Retreats

Part press trip, part workshop…a whole lot of fun!

About Our Retreats

Our travel writing and blogging retreats are designed to help get writers to the next level—making more money and exploring more of the world. Whether you’re looking for more bylines in publications or more traffic for your blog, our small group retreats (no more than 8 writers) allow for the hands-on assistance you can’t get at a big industry conference. Plus, you get to do it all in an amazing destination with time to explore and make new writing friends.

Each trip is different but every retreat includes:

  • Private accommodations
  • Gourmet dining and craft beverages
  • Unique local activities
  • Group masterminding and training sessions
  • Ongoing support in a private Facebook group
 Each of our retreats is customized to fit each specific group of attendees and improve their skills as a travel writer or blogger.
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Travel Writing Retreats

Our travel writing retreats are part press trip and part workshop. We partner with destinations to show our travel writers the best their area has to offer, and between fun activities and delectable meals, Noreen and Kristi teach informational workshops that will help you land more paid assignments and all-inclusive press trips.

These trips include:

  • Four days, three nights
  • Your own private room in a hotel or vacation rental
  • Local dining experiences
  • Fun activities
  • 5 one-hour workshops
  • Byline opportunities in our publications

Check out an agenda from one of our past retreats!

Travel Blogging Retreats

Our travel blogging retreats are a little less structured than our travel writing retreats to give us more hands-on time with your blog. We have co-working time every morning until lunchtime (where our blogging experts are available to help with backend work, SEO, etc.), and then everyone has free time in the afternoons to explore the destination.
These trips include:
  • Five days, four nights
  • Your own private room in a hotel or vacation rental
  • A 1:1 session to look at your blog
  • Assistance with ad networks, affiliate programs and other money-making opportunities
  • A custom SEO report on your site
  • A custom strategy for your blog going forward to increase traffic and income

Happy writers

The travel writers retreat is what I needed to continue with travel writing. It was such an inspirational group to enjoy Breckenridge with. The retreat was the perfect combination of learning and experiencing what a FAM trip is. I got out of my comfort zone and came back energised ready to write articles with new knowledge. I’m so ready to see where the travel writers life takes me and I couldn’t do it without the guidance from Noreen and Kristi.

Erin Jones

Noreen and Kristi developed a program designed to build confidence. The retreat content was practical and can be readily used to improve our pitches. The venue was beyond breathtaking, and I developed relationships that will last.  I highly recommend participating and I would happily do it again!

Julie Suman

The travel writers retreat is what I needed to continue with travel writing. It was such an inspirational group to enjoy Breckenridge with. The retreat was the perfect combination of learning and experiencing what a FAM trip is. I got out of my comfort zone and came back energised ready to write articles with new knowledge. I’m so ready to see where the travel writers life takes me and I couldn’t do it without the guidance from Noreen and Kristi.

Kat Anderson

What We Teach at Travel Writing Retreats

Travel Writer's University Bryan, TX retreat.

Every trip is tailored to the writers on the trip, so this is only a sample of workshops we’ve taught in the past. 

Social Sharing: How to Grow Your Audience on Social Media

Learn exactly what CVBs expect from travel writers press trips and how to over deliver! We’ll also share some inside info on how to grow your following and increase your engagement on Instagram.

Mastering the Subtlety of Creative Writing

Creative writing that draws the editor in is one of the most effective ways of selling a travel story. We’ll teach you our “tricks of the trade” that will have editors clamoring for even more of your stories.

SEO Secrets of Top-Producing Writers

We understandeven just the mention of SEO probably makes your head hurt. But, what if we told you that learning just a tiny bit could greatly increase your paid assignments? It’s true and we’re going to teach you!

The World of Opportunity: Find Out What You’re Truly Capable Of

If you’re looking to establish a career (or second career!) as a travel writer, this session will give you all the tools you need to maximize your efforts and find the jobs that help you make more money.

Workshop: How to Land More All-Inclusive Press Trips

Whether you’ve been on one press trip or many, you’re likely interested in landing even more. In this workshop, we’ll discuss what destinations are looking for, how to approach them, tips for working with multiple CVBs in one trip and more.

 

Check out an agenda from one of our past retreats!

2023 Retreats

Join us for a travel writing retreat or travel blogging retreat in 2023!

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Feb, 2023

Savannah Blogging Retreat

This retreat is specifically or those who want a hands-on opportunity to grow their travel blog. Pack your laptop and meet us in historic Savannah for four days of coworking on our travel blogs while we explore the city. We’ll also be able to help you with backend issues, SEO, growth strategy and more.

