Travel Writers Paid 15 Dollars per Article 2010

So you want to be a Travel Writer, an Artist, maybe a Musician, my nephews wants to be work on Movies. They are out in California trying to make a go of it. My friend Chris Johns from Cebu, says he is in Hollywood producing a movie.

Los Angeles Times Article

I sure hope that link works, if not, somebody cover my back and do a paste. The articles name is “Freelance Writing’s Unfortunate New Model.” (My new Smartphone Model for Blogging still has some kinks, copying and pasting links is problematic.)

Sosua, Dominican Republic --- Tuesday, January 12, 2010
By Andy Graham of
Travel Gear

True Believers
I call Writers, Artists, Dancers, Musicians, and any of the Artsy group, the happy people, the “True Believers.” A group of people who have the faith, they believe they are special, they believe they will make it against all odds.

Making Money is Over Valued
Everyone I know on planet earth works, and eats, you will not be able to avoid work. I want my nephews to dream, I want them to chase the dream, but I also want them to never quit, staying the course. As their Uncle I do my best to discourage them, tell them the facts, prepare them for the real world, and help if possible. Eventually, they will have a stable job, or they will be pitched aside after someone bleeds them dry of all their energy. They will do what they want to do, this is good.

The Money Model
You will work for nothing, almost free, and eventually you will make it, or NOT.

Secret to Success
Start your own company, work for three years for no money, eight hours per day, then after four years you will make money. Or, you will need to give up and accept, you are not going to make it, and become a teacher.

Teach How to Succeed
This is the end game, this is what people who cannot make do, and they go teach.

Follow Proven Success
Truly is easy to succeed, find a person or company that is a proven success. Then copy everything for about two years, then split away and do it better. Or better yet, work for the
Companies until you know how to steal all their ideas, and then split away.

I think I am looking for writers and photographers. I have a muse, an idea, as for now it has never comes to past. I think to myself, I will allow people to come travel with me for a month. This person would have the ability to bleed me dry, to quickly figure out my methods.

Problem with this Model
The true believers normally believe from day one they can do it better than the Pros, it takes them three years of going broke, before they learn to listen. The great part, everyone ends up at the same place, just a different path.

The road less traveled is a lot more interesting than a well-worn path.

Travel Website Model
Do not write, digest a lot of writings by wanna be travel writers, do not pay them, just make money from their talent. Promise them, you will be rich and famous, this is the model.

Travel Writers Paid 15 Dollars per Article 2010


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Hola Andy te escribo para saludarte y desearte mucha felicidad y muchos éxitos en tu vida personal y tu carrera, felicitaciones por el exelente trabajo que haces y gracias por hacernos conocer el mundo a travez de tu pagina, recibe un cordial saludo de toda la familia, Atentamente, Mar y Sol Latorre

Noticed the Title Change.

I located your site by goggling "budget", as I am researching the,"How To's", of traveling on a tight budget.

That said,I wish you luck with your new Tag Line.

K.C. in Cold Ontario Canada

BTW, enjoy beautiful D.R. The people are refreshing when you can get away from the "international areas".

This is true. The travel writer life seems romantic until you do it. It is a matter of supply and demand: there are tons of quality writers who want to be travel writers. So they don't get paid anything, they must write crap to make any money at all. Even the real pros make next to nothing for the garbage they write, while anything that is actually interesting is not publishable.

I think I published around 8 articles in print. I think I may have gotten paid $500 total for this. People will work for any amount of money if they can do what they enjoy.


Hey Andy,

You hit the nail on the head today about artist and teaching. I'm a photographer and am still resisting the need to teach. I've been reading your travel comments for about 5 years and very rarely post comments but today you nailed it! Looking forward to tomorrow.

Hobo says...I will allow people to come travel with me for a month. This person would have the ability to bleed me dry, to quickly figure out my methods.

Chuck long as we don't have to get up before Noon and there is room service I'm your man.


I heard there was a pretty earthquake. Be safe and watch out of Tsunamis!

I felt a big shifting, what felt like a strange one, it happened about 20 minutes ago, maybe at about 6:10 pm, DR time. I was as if the top part of the land was sliding, it was not a rumble. I thought i was dizzy, ran outside and stood, I have no desire to be inside a concrete building.

yep posted comment on post before

Major quake rocks Haiti hospital collapses
Magnitude 7 temblor hits west of capital no word on casualties

Major quake prompts tsunami watch for parts of Caribbean

hope no problem


Good Move Andy getting out of the building.

That should be rule number #1 Get TFO of a 3rd world concrete building during a earth quake.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - A powerful magnitude 7 quake struck Haiti on Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. A hospital collapsed and people were screaming for help.

The quake was centered about 10 miles west of the Caribbean nation's capital, Port-au-Prince. It had very shallow at a depth of only 6.2 miles, the USGS said.

God is on your trail. Escape is futile. Unless you follow the Hobo.

Hi there,
i found your site this morning whilst searching for information on the haiti website. After reading about your stay at the orphanage i felt the need to check that the orphange is ok following this disaster.
It must be terrible and very challenging for Greg and Jasmine to live in Haiti with the risks associated. It takes a very brave and dedicated type of person to dedicate their life to the care of another.
i should imagine that a disaster such as the earthquake is really not what is needed but i hope that they stay positive and continue with their excellent work. They are truly inspirational.

i hope that your travels continue to wonderful places and that you continue to explore the lives and loves of many people around the world.

i shall keep following your travels and wish you luck.

Victoria, UK

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