writer to get out and see the world… in a way you never could as an ordinary tourist. You'd be amazed at the insider access and special treatment successful travel writers receive. It's like gaining membership in an exclusive club.

How would you like a trip to Cancun, at no charge, where you and your spouse would be wined and dined over a long weekend at a new, luxury hotel?

Or maybe you'd be more enticed by a complimentary rafting expedition down the Amazon in Ecuador's untamed rain forest?

Perhaps a no-charge cruise to Europe's most romantic cities?

Or a complimentary stay at one of New York's most decadent hotels… the sort that costs $650 a night?

Those trips might sounds like daydreams, but they are all money-free travel perks freelance writers I know have taken advantage of.

And not only did those writers travel without paying a dime, they got paid to write about their experiences, too.

I've enjoyed my own fair share of excellent freebies. One of the best was an all-expenses-paid trip to Borneo, staying in luxury hotels, visiting orangutan sanctuaries and native long-houses. The trip was organized by British Airways and The Daily Telegraph (an English newspaper).

The reason The Telegraph asked me to do it instead of one of their staff writers was because I'd never been to Asia before. They wanted a writer who was going to experience it all "with fresh eyes." And they paid me the equivalent of $1,200 to tell readers about it.

It Doesn't Take Years to Cash In on the Benefits…

If you've ever dreamed about living the romantic life of a travel writer, you don't need to wait years to enjoy it. That's part of what makes Jen's program so great.

If you learn the simple secrets and techniques she explains, you can be writing marketable stories… getting your own by-line… and taking advantage of travel perks… in no time at all.

Take retired television executive Duane Harm and his wife Harlene. They spent a recent summer traveling across the western U.S.

All told, they visited 23 different dude ranches in Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana over a three-month period, staying for free an average of three days at each ranch. The total value of their summer stays? About $55,000… and they didn't pay anything. Not one cent.

The Secret Behind All These Free Trips

Why are travel writers able to take advantage of free trips… meals… accommodation… tickets to shows… invitations to museum openings? Why do people roll out the red carpet and treat travel writers with such respect… and prestige?

Actually, it's pretty easy to explain, once you understand how the system works.

You see, around the world, tourism generates $1.2 billion in spending per day, according to the World Tourism Organization. And competition for those tourist dollars is fierce—particularly now with the global economy in recession.

It's no wonder, then, that hotels… tour organizers… cruise lines… airlines… even local governments are willing to spend big bucks on travel writers—in hopes that they'll have a positive experience and write about it favorably in a magazine, newspaper, or newsletter.

The more articles are written about a place, the rationale goes, the more tourists will go there. More tourists mean more money… simple as that.

To give you a sense of the scale of this industry, consider The Bahamas. The estimated annual budget for the Ministry of Tourism there is $69 million. In New York City, the official tourism marketing organization has a budget of $14.5 million.

In those places—and elsewhere—a portion of those "tourism" funds is earmarked for wining and dining travel writers. (In the case of New York, that marketing organization's website actively caters to travel writers, offering to "arrange press passes for visitor destinations, coordinate press trips, and point you in the right direction to give you the information you need for your tourism related story.")
As you begin to get articles published, and your name becomes known in the business, you'll start to receive offers of hospitality.

Right now, for instance, I know of a tiny hotel on the Caribbean island of Antigua that's eager for media coverage and has put a call out to writers on assignment… offering them a complimentary stay under sunny skies and palm trees on a white sand beach.

There's a barge company in Europe that organizes luxury trips on the canals and small rivers of France, Scotland, Ireland, England, and Germany. Passengers stay in air-conditioned suites, enjoying spacious sundecks and elegant saloons. It's a week of pampering with a champagne welcome, wine with all the meals, an open bar, and daily excursions. Qualified travel writers are offered free on-board accommodation.

A tour company that designs hiking and walking vacations in the United States and Europe—week-long, guided excursions with nights spent at fine country inns and hotels—invites a handful of travel writers to join their trips at no cost.

