The Truth About Being a Travel Writer Michelle Gross
When I tell people what I do for a living it’s often met with one of two reactions. The first, and something I hear more and more these days is “Oh! I love to travel and I’ve always wanted to be a travel writer, how can I do it?” I literally get this question all the time. And don’t get me wrong, it’s great meeting likeminded people who share a love and passion for travel, so it’s not something I take personally or am offended by. Yes, I get how looking at my Insta or Facebook can seem like it’s all sunshine and pina colada’s on the beach for these perfect #instaready moments. But here’s the reality: it’s not all sunshine and sugary drinks. It’s working seven days a week, sometimes on long bus rides or wherever you can grab free Wi-Fi on the road, at weird hours, pitching, following up on pitching, writing. More pitching. It comes with a fair share of rejection, egos, flight delays and long layovers, missing friend’s birthdays and special occasions. Those things don’t make my IG feed though. They would be sad and frankly not sexy and no one wants to see that. All that said, being a travel writer is, in my opinion a tremendous privilege and something I wouldn’t trade or change for a second. It’s fun and crazy and exhausting and a constant roller coaster of emotions that lets you travel and eat and experience people and places that you may not otherwise be able to. I love it, highs and lows, smiles and cries.
That was what I told Anabella Brito, a Freshman at Valencia College in Orlando, Florida when she interviewed me recently. Anabella said she was interested in becoming a journalist and wanted to know if I had any advice or insight that I could share. I was on the road at the moment but asked her to email me her questions and I’d see what I could do. She sent over a few questions: ‘What drove you to become a journalist,’ ‘what’s something you weren’t expecting that comes with the job,’ and ‘what advice could you give to where it is I haven’t had the chance to go but would like to.’ All of Anabella’s questions are good ones and I spent a fair amount of time crafting my response to her. I’m also still on a journey of self-discovery and while I don’t have it all figured out just yet, I do know that I love and am so passionate about my job, and I hope that this site will be a space for me to share my travels more candidly and