Horizon Guides is a celebration of travel less ordinary. Our guides, anthologies and features give our readers fresh insights on familiar places, combining essential travel information with inspirational experiences.

Our authors are a mix of talented professional journalists and destination experts, who can provide detailed, on-the-ground knowledge and insights.

Join our contributor mailing list for advance notice of our upcoming commissions and assignments, or read on for our pitch guidelines.

How to pitch us

Please read before pitching!

Before sending in your idea, make sure it is the kind of piece we are after. And please read these guidelines. We are unable to respond to pitches that ignore the following points.

Read our site, download some of our guides and look at our recent features to get a flavour for the places and travel experiences we cover.

In general, we are looking for in-depth travel guides and features that cover a particular aspect of a destination or a new way of looking at places. We’re not trying to compete with destination guidebooks by covering the entirety of a country. Instead, we want to cover a specific reason for travelling to a destination in as much depth as possible.

Guides

We have two categories of guides: Print guides and online guides, such as this guide to walking holidays in the UK. Both types of guides typically focus on a single activity or experience in a given location. We don't produce general destination guides, we do aim to be exhaustive and definitive on a particular activity within the destination.

We are much more likely to commission an online guide than a print guide.

When suggesting a guide, send us a paragraph or two describing why we should cover this aspect of a destination and the specific details that your guide would cover, such as routes, places or activities.

Do explain how your own experience and expertise matches this destination (we prefer in-destination authors or those with several years/recent experience in the destination). If you haven’t written for Horizon Guides before, it’s helpful to tell us a little about your background and writing experience, as well as links to previous work.

At the moment, we are focusing on English-speaking, domestic tourism locations that are likely to see an increase in domestic travellers once coronavirus lockdowns are lifted. This means we are particularly interested in domestic tourism angles for the UK, USA, New Zealand and Australia.

Good sample guides to give you a flavour of what we’re after include:

A guide to houseboat trips on Kerala’s backwaters

How to see wildlife in Brazil’s Pantanal

Visiting Kuelap, Peru’s cloudforest citadel

Trekking around Mount Everest

When to see the great migration

Features and interviews

Note: during the current period of coronavirus uncertainty we will be scaling back the number of features in commission. However we are ramping up commissions for guides (see above).

First and foremost, a Horizon Guides feature is an article people will love to read. We’re looking for first-person accounts of memorable experiences, stories (not necessarily travel-based) on places and responsible travel/slow tourism pieces.

We don’t run features that are simple accounts of your travel journey. Your feature should have an angle, people, a storyline and a payoff. In the vast majority of features, the writer will be the least important person in the story. Instead, it should focus on the people, place or issue you’re writing about. Don’t be afraid to be contrary – if your story is about why someone shouldn’t visit a place, or a bad experience – we’re still interested.

The ideal pitch is just a few paragraphs long, quickly telling an editor what the story is, what makes it different and why Horizon Guides should cover it. We want a flavour of what the finished feature is like.

We strongly advise you to show awareness for our website and readers. Before sending a pitch, check our website to see what we’ve done and covered on the destination in the past.

You can find a full list of our features here, but here are some of our recent commissions:

Experiencing India’s Kumbh Mela pilgrimage

Meeting the cheetahs of the Karoo

Into wonderland: Hiking Patagonia National Park

Forest fires in Torres del Paine

Close encounters in the Galapagos

Writing for us

We think there's huge room for improvement in the quality of online travel publishing. In a sea of ephemeral "content" and low-budget listicles we strive to treat our readers as adults who want genuinely useful travel planning information and grown-up, nuanced perspectives on the world. And we depend upon our community of professional travel writers to make it all happen!

We've been freelancers ourselves and we know it's not always an easy profession. We strive to reply to all pitches and provide constructive feedback (we're a tiny team so your patience is appreciated and please make sure you follow these guidelines!) and we promise to pay fair rates for your work.

Rates & terms

Rates vary according to the brief but as a general rule of thumb we pay anywhere from £200+ for features and upwards of £400+ for online guides, all depending on length. Our editorial team will be happy to discuss the scope of your pitch and brief further.

We pay up to 30 days upon acceptance of your piece (not on publication). We prefer to pay via BACS to UK bank accounts or Transferwise to international accounts.

How to pitch

For all pitches, please email our editor in the first instance, labelling your email with your pitch headline and destination in the subject line. We attempt to respond to all pitches that follow our guidelines, but the sheer volume means this isn’t always possible. Please do not send follow-up emails to pitches if you haven’t received a response – this will only block up our system further.

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