$770 (plus perks) from one inflight magazine article.

By Mark Andrews

Great Escape Publishing. 21/12/2014

As a travel writer, your main costs are getting to the destination, accommodation, and, to a lesser extent, entrance fees to attractions.

Unless you can get yourself on an all-expenses-paid press trip, you are unlikely to be able to save on transportation. So, one workaround is to write a lot of articles based on your locality.

I’m based in Shanghai, China, and so local for me is anywhere within an easy train or bus ride. I saw an alert one day on TravMedia from the editor of Tiger Tales, the inflight of Tigerair, looking for someone to do an article on Ningbo, and I jumped at the chance to explore a city I hadn’t visited before. Less than a two-hour journey and $30 bullet train ride away, it was easy to cover the expense.

Unfortunately this article is no longer available on the website.

Mark Andrews has written about everything from Japanese houses to heli hikes on New Zealand glaciers, test drives of Chinese cars to bar and restaurant reviews. He currently specialises in travel articles and reviews of Chinese cars plus articles about the Chinese auto industry.

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