A Press Trip Invite Golden Rule
I reached a HUGE freelancer milestone, plus editorial needs and travel plans!
Phew! It’s been a crazy few weeks. From massive industry layoffs to ChatGPT (and now Bard) to spy balloons, we need a collective OOO.
Things are feeling very…
Professionally, I’ve been keeping my head down a bit. But I’m really proud (and shocked) to say that February is my first five-figure month as a freelancer. Say that five times fast!
The vast majority of that income comes from two huge website copywriting projects that I’m currently neck deep in. But I’m still writing editorial content. And I’m still getting LOTS of trip and press invites.
Don’t get me wrong, I love getting invited places. But yesterday I got six separate invitations for trips, and I can’t go on any of them. The main reason is that I’m not on that side of the world and wouldn’t fly back to North America for a three or even six-day press trip. So please, before inviting journalists on trips, take a moment to check their social media to see if they’re even in the same hemisphere. And please, give journalists at least four weeks’ notice before a trip. We can tell when we’re an afterthought or a last-minute invite after someone else canceled.
Personally, we’re still in our second home of Hoi An, Vietnam. We’ve been trying new restaurants with friends, biking through the rice paddies, drinking wayyyy too much coconut coffee and loving our month-long stay.
On Valentine’s Day, I turn 31 and will be celebrating with friends before heading off to my 62 country, Laos!
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Must be tied to a social issue they are comfortable/passionate about discussing, such as sexism, veganism, zero-waste cooking, etc
February - Laos
March - Singapore & Maldives
April - India, Thailand, Bhutan?!
May - Hong Kong & Taiwan
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Congrats on 5 figures!!!