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.




Unbeatable Tips To Be A Travel Writer

