How to Use Your Writing Skills to Travel for Free
Being able to write has its uses.
Reaching the word count in college assignments isn’t as draining for writers as it is for the more visually-geared classmates (well, most of the time, anyway).
Sending a difficult email to the boss? Stress level reduced approximately 40% when you know how to communicate your thoughts in a compelling, polite way.
And sometimes – just sometimes – you can think of funny Facebook statuses. (That’s important, right?).
But did you know you can use your writing skills to travel around the world – for free? That’s right – GoCambio Hosts are always looking for reasons to invite writer Guests into their homes!
Let’s get social! Your writing skills could help a freelancer develop their social media presence and get more clients, or you could introduce your luddite Host to the big bad world of Twitter. Maybe the owner of a small company would like to start a Snapchat account, and you could help brainstorm some ideas for the Stories feature. Perhaps an amateur blogger is looking for help promoting their content on Facebook; you could show your Host the importance of adapting your content to different platforms and different audiences, and the key take-outs for writing for the web.
On a cambio, you can use your writing skills to help someone develop the content of either their personal or professional website. For just 2 hours a day, you could help your Host decide on page layout and length, how to organise the site’s structure and how best to present information in a way that’s interesting, digestible and effective.
Why not go on a collaborative cambio? Stay with a fellow writer and get those creative juices flowing. Discuss prose or poetry, characterisation or plot, and trade tips for how their Host maximise the ideation process. Get a little workshop going and help your Host beat writer’s block, or give them the confidence to put their ideas on paper at last.
Perhaps your Host is a design student who’s finally starting to present their projects in a portfolio, or a budding artist who’s considering putting their work into the public eye. Your love of language could help them coordinate and contextualise their content in a way that’s meaningful, clear and appealing, boosting their success with creative directors. Alternatively, you could contribute directly to some projects and build your own selection of work. Maybe there’s a storyboard artist out there who’d like some copy, an aspiring director who could use some help polishing up their script or an up-and-coming cartoonist who’d like to bounce ideas with a writer!
Writing a blog is different to writing a static website, as when it comes to blogging there is a constant need for new content. On a cambio, you could help your Host develop their personal tone of voice or find their own unique style of writing, or start mapping out their calendar and brainstorming future blog topics.
CV/Job Applications/Interview Prep
A good writer knows how to sell themselves. A good writer Guest should help others sell themselves! Why not offer a learning curve on a cambio? Some people struggle to talk about themselves, and need help showing off their strengths and putting a positive spin on their weaknesses. By showing your Host how to lay out their CV, fill out job applications and prepare potential interview answers, you could play a part in someone landing their dream job!
And it doesn’t stop there. On a cambio, you could use your writing skills to help someone create a moving speech, come up with lyrics for a musician or do a spot of translating if you speak more than one language – the opportunities to flex your creativity are endless. For inspiration, check out these other GoCambio Guests who are using their writing skills to travel the world for free!
Emma is a 23-year-old copywriter at GoCambio. With a BA in English and History, plus an MSc in Creative Advertising, she’s your go-to girl for words, ideas and the occasional pun (not even sorry). Some of her favourite things include fashion, travel, writing, film and social media. And tea. Black, no sugar. Want to connect with Emma? Try her LinkedIn, Twitter or e-mail.