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Accredited travel journalism diploma

Travel journalism level 3 diploma

Course summary

£294.50 incl VAT. Payment options
3 x monthly payments of £98.16. No charges, interest or credit checks.
Justine Holman
An interest in travel. Take our journalism challenge! 
Duration / hours:
Approximately 60-80 hours of study. You work at your own pace
ABC Awards level 3 diploma
Awarding body:
ABC Awards

Course review

TNT magazine: travel journalism course

CMP provided training for our team of travel journalists on TNT Magazine for several years. The training was top quality, both in terms of content and presentation.

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Drew Prineas: travel journalism course

I did my course while travelling South America over a six month period. Cleland's help and extra assistance have been beyond my expectations. He has helped my confidence as a writer.

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Jayne Whytock: travel journalism course

Within a few weeks of enrolling, I had my first article accepted, and soon after that, I was paid for my work. The support I received enabled me to earn money, and gave me back my confidence. I would not hesitate to recommend this course!

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Dareth Evans: travel journalism course

I left school with minimal qualifications and I had always felt I could do better. I needed to improve, and push myself into something new. It was an excellent course and I loved every minute! The tutorial support was excellent.

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Lizzie Hobbs: travel journalism course

I thought the course subjects were good, working through the steps of travel writing. The tutorial support was good, whenever I had a query I sent an email and heard back quickly.

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Course overview

Travel writing students enjoying themselves abroadOur online travel journalism course equips you with the skills you need for an exciting career as a freelancer, blogger or staff writer.

It’s a big world out there and travel publications have a constant need for unique, interesting and professionally-written content about every corner of it.

Our travel journalism course teaches you how to find suitable markets and produce the content they want to publish.

You need to find original angles on well-travelled destinations, uncover the next big tourist hotspots, and give readers a flavour of what it is actually like to be there.

We teach you the skills you need to develop saleable ideas for print and multimedia publications.

We also give you the chance to ‘find your voice’ as a travel writer, so you can produce atmospheric and lively articles.

In addition, you will learn key journalism skills, including record-keeping, working with press releases and data, and newswriting techniques.

Successful graduate, Jayne Whytock, had her first travel article idea accepted within a few weeks of finishing our course. She went on to build working relationships with a number of editors. See her review

Our comprehensive online travel journalism course will teach you how to:

  • develop article ideas suitable for a range of travel publications
  • source information, conduct research and carry out effective interviews
  • write travel news, articles and features for digital and print publication
  • apply media law and ethics to the world of travel journalism
  • sell your work and get paid 

You will also benefit from unlimited tutor support every step of the way, including personalised feedback on every assignment.

When you graduate, you will receive the ABC awards certificate of achievment, and the accredited CMP diploma in travel journalism. Both qualifications are industry recognised, and prove you are a certified travel writer.

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ABC awards logoAt the end of this course, successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards, and a Learner Unit Summary, which lists the details of all the subjects they have completed as part of the course.

This travel journalism course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme

We will also email you the fully accredited CMP diploma in travel journalism, which is an industry recognised qualification that proves you are a qualified travel writer.

These awards will enable you to apply for travel writing jobs, develop your career, or help you find freelance work.


This course covers everything you need to know to get started as a travel journalist.

Lesson 01: Introduction to travel journalism
  • Examine what the travel journalist does, and where you fit in
  • Analyse travel magazines, and the travel pages of local and national printed media and their websites, so you can generate article ideas and write relevant content
Lesson 02: Copy presentation and terminology
  • Submit travel articles to printed and multimedia platforms in recognised formats
  • Learn industry jargon to communicate clearly with journalists, editors and publishers
Lesson 03: Notebook discipline and record keeping
  • Store and retain travel journalism data safely, ethically and legally

