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How To Fund Your Tour For Your Travel Writing

Thursday 3 October 2013 @ 1:22 pm

Visiting the exotic places and getting paid for the visit is something which nobody can refuse. This fact makes travel writing a lucrative profession to peep into.  There are many freelance writers who work for $1 per 500 words article, doesn’t make any sense. A person who is looking to build career in this line should be free from financial worries during travel, to bring quality outputs.

Quick Review on Some of the Best Sources of Funding the Tour

Airline Company: Most of the airline company offering regular flights to various countries won’t mind sponsoring a writer to write the destination guide. A person residing in any country can approach the nearest airline company with the sample of writing work and offer to write the destination guide which can aid in better user experience and sales turnover of the company.

Hotels: Tour and hotels are like two sides of a coin which can’t be separated. A traveler is always looking for best hotels before start of tour. This creates a great opportunity for a writer to bring personal experience of hotel before traveler. Hotel management is always looking for such professionals to promote their hotels in form of writing. One can easily contact various luxurious as well as mediocre hotels for funding the desired tours.

Private Tour Operators: They are the most suitable sources for funding the tour for travel writing. Since private tour operators are huge in numbers so getting positive response becomes easier. Beside this, while planning the tour packages and developing itinerary they are always looking for spicy writers. Stiff competition from similar operators provides more opportunity of success, as a writer.

Tourism Board: This is one of the permanent places to get round the year job of sponsored traveling. Government of a country or state is always concerned about developing the tourism in its area for valuable foreign exchanges and popularity. The tourism board hires writers to write about the personal experience of the place and publishes in their press media to get instant exposure.

Travel Magazines & Blogs:  Though this source may not provide full funds but it is a great way to jump start the career and build reputation in the niche market.




Do’s and Don’ts in Travel Writing

Monday 26 August 2013 @ 1:08 pm

Pursuing career as a travel writer is sour as well as sweet. Confused? Read through this interesting article to convert the don’ts to do’s and dos to enhanced dos.

First Don’ts

  • Considering travel writing as a full time career can be disappointing. This is due to the facts that travel industry changes trends many times during a year. Some seasons are dull while some are peak seasons. One should keep other jobs option side by side to absorb the shocks.
  • Pre assuming things based on other writers experiences can be obstacle in the further growth of career. Many people follow the footprints of big named writers to establish view about a particular location and thus miss the opportunity to prove their excellence. This should be avoided.
  • Dependency on others for fully funding the tour can limit the areas of exploration. The writer has to write as per the desires of the sponsors and thus cannot get exposure to multiple genre of travel writing. Try spending sometimes from own pocket also.
  • Frequent traveling to various places and changes in eating habits can lead to serious health problems. For a travel niche writer a person should develop strong resistive body to defend the bad foods and climate changes.
  • Busy traveling schedule can limit the higher education desires. In order to earn more money writers spoil their career and feel deserted while switching over to other careers during recession period. Keep on enhancing education side by side.

Now Do’s

  • Travel writing career is too magnetic to resist. There is hardly any career which provides twin benefits of money with fun at one place. There is no investment to lose. Information driven job free from critical graphs & analysis.
  • Great way to create huge network of friends which can prove useful in due course of time. Strong network will also magnetize the sponsors to keep coming to the writer all through the year.
  • Easy to start this career without big degrees and certificate. Good language writing skills and creativity is the basic requirement of this job.
  • Easy to switch over from full time to part time or vice versa as per the comfort level. Travel industry is one of the booming industries of the world, thus getting jobs is easier as compared to normal jobs.



Why Travel Writing Is Different From Novels?

Tuesday 6 August 2013 @ 12:32 pm

In many aspects Travel Writing is different from Novels. But we discuss here the simpler and obvious one. From a writer point of view there are lot of similarities and common things too. If we talk about from a reader point of view then in novels author writes his/her thoughts and inside beauty (and sometimes dread) but in travel book, author talks (talk is more appropriate word here than write) about the actions he/she performs.

In travel books nobody have concern about what you did or whatever you did. Reader enjoys the situations either author talking about a waterfall or tiger assault. But in novel, reader wants to know about things, these can be romance, revenge or anything.

The Basic Difference

The most basic difference between these two genres of writing is, travel book consists of reality, real people, real events and their occurrence while novel consists of fictional characters and unreal events. There might be some resemblance between a novel and real world. But that is just coincidence.

Another difference is novel circle around a plot, even if novel is a part of series than two different episodes revolves around same plot or story. In other the ending of a novel based upon the starting of it. But all this changes in travel book, even two consecutive paragraphs might tell you different story. So, we can say that a travel book is much more unpredictable than the novels. A travel book might have no connection between the starting and ending of it, we can say the same about even for two chapters of it.

“Travel Novel” is a different term, which is the mixture of these two diverse genres. A travel novel consists of a story (might be fictional or non-fictional) which circle around an adventure. It focuses around the real or imaginary places. It might consist of romance or revenge. So we can say that this genre allows author to write with more freedom and less accuracy.

A travel book can be published in form of blogs but a novel lacks this abilities. If you do so, novel will lose its tempo and attention.




Beginners Guide For Travel Writing

Saturday 6 July 2013 @ 12:14 pm

Who don’t Travelling? The answer is very simple; NONE. But who want to be a Travel Writer? The answer might be difficult. There are various types of Travel Writing. These are Travel Journal, literature, guide and travel book. But one thing in all of these is same. In all of these types the author writes the experiences of his/her during the tour and the pleasure of trip. But the difference is the writing style and purpose.

Journal and Guide

The travel journal consists of day to day activities with the date and in some cases time too. But a travel guide is a beginner guide for a new traveler or fellow traveler to squeeze maximum juice out of it. This also helps a new comer to avoid the difficulties author faced.

A very simple example is, suppose author suffered mosquitoes in rain forest of Africa. He will write the incident with date, time and place in the journal but if he is writing a guide, he will also write the solution of issue, regardless of he knew that solution that time (in Africa) or not.

Literature and Book

In travel literature the author will describe the culture and traditions of different people and nations. He will cross match his experience with the previous knowledge of that place and people and after that write that. In other words, literature is more authentic knowledge of a place or people. But sometime it is boring for some people because it lacks colors and spice.

While a travel book is a simple written notes of the author with time to time and place to place. It is general knowledge of a place or people. But a travel book might be inconsistent and not authentic; on the bright side it is full of enjoyment.

There is a new term “travelogue” in trend now a day. A travelogue consists of the advantages of travel journal, guide, literature and book but avoid the disadvantages of those. A travelogue includes time and date to help the new or fellow travelers with the authentic knowledge of a place with pleasure.




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