Travel Writing

To Comp or Not to Comp, Part 3: Travel Pros Debate, PR Edition

To Comp or Not to Comp, Part 3: Travel Pros Debate, PR Edition

In Part 1 and Part 2 of this series, travel editor/writer James Durston and I discuss the ethics of accepting free or deeply discounted travel. Are comps the price of doing business in a profession where the pay is low and travel pubs don’t foot the bill, or are they temptations no self-respecting writer should succumb to, no upstanding publication […]

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To Comp or Not to Comp? Travel Pros Debate, Part 1

To Comp or Not to Comp? Travel Pros Debate, Part 1

Today I’d like to introduce a conversation between two far-flung colleagues about the role that comps play in the travel industry. We’re using the term “comp” — noun, verb, and adjective — to cover press trips/junkets, free or discounted meals and accommodations…anything that gets travel writers and editors a rate that’s different from that of the general […]

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