Nepal Insiders Wanted

This opportunity is now closed. Click here to download our Insider’s Guide to Nepal!

Do you travel to Nepal frequently? Just back from a trip there? We need your help to uncover the best things to do, top wildlife experiences, places to eat, and tips you wish you knew before you go.

We want YOU to be a part of World Nomads’ latest Insider’s Guide to Nepal!

Have a look through the titles and let us know in the submission form below which ones you’re an expert at (please tell us the number of the article) and why you are perfect to write the story.

Please note – we have a specific brief, with specific requirements for style, tone and approach. DO NOT SEND COMPLETED WORKS THROUGH MOJOS. You must apply to be awarded the commissions and we will be in touch if you are successful with more details regarding the assignment.

Deadlines

Applications by 1st December

First draft by 8th December

Payment

50 cents (USD) per word.
If you’re a blogger, writer or author, we’re also happy to put a backlink in the author bio. For photo stories, payment will be discussed separately.

Expertise required:

Writers and Photographers wanted. See individual stories for more details.

The Brief

Select one or more of the following stories about Nepal. Please note, though included experiences under each story is mandatory, we also welcome your personal tips and additions – you’re the insider!

1. Photo Etiquette in Nepal (550 words maximum)

How to approach a subject, rules around photographing in temples & religious sites and sharing photos afterwards? Key words: Temple photo tips, religious photo tips

2. Landscape Photography 101 – Nepal (550 words maximum plus up to 5 photos)

Hot to take kick-ass landscape shots. What gear, shooting modes and suggested spots. Key words: National park photo tips, Everest photo tips, base camp photo tips, mountain photography tips, Annapurna tips, snow photography

3. Drone Photography 101 – Nepal (550 words maximum plus up to 5 photos)

Do you need a licence? How to travel with drones, etiquette when filming, do’s and don’ts, tips on flying and filming at altitude.

4. Trek and Hiking Photography 101 (550 words maximum plus up to 10 photos)

What gear you’ll need, how to pack light, how to look after your equipment at altitude. Key words: trek photogaphy

5. Gopro Filming Tips in Nepal (550 words maximum plus up to 5 photos)

How to capture your adventure activity successfully with GoPro. Which model works for you, best accessories, tips on what angles work best, settings and reviewing your footage.

6. Interviewing Skills – Writing in Nepal (550 words maximum)

How to find your story, picking your subjects, interviewing tips, recording equipment and reviewing your interview.

7. How to Write About a Tragedy (550 words maximum)

How to find your story, picking your subject, what to cover/what not to dwell on, ethics and duty of care. Key words: Nepal Earthquake

8. Journalling on your Travels (550 words maximum)

Tips on why you should Journal, what to capture, how to talk about your experiences.

9. Visas and Vaccinations before you leave for Nepal (550 words maximum)

What jabs you really need, visa info for Nepal.

10. Trekking Safety for Dummies (550 words maximum plus up to 5 photos)

Staying hydrated, what to pack, first aid kits, gear (clothing, backpacks)

11. Earthquake Safety in Nepal (550 words maximum)

What to do when an earthquake occurs, how to stay safe, where to go in a disaster.

12. How to survive an earthquake (550 words maximum)

Tips on surviving an earthquake across the globe. We want tips for travellers in any country.

13. Road safety tips in Nepal (550 words maximum plus up to 5 photos)

What to watch out for, traffic jams, falling rocks.

14. Money tips for Nepal (550 words maximum)

Brief cost guide including, what denominations does Nepalese currency come in? What price should we expect to pay for common items i.e. a cup of tea, a sandwich, a mid range meal, a beer

15. Getting around Nepal (550 words maximum plus up to 10 photos)

Roadblocks, what to expect, route planning, connecting route, on-the-ground tips (keep extra day on either side when booking flights and tours)

16. Packing for a Trip to Nepal (550 words maximum)

What to pack, what to wear, what type of hiking boots you should buy, where should you buy your gear? In nepal, or before you leave? Key words: what to pack, hiking gear, what to pack and what to buy there vs what you should bring.

