Thanks for your interest in submitting to Global Hobo. These submission guidelines have been written to give freelancers an idea of what we’re looking for.
We like fresh meat. New story pitches excite us way more than a catalogue of what you’ve written previously. If you want to be published, the best thing to do is read these guidelines and have a crack at sending us a piece straight off the bat.
Our ethos is a collage of youth, frugality, liberation, social commentary and cultural relativism. We provide a space for writers to share original views on destinations, experiences and social trends. Our aim is to open our readers’ minds to fresh perspectives, show them new parts of the world and, mostly, have a good laugh at ourselves and each other.
Generally, we want submissions in the form of feature articles, first-person yarns or reviews.
Also, please note that as much as we would love to pay everyone, we currently only have the capacity to pay our permanent contributors – not freelancers or first-time pitchers. That being said, positions in our motley crew of staff do pop up from time to time, so keep an eye on our social media and the Pedestrian TV job index for openings.
Reviews are sorted by city, and each is usually no more than 200 words. They can either be Shit Worth Doing (e.g. an awesome spot to go cliff diving in Hawaii) or Shit to Miss (e.g. dog sledding in Iceland, which was a rip off and we basically got dragged through mud on a tractor). We also have a Hobo Tips section for each city and country, such as a guide to cheap grocery in Berlin or how to stay safe in Cape Town. All reviews and tips should be in third and second person only, and we want them to have personality – i.e. try and make us giggle.
A review is formatted like this – use each subheading where relevant:
Get There: (Address or instructions)
Cost: (Price in the country’s currency)
If the review is of accommodation, also include the following details:
Free Breaky: Yes/No
Free Wifi: Yes/No
Word count should be no less than 600 words but no more than 1200. A feature can be anything that isn’t a travel story: an exposé on animal cruelty in Thailand, a guide to hitchhiking, a rant about trustafarians or a passionate lament on how difficult it is to have sex in a bunk bed. Styles that tend to be most popular are quippy odes and diatribes, clever listicles and how-to guides, as they are instantly relateable to Global Hobo’s audience.
A sub-category of our features section is the hot take. Hot takes are essentially feature articles or editorials that provide a commentary on a current affair that is in some way relevant to our ethos. They tend to be highly proximate, so need to run within days (if not hours) of the issue or news story they are responding to. As such, if you are submitting a hot take, make sure you let us know what it is in your email’s subject line so we are quick to check it out.
Yarns are stories, almost invariably in first-person, about something you did, observed or experienced somewhere on your travels. Relate your experience to our readers in a way that’s funny, poignant or interesting, and hopefully meaningful. Again, aim for between 600 – 1200 words.
Things to Keep in Mind
- We are interested in pieces written specifically for our audience – not yours, so please do not link us to your personal travel blog and ask if we want to republish anything.
- We do not publish fiction or poetry. Our content is made up of creative non-fiction, journalism and rants about real things.
- Place is a huge part of any travel story, so if it’s a narrative you’re writing, make sure your submission gives the reader a strong sense of where the story occurs within the first few paragraphs.
- If you’re going to introduce the reader to your travel companion or someone you met along the way, make sure that character adds some purpose/detail/meaning to the story. Otherwise, leave them out.
- There is no one culture that does things the “right” way. Avoid applying your western values as a filter when you experience the world, and don’t let ethnocentrism or cultural insensitivity come though in your writing.
- Nobody likes a travel snob.
- Take real consideration into what the story is actually about – the underlying argument, theme or motif.
- We’d love to see more commentary on news or current events and how they might affect travellers.
- Finally, have a good look at the content on our site. The best way to know what we’re looking for is to regularly read what we publish.
How to Submit
Send your piece in a MS word document with any relevant photos attached to firstname.lastname@example.org.