A to Z of Destinations
Australia, NZ and South Pacific
A to Z of Experiences
Walking and trekking
Diving and snorkelling
Wildlife and safaris
Meet the locals
Frontier and expedition
Cycling and Mountain Biking
Visiting the Poles
Career breaks and BIG trips
Body and soul
Volunteer and conservation
Australia, East Coast
Everest Base Camp
Aurora Borealis/Northern Lights
Trans-Siberian and Trans-Mongolian railway
Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail
Climb Mount Kilimanjaro
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With only ten issues a year, the opportunities for getting work published in Wanderlust magazine are very limited. The vast majority of our articles are commissioned specifically for the magazine, and written by experienced journalists, guidebook authors or travel experts. Please read our guidelines carefully and note that we do not accept enquiries or proposals by telephone. Here are answers to some of the commonest queries we receive.
Please do not send us manuscripts – we simply do not have the time to read them. If you have already completed the trip(s) you wish to write about, please email email@example.com, or write to us with:
Please note we cannot respond to postal contributions unless a self-addressed envelope (SAE) is enclosed, which must be stamped or accompanied by sufficient International Reply Coupons (IRCs).
Although we endeavour to reply to proposals, at busy times this is not always possible. If we are interested, we’ll respond by email, asking you for further details or a draft article for consideration. But please bear in mind that this may take several weeks.
If you have not heard back from us within a month, feel free to email or write again. If you need an answer by a specific date, let us know – and if the date passes, please assume we are not interested.
Please do not telephone the office to follow up submissions – if you do not hear back from us, you should assume we are unable to use your proposal.
Yes, but you need to demonstrate writing flair and professionalism. You should also target one of our shorter regular slots, for example a news story, pocket guide, or a consumer feature.
Most of our articles from the past five years are now archived on this website, and can be searched by destination. Study a copy of the magazine before considering a submission.
It is no coincidence that the majority of our contributors are regular readers! Ensure you are familiar with the magazine. Copies can be bought from our shop or the Apple App Store.
Yes. The photographs in the magazine come from a variety of sources – writers, professional photographers, stock libraries – and we can normally find or commission images to accompany a good article. However, if you have print-quality, professional standard images, please let us know when submitting a proposal.
Our mission is simple – we want to provide our readers with the best writing, the best photographs and the most authoritative facts.
Wanderlust aims to cover all aspects of independent, semi-independent and special-interest travel. We do cover ‘soft’ adventure but leave the crampons and adrenalin stuff to other magazines. Off-the-beaten-track destinations, secret corners of the world and unusual angles on well-known places are always of particular interest.
We are particularly interested in local culture and try to provide more of an insight than travel articles in other publications – hence, we prefer pieces to be written by someone with an in-depth knowledge of a topic or destination.
You should make yourself familiar with the style, tone and content of Wanderlust, and be aware of recent articles to ensure your chosen subject has not be covered in the past year or so. Many of our articles from the past five years are now archived on this website, and can be searched by destination.
Always ask yourself what makes your article different from all the others that may have been sent to us on the same topic, and why you are qualified to advise others.
Wanderlust includes various features open to submissions:
If you proposal falls into any of these categories, it’s not for us:
Our readers encompass all ages and budgets, and at least 50% are female. They are well educated and reasonably affluent, and are mostly active travellers, perhaps more experienced than you. Although most are British we have readers in more than 80 countries worldwide.
Some travel independently, others with specialist small-group or tailor-made tour operators. Major interests include wildlife, trekking and photography. A high proportion take 2-3 long haul breaks a year.
We don't publish narrative travel features on the site, but we do accept interesting blogs and inspirational round-ups. Please note there are generally no fees available for online content, but we are happy to link back to your or other relevant sites. To suggest an idea, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here are some general tips:
Current rates (as of 01/06/10) for most features are £220 per 1,000 published words. Unless otherwise agreed, the fee is based on printed, not submitted, words. Fact pages are paid at £90 per page (approx 750 words) pro-rated. Fees for other sections (including Dispatches and interviews) are set per-article rates, agreed on commissioning.
These rates are based upon copy being available by email, and First British Serial Rights being offered. An invoice request and complimentary copy of the magazine will be sent upon publication. Payment will be made within 30 days.
For the print magazine, by email: email@example.com
For the website, by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Editor, Wanderlust: Phoebe Smith; Editor-in-chief: Lyn Hughes
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