"Loved the opportunity to write creatively again. Absolutely I would recommend this program…

I've been a copywriter for 30 years and feel like I've been reborn. Thank you." —Kathryn L.

The Other Way to Fly, Dine, and Stay… Money Free

Press trips aren't the only way writers travel without a cent. The truth is, well-established writers rarely pay their own way. If they aren't being treated to a press trip, the publication they're writing for picks up the tab.

At International Living, for instance, not only does the publisher send me around Europe on her dime, but in recent months she's paid for other writers to visit the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, and elsewhere. (Then on top of our travel expenses, she's paid us for our articles.)

Sure, you need a track-record—other articles you've written, called "clips" —before any editor is going to call you up and offer to pay for your trip.

But my point is: Once you've learned the secrets to producing the kinds of articles publications are looking for, you'll be well on your way to establishing a name for yourself. You'll be opening the door to a whole new life where you get to travel the world while somebody else pays your expenses… and then pays you to write about what you've seen and done.

The Quickest Way to Take Advantage
of This Fabulous Lifestyle

The easiest way to do all that is to start with The Ultimate Travel Writer's Program. You'll see immediately that it's not like any other writing program offered anywhere—university-based or correspondence.

You won't find anything lofty, vague, or fanciful in it. That's because it focuses on practical, proven-in-the-real-world techniques that Jen has used over the years as an editor to help travel writers produce better stories.

As one satisfied member put it:

"The information and examples included in your Travel Writers program were so good that I've landed an assignment with an international travel magazine even before completing all the program elements… I largely credit the program material for putting me firmly on the path to success in travel writing." —Larry L., Sugarland, TX

His is just one of many success stories:

Take Tim O'Rielly—a freelance photographer who travels regularly. He was looking for a way to get more mileage (and more money) out of his journeys, and travel writing seemed a good fit.
So he put the lessons he learned in the program to the test. Just two months after he completed the program, his first full-length feature article about travels in the Mayan World appeared in Vision Magazine. Since then, he's written two more cover stories for that publication (and sold his photos along with the stories).

Laura Gagnon, based in New York, has been successful, too. A bass player in a band by trade, she travels the world on tour and was looking for a way to spend her daytime, off-the-stage hours more productively.

She signed up for The Ultimate Travel Writer's Program, and now she has had two restaurant/lounge reviews published on www.sheckys.com, which is an online guide to nightlife in New York and LA. When the print edition of the guide came out, she was listed as a contributor. She said the editor was great to work with… and paid promptly.

In this program, you'll cover every technique, every secret—everything there is to know about how to have fun while you're writing articles that sell every time. For instance…

Learn the Tricks of the Trade the Pros Use

  • Thirteen ways to parlay your travel writer status into travel experiences most folks only dream about… stay at the world's best hotels, no charge… dine at exclusive restaurants, compliments of the chef… experience the world's best festivals, with a mayor's invite in hand… read the New York Times bestsellers before they hit the shelves… and more…
  • A fun, easy way to turn your journal entries into articles you can sell. Plus how to get them from inside your notebook to inside a glossy magazine… with your name right there under the headline.
  • The three most important things to remember when you're positioning yourself for offers of hospitality—ignore any of the three (as lots of people do) and you'll doom your chances of getting perks. But put them into practice, and you'll be traveling like a celebrity in no time.
  • The one person in your hometown you want to be sure knows your name… because—without question—she'll pass it on to the folks who can hand you paying assignments and free travel perks.
  • Train yourself to see story ideas in every place you look—on a cereal box, at a coffee shop, while you're gassing up your car—you'll never be at a loss for inspiration.
  • How you can use photos to immediately increase your article sales (and the dollar amount for each one)—and even develop a second income stream.
  • A simple four-step formula that makes it 100% more likely you'll land a by-line and a check.
  • Get the insider's list of what NOT to do (you'd be surprised at how many writers have no idea what makes editors crazy…)
  • A simple technique for tripling your travel writing income… with almost no additional work.
  • Write a five-sentence email that will put your name on the invite lists for gallery openings… private museum tours… resort galas… concerts… and more…
  • Travel to "forbidden" destinations… places like Cuba, for example, and experience them fully… even though most U.S. citizens couldn't get by the border patrol.
  • Play the best golf courses and ski the hottest slopes. You needn't be Tiger Woods to find yourself walking on at Carnoustie… and you don't have to ski bumps like Bode Miller to spend a few charmed days in Vail… Find out how to land a sweet deal for a fraction the usual rate, and possibly for no charge at all.

