2020 World Nomads Travel Writing Scholarship for Aspiring Travel Writers

Deadline: March 11, 2020.

Want to learn how to become a travel writer in a tropical paradise?

The’re sending three aspiring travel writers to explore beyond the sandy shores and crystal waters of the Caribbean. On the 14-day trip you’ll attend a workshop with NY Times contributor Tim Neville then put what you’ve learned into practice and tackle real-life travel writing assignments.


To be chosen for this scholarship you’ll need to convince our judging panel through your writing that you have the spirit of adventure and passion for travel writing. Your writing should showcase:

  • Great descriptive ability (without getting flowery)
  • A well-structured narrative and a strong eye for detail
  • Ability to uncover a great travel story and tell it in a compelling way
  • Excellent spelling and grammar and a knack for avoiding clichés


1. Receive round-trip airfare from your closest international airport to the Caribbean.

2. Attend a 4-day workshop with Tim Neville at a Selina hostel coworking space.

3. Then, go on a 10-day all-expenses-paid trip in the Caribbean with bamba.

4. Be outfitted with sustainable travel clothes and gear from Toad&Co.

5. Get feedback on your writing from Nat Geo Traveler editor at large, Norie Quintos.

6. As always, travel insurance for the trip provided by World Nomads.


1. Select your story theme: ‘A leap into the unknown’ ‘Making a local Connection’ ‘I didn’t expect to find’

2. Write a travel story: Use your chosen theme to craft a compelling story about a travel experience you’ve had in 700 words or less.

3. Complete the application form: Fill in your personal details so we know how to contact you should you make the shortlist.



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