So you read all about the Travel Blog Exchange (TBEX) conference – maybe you even saw pics from the awesome party we threw – and you’ve got the idea that you might want to try your hand at being a travel blogger. You travel, and you want to spread the word about your adventures. But where do you start if you’re a little unsure about your prowess as a writer or media producer?
We’ve got just the place for you: MatadorU, the world’s #1 online school for travel journalism. Yes, there’s actually a school you can attend on the Internet to hone your travel blogging skills. Backed by Matador Network, the web’s largest travel magazine and winner of two consecutive Lowell Thomas Awards for excellence in travel journalism, MatadorU has been endorsed by National Geographic and the Society of American Travel Writers.
But MatadorU doesn’t work like a regular school – no racing to get to class at the crack of dawn or dozing off in lecture halls here. Instead, it’s a learn-at-your-own pace curriculum, which means you’ve got plenty of time and freedom to take off and explore the world while you learn. (Each course is designed to be taken over a three-month period, but students have lifetime access to the site and can progress at their own pace.) And when you do settle in to programs in writing, photography, and filmmaking, you’ll have access to a supportive student community of thousands and one-on-one feedback from MatadorU faculty, as well as industry-leading guest editors. Way cooler than being stuck studying in a stuffy old library.
The international community of students and graduates have become a dynamic force in travel media, with alumni going on to win a plethora of writing and photography awards, book contracts and high-profile positions in travel media and publishing. If this sounds up your alley, then we’re happy to let you know that G Adventures has partnered with MatadorU to bring our travelers (past, present, and future) a special savings of US$75 on any course in travel writing, photography, or filmmaking.
In the coming weeks and months, there will be more exciting news, with the chance for some of those who enroll in a course to win G Adventures trips as on-the-ground correspondents for Matador. Visit MatadorU.com today and quote promo code GADVENTURES2013 by June 22, 2013 when you sign up! (Then come write for us here at the Looptail. We’d love to have you.)