…and much, much more…

Freedom… and Unbelievable Fringe Benefits

Travel writing can become a full-time passion if you like, or merely something you do on the side… a way to justify a vacation and defray some of the costs, maybe write off your trip on your taxes.

However you approach it, you'll find you'll never travel like a tourist again. As part of a distinguished circle of trained travel writing professionals, you gain a "calling card" of sorts.

You see, when you tell people you're a travel writer, you'll discover that they will bend over backwards to ensure you enjoy your experience. Nothing's too much trouble.

You'll be taken in the VIP entrance… served the best meals… escorted to the most expensive seats… offered a private tour…

It's amazing really. It happens to me all the time when I'm on the road. And all you need to do to start living this romantic, adventure-filled life is master the techniques and secrets detailed in The Ultimate Travel Writer's Program.

A Highly Effective Learning System

In addition to guiding you through the secret structure that supports the best travel articles… and giving you all the tools you need to get your articles published… this program has you build several travel articles of your own as you work through the material.

No matter what your experience or writing level is, you'll find this an excellent way to get your first few pieces under your belt.

In fact, many members have sent their "assignments" off to editors, gotten them published, and earned a check in return. The success stories are impressive… like this one, for instance:

"Hayley Clarke from West Australia here. I completed The Ultimate Travel Writer's Program last year and I wrote to you 6 or so months ago and let you know I had my first clip published. I have just returned from an 8-day, all-expenses-paid, 5-star trip to Malaysia taking in Kuala Lumpur and Penang, courtesy of Tourism Malaysia. I went on behalf of that same magazine that published my first article. Seemingly they were so impressed with my style and professionalism that when this trip came up, my name simply popped into the senior editors head! I am now in the middle of writing my 4th article for them.

"I just wanted to say thank you for producing this fantastic program because without it I would've just melted into the crowd of freelancers that bombard editors' inboxes around the globe every day! In fact the Senior Editor of the magazine I have been writing for said that she gets hundreds of submissions a week - but thanks to The Ultimate Travel Writer's Program, my "Sales" letter stood head and shoulders above the rest! So thanks once again for everything! Kind regards."

And it's not just the program work alone that creates successes like that.

There's also an active message board online where members can share ideas, brainstorm, answer questions, and critique each other's writing. You aren't left alone to wonder if you're doing things right… you can simply ask. It's a way to connect with other budding writers who are as eager as you to enjoy the good life… and with people who are already having success and can share their own stories about what's worked for them…

Some Insider Help to Get Your First Assignment

Plus there's something else… something critical that further distinguishes this program from any other. Even though Jen—like me—works freelance these days, she maintains a close association with the powers that be at International Living (the publishing company that asked her to create this program in the first place)

They've agreed to give special consideration to articles written by members of The Ultimate Travel Writer's Program because they've seen the content and they know that it produces good travel writers. In other words, they'll put submissions from people who have completed the program on the top of their in-box pile. That's a foot-in-the-door if I ever saw one.

What it means is that you'll be working on a "live" assignment as you take the program—not some made-up homework exercise. And when your article is done, you can send it directly to the editors at International Living.

If they like it, they'll publish it… complete with your by-line. And pay you, too.

It's a fantastic opportunity to get your first story under your belt, get over the "hump" of having your first "clip" published with your name on it so you can start building your new career… and enjoying all the prestige and perks that come with it…

"I got a huge amount out of the program! In fact, IL has very kindly published an e-postcard." An Oxford Afternoon" already. It is definitely a psychological kick-start for me, so I'll keep going. I'm enjoying this so much." —Jean F.

