Getaways for Grownups accepts queries for freelance articles by established professional journalists and authors with travel writing experience. Email your query to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do not send complete manuscripts; any that are received will be discarded unread.
Our objective is to cover a mix of domestic and international locales of specific interest to adults, reaching beyond the obvious. Review our editorial calendar for more information.
We are in start-up mode and thus Getaways for Grownups does not currently offer compensation for submitted works. For that reason, we don’t put restrictions on future publishing of articles that have been published with us. Note that we are writers and are thus committed to paying writers as soon as possible; our business plan does not have unpaid talent as its foundation.
To best leverage our growth, online rankings and current success, effective January 1, 2016, all bylined articles published by Getaways for Grownups must be original, have a clear message for adults traveling without children, and harmonize with the established voice of the publication.
Before sending a manuscript, send a query. If we like your idea, we’ll let you know.
Don’t act like a prima donna when traveling. Trust us, word gets around.
Never miss a deadline.
The lead is crucial. If the first sentence does not attract our attention, it’s unlikely we’ll get to the second one.
Write for an adult audience. Know that multi-syllabic words are OK, but don’t pull out a thesaurus in an attempt to appear clever.
Avoid flowery language and most adjectives. Getaways for Grownups is not a PR firm.
Base facts on solid research. Quote interviewed subjects. Support opinions. Organize stories with a logical flow. Write with a narrow focus but not so limited as to have minimal appeal.
Check and double check for accuracy—verify all facts and double-check all name spellings, phone numbers, web sites and addresses.
Familiarize yourself with our writing style.
One typo is human. Dozens are a deal breaker.
Hotels & Resorts showcased in Getaways for Grownups address some essentials:
- Wi-fi? Is Internet access available? Is it free or what is the cost?
- Are coffee makers available in the room? Are tea options provided? Is morning coffee served in the lobby? Is complimentary coffee available elsewhere in the hotel? Is there an on-site coffee vendor?
- Are restaurants available on site? If so, what type of food is offered?
- Is parking available? Is it free? Is valet service available? What is the cost?
- Does the hotel or resort offer any amenities that are stand-outs worthy of special mention?
- Is airport shuttle service available? Is the hotel or resort located near local attractions?
- Is it possible to make free local calls from the guest room? Long distance? (Yes, of course, most everyone has cell phones these days, but roaming fees, international vs. domestic plans, and technical incompatibility issues complicate matters.)
- Are any floors, rooms, public areas, programs or services exclusively reserved for adults?
- What are the odds of encountering children?
- Rates from $x per night? (Rates vary, but what’s the starting point?)
“21 Plus Salute” is an honor bestowed upon destinations that are truly adult-oriented.
“Odds of Encountering Children” is an honest evaluation based on observation and research, though it’s not a guarantee. Odds may be reported as a percent, ratio or other terms (e.g., slim, guaranteed, etc.) This information is included in most but not necessarily all published articles, as deemed appropriate by the editor; however, writers are encouraged to include it in submissions whenever possible.
Follow AP style guidelines
Use Times New Roman, 12 point font
Single space lines
Single space after a period
Don’t superscript number descriptors (e.g., 37th, 3rd, 1st, etc.)
Use an ampersand only if it is a standard component of a name or title
Use consistent verb tense
Avoid adverbs. For example, say “fresh seafood” not “freshly caught seafood”
There is no such thing as ‘first annual’; use ‘inaugural’
We publish online and so can accept photos in high, medium or low res.
Send 3 to 10 photos to accompany the assigned story. We may not use them all, but options are good.
Include photo credit details. If the photos were provided by a PR firm, please also provide contact information for that firm in case we have any questions.
Getaways for Grownups is a magazine, not a scrapbook. Images are selected to convey that distinction.