So You Wanna Be a Traveling Dad
Do you recall the time when you wrote that article showing the world exactly who you were as a dad, which along the way yielded valuable tips about parenting and traveling?
Remember that? No? Then maybe it’s been too long since you moved someone – including you – with your writing. Or maybe it hasn’t happened yet.
In that case, Traveling Dad, a place where parenting and travel intersect in ways entirely unique to the dads who write for us, could be a place for you.
Traveling Dad, to put it in a more mission statement sort of way, is, like its sister website Traveling Mom, a leading independent family travel website.
And we pay for assigned posts that dispense useful travel information through the prism of your unique point of view as a dad.
(By the way, if you’re unclear about what your unique dad POV is or haven’t given it much thought, that’s one of the first things our team of talented editors will help you with, free of charge.)
Who Is a Traveling Dad?
We want writers who are dads and granddads, brothers, sons, and significant others who have, well, been there, done that. Who can report on it without our having to hold your hand every step of the way (though we are expert at hand holding when you need it).
We want quality writers who share our passion for family travel, kids, and social media. Who through their writing can help fellow traveling dads (and moms) do every kind of travel – family travel, business travel, solo travel, multi-generational travel, guy getaways and, a fan favorite, traveling without kids – better.
What Do I Need to Do to Write for Traveling Dad?
It’s a three-step process:
We’ll review your application. We hope it won’t come as a galloping shock that we’d like you to have some background as a family travel writer. We’ll ask you to demonstrate, through travel websites, personal blogs, video channels, and social media (yes, we’d like to see what you consider exemplary social posts on Twitter, Instagram, your Facebook business page, etc.) that you have been attempting to build your name as a writer.
The nice thing about Traveling Dad? If you are looking to build your name, we can help you get it out there. Take, for instance, The Traveling Dad Guide to Pandora, The World of Avatar, an article that our dads team reported (something we’re always looking to do more of) and is one of the top-trafficked articles on our website.
2. Wait to hear from us.
If we like your application, then Paul Eisenberg, our Lowell Thomas-award winning editorial director, who formerly served in that capacity at Fodor’s, will contact you. He’s both nurturing and direct, often at the same time.
3. Paperwork, contracts and forms.
And because you’re grown men we’ll expect you to read them, carefully, before you sign and return them.
Then the fun actually starts — traveling and parenting and writing about it for Traveling Dad. And, if the stars align, having “Who Can Look the Most Deranged?” contests while on assignment with fellow Traveling Dads.
Yes! You can be one of us! Photo: JD Andrews
After Your Post is Published on Traveling Dad
This is where you prove your social media prowess, which is nearly as important at Traveling Dad as your travel expertise and writing ability. This is why on our application we ask for links to what you think your most impressive and engaging social media posts are.
Will we help you SEO optimize your posts? Of course, we’re not insensitive brutes. But your article will be one of many in that roiling ocean of content we like to call, because that’s what it’s called, the Internet. And while we encourage all our Traveling Dads to promote each other, it will largely be on you to help promote yourself.
Putting it bluntly, the saddest piece of content is one that nobody reads. So we will ask you, for your sake and ours, to promote your post by way of all the personal social networks at your disposal. We’re fans of old-school tactics, too, like emailing your in-laws or aunt with the URL to your latest article.
(And if you get good at promoting your own articles, that sets a good example for other Traveling Dads who maybe aren’t as good at it. Because you see, we do want to learn from each other, too.)
After we publish your third guest post, we’ll invite you to serve as an official member of the Traveling Dad Writers Group. That gives you first dibs on assignments and press trips. It also gives you access to the many tools and resources we offer writers. This includes educational webinars on SEO and templates that make it super easy to make great Pins. You know, on Pinterest, that platform that you likely don’t take super seriously but which is a powerful way to get people to read your stuff. But more on that once you join us.