Essentials to Write a Perfect Travel Guide

JONATHAN BERNSTEIN is the author of more than a dozen books, including The Geography of Bliss, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia. He has written for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post, among other publications. He lives in New York City. Visit his website at

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To my parents, who instilled in me a love of travel and a curiosity about the world.

Travel is one of the great joys of life, and writing a travel guide is a great way to share that joy with others. But writing a good travel guide isn’t easy. It requires a lot of research, planning, writing, editing, and proofreading, not to mention marketing, distribution, and sales. This book will help guide you through the process of writing a great travel guide. It will teach you how to get started, choose your target market, develop your idea, write your manuscript, edit and proofread, publish your guide, market and distribute it, and sell your guide.


This book is designed to help you get started on your journey as a travel writer. Whether you are planning to write a guidebook for the first time or you are a seasoned travel writer looking for new ideas, this book will provide you with the information you need to write your best guidebook yet. It is divided into eight chapters, each of which focuses on a different aspect of the writing and publishing process. In each chapter, you will find tips and techniques that will help you write the best travel guide possible. Throughout the book, I will use examples from my own work, as well as the work of other travel writers, to help illustrate the points I am making. I hope you enjoy reading this book as much as I have enjoyed writing it.


In this chapter, we will discuss how to choose a target market for your guidebook, how to develop an idea for your book, and how to write the first draft of your manuscript. We will also talk about the importance of planning your book before you start writing, and we will take a look at some of the tools you will need in order to write and edit your book. Finally, this chapter will give you some tips on how to market and sell the book once you have finished writing it!