How do I become a Lonely Planet Writer?

We are world-famous for our guidebooks and have destination content for almost every place on the planet. To create this expert content, we have an established pool of more than 200 skilled and experienced freelance writers out on the road, covering the world from Sydney to Senegal.

We’re always happy to hear from talented and passionate travel writers, so if you want to submit a speculative CV or resume, please send it to

We’re contacted by around 500 people a year, of whom only the best are considered, and only the very best get to work on our products.

We will be in touch only if your skills and experience match our needs. You’ll then need to complete the series of assessments that all our writers have to pass with flying colours.

Before being let loose on a real guidebook, we need to make sure you can capture the essence of a place with a pithy paragraph and know your Sierra Madres from your Sierra Nevadas.

We currently also commission website articles from our pool of established writers and other specialist contributors. We rarely accept on-spec proposals and never accept prewritten articles.

You are welcome to send your proposal to but please note we will get in touch only if we wish to discuss things further.


Check out our Contributors page here for more information about how to get involved with Lonely Planet.


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