Launched in October 2018, Roadtrippers Magazine celebrates road culture, Americana, and the great outdoors. We want to tell real stories that show road trips for what they really are: Good old-fashioned fun that’s sometimes challenging, often eye-opening, and always worth it.
We are always looking for new writers and content creators to join our growing cadre of contributors and help us tell new and amazing stories from the North American road.
Please read these guidelines carefully before submitting an idea.
Currently, only pitches focused on the U.S. and Canada will be accepted.
Some general guidelines
Tell good stories
Roadtrippers Magazine’s number one aim is to tell good stories. We focus on first-person, boots-on-the-ground storytelling that puts the reader into the scene. It should be obvious that the writer has visited the place or experienced the event in person.
Have a point of view
Don’t pitch a story unless it has a clear angle. If you can’t sum up your idea in one neat, catchy headline, it’s probably not a great fit.
Offer a different perspective
We value diverse perspectives, both geographically and culturally. Road travel is so much more than what the typical Instagram influencer crowd makes it out to be.
What we’re looking for
- Ideas that tell the surprising, unexpected, or untold story of a place, person, or event
- First-person storytelling
- Interesting, relevant news on road travel and road culture
- Interviews with unique characters
- Stories on Americana and the great outdoors, including national parks, Route 66, roadside attractions, abandoned places, camping, weird museums, and more
- Original photography
What we’re NOT looking for
- Listicles, roundups, or clickbait
- International travel (outside the U.S. and Canada) or air travel
- Vague ideas without a clear hook (“I just drove down the PCH, want me to write a story about it?”)
- Reports from places that are impossible to visit or trips that are impossible to take
- Stories that could be written by anyone with a search engine
We welcome creative pitches specifically geared toward something seasonal or timely. These are our current theme weeks and content target dates:
February: Black History Month
March 4-11: Universal Women’s Week
April 20-28: National Parks Week
May 1: Small Business Week
May 13-17: Museum Week
May 27: Memorial Day / Start of Summer
June: Pride Month
July 4: Independence Day
September 26–October 2: Fall Foliage Week
October 31: Halloween Season
Late November: Thanksgiving
December: Christmas / Holiday Season
Please familiarize yourself with Roadtrippers Magazine before crafting your pitch, so you know what topics and angles we may be looking for.
We pay rates that are competitive with other online publications. If a story needs extra research or travel, we can factor those costs in by negotiation.
Please send your pitch to email@example.com. Include a suggested headline, a short description of the story, and links to a portfolio or previously published articles.
We read all pitches, but due to the volume we are unable to respond to all of them. If your idea sounds interesting, we will be in touch (typically within two weeks).