Your Travel Writing Career Could Start Here… Today

The powerful secrets, hands-on experience, real-life contacts… and the great potential to improve your lifestyle make this the most unique program ever offered to travel writers.

You'll gain all the tools you need—all the how-to information about what to say to an editor (and how to say it)… insider's tricks to landing plum assignments… how to find the best publications for your articles… and more.

So you won't just come away from this program with the writing skills you need… you'll also know exactly how to take an article from the "idea" stage all the way through to the pages of a magazine… and get paid, too.

While other would-be writers are spending thousands of dollars attending "Professional Writing Courses," seminars, and conferences at colleges and universities, you'll be way ahead of the pack working on an actual assignment. Plus, you'll have an inside advantage.

And it won't cost you thousands of dollars.

I'll give you all the details in a moment, but first let me share one more opportunity with you. It's another way for you to get paid again for a single trip you take… something I do all the time.

Enroll Now and Learn Another Way to
Make Money As You Travel

Open up any magazine, and what do you find yourself looking at first?

That's right. Pictures. Photographs!

There's a simple reason. No matter how compelling and interesting the writing might be… photos help grab a reader's attention.

Now, as a travel writer, you usually won't have to worry about providing photographs for the major publications.

But some publications will pay you handsomely for the right pictures. And I've discovered that when I can offer an editor a full package—article with photos—it's often a much more persuasive pitch. I feel certain that some of my articles wouldn't have been published so quickly and easily had I not had the pictures to illustrate them.

Plus, photos can really up your income. A freelancer I know, David Morgan, traveled all across Asia for six months. He dined with the Privy Counsel to the King of Thailand… met the late Mother Teresa… shook hands with the Dalai Lama. He took a week-long, four-wheel-drive journey across Tibet. He went trout fishing in a pristine mountain stream in Bumburet, a hidden valley in the Hindu Kush. He also got to see secret religious ceremonies rarely witnessed by outsiders.

The icing on the cake was that he got a profitable book deal on the photos from his trip. Not only did his connections SAVE him money, but he actually MADE money… over $6,000!

Agree to take a look at The Ultimate Travel Writer's Program now, and you'll also receive AWAI's insider's guide to photojournalism, called Money-Making Travel Photography (a $24.50 value), free. This lucrative bonus program contains all of the secrets you need to know about taking profitable photographs—secrets used by some of the top photojournalists in the world.

You'll learn everything you need to begin taking photos that will bring in checks that are complete gravy… find out the simplest and best camera to take with you (you don't want to be lugging a trunk full of equipment like some nature photographers)… how to use time of day… create a mood… how to photograph people… and so on.

Plus, it will divulge all the insider's secrets to getting your photos published.

Money-Making Travel Photography is a unique mini-program specially created for travel writers. It's just one more way to ratchet up your income as you travel the world. And it's yours FREE when you sign up for The Ultimate Travel Writer's Program today.

What Is This Stimulating Travel Career Worth to You?

It took me over a decade of trial-and-error to learn all the lessons included in this program. If I were just starting out now, I'd be willing to pay thousands of dollars for the secrets, techniques, and industry contacts it provides.

It's certainly worth that… when you think about the freedom, the money, and the adventures that come with being a successful travel writer. (Plus it's clear to me from my own experience that, even with a four-figure price tag, this program could quickly pay for itself many times over in money-free travel and paid-for articles.)

But in fact, all you have to pay to get started is $45. After that, you will be billed just $35 a month for each of 7 installments that follow. That means you can begin this exclusive program for less than $50.

"Jen is absolutely wonderful—there is an astounding amount of information." —Amanda S.

Just think… for less than the price of a domestic,
round-trip airline ticket, you could begin a
completely new life as a travel writer

Here's something else to keep in mind. If you have any trips planned this year—or even if you decide to do some sightseeing closer to home—now is one of the best times in recent years to start your new travel-writing career.