Lesson 04: Contacts book
  • Record your contacts' information safely, legally and efficiently
Lesson 05: Sources and output
  • Use your travel knowledge, contacts and experience to produce articles to sell
  • Find original ideas for travel articles using the internet and social media searches, and advanced data scraping techniques
  • Prepare your travel stories and features for publication in print, online and on social media, and digital platforms
Lesson 06: Using a style guide
  • Ensure your travel stories and features are presented consistently
Lesson 07: Who publishes what
  • Define different types of news
  • Understand different types of magazines, what they publish and who to
Lesson 08: Interviewing
  • Interview travel contacts, and people who work with them, in person, online and by phone: everyone from tour operators to hotel waiters, and day trippers to cruise liner captains
  • Prepare to interview travel VIPs and celebrities
Lesson 09: Newswriting techniques
  • Write travel articles that are suitable for print, the web and social media
  • Attract the reader's attention by writing compelling starts to your travel articles
  • Maintain the reader's interest in your travel articles from start to finish
Lesson 10: Independent Press Standards Organisation: regulatory code
  • Adhere to the media's regulatory framework in your travel journalism activities
Lesson 11: Feature writing
  • Write all kinds of travel content: analysis, fact files, reviews, guides, and descriptors, and adapt your content to fit different magazine formulas
Lesson 12: Press releases, reports and handouts
  • Use travel press releases to produce original articles
  • Analyse and interpret travel data and reports and use them to generate article ideas
Lesson 13: Events, meetings and press conferences
  • Use live blogging and traditional reporting skills to cover briefings, previews, receptions, exhibitions and other events
Lesson 14: Media law basics
  • Keep your travel copy safe from libel, copyright, confidence, data protection and privacy actions, and learn other laws affecting travel journalists
Lesson 15: Selling your work
  • Pitch your articles to the travel media: who to approach, how and when, so you can negotiate the best deal

Where you could fit in as a travel journalist

Our online travel journalism course can open the door to what may be the most desirable of all the journalism specialisms.

With passion, dedication and the right training, you could get paid to write about exciting destinations, both at home and farther afield.

Successful graduate, Drew Prineas, completed our travel journalism course while travelling throughout South America.

He has since published his first travel memoir, From Backpacker to Traveller. See our news feed

While travel writing can be an exciting career in its own right, it can also provide lucrative part-time income. It can be particularly suitable for:

  • gap year students looking to fund their big round-the-world adventure
  • business travellers with time on their hands between meetings
  • spouses of professionals or military personnel posted abroad 
  • retirees heading off to pastures new

To succeed as a travel journalist, you need to be flexible, well-organised and able to put a unique spin on the places you visit.

Readers and editors want to be entertained with stories about the people you encounter on your travels.

They also want to know the facts about a destination, such as the best restaurants, hotels and day trips.

Former student, Dareth Evans, found our course helped him to produce his best work and guided him to success. See his review

As a professional travel journalist, you could be:

  • exploring the hottest new destinations and writing about your adventures for a travel magazine or supplement
  • sharing tales from the road on your very own travel blog
  • telling the world about the attractions to be found in your home town
  • enjoying free trips and other perks associated with being a media professional  

Whether you dream of turning your wanderlust into a career, or just want to make extra money writing about your holidays and trips, our comprehensive online travel journalism course is just the ticket you need for success.


The course leads to the respected CMP diploma which widely recognised by editors and publishers in the UK and overseas.

Course tutor: Justine HolmanJustine Holman

Features journalist | editor

Elle |Chat |TV Times |The Express

Justine has written for many large publications, including: Elle, The Express, Chat, Women's Weekly, TV Times and Just 17.

She will mark your work, answer your questions and give you friendly help and advice.

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This course gets results

Our graduates get articles published most days. Many of them have gone on to become successful freelancers, and make a good living from writing.

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We'll connect you with the right people

Travel journalism is about knowing the right people: the editors, the publishers and the staff journalists who make the decisions.

Our tutors have a huge range of active contacts on newspapers, magazines, websites, blogs and radio / TV stations. They can make personal introductions for you when it is appropriate.

We have arrangements with top news and feature agencies. If your work is good enough, they will sell it for you, and split the proceeds with you 60-40%. You get the 60%!

And we also have databases with the contact details of thousands of UK newspaper, magazine and radio journalists - essential when you are selling work, looking for work experience or job hunting.

Many of our students already have the experiences, skills and relationships to produce article ideas.

We have the expertise to turn those ideas into marketable content, and the contacts to help them get it published.

Course delivery

You will have access to our Online Learning Area, where you can:

  • download course materials
  • submit assignments
  • use our college libraries and resources
  • chat to other students
  • keep up-to-date with college news

Our turn-around time for marking work is three working days. We usually provide same-day tutorial support on weekdays.

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When you finish

When you complete the course, you will receive two respected qualifications:

These recognised awards will add value to your CV, and help when you apply for journalism jobs or freelance work.

What you need to study travel journalism

  • access to a computer, tablet or similar device
  • internet access
  • Microsoft Word or equivalent: OpenOffice, iWork pages
  • an email account
  • a camera and a video recorder. Smartphones or tablets are acceptable

Course reviews

I did my course while travelling South America over a six month period. Cleland's help and extra assistance have been beyond my expectations. He has helped my confidence as a writer. Drew Prineas

Within a few weeks of enrolling, I had my first article accepted, and soon after that, I was paid for my work. The support I received enabled me to earn money, and gave me back my confidence. I would not hesitate to recommend this course! Jayne Whytock

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