Thank you for your interest in SATW!

SATW comprises over 1,000 members across
North America – as well as several overseas members.


  • Networking opportunities for travel journalists and travel publicists including one-on-one Marketplace meet-ups at meetings and conventions
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Chapter and Council meetings throughout the year and our Annual Convention designed to introduce members to new destinations around the world
  • A listing in our member directory, used by media and visitor bureaus to locate the top professionals in the travel and travel writing industries
  • Member discounts on evacuation insurance, travel gear, photographic supplies, airport parking, airport VIP lounges, car sharing, hotel rates, vacation packages, guidebooks, and more
  • Member newsletter
  • Access to the members-only section of this website
  • Writing and photography competitions recognizing professional work
  • Inclusion into the SATW media database which is used to match media inquiries with member experts on topics and destinations
  • Opportunity to list your blog link on the SATW website


When you apply for membership to SATW, you become part of a Council (Freelance, Editors, or Associates), based on your role in the industry, and part of a Chapter, based on your geographical location (Eastern, Central States, Western, Canadian). Applicants must reside in the U.S. or Canada or have their work published primarily through North American media.

Freelance, Digital Publisher

You are a travel journalist who receives payment for the content you produce in published outlets and you reach a significant audience, or are a digital publisher with an average of 10,000 UVs per month. All fees are in US Dollars.


Application fee is US$100

Annual dues are US$175


You work primarily as a staff editor of travel media with a readership of 25,000 or more per month or are a salaried editor or staff writer. All fees are in US Dollars.


Application fee is US$100

Annual dues are US$175


You are a publicist or public relations representative in the travel industry. All fees are in US Dollars.


Application fee is US$125

Annual dues are US$340

  • Fill out the application form based on your membership category.
  • Application must be completed in one sitting. You do not have the option to save and continue later. Errors or omissions in your application can cause approval to be delayed or withheld. Please ensure that all information that is requested is provided, and that it is accurate.
  • Read and sign SATW’s Code of Ethics within the application
  • Submit non-refundable application fee and first year dues*
  • You will be contacted by our membership coordinator within six weeks for more information or to learn that you have been accepted
  • To read through the review process your application goes through, click here


Click the link below to apply in your membership category.


Freelance                       Digital Publisher                       Editors                      Associates


* All new members will pay the first year dues in full. Your second year of membership, due at the end of each year, will be pro-rated based on when you joined.