Travel Writing Course


What does the course include?

* Expert tuition from a national newspaper travel editor
* Expert advice, in-depth discussion, and practical exercises
* Welcome drink on arrival
* 3 nights Bed & Breakfast
* Dinner on the first night – including wine
* Morning and afternoon tea, coffee, water and biscuits

The course
The course will appeal to anyone interested in discovering if they’ve got what it takes to turn their travels into paid work – including aspiring journalists and writers, journalists working in other subject areas, and specialists in alternative fields of communication, such as at PR and tourism agencies. It will also benefit new travel writers who are interested in sharpening their selling and writing skills.

Using a mix of expert advice, in-depth discussion and practical exercises, students will learn how to identify possible markets, devise angles and keep up with trends, discover how best to pitch and approach commissioning editors, how to sustain a career in travel journalism, and how to write successful travel features. This lively, intimate workshop is limited to a maximum 12 participants.



Prices per person attending the course: 

Bronze: €365 per person based on sharing a twin bedroom in a 2 bedroom villa (4 persons sharing a villa)

Silver:    €420 per person based on single occupancy of a twin bedroom in a 2 bedroom villa (2 persons sharing a villa)

Gold:     €555 per person based on single occupancy of a 2 bedroom villa (1 person in a villa)

NB Flights are not included

Non participating partners are offered a special promotional rate on a 3 night B & B basis:

Silver package:    € 95 per person

Bronze package: € 70 per person

Participants and their partners who wish to extend their stay will be offered a promotional rate upon booking.


Kate Simon, Travel Editor of the Independent on Sunday.

Kate Simon, Travel Editor of the Independent on Sunday.

Kate Simon

Kate has been a journalist for 25 years working on a variety of national newspapers and magazines, including BBC Holidays Magazine, Cosmopolitan and The Daily Telegraph. Kate joined the Independent on Sunday in 1997, becoming Travel Editor in 2005. Kate also runs her own travel-writing course and is a regular tutor at Traveller’s Tales’ workshops. She is currently writing a book on travel writing and is one of the judges of the annual Independent on Sunday/Bradt travel-writing competition. In 2009, Kate joined with freelance travel writer Simone Kane to set up Little Black Book Creative, which provides creative editorial solutions for travel-related multimedia projects, drawing on their own expertise and extensive professional contacts, including writers, designers, photographers and multimedia producers. LBBC is currently supplying editorial services for the Victoria Business Improvement District and creating a cultural trail for a regional tourist board. Kate is available for public speaking on travel and press-related issues. Recent engagements have included speaking on the subject of how to get the attention of editors at the annual conference of the Hotel Booking Agents Association (HBBA).