TravelingMom is the leading independent family travel website. We pay for assigned posts with a strong “we’ve been there” vibe. We want writers who are moms and grandmoms, sisters, daughters, and significant others who have, well, been there. We are always looking for high quality writers who share our passion for family travel, kids, social media and inspiring others to travel, with and without their kids.
What Do I Need to Do to Write for TravelingMom?
The first step is easy. You apply. Fill out this form. Your application will be reviewed and we’ll let you know.
The next step is an interview with our Pulitizer Prize-nominated editor, Cindy Richards.
The final step is all about the paperwork — contracts and forms and all that.
Then the fun starts — traveling and writing about it for TravelingMom!
What We Look for in a Great TravelingMom Post:
1) A BFF voice. Tell us about the topic the way you would tell your best friend. What works? What doesn’t? What are your insider tips? What do you wish you had known before you went? Include your personal experience, the ages of the your kids and tell us what kind of traveler you are. As in, “This 1000-foot bungy jump was not even the most exhilerating one I’ve tried in my 25 years of adventure travel.” Or, “Just looking up at the hill made made my fear of heights kick in big time.” Include lots of authenticity, context and insights into what your kids liked or did not like about it. Our motto is “We’ve been there.” We want the posts to reflect that.
2) 800-1200 words. Include a summary/teaser paragraph at the top of the post giving readers a synopsis of the gems they will discover if they read on.
3) Minimum of 5 photos and a Pin. Edit your absolute best photo — the brightest colors, biggest smiles and bluest skies — to 2400×1200 horizontal. Write a caption and photo credit for each photo. Note that we can only run original photos taken by you or given to you by the destination or company you are covering in the post. We cannot run photos that were downloaded from the web without the express written permission of the photographer. The Pin must be 600×900 vertical.
4) At least 2 links to other posts on TravelingMom or TravelingDad. You may also include external links to the destination, hotel or product or to your own site.
5) Use short sentences, short paragraphs and subheads every 2-3 paragraphs.
6) A disclosure. We follow FTC rules. If you are writing about something you got comped or at a reduced rate in return for a review, it must be disclosed.
7) Writer bio. This should be a pithy 2-3 sentences about you. A link to your personal site is fine.
After Your Post is Published on TravelingMom
This is where you prove your social media chops, which is just as important at TravelingMom as your travel expertise and your reporting and writing abilities. Promote your post via your personal networks. While this is not the only reason we might ask you to become a permanent member of the TravelingMom Writer Group, readers’ response to your posts matters. Do the posts get hits? Comments?
After your third guest post is published, you will become an official member of the TravelingMom Writers Group. That gives you first dibs on assignments and press trips. It also gives you access to the many tools and resources we offer writers, from educational webinars on SEO to templates that make it super easy to make great Pins.