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New Contest for Wannabe Travel Writers Includes Assignment in Japan

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Travel Writing Scholarship 2010 from offers chance to explore and cover Tokyo for Rough Guides

SYDNEY – Write your way around Tokyo, all-expenses paid, and get published to boot. in conjunction with Rough Guides, Intrepid Travel and announces a contest for aspiring travel writers ages 18 and up. Candidates can be students, emerging and non-professional writers and lovers of travel looking for a career change. The prize is the chance to travel for a week, all-expenses paid, to Tokyo and learn tricks of the trade from Rough Guides travel writer, Simon Richmond.

The deadline for applications is Dec. 21, 2009. For details and online entry please visit the scholarship page on

The assignment will be to research, review and update essential travel info for the Tokyo section of The Rough Guide Japan, including accommodation, bars and restaurants, entertainment, shopping, tours, activities and transport, as well as searching out those local secrets that travelers want to read about.

The contest winner will fly to Tokyo from his/her country of residence and then, after touching base with travel writing mentor Simon Richmond, hit the road for 7 days reviewing and writing for ‘The Rough Guide to Japan‘ travel guide. Afterwards there will be a chance to relax and enjoy a 4 day “Flavors of Tokyo” independent tour with Intrepid Travel offering a cuisine-focused insight into the Japanese Culture.

Applicants need to be available between Feb. 15 – 26, 2010 to participate in ‘The Rough Guide to Japan’ writing assignment and “Flavors of Tokyo” independent tour with Intrepid Travel.

Entrants must have a high degree of proficiency in written English, be comfortable doing some travel on their own, be at least 18 years old, have a current passport and be an excellent writer with a lust for adventure travel and a burning desire to be a travel writer.

To apply entrants will be asked to write a maximum 500 word travel-focused essay based on a personal experience around one of the following themes: -A Journey that Changed Lives
-Responsible Travel
-Adventure in an Unknown Culture
-A Memorable Experience Involving Food in a Foreign Country

The winner of the scholarship contest, along with the best entries received will be published on the website on January 8th, 2010. provides global travel safety products and services to travelers from over 150 countries around the world. From great value travel insurance, travel safety advice, language guides and free online travel journals, provides the tools to keep clients travelling safely. All clients can donate to a community development project when purchasing travel insurance through the Footprints Charity program. is backed by a suite of strong, secure, specialist travel insurance companies. For more information visit

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