We are currently accepting high-quality travel guides and foreign cuisine-related guest posts. If you have a travel, food or wellness blog, we welcome your submission. However, YOU MUST read AND follow these guidelines.
Share your travel stories on As We Saw It
If you're a fellow travel blogger looking for more exposure and have a great idea for a story or article, we welcome your guest post.
As We Saw It has a good page rank and we are active on social media. Publishing on our site will:
- allow you to display your talents
- give you more exposure as a traveler and writer
- add another story to your portfolio.
- be spread far and wide on top social media channels
Bloggers: Write for us! We want your great stories!
If you've been there, you have something to share.
We are looking for original, first-hand, inspiring and informative travel articles and photo essays. Our favorite topics are travel tips, itineraries, attractions, top 10 lists and amusing personal anecdotes that offer insight into foreign lands and cultures. We are not interested in hotel, restaurant or car rental reviews.
- Destination guides
- Cultural insights
- UNESCO World Heritage Sites
- Food, wine, international cuisines
- Day trips from a city
- Travel tips and how-tos
- Luxury experiences
- Recipes for foreign foods
- Wellness for travelers
- Non-western (“alternative”) health treatments
Here are some ideas to get you started:
- How to Spend a Day/Weekend/Month in _______
- A Visitor's Guide to _______
- Road Tripping Through ______: A __-Day Itinerary
- Non-Touristic Things to Do in _______
- What I Learned by Visiting _______
- How to Make Locals Love You in _______
- 7 Things I Wish I Knew Before Going to _______
- A Traveler's Guide to _______ (UNESCO site, museum, kayaking trip, park, etc.)
- 10 Foods to Try in ______ **
- How to Make ______ (with recipe)
- The Best Street Food I Ate in _______
- Be creative; we're open to other ideas!
Ready to write?
Great! Here's what you need to do:
- Send a message to linda [at] aswesawit.com with the subject line “I want to share my travel experience on AWSI.”
- Provide your URL. (Again, it must be a blog, and it must be travel, food, or wellness related.)
- Tell us where you've been.
- Pitch a few story ideas.
- Tell us how many photos you plan to include and give the source(s) of your photos. (Who gets the credit?)
- Mention that you have read these guidelines in your inquiry.
- We'll get back to you ASAP. Once we both agree on the topic, you can send us your work.
NOTE: PLEASE DO NOT CONTINUE ANY PREVIOUS EMAIL CONVERSATIONS WITH US. THIS MUST BE A NEW EMAIL THREAD.
If you don't follow all these guidelines, we will not respond. (Especially the subject line.) Working with writers who can't or won't follow simple directions is a lot more work than we have time for. Trust us on this: It saves unnecessary effort and headaches for both of us.
Here are our writer's guidelines
Everyone has them, from National Geographic to the local newspaper. We want to publish your story as much as you want your hard work to appear on our site. But please understand … our readers are expecting consistency.
So, here's what we need.
Our readers expect stories to be based on personal experiences. We know you've seen some amazing places and done some incredible things. Tell us about them!
- Content – All articles must be original, of course. They must not appear anywhere else on the internet now, nor be shared elsewhere in the future. We do not accept hotel or restaurant reviews.
- Word count – Articles must be a minimum of 1200 words (more is definitely better!) and must be written from your personal experience.
- Photo essays – These are acceptable, but please group them by subject with <h2> subheads and include a few sentences about each. (People want to know what they're looking at, right?)
- Internal links – Whenever possible, please link to articles on As We Saw It.
- External links – You may link to a relevant article or two on your own blog. Aside from links on AWSI, no other links are allowed. We reserve the right to add, change, nofollow, move or remove links as we deem appropriate. We may add our own affiliate links.
- Inspired? – We often link to a related travel photo gallery, tourist bureaus, ticket companies, resources, and other helpful websites at the end of the article, grouped together under the Inspired? subhead.
** Are you a foodie or wine lover?
If you write about food, that's fantastic! As travelers, we want to encourage people to try new foods and sample local beverages. We especially welcome articles about traveling with dietary restrictions, because we are clean eaters and follow a Biblical diet.
Note: WE WILL NOT publish articles that promote eating pork, shellfish, rodents and other unclean animals/bugs. If you're unsure about whether we consider something to be edible, feel free to ask. We won't bite your head off.
It's not a coincidence that our most popular articles are full of photos. People read our blog not only for its content but also for its photography, and big, beautiful photos will make your article shine.
- Include at least one photo per 200 words.
- Please give each photo a descriptive title to help with SEO and proper article placement.
- Photos must be original, 1000 px wide (landscape). We accept PNG, JPG, and TIF formats. Videos are acceptable as well.
- We welcome photos from our As We Saw It photo galleries, PIxabay, Unsplash or Wikimedia Commons. We'll need photographer credit if required, and URLs for each of those photos. Flickr is iffy. try not to use it. Please.
Optional: We like to include a portrait-style Pinterest pin to give an evergreen boost to publicizing your story. If you use PicMonkey or Canva, feel free to send a pin, too.
Keep in mind: Using someone else's photos without permission is a violation of international copyright law and can lead to serious problems. We will not be held responsible for any legal issues that may ensue if you violate copyright. Articles will be removed from our website immediately if we discover that the photos do not have proper credit.
- Subheads – We use <h2> for subheads. (That's the Heading 2 style in Word.) Upper case first letter only. Do not use Bold.
- Shorten paragraphs to 2-3 sentences each.
- Bulleted lists – #LOVE
- Remove any style codings, like <span>.
- Submit your articles in Word or HTML.
- We reserve the right to edit and reformat to ensure consistency, clarity, and ease of reading.
Authorship (all about you!)
- Send us your bio.
- Include a gravatar or shot of your beautiful face so people can see who wrote the post!
- We want to promote you, so be sure to include links to your website and your social media accounts.
Sending your article
- Articles and photos must be submitted via email. Wait for our “OK to submit” and we will tell you which email to use.
- Submit photos and text as individual, separate files. NOT as one single document.
- Article can be in Word or HTML.
- We prefer email, as Google Drive and Dropbox do not always cooperate. (If file size is an issue, multiple emails are fine.)
- For security reasons, DO NOT zip files before sending.
Note to DMOs, tour companies, travel agencies, content mills, et al.
The guidelines on this page only apply to individuals and fellow travel bloggers with their own personal websites. Our intent is to provide an outlet to those who wish to share their personal experiences, tips, photos, and videos with a wider audience.
We would like to help you promote your destination, product or business. HOWEVER, we regret that we are unable to provide free publicity to businesses. As We Saw It is a business, just like yours, and should be treated as such. We deserve adequate financial compensation for publicizing your destination, website, or service.
Please visit our Work with Us page or send an inquiry to dan [at] aswesawit.com.
Because some unscrupulous marketers are known to use devious tactics to get a backlink, our policy is to carefully check websites and social media to ensure compliance. If you submit an unsolicited manuscript, thank you very much for the free content. We reserve the right to edit and publish unsolicited articles with all external links and authorship removed.