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I am keen to pursue travel journalism

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I am in Std X. I am keen to pursue travel journalism but I’m not sure how to go about it. I want to study it in a foreign university and I would also like to know if it is a bright career option.
Sejal Sharma

Becoming a travel journalist can be a fun, exciting, and rewarding career! But it is hard work and the pay isn’t always great either. Forget fantasies of being sent around the world on an assignment with a huge commission, all expenses paid, and having endless days lolling on the beach or people-watching in cafes! Very few publications pay freelancers’ travel expenses (and getting a full-time writing or editing job with a major travel publication is just not going to happen until you have years of experience, and even then, chances are slim). You will start small.

There is no course available in India specifically for travel journalism. You should do graduation in journalism and then look for jobs in the travel sector/journals. You may consider an online course specifically for travel journalism (as well as travel photography) such as MatadorU (matadoru.com) which can open the right doors.

Another option is to do a professional writing course (instead of journalism) and look for writing jobs. Start writing for travel magazines or for newspapers covering travel news. Otherwise, you can get into web writing and work for various travel websites like Makemytrip.com, yatra.com, travelguru.com, etc.

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Dr Vibha Gupta, a feature writer, is a Ph.D. in Mathematics from IIT Roorkee. Her book Careers: A Pathfinder and articles in various publications are an attempt to guide students in choosing a career according to their natural strengths, talents and skills.

Dr Vibha Gupta

Dr Vibha Gupta, a feature writer, is a Ph.D. in Mathematics from IIT Roorkee. Her book Careers: A Pathfinder and articles in various publications are an attempt to guide students in choosing a career according to their natural strengths, talents and skills.