A young Hunter S. Thompson, shirtless and creatively inspired in Big Sur, California (c. 1961)

Writer’s Guidelines

Thanks for your interest in being a The YOLO Guide to Travel contributor.

We are on a mission to make travel planning and exploring a quicker, easier and more zen experience. Our articles are published on our new Travel IQ app on iOS and Android; and distributed globally on Apple News.

Below are the types of travel articles and stories we are looking for. If your idea or completed piece fits the mold and you’d like to pitch it, reach out to us via our Contact Form (select Pitch an Article).

View information about Compensation, Terms of Use and Our Process.

Things You Should Know Before You Visit XYZ

3 to 5 insider tips + advice for tourists and business travellers that will help them have a more awesome, relaxing and memorable time in a particular city (or subregion).

This should be a destination where you live, have lived or have travelled to in recent years.


How to Do XYZ

3 to 5 tips or steps on HOW to do an aspect of travel.

These articles are targeted to novice and intermediate travellers. Yet, they also serve as a helpful refresher for seasoned travellers as well.


Cool Ideas

Narrative articles that reveal interesting ways in which a reader can have a more awesome and unforgettable experience during their travels.

Ideally, the idea(s) should be inspired by your own travel experiences.

Yet, if you know a subject who has a cool tip or idea worth sharing, we’d be game for you to profile them instead.



Narrative, first-person travel stories via which you can share memorable aspects of a trip, tapping in to what makes a destination so unique and worth experiencing (i.e., YOLO-worthy).

A reader should feel like they’re there experiencing it with you.

Ideally, it should read like a work of fiction with descriptive language, inner musings, dialogue, mood, etc. — except it’s a true story!

It could highlight people you meet, quirky encounters, interesting cultural or historical facts, etc. And, if possible, it should include photos you took during your trip.


Photo Essay

A photo essay of pictures you took during a past or recent trip anywhere in the world, with a narrative description accompanying each photo.

The photos should be wanderlust-inducing (i.e., make a reader really want to go there!). They should also be varied – offering different slices of life n’ landscape that a reader will find enlightening and inspiring.

The narrative description should go beyond just saying what’s going on in the photo. It should provide a sense of place, drawing upon sensory descriptors as you share interesting facts, fun anecdotes and/or helpful tips for those who journey there in your wake.

Note: Photos don’t have to be National Geographic-quality! We will polish them via the magic of Photoshop, if need be. However, when possible, you should try take to them with a quality camera.

Short Story

We are open to considering well-written short stories that have a travel, adventure or exploration bent to them.

We’re open to different types of genres except for space-travelling sci-fi (the story should take place on Earth and in this dimension!).

We’re also open to stories that take place in the past. Ideally, they should be grounded in historical accuracy.

Overall, your short story should inspire a reader to travel to and/or learn more about a particular destination, period in human exploration; or type of travel experience.

There is no compensation for published submissions.

However, we LOVE writers as we are writers ourselves! You will have the benefit of working alongside an experienced editor to polish your article for publication.

Additionally, we are happy to promote your brand and your writings to our growing audience of readers and avid travellers. And you are free to re-publish your article or story elsewhere in the future if you so choose.

Alongside your article or story, you can include a photo, bio and links to your website as well as any personal social media channels you’d like to share or promote.

We also promote all of our articles across our news distribution channels (Apple News, Google Newsstand), social channels and e-newsletters, reaching thousands of people weekly!

Terms & Conditions | By submitting a pitch or completed piece, you certify that you are and/or will be the sole author of the piece. You also understand that ideas are universal and we may have a certain article or story in the pipeline –now or in the future – that is similar to your pitch. You certify that you will not seek compensation or legal action in relation to any ideas or completed pieces you submit to The YOLO Guide and its representatives. By submitting a completed article or story, you certify that you have granted The YOLO Guide, a division of Striver’s Row Press, permission to publish your article, story and/or photos in any medium for perpetuity. The article will always be attributed to you. You also understand that no compensation will be provided for your submission, now or in the future. However, you will be free to re-publish your article via another publisher or medium in the future if you so choose.

If your pitch or completed submission is a good fit, then . . .

    • You will be paired with an editor who may give a few notes for you to implement as you see fit, in an effort to make your article or story a more engaging and insightful read for our audience.
    • IF you are providing photos to accompany your article or story, your editor will also send you a link to a Google Drive or Dropbox folder where you can upload your photos.
    • Once we receive your polished draft, your editor will copyedit it. If s/he makes any significant changes, s/he will send the draft back to you for your thoughts.
    • When you and your editor believe your piece is ready for primetime, we will publish and promote your story on all of our channels within 1-4 weeks.
  • We will let you know when your story is live, so you can share it with family and friends!