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Try to pitch under-radar destinations, or interesting things happening in those places. So a psychedelic therapy retreat in Amsterdam, yes. A new spa hotel in Paris, no. An Inuit Festival in northern Canada, yes. Coachella, no.
Think about things happening or opening in your local area which might not be covered by mainstream publications. Travel journalism doesn’t have to mean a beach in the Maldives, it could be wood-fired hot tubs in Wales.
When you get to a place – even if you’re only there on holiday – immerse yourself in it. Talk to waiters, bartenders, people you meet at bus stops. Read local listings guides and magazines. This is how you find the spots that aren’t on TripAdviser.
Avoid travel writing clichés. “Hidden Gem”, “crystal clear”, “bustling”. As a general rule, if you wouldn’t use that word when talking to a friend, don’t use it.
Show the editor why they have to cover this particular place now. Maybe an upcoming movie was filmed here. Maybe there’s an anniversary of a famous book written about this place. Maybe they have an exciting new festival coming up.