Written By Backpackers For Backpackers.
South East Asia Backpacker has many voices. This website is not written by a couple of travel bloggers giving you their personal opinion on everything that they do and everything that they wear.
This website is constantly updated with the help of the South East Asia Backpacker Community who share the latest tips and secrets from the road. Plus, every day, travellers submit their own articles and travel guides to be published and read by our audience of millions.
Here at South East Asia Backpacker, we have always seen ourselves as a travel diary for everyone. However, a lot of what we have already published on the site comes from the more “stereotypical backpacker” demographic (often wealthy, white, straight, twenty-somethings from an English-speaking country).
We realise that travel is not the same for everybody. We know that a traveller’s experience can be hugely affected by age, medical conditions, physical disabilities, mental health issues, skin colour, body size/shape, religion, nationality, gender identity and sexual orientation, to name a few. (This list is not exhaustive so please forgive us if you don’t see yourself represented in this short paragraph).
Our goal to help ALL travellers to Southeast Asia receive the information that will help them make the most of their adventure. If YOU can describe an experience that will help future travellers, get in touch! (Don’t worry, if you fit the “stereotypical backpacker” profile, we still want to hear from you too!)
NEW! – If you’re an Instagrammer or YouTuber looking to reach a new audience find out how you can collaborate with South East Asia Backpacker here!
You don’t have to be Bill Bryson to submit an article to us (although, Bill, feel free). We are proud that since its birth in 2009, South East Asia Backpacker has published thousands of articles by travellers, many of whom had never before written anything in their lives!
So what are you waiting for? Whack out your laptop, or go old school and grab a pen, and start letting those amazing travel stories that are trapped inside you to become something more than just tales told amongst buddies over a beer. We can’t wait to hear from you!
South East Asia Backpacker Writer Perks – Review Trips for Free!
South East Asia Backpacker is completely unique in the fact that we offer YOU the chance to try out free experiences in exchange for writing a review article on the website.
Why do we do this? A few years ago, we decided to build a collection of bookable trips and tours on our website, based on the recommendations of travellers. Before we commit to selling any activity on our website, it must first be reviewed by a member of our community. You can check out some of the experiences that travellers have reviewed for free through South East Asia Backpacker here…
- Trekking in Sapa, Vietnam – Reviewed by Rosie Davies
- Khao Sok Floating Bungalows Trip, Thailand – Reviewed by Kristin Toman
- Hai Van Pass Tour, Vietnam – Reviewed by Rosie Davies
- Floating Village Tour in Siem Reap, Cambodia – Reviewed By Kyle Vick
- Doi Inthanon National Park Trek, Thailand – Reviewed by Lauren Kubik
As you can imagine, this concept is extremely popular and every day we receive emails from eager travellers wanting to get involved. Because we get so much interest, we can only offer these experiences to those who have already had an article published on our website. This gives us a sense of your writing ability and shows us that you’re serious about contributing.
Due to the sheer number of articles we receive we regret that we are not able to:
- Give suggestions or discuss article ideas with potential writers.
- Give feedback on articles submitted.
- Respond to writers with an estimated date of when an article will be published on our website.
What type of articles are we looking for?
Featured articles can be opinion pieces, destination spotlights, a trip review, a story about a recent travel experience or an opinion on a particular aspect of backpacking in Southeast Asia. We are open to writing that’s humorous or controversial as well as serious and practical travel advice. See our latest articles here for ideas.
We are always looking to add new travel guides to our website, particularly to destinations that are a less-visited and off the beaten track! Before submitting a travel guide, please check that we haven’t already covered it on our website. (See the portal to all of our travel guides here.) If we’ve already published a guide to the place you had in mind, it’s better just to send us updates via our contact form than to submit a new guide. We will still credit the new information with your name if you like, or if you wish to remain anonymous that’s fine.
How we usually structure our Travel Guides:
- Introduction – Write a few attention-grabbing paragraphs that sum up the place that you have just visited. Remember, travel guides don’t always have to be positive, if you’ve got something negative to say about this place, be honest!
- Places to stay – Tell us about the particular areas that are best suited for backpackers. If you like you can recommend specific hostels/guesthouses that you visited during your trip.
- Things to do – Tell us how to spend our time, a bulleted list of at least six worthwhile activities. If the location is particularly famous for one thing, feel free to dedicate a larger section of your guide to this one thing.
- Things to eat (optional section) – If you’re a food lover (like us), you may like to include an extra section on must-try dishes and street-food restaurants whilst in your destination.
- Getting there – Let us know how to reach this destination. Is it best to fly? Bus it? Walk? Train?
- Where to go next? Lastly, recommend a couple of places that are logical to visit next after this destination.
Guidelines and FAQs for Writers
How many words should my article or travel guide be? The more the better! If you’ve got a lot to say, then go for it! Some of the best travel guides and articles on this website are 5,000+ words plus. The minimum is 1,000 words.
How am I credited for my article? Along with your article or travel guide, please send us a few sentences about you; where you’re from, where you’ve travelled and any other relevant info. We’re happy to include links to your personal travel blog and social networking sites in the bio. at the bottom of the page. Please see some examples of author bios. here.
How long should my bio. be? Just a few sentences about you; where you’re from and where you’ve travelled.
Should I include photos? Yes, please! We want photos of the landscape, food and any activities you tried. Selfies, not so much.
What if I have a great article, but no photos? You can either find some ‘usage rights’ free images on Google and send them to us. You can ask fellow travellers for their photos in our Facebook Group. Or, you can just submit your article without photos and we can use some from our photo bank. It’s up to you.
Should I include links within my article? You can include relevant links to other travel articles or websites where people can find more information about what you’re talking about if you like.
Will you share my article on social media? Yes! We want to share your article with as many people as possible. If you have a page for your travel blog on Facebook, we’ll link to it and tag you on Twitter and Instagram.
Can I send an article that I’ve already published on my own blog? To avoid penalties from Google, we cannot publish an article that has already been published on your own blog or elsewhere online, so please do not just copy and paste one of your own blog articles. The article must be 100% unique.
Submitting updates: We aim to keep this website as up to date as possible, but we can’t do that without your help! Southeast Asia is a big area and things are changing all the time. To suggest an edit or an update please contact us.
Backlinks: We will provide a link to your travel blog and/or social media accounts at the bottom of the page in a bio. so that people who read the article can find out more about you!
Great! I’m in! How do I send it to you?
Simply send your article to info (at) southeastasiabackpacker.com. Please use the subject line “ARTICLE SUBMISSION”.
We can’t wait to hear from you!