Submissions Tips & Guidelines

What we’re looking for:

Incredible stories from your around-the-world journeys
Submit a first person, personal stories about your travel experiences — anything from a quest to find long-lost relatives to an interesting encounter with a local to hiking to the top of a mountain.
Check out the stories on our website for inspiration.

Local knowledge of cities and countries around the world
Did you grow up in Buenos Aires? Do you consider yourself an expert now? Do you know your way around Copenhagen with your eyes closed? We’re looking for city guides with a personal touch! We aren’t looking for a run-down of attractions with the top Yelp reviews. We want a guide to your version of the city.

Helpful how to guides about creative subjects and destinations
Have some tips for specific places/trips? We want your advice! Our travel how to articles should be super-specific — things like, “How to Plan a Road Trip in Iceland,” or “How To See Wildlife in Africa.” But we’re also looking for how to articles about photography, videography, and writing. If you have knowledge to share, we want to hear it!

Gorgeous photo collections
Do you have an incredible collection of photos from your last trip abroad? We want to see them!
When submitting a photo collection, please include 15 to 20 photos. If you have already written text to accompany the photo collection, please submit it as a Word Doc. A member of our editorial team will be in touch to discuss if it works for the Passion Passport website or if we’re going to go a different direction with the written content for your published work.
Please see our Image Sizing Guide for instructions on how to properly format your photographs for publication.

Engaging travel videos
We’re always searching for travel videos with perfect editing, incredible cinematography, and unique perspectives. All video submissions must be in the form of a YouTube or Vimeo video. Our video features have an accompanying text Q&A, so a member of our editorial team will be in touch to complete a phone or video interview.

Musings on the nature of travel itself
Have travel wisdom to share? We’re interested in publishing essays centered on the experience, idea, and practice of travel itself. These pieces don’t have to be about a specific place — although details are always good. We’ve provided some sample topic if you’re not sure where to start, but feel free to create your own prompt.

  1. What does travel mean to you? How has it impacted your life?
  2. What is the purpose of travel? Why do we travel?
  3. What have you learned from travel?
  4. How has travel challenged you?
  5. In what ways were your expectations of travel different from the reality you experienced?
  6. How has travel informed your concept of what “home” means? Have you moved abroad and what has that experience been like?
  7. Have you ever travelled to discover your family history? How did that trip differ from others and what did you learn?
  8. How do you travel differently now compared to when you first started exploring?
  9. How do you, as a traveller, impact a place? Is this positive or negative?
  10. How do you reconcile political realities with travel?

Tips for all submissions:

Tips and tricks to help you write a compelling piece about your travel experience.

Be specific!
Was there a moment you felt epitomized your trip? Or a single experience you always tell your friends about? Write about that. We know your entire trip was incredible, but we want to hear about the minute, specific moments of the trip that stood out to you.

Details, details, details.
Travel stories are vivid if you include all the relevant details. Use your five senses and describe what you were seeing, smelling, feeling, hearing, and tasting. Creating a scene will help bring the reader into your story.

Read your story out loud before submitting it to us.
One surefire way to edit your work before sending it to us is to read it out loud. If you stumble over sentences or have a hard time making it through a paragraph, that will tell you which parts you need to revise.

Avoid generalizations.
Phrases like, “It was breathtaking” or “It was amazing” tend to fall flat for our readers. Try to avoid these and instead, really describe what you were feeling in specific details.

Include emotion.
Travel is all about emotion. How you were feeling when you saw something or experienced something or visited a certain place. Explain that, and be honest about what you were experiencing.

Introduce the locals!
Let your readers meet the local people you encountered on your trip. This will help bring the place to life. And if you can remember some of the things that were said, use dialogue.

Writing/Grammar Tips:

  1. All submissions should be at least 500 words (but feel free to write more!).
  2. Choose a tense and stick with it. Past or present tense is fine, but you should stay consistent throughout your story.
  3. Ditch your thesaurus. It’s okay to skip the long vocab words you’d use in your middle school book report. The best writing sounds natural, so stick to the language you’d use if telling the story to a friend.

Photo of the Day Submissions:

  1. Please submit a high-res version of your photo. A 4×5 crop is ideal for Instagram.
  2. Include the specific location of your photo.
  3. Please answer the following questions in your submission:
    • What led you here and how did you find this place?
    • What did you do before/after taking this photo? Did anything meaningful happen?
    • When you look back at this photo, what does it mean to you?