NOTE: Our guidelines for guest posts are for travel bloggers, writers, authors, and adventurers only. If you are a business or SEO consultant trying to place an advertorial for commercial purposes, please see our advertising page.
Thank you for your interest in contributing to Go Backpacking.
As one of the top independent travel blogs, we receive pitches from potential contributors daily.
To better understand the kind of content we like to publish and ensure the best chances for your article to be accepted and receive lots of views long-term, please read on.
A Brief History
Go Backpacking was one of the first independent travel websites to promote budget travel on the internet.
The site was created in 1999 by Dave Lee in his spare time to share his experiences from a backpacking trip to Europe.
In 2007, it was converted into a blog using WordPress and has continued to grow in popularity ever since.
Benefits of Guest Posting
Since 2010, Go Backpacking has featured the writing and advice of hundreds of guest contributors from around the world.
Today's benefits include:
- Two do-follow contextual links: a specific post/page on your site and to your home page
- Author bio: link to your home page, plus any links to social media, newsletter, book, etc.
- The byline on a recognized and trusted travel site
- Article promo through our social media and email newsletter
What We're Looking For
Articles that work best on Go Backpacking reflect practical travel tips people can apply while planning or embarking on their next trip.
We are currently interested in (but not limited to) the following topics:
- US National Parks.
- Van or RV travel.
- Destination-specific articles for Mexico, the Caribbean, and Costa Rica.
- Stories from countries not previously covered (see the category list in the sidebar).
- Money-saving tips: the more expensive the destination, the better (ex: How to Travel Norway on a Budget, How to Travel Japan on $10 a Day or Less).
- Guide based on living in a place for an extended period (ex: Medellin City Guide).
- One, two, or three-day city guides (ex: One Day in Milan, 48 Hours in Denver).
- “How to” articles (ex: How to Choose the Best Seat on a Bus).
- “Top 10” pieces (ex: Top 10 Things to Do in San Diego).
- Women's travel advice (ex: A Woman's Guide to Using Squat Toilets).
All submissions must meet the following conditions:
- Reflect quality advice based on the author's first-hand experience.
- Be published exclusively at Go Backpacking (no article spinning).
- Not infringe upon anyone's copyright, regarding both text and images.
Word Count: we require 1,000 words minimum but prefer 1,500+ words to maximize the content's odds in Google.
Photos: we require high-quality images, preferably with some light editing in a program like Lightroom.
We prefer the author takes these; however, if that's not possible, then they can be sourced from sites like Unsplash or Flickr Creative Commons as long as proper attribution is included (if necessary).
If an image can't be found there, the last resort would be a stock photo site.
Our rule of thumb is about one photo for every 250-300 words.
Portrait, landscape, or a mixture of both (horizontal and vertical) orientations are okay, and they should be a minimum of 2,048 pixels for the SHORTEST side to ensure they appear sharp on high-resolution screens.
We use image compression, so the size of the image in megabytes doesn't matter.
Editing: we review and edit all submissions for proper grammar, spelling, punctuation, formatting, and SEO.
The cleaner your copy, the faster we can get your article scheduled.
Should there be a need for larger structural changes, the author will be given feedback on how the article can be improved.
Go Backpacking is a member of the Mediavine Travel Network. Therefore we display ads in content to support the site.
We also reserve the right to add a limited number of relevant affiliate links for the same reason.
How to Pitch Your Story Ideas
If you've read this far and agree to the terms above, please email me at [email protected] with 3-5 story ideas you think would work well for Go Backpacking's audience.
Include a brief intro about yourself, including the blog or website you want to link to and why you are the right person to write about the topics you're proposing. Please keep it short!
And use “Submission” in the subject line.
Questions? You can email me those too.
Last Updated on April 16, 2021 by Dave Lee