17. Weather conditions in Nepal – what to expect (550 words maximum plus up to 5 photos)

What is the climate like in Nepal year round? What should you expect from the weather? What seasons are best to go for safari, trekking, exploring. Key words: Nepal climate, Nepal weather, best season to trek Nepal, pollution

18. Accommodation in Nepal (550 words maximum plus up to 5 photos)

Types of accommodation and pricing. What should you expect and how should you behave in a guest house? Key words: Guest houses, tea houses, homestays

19. Staying in touch in Nepal (550 words maximum)

Electricity is not 24 hour in Nepal, so how to survive, what chargers to bring, when to charge your phone, tips to charge camera gear. Key words: electricity in Nepal, charging your devices, sim cards and reception

20. Culture, etiquette and faux pas in Nepal (550 words maximum)

How to behave and what to do in temples, shrines and stupas or interacting with / visiting locals. Key words: Traveler etiquette, faux pas

21. Temples and cultural must-sees in Nepal (550 words maximum plus up to 10 photos)

Talk about top sites to see, the living goddess and any of these places: Bajrayogini, Dantakali, Changunarayan Temple, Dakshinkali, Varaha Kchetra, Budanilkantha,Swayambhunath Stupa, Manakamana, Muktinath, Pashupatinath

22. 6 Festivals in Nepal You Can’t Miss (550 words maximum plus up to 10 photos)

Major Hindu, Buddhist and cultural festivals to experience in Nepal. Key words: Dashain, Tihar, Bisket Jatra, Indra Jatra/Yenya, Losar, Teej, Holi, Diwali, Kathmandu International Film Festival

23. Trekking terms and phrases you need to know for Nepal (550 words maximum)

Useful trekking phrases, communicating with porters (slang?) and everyday Nepali phrases.

24. Eat your way through Nepal – best dishes to try (550 words maximum plus up to 10 photos)

Top foods and local beverages to try in Nepal. Key words: Momo, Dal Bhat, Choyla, Gundruk, Aloo Tama, Tarkari, Sanya Kkuna, Jiji Dhau, Rakshi, Thon, Tongba

25. Why Nepal is the next Ecotourism hot spot (550 words maximum plus up to 5 photos)

Top ecotours to do, places to stay, unique features, tips to travel more sustainably and conservatively in the places (and cultures) you visit. Key words: Ecotourism ethos, Safari, Wildlife

26. Top things to do in Kathmandu (550 words maximum plus up to 10 photos)

Temples, bars and places to eat. Plus short paragraph on getting around. Key words: Durbar square, Temple of the Living Goddess, Swayambhunath (monkey) temple, Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Thamel

27. Day trips from Kathmandu (550 words maximum plus up to 10 photos)

Things to do with Kathmandu as a base. Key words: Bhaktapur, Narakot, Patan, mountain biking, trekking, meditation

28. Top things to do in Pokhara (550 words maximum plus up to 10 photos)

Temples, bars and places to eat. Plus short paragraph on getting around. Key words: bat cave, museums, Yeti

29. Day trips from Pokhara (550 words maximum plus up to 10 photos)

Things to do with Pokhara as a base. Key words: Mountain biking, treks, anapurna, lumbini

30. Top National parks to visit in Nepal (550 words maximum plus up to 10 photos)

Listical of best National Parks to visit and what to do there. Please include as many of the following: Barida national park, Chitwan national park, Koshi Tappu Wildlife reserve, Sauraha, sagarmatha national park, khaptad national park, parsa wildlife reserve, shivapur nagajun national park, singalia park

31. Top adventure activities to do in Nepal (550 words maximum plus up to 10 photos)

Best places in Nepal to go mountain biking, paragliding, hang gliding, canyoning, rafting, safari and of course, hiking in Nepal. Key words: Okhara, Bandipur, Nagarkot, Bhaktapur,

32. How to choose a tour in Nepal (550 words maximum plus up to 10 photos)

Who/how/why to choose your tour operators, on the ground vs before you leave, what to look out for, where does your money go.

33. Top mountain biking experiences in Nepal (550 words maximum)

Where to go, how to book, what you need to know.

34. Top whitewater rafting experienes in Nepal (550 words maximum plus up to 10 photos)

Where to go, how to book, what you need to know.

35. Top safari adventures in Nepal (550 words maximum plus up to 10 photos)

Where to go, how to book, what you need to know.

36. Nepal Travel Stories (550 words maximum and up to 5 photos)

We want to commission up to 5 traveller tales in Nepal. If you think you have a great story to tell, in your application, please include a brief synopsis for one of the following:

  • Tell us about a local encounter
  • A lesson that you learnt
  • An unusual turn of events

 

Tips for applicants

These stories are designed to be standalone blog posts to be featured on WorldNomads.com, but will also be reformatted to become a downloadable Insider’s Guide.

See below for some examples:

11 of Japan’s Most Unforgettable Temples and Shrines

5 Unique Japanese Landmarks

5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Going to Australia

Aussie Crocs & Sharks: Tips to Remain Alive

 

Insider’s Guide to Japan

First 24 hours in India

Thailand Survival Guide