Contributor Guidelines

Authorship

  1. All contributors must be a registered member of the Backpacker Travel community with a complete profile. If you haven’t already registered, you can do so here www.backpackertravel.org/join.
  2. Upload a profile photo of yourself on www.gravatar.com using the same email and password as your Backpacker Travel profile you created in Step 1.

Style Guide

  1. Articles MUST be unique. Do not repost content from your own blog, or any other blog, website, or print media.
  2. No text-only articles. Images, videos, and infographics are generally a lot more powerful than words when it comes to travel. See below for more details about sizing, quality, formatting, and copyright.
  3. Where possible, use keyword links to other relevant articles on the Backpacker Travel site. All outbound links must be approved by the editor. We DO NOT allow links to commercial websites you are affiliated with unless it is a sponsored article.
  4. Use headings to break up different sections. This will make your article easier to skim read.
  5. Check your spelling, grammar, and punctuation. Use a browser extension like www.grammarly.com
  6. We use American English spelling and the Oxford Comma on Backpacker Travel.
  7. Articles with multiple mistakes will be rejected.
  8. We strive to only publish content that is useful, inspiring, and entertaining so before submitting your article, ask yourself, “is this something I would want to read myself and would I be happy sharing it with my friends?”
  9. Refrain from using profanity or excessive slang in your article.
  10. Check and verify that all information is factual prior to submitting your draft.
  11. The editor reserves the final right to make changes to any article.

Media

Photos and Videos
  1. By submitting a draft, you confirm that you have the authority to publish any media (photos, videos, infographics). Any copyright infringement actions will be your sole responsibility and not that of Backpacker Travel.
  2. Any stock photos, not taken by you or someone you have authority from, must be listed under a Creative Commons license with attribution where necessary.
  3. You must provide a title and caption for each image.
  4. Name your image files using underscores (no spaces). Describe the image and don’t use numbers or special characters. Eg. girl_on_beach

Places to source stock photos

Free with Creative Commons license and attribution:

Flickr.com
Wikimedia.org

Common Dimensions for images

Please make sure to follow the size instructions below when submitting your photo as small images or images with poor resolution will be automatically rejected.

We recommend resizing your images using www.befunky.com

Landscape size
portrait size