Guest Post Guidelines

guest post guidelines



I do not sell links but I do accept guest posts at both and I would go further to say that some of the best posts we have on the site were written by other travel bloggers, travel journalists, and travelers. None were written by an offshore SEO team.

I am very very busy now that I have gone back to work full-time. I am doing 2 travel blogs and 4 podcasts so I could use some guest posts, but really I am looking for 1 or 2 good posts a week. I get pitched at least 100 times a week. So just know that I am looking for a reason to say quickly no to 99 people a week. So if you want me to say yes I want to believe you have read these guidelines. 

Links for Bloggers and Travelers

If you want a link back to an article on your blog that’s fine. To bloggers, I offer one link back (do-follow) per thousand words of content.

Links for Companies

I have some additional requirements for companies.

  • I offer one relevant link back (do-follow) per article counting a link in the author bio
  • I do not accept links for casinos and outline gambling, marijuana, essay writing services
  • I want to see only one link in your article, but feel free to include a list of other suggested links.


I do not currently charge per link nor per post. I do charge if you want me to write an article. If you don’t have a good writer you can pay me to write the article or pay me to find you a writer $250+. 


I need to make sure I have a legal right to use any photos. Don’t bother sending me photos you don’t own. I can find creative commons licensed or public domain photos if I need to. One of the reasons that I like to see photos, even bad photos, is that it increases my confidence that the author has been to the destination they are writing about. 

What I am looking for

I looking for posts of 2000+ words. 

What I am looking for is good travel writing articles.

  1. The stories have to have a point
  2. They need to be written in such as fashion as not to need a lot of editing since I don’t have time for that
  3. Posts can either be destination pieces (a trip that others could also take) or essays but I strongly prefer destination-based content
  4. They need to be on a destination the writer has personally visited
  5. Stories should not have appeared elsewhere
  6. I am looking for articles that are helpful to readers that they will read for 2 minutes or more

See What Makes Good Travel Writing? and Improve Your Writing – Tell A Story

How to get rejected

  • Lie to me. Tell me that you loved reading a post and then include a link to a podcast episode.
  • Have poor English in your pitch letter.
  • Get your facts wrong. Tell me that the Woodstock festival was held in Woodstock NY. Tell me that surfing is good in the North Beach neighborhood of San Francisco.
  • Be generic. Be vague. “There are lots of great museums in the city”. Oh? Like what?
  • Have bad writers. If you don’t have a good writer you can pay me to write the article or pay me to find you a writer. $250+
  • Send me a completed article without me approving your pitch ahead of time.
  • If you write back asking questions clearly answered here, I will ignore you.

What to pitch

  • I am unlikely to say yes if you pitch me great places to see in the World or the U.S.
  • I am more likely if you pitch me things to see in a specific state, especially California
  • But I am even more likely if you pitch me great museums in Los Angeles for families or favorite California State parks for history lovers. Get specific.
  • Include some keyword research that shows me why the post will be good for my blog to make me really love you.

Show me you read to this part of the instructions. Include the password “I can follow instructions” as the first line of your reply or don’t expect to hear back from me.


  1. You can submit a story via email to
  2. Please include a two-line bio for the author of the article. My biography, for instance, is: “Chris Christensen is the creator of the Amateur Traveler blog and podcast, and a co-host for This Week in Travel podcast.”
  3. Make sure you have a gravatar at which is registered with the email of the author.
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