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Writer’s Guidelines

Submitting an Article

Thank you for your interest in contributing to TheSavvyExplorer.com. We welcome pitches from new and established writers who are passionate about travel. We do ask that you review the Writers’ Guidelines below, as well as content in the various categories you are interested in, before pitching us a story.

***Please note, we only accept pitches, not full-length articles.

Writer’s Guidelines:

TheSavvyExplorer.com publishes stories that are descriptive pieces of destinations full of practical advice for travelers, with an emphasis on how to get the best value for the dollar. Our concentration is on cities and destinations frequented by Americans. Our categories include City Guides, Eat & Drink, The Art Trail, Off the Beaten Path, the Footsteps of History and Country Getaways.

Our articles are a resource for someone to rely on while he or she visits a destination, likely for the first time. The reader is generally going to be from 25 to 45 years old and independent enough to explore on their own. They will be somewhat adventurous and looking for ways to stretch their money. Our motto is “for the traveler with more dash than cash.”

Stories need to be informative and full of useful tips – e.g. how to have a enjoyable experience and avoid some of the usual pitfalls. They should focus on value – this does not mean we feature cheap places such as hostels but rather nice hotels that are reasonably priced (target $100 – $250 a night, or less depending on location), good restaurants that don’t cost a lot of money, tips on days when museums are free, etc. One example of giving readers value is that when in Europe, they can visit high-end Michelin-starred restaurants for affordable, prix fixe lunches. Whenever possible, we want to emphasize how you can have touches of luxury without spending a lot of money.

Every story has a “lead” that provides the hook for readers to click through. A good lead makes the reader click through even if they have no interest in traveling to the place you are writing about. Make sure your lead is no more than two sentences and ideally only one.

We do ask that you provide a couple of photos along with your piece. These should be clear representations of a place. Photos are a great tool as they help catch the readers’ attention – meaning you attract more readers to your story. Review a few articles in the category you are interested in writing for. This will give you the clearest idea of what we look for. Also, articles tend to be heavily edited. You should expect the process to take a few weeks to complete. Prior to publishing your article, we require an executed contract. We will cover all postage relating to mailing you hardcopies of the contract.

Point of View:

  • Every article should have context – either what’s happening now, history, that it’s an old stand-by, etc. This will be determined by the place you are covering and may be added by your editor
  • Opinionated but not hyper-critical – you should give a fair assessment of the experience, concentrating on the positive but not overlooking rip-offs or negative experiences
  • Authoritative – people need to trust our site and the info we provide, double-check your info!
  • The piece is not about your personal experience but rather about what an experience in a place likely entails – do not use “I” but an occasional “you” is fine

Queries

We accept pitches only at editor (at) thesavvyexplorer.com. Please do not send full articles as they will be returned to you. We will contact you within two weeks of your pitch to let you know its status.

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