Travel Writing and Photography


Course Information

The Travel Writing and Photography course is a very practical course. You will learn how to write travel articles while on the go overseas, how to put together articles while trekking around the countryside, and how to write destination pieces after you've returned from holidays. Travel writing, ah… this is the life!


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Entry Requirements
  • Access to a computer with word processing, PDF reader capabilities and an internet connection
  • A good command of written English
  • Ability to allocate appropriate study hours per week

If you have these essential requirements then you can get started immediately.


Upon completion of the course you will be awarded the Australian College Diploma of Journalism (Travel Writing and Photography).

Qualification Pathways
  • Complete the required training and the assessment requirements
  • Apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
  • Apply for Recognition of Current Competency (RCC)
  • Apply for Credit Transfer (CrT)
Career Opportunities

Freelance Travel Writer and Photographer, Travel Journalist.

Course Summary
Course Code:
Delivery Mode:
Online and Flexible delivery
Assessments may vary according to each subject, but may include one or more of the following:
  • Short answers questionnaires
  • Written tasks/Written essays
  • Multiple choice/true or false questions
  • Scenario-based case studies, practical projects with product or software, documents or diagrams.
Qualification Gained:
Diploma of Journalism (Travel Writing and Photography)
Nationally Recognised:
National Code:
Awarded By:
Australian College
What Our Students Say

"I liked the advice given direct from established travel writers and photographers, as well as the personal comments from my tutor. There was lots of information on media markets and advice on how to come up with article ideas."

Janine Lemmens, 10th July 2013

"The Travel Writing & Photography course taught me that subjects and angles are only limited by your imagination, confidence and the motivation to set goals. The course is very informative and interesting."

Jim Eyre, 18th September 2013

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Subject Descriptions

Unit 1 - Introduction to Travel Writing
Reading 1 - The World of Travel Writing and Photography
Introduction to travel writing and photograph
The travel journalist's role
Getting published
The rewards of travel journalism
Writing a travel article
Your travel writing toolkit
Reading 2 - Writing for the Media: Structure of an Article
What you need to be a travel writer
Promotional trips
The structure of an article
How an editor assesses your article
Reading 3 - The Travel Writer and Photographer's Words and Picture Needs
Basic equipment needs
The internet
Creating words and pictures with style
House style and other conventions
Reading 4 - Selling to Local and Overseas Publications
Selling yourself and your work
How to present your articles
A basic freelance contract
Unit 2 - Developing Your Writing and Research Skills
Reading 1 - Writing Travel Features
The travel feature
Using quotes in your travel features
Writing with tense in mind
The language of your feature story
Reading 2 - Interviewing Techniques for Travel Writers
The conversational approach
The formal interview
Handling the PR pressure
A people policy
Reading 3 - Research and the Internet
Research and sources
Seek the statistics first
Home-based research resources
External research resources
Reading 4 - Defamation, Copyright and Ethics
What is defamation?
Confidentiality: a mixture of ethics and law
Unit 3 - Professional Approach to Travel Writing
Reading 1 - Writing and Photographs – The Package
'Packaging' your articles
The art of travel photography
Plan before you go
Photographic resources
Reading 2 - The Travel Writer's Market
The travel journalists' newspaper market
The right publication, the right department
The magazine market
Query emails
The television and radio market
Further learning resources
Reading 3 - PR, Journalism and Writing a Travel Book
Beyond the mainstream market
The role of public relations
Writing the travel book
Reading 4 - Essentials of Travel Writing Success
A review of the basics
Photography hints
Becoming a successful travel writer
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