Online publications

For a focus on paying travel magazines, check out this MatadorU resource.

THINK Global School blog

We are always looking for stories or articles that highlight place-based learning, our core values, innovative tech use in learning, the educational value of travel, and thought leadership from our community. Email with your article and accompanying images, and he will help proofread and format the appropriate content.

Huffington Post

TGS as an organization has contributor status on Huffington Post, and we are always looking for stories and articles that highlight the topics above at an even deeper level. We are looking for original connections made across subjects, locations, and world issues. See Lee's best practices for HuffPo, and email with any writing you feel fits those standards.

The Culture-ist

The Culture-ist is a media platform and a movement for social good that revolves around a global community of storytellers, travelers, dreamers and changemakers. To contribute, you don’t have to be a professional writer or photographer, you can be a student, an expat or just someone who is passionate about culture, travel, food, philanthropy, women’s issues, sustainable initiatives or innovative small businesses doing awesome things. Here are their FAQs about submitting work.

Matador Network

Matador is the world's largest independent travel publication with a variety of focuses such as living abroad, study abroad, photo essays and videos, conceptual travel, and listicles. They receive a lot of submissions, and they pay $40 per accepted article. It's very important that you submit an article or story with an original spin/angle rather than repeating an idea they've already published. Search their website before submitting, and be sure to include a link to your Flickr account for available imagery. The link above directs to their submission requirements.

World Hum

This site, created by the Travel Channel, claims to house the best travel stories on the internet. If you have a first person narrative, a travel rant or rave, an interview with a travel-related person, or an audio/photo/video experience to share of top quality, World Hum should be an ideal home for it. If you would like to contribute, paste your completed essay or article as well as a brief bio into the body of an email (no attachments) and send it to Writing submissions should be no more than 1,500 words.

Passion Passport

Whether your strength is in travel writing or photography, they would love to work with you and help share your story with the Passion Passport community. It could be a photo of the day, a travel story you’ve written, a collection of photos, or just an idea you’d like to discuss. Submit your work using their contributor form, and be sure to check their FAQs before doing so.

National Geographic Traveler

Traveler's publishing goals are to find the new, to showcase fresh travel opportunities, to be an advocate for travelers. Traveler's tag line is "Nobody knows this world better," and accordingly, a Traveler story must capture a place's essence in a way that inspires readers to follow in the writer's footsteps—and equip them to do so with useful destination information. Generally, we are interested in places accessible to most travelers, not just the intrepid or wealthy. The types of destinations we cover vary widely, from mainstream to adventure travel.

The New York Times Op-Ed

Why not try for the NYT? Articles typically run from 400 to 1,200 words, but submissions of any length will be considered. All submissions must be original, and exclusive to The Times. Submissions may be sent by e-mail to If you do not hear from them within three business days, please assume that they will not be able to use your article. You should then feel free to offer it elsewhere.


Slow Travel Stockholm / Berlin

STS and STB focus on travel stories from those who stick around a little longer, rather than people just passing through. They are looking for pieces from these cities but from a unique, deeper perspective.


Wandering Educators

If you're a teacher, this could be a great community to post your thoughts on the marriage of travel and education. This is a global community of informed, engaged educators who share their travel experiences, explore their fellow wandering educators’ travel experiences, and dialogue about international education and travel.


Medium is a community of readers and writers offering unique perspectives on ideas large and small. With the right title and tags, you could reach a new audience by posting on Medium in addition to your portfolio.

If you feel like this could really be your "thing," MatadorU has also shared a resource called 11 Secrets of being a Travel Journalist in 2014.