Travel Writers Field Guide

The world is full of stories: write them.

But it’s more than just a book: it’s also a podcast, live talks, newsletters, a website, it’s a way of life. Storytelling is a letter home, a blog, a diary, a Tweet or Instagram post, a tale in a pub. This is a guide for anyone who travels. It is travel.

So, what is it? It is principally a book: An inspirational reference guide to best practice in travel writing, how to write well, how to get published, with tips and advice from magazine editors, bloggers, award-winning journalists and broadcasters. We also wanted something that was beautiful, inspirational, rugged, something that we’d want to carry with us on our travels, and flick through when we’re struggling to write a great intro, when we need a nugget of advice from a master, when we are looking for some inspiration or get lazy.

Whether you are an established travel writer or editor, a blogger, an avid diary-keeper or just launching your career in combining writing and travelling, we think the Travel Writer’s Field Guide is for you. It will take writers, bloggers, broadcasters, students through the steps from taking notes on the road, to planning, pitching and creating the writing that people will want to read and editors will want to publish.

This beautifully illustrated and photographed 248-page book is designed thrown into a rucksack and to be taken on the road, whether that’s Bath or Bolivia. It is printed on exceptional paper with a rugged 300gsm canvas finish cover and measures 170mm x 240mm.




How to Take Notes on The Road
Taking notes ‘To lose a passport was the least of one’s worries: to lose a notebook was a catastrophe. In Read more.
It’s Not Just About Magazines
By Daniel Nielson Think travel writing, and your mind skips immediately to magazines, perhaps books, but there are many, many Read more.
Writing A Book
By Daniel Nielson Before you write your first book it’s easy to imagine that the process is wonderfully romantic: locking Read more.
Travel Writer’s Field Guide: How to write for the internet
By John Summerton The internet is a tool to wield. For some areas of travel writing, it hands-down beats print. Read more.
Travel Writer’s Field Guide: How to start your travel blog
Words by Daniel Nielson A blog is not a passion, but the manifestation of one. The blog is a platform Read more.
The Travel Writers Field Guide: City of Contrasts
@danieljneilson In this blog post, we look at one of the most challenging areas of writing and especially travel writing, Read more.
The Travel Writer’s Field Guide: Structuring Stories
Words by Daniel Nielson ‘A basic error with travel writing is assuming everybody’s interested. You have to work from exactly Read more.
The Travel Writer’s Field Guide: On The Road
By Daniel Nielson In the latest blog post from the team behind the Travel Writer’s Field Guide, we cover how Read more.

This is just the start of our series of blogs working with the Wilderness Conspiracy, to bring you invaluable tips and inspiration to write about your travels. Don’t forget to keep coming back for the latest one.

Meet The Wilderness Conspiracy

The Wilderness Conspiracy is a group of award-winning writers, photographers, presenters and omni-platform influencers working across a wide range of digital and traditional media channels within the outdoor, travel and adventure industry.

DANIEL NEILSON
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PHOEBE SMITH
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JOHN SUMMERTON
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Daniel Neilson is a freelance writer and editor specialising in adventure travel. He has edited more than 20 guidebooks for Time Out and contributed to national newspapers and magazines including The Guardian, National Geographic Traveller, Wanderlust and Sidetracked. He edited The Great Outdoors magazine for more three years and is currently the online and gear editor of Sidetracked. His recent book Wild Pub Walks for CAMRA Books is out now.

Phoebe Smith is an award-winning editor, writer and photographer. She is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and for the last three years an Ordnance Survey #GetOutside Champion. Several of her films have been shortlists for Travel Media Awards. She is a regular contributor to BBC Breakfast, and other BBC radio and TV shows and is the author of 8 books on exploring the British wilderness including the best-selling Extreme Sleeps and Wilderness Weekends.

John is the founder, producer and designer of Sidetracked – an adventure travel magazine with an unmatched reputation for high quality, authentic adventure storytelling in print and digital form. He is an award winning graphic designer and has been the project manager and creator for a range of premium-quality, inspiring multichannel campaigns for tourist boards and gear brands.

DANIEL NEILSON

Daniel Neilson is a freelance writer and editor specialising in adventure travel. He has edited more than 20 guidebooks for Time Out and contributed to national newspapers and magazines including The Guardian, National Geographic Traveller, Wanderlust and Sidetracked. He edited The Great Outdoors magazine for more three years and is currently the online and gear editor of Sidetracked. His recent book Wild Pub Walks for CAMRA Books is out now.

PHOEBE SMITH

Phoebe Smith is an award-winning editor, writer and photographer. She is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and for the last three years an Ordnance Survey #GetOutside Champion. Several of her films have been shortlists for Travel Media Awards. She is a regular contributor to BBC Breakfast, and other BBC radio and TV shows and is the author of 8 books on exploring the British wilderness including the best-selling Extreme Sleeps and Wilderness Weekends.

JOHN SUMMERTON

John is the founder, producer and designer of Sidetracked – an adventure travel magazine with an unmatched reputation for high quality, authentic adventure storytelling in print and digital form. He is an award winning graphic designer and has been the project manager and creator for a range of premium-quality, inspiring multichannel campaigns for tourist boards and gear brands.