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March 2023

Pinehurst Retreat

The historic village of Pinehurst is best known as a golfing destination, but we’re going to explore Pinhurst beyond the links (don’t worry, you can still golf if you’d like!). We’ll enjoy the land of the longleaf pine and all the fantastic dining, shopping and activities it has to offer while upping our travel writing game.

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May, 2023

Paso Robles Retreat

Travel writing retreats in wine destinations always sell out fast, and we’re sure Paso Robles will be no exception. Join us in the beautiful countryside of Central California for wine, history and delectable dining. And, of course, travel writing workshop that will help you start placing more articles and making more money. 

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Aug. or Sept., 2023

Breckenridge Blogging Retreat

Pack your laptop and head for the mountains! This travel blogging retreat is all about taking your blog to the next level. Whether you need backend help, SEO assistance or strategy for the future, this is the retreat for you. We’ll help you get your blog on the right track for more traffic and new revenue opportunities.

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Aug. or Sept., 2023

Breckenridge Retreat

We are excited to take a retreat to our favorite mountain town for a third time! This retreat always sells out fast, and that’s because Breckenridge is the perfect combination of stunning views, incredible outdoor activities and a historic Main Street with tons of great shopping and dining. Join us in the Rocky Mountains for a workshop you won’t forget!

Interested in working on your own blog instead of your travel writing for publications? Check out our Breckenridge blogging retreat below.

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Oct., 2023

Temecula Retreat

Wine destinations are so popular, we’ve added two for 2023! We’ll be headed to Temecula wine country to enjoy the beautiful landscape while sipping award-winning wines and exploring the old town. From fantastic dining to hot air balloon rides, this is going to be a trip to remember. Between all the fun, we’ll also make sure we arm you with all the tools you need to take your travel writing to the next level.

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Nov., 2023

Aiken Retreat

We’re headed down South in the fall of 2023 to explore historic Aiken, South Carolina. Home of the Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame, Aiken is known for its polo and horse racing. This outdoor paradise will be the perfect backdrop for our travel writing workshops, which are designed to get you landing more bylines and making more money.

Past Retreats

Check out some of the great places we’ve been!

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Jan, 2022

Vero Beach Retreat

If you dig the mid-century modern vibe, this is the retreat for you! Between architecture tours and star gazing, we’ll dig in on writing and social media tips, pitching tricks and how to land more all-inclusive press trips.

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April 2022

Tri-Valley Retreat

We’re heading out to California to Tri-Valley Wine Country to combine our love of travel and good wine! Between wine tastings, we’ll be talking social media, pitching tips and tricks, getting into bigger and better publications and more!

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Oct, 2022

Outer Banks Retreat

North Carolina’s famous barrier islands are a beach and nature lover’s paradise! We’ll stay together in this gorgeous 10 bedroom/11 bathroom home in Duck, NC just a block from the water and enjoy a mix of workshop sessions and fun activities with some delicious local meals in between.

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Nov, 2022

Bryan, TX Retreat

Southern hospitality abounds in Bryan, Texas! Described as “where refined meets rustic” and “history meets community,” this small town is situated at the epicenter of Texas’s five major metros. We’ll stay at The Stella Hotel, voted #3 Hotel in Texas by Conde’ Nast in 2020. Experience Texas hospitality at its best with fun activities between workshop sessions and the best food Texas has to offer.

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Aug, 2021

Breckenridge Retreat

Let the altitude change your attitude! Escape to the mountains to learn tips to improve your writing and social media so you can land more paid assignments and more press trips.

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Sept, 2021

Flagstaff Retreat

National monuments and nighttime skies make Flagstaff a magical place to retreat! We’ll talk about how to improve your writing, pitch to bigger and better publications and land more great press trips.

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Oct, 2021

Palm Springs Retreat

If you dig the mid-century modern vibe, this is the retreat for you! Between architecture tours and star gazing, we’ll dig in on writing and social media tips, pitching tricks and how to land more all-inclusive press trips.

Be The First

Want to be notified when we add new locations and dates? Fill out our travel writing retreat application, and once you’re accepted you’ll be among the first to know!

Travel Writing Retreat Application
Travel Blogging Retreat Application

Author

  • kristi@kristidosh.com

    Kristi Dosh is a “recovering attorney” who transformed her career through blogging and social media to become ESPN’s first female sports business reporter. She quickly discovered writing about travel was as much fun as writing about sports. Kristi is a contributor for Forbes and has written for POPSUGAR, AARP, CraftBeer.com, Entrepreneur, Fast Company, Glamour, Men’s Health, Woman’s Day, Parents, Golf Digest and more. She is the co-founder of Travel Writers University and also Travel by Vacation Rental, a site where travel writers review vacation rentals. Kristi holds a law degree from the University of Florida and a B.A. in Politics from Oglethorpe University. She is the author of two books and a frequent public speaker.