A travel writer and photographer is a specialist who often travels to far-away destinations to develop stories and photos for tourism-related journalism. They may be employed by newspapers, magazines, trade publications, the government or as freelance writers and photographers.


  • Research subject travel to and explore destinations
  • Conduct interviews
  • Deliver work, often by electronic means
  • Write and edit articles prior to editorial review (writer only)
  • Take photographs, identify/gain consent of subject (photographer only)
  • Develop and enhance photographs (photographer only)

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Creative ability
  • Good communication skills
  • Technical skills such as computer literacy and ability to use electronic mail (writer only)
  • Experience in research, interviewing and writing travel stories is desired (writer only)
  • Technical skills such as ability to use cameras and related equipment (photographer only)
  • Photography experience (photographer only)
  • Diploma or degree in Journalism (writer only)
  • Diploma or degree in Visual Arts or Photography (photographer only)

Possible Future Career Paths

  • Publisher
  • Assistant Editor or Editor (writer only)
  • Communications Director (writer only)
  • Assistant Art Director or Art Director (photographer only)

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