With nothing but bad news splashed across the front pages of newspapers and magazines worldwide—a mess in Iraq, terrorist attacks worldwide, a plummeting economy—people are looking for a way to escape. But they aren't venturing to such far-flung destinations as they did a few years back.

According to the International Air Transport Association, air travel is down 8.7% from this time last year. But car-based trips are on the rise—up 3%, the Travel Industry Association of America reports. And publishers, tuned into that trend, are looking for stories about where their readers can escape closer to home.

In other words, it's never been cheaper and easier for you to get started. You can get published—and paid—very quickly, just by writing about places and things to do near your own hometown.

How to Put the Odds of Success Clearly in Your Favor

Our long-term success is tied to you—to the success you have in turning your travel experiences into articles you're paid for and offers of hospitality you enjoy on the cheap or even for free.

Here's how it works: The more folks like you who begin to earn money from your travels, the better we look and the more "in demand" our programs become.

It's as simple as that.

That's why our office walls are covered in framed letters from the dozens and dozens of people who have changed their lives through one of our programs. We are very proud of our record so far.

Every time we get another unsolicited testimonial, it makes us all think, "This is why we like our jobs!"

We are proud of our success and hopeful it will continue. But we have a challenge. You see, a large percentage of the people who buy our programs don't do much more than open the package, skim through it, and put it on a shelf, promising themselves they will "get to it later."

Given how busy everyone is these days, this is to be expected. But when eight out of ten buyers are not following through on the program, it makes us look bad. When asked, "How many of those people who buy your program end up turning a profit on their photos?" we have to answer honestly, "Too few."

But that's a good thing for you if you are one of the 20% persistent enough to complete the program and put what you learn into practice.

If you're willing to stick with us, complete the program and work on building your travel-writing skills day by day, then your chances of turning your trips into publishable stories for newspapers, magazines, and online publications are very good. And so are your chances of capitalizing on that track record to cash in on great perks. We know this because that's what our most successful members have told us—they had a strong desire to succeed, and we gave them all the tools they needed to do it.

So take heart—if you have the determination to stay with us, we have the program that will help you succeed. And it goes without saying that whatever you do, your 100% satisfaction is 100% guaranteed.

A 100% Rock-Solid, No-Risk Guarantee

Sign up for the program today, and examine your first installment for 30 days. If you decide within that time that the life of a travel writer isn't for you, simply let AWAI know by phone, fax or email and they'll issue you a full refund. It's that simple. No questions asked. Money-Making Travel Photography is yours to keep, no matter what.

After the initial 30-day period if, for any reason, you want to stop receiving installments of the program, again, just call and let AWAI know. They will discontinue your enrollment immediately.

Frankly, they get so few returns, it's a piece of cake to handle the handful that decide travel writing isn't for them.

For less than the cost of a single college credit—and without any of the risk—you can be on your way to one of the most life-fulfilling careers there is.

To my mind, it's an incredibly modest investment today… for the skills that can deliver a lifestyle most people will only ever dream about. Can you really afford to ignore this opportunity?

If you've ever dreamed about the romantic life of a travel writer… of getting paid to explore the world… here's your chance to actually live it.

Wishing you good travels… with all the perks,


Steenie Harvey
Freelance Travel Writer

P.S. One more great thing about being a travel writer: It enables you to live anywhere in the world.

I know one writer who calls Paris' Latin Quarter home and writes frequently from a round-top table at his favorite corner café. Another enjoys the big-city hustle from her Manhattan studio. Still another writes from a restored colonial-era home in a small town in Nicaragua. A fourth enjoys the peaceful, friendly setting of her Colorado hometown.

P.P.S. Also, as soon as you order, you'll receive The Right Way to Travel e-letter at no charge. In it you'll hear from seasoned writer and editor colleagues, professionals ready to share with you their in-the-trenches know-how… Plus you'll get profiles of publications looking for contributors, places you can land a by-line and a check… And we'll send you all sorts of practical guidance, like insider's tricks to landing plum assignments… how to find the best publications for your first travel article… and more…

 
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