Guest Post Guidelines

guest post guidelines


I gladly accept guest blog posts for the Amateur Traveler. Anyone is welcome to submit one, but I only take posts that meet my quality standards.

Disclosure and Links

First off I should let you know that my site current makes all external links “rel=nofollow” links.

The article of the post is welcome to link to appropriate resources. If you link to a hotel, just link the name of the hotel. But, trying to link to the hotel with “best hotel in Los Angeles” to improve your SEO is not the same thing.

For commercial Links we charge $200 per link.

What You Get

I don’t currently can’t pay for posts. All stories will remain the property of the writer who is granting a non-exclusive license for the story to appear on the Amateur Traveler.

The story will appear under the offer’s byline and will end with the author’s biography which certainly can and should have links to the author’s website.

Looking for Good Stories

I looking for posts of 800+ words.

What I am looking for is good travel writing stories.

  1. The stories have to have a point
  2. They need to be written in such as fashion as not to need a lot of editing, since I don’t have time for that
  3. I am specifically not looking for posts that just tell me “we went here and we did this” without offering insight or perspective
  4. Posts can either be destination pieces (a trip that others could also take) or essay
  5. Stories should not have appeared elsewhere, although an exception might be granted in particular cases

I do also welcome travel gear review stories and iPhone/Android travel app reviews.

two good resources on writing about travel:


1) You can submit a story via email to host [at]

2) Please include a two line bio for the author of the article. My biography, for instance is:

<a href=””>Chris Christensen</a> is the host of the Amateur Traveler. Chris left his day job in January 2010. He was the Executive Vice President of Engineering and Operations for a company in Silicon Valley (<a href=””>LiveWorld</a>) that runs online communities for companies like eBay, Marriott, American Express, Campbells, Kimberly Clark, A&E, and Mini Cooper

3) Make sure you have a gravitar at which is registered with the email of the author.

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