Jobs at responsibletravel.com



responsibletravel.com is the world's leading marketing platform for tour operators, accommodation owners, day trip operators and visitor attractions committed to responsible tourism with over 350 specialist operators and 1000s of accommodations worldwide. We have over 350,000 visitors per month and a database of 160,000 past bookers and enquirers. We only promote holidays that have been carefully pre-screened by us to ensure they meet our criteria for responsible tourism and members must provide visitors with a real connection with the people, the landscape, the culture and the environment. We call this helping them to 'travel like a local'.

responsibletravel.com and our staff are based in south-east England and we do not employ guides, tour leaders, activity co-ordinators, trip organisers, or anybody outside the UK for positions in any of the destinations we promote. Please see below for vacancies at responsibletravel.com, and from some of the members we represent & other responsible tourism organisations.
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2-minute travel guide writer - responsibletravel.com: £28,000 pro rata for 6 months (Brighton, UK + poss home working some days)

responsibletravel.com is the world's largest online travel agency specialising in responsible tourism, a travel site for those seeking a more authentic, more immersive holiday experience - a refreshing authentic alternative to the 'pile 'em high' all inclusive mainstream package holidays.

We offer nearly 8,000 diverse small-scale, niche travel holiday offerings, across 180 countries and every year over 10,000 people travel with us. In addition, we publish online 2-minute travel guides, covering the diverse range of countries, regions and activities offered on the site in a magazine-style format.

Following the success of these guides, we are looking to increase our publishing schedule by hiring two new travel writers.

About the role

responsibletravel.com is looking for two full-time writers on six-month contracts to create 2-minute travel guides, following established template and word counts. The eight-page guides (6,000-8,000 words) give a broad, rapid, yet insightful overview of each destination or activity, creating a general feel for each place rather than focusing on specific tours or lodgings - this is not a guide book. Page headings include Family Travel, Tips, Map & Highlights and Top Activities. The guides have an honest, subjective style, including selecting "Overrated" aspects of a destination or activity; we prefer to inform our travellers as much as possible rather than tiptoeing around the truth.

Each guide also includes a Responsible Tourism Issues page. This takes a more journalistic approach, exposing the environmental and social impacts of tourism, as well as taking a practical approach by advising travellers on how to travel more responsibly. We are looking for real, destination-specific solutions, rather than the usual advice on not washing towels and turning off lights.

Each writer will create one guide per week. No travel is involved in this role; you will be sourcing information online, through articles, books and through interviews with responsibletravel.com's suppliers in the UK and abroad, to enhance the theme of "travelling like a local". Content will be free from travel writing clichés, consistent with our brand values (see above) and will not conform to the hackneyed "advertorial" travel content found elsewhere online. We have no intention of re-hashing the standard travel information that results in everyone seeing the same places in the same ways.

Guides will be published on the site, and promoted through our other communication channels such as our database, ezines and social media. They will be written using good SEO practice to increase our search rankings and attract new visitors. You will also be working closely with our designer and picture editor to ensure the guide is visually appealing with a strong sense of place.

About you
  • You love to travel and enjoy inspiring and informing others about destinations, travel ideas and responsible tourism.
  • You aspire do something different to the standard travel content.
  • You have a genuine interest in and understanding of responsible tourism issues on a global level, and are keen to talk about the darker side of the tourism industry.
  • You have excellent desk-based research skills, with the ability to find interesting storylines and quirky attractions rather than the clichéd must-sees for each destination.
  • You are an experienced travel journalist or guide book author with a proven track record.
  • You have experience of rewriting, editing, proofreading and subbing copy.
  • You are to work quickly, accurately and to produce copy to deadlines.
  • Basic SEO experience is helpful.
Salary, benefits and application details
  • Salary: £28,000 p.a. pro rata
  • Holiday: 10 days paid holiday plus bank holidays
  • Duration: 6 months
  • Hours: Full time (9am-5pm, Monday-Friday including one hour break)
responsibletravel.com is based in the heart of Brighton. Although there will be the option of working from home, you will be expected to travel to Brighton at least once or twice a week for the duration of the contract, and more frequently during the initial planning stages to meet with our guide editor and discuss the brief.

Please email your CV and a covering letter to vicki@responsibletravel.com by close of business Monday 28 July 2014.

[Added 14 Jul 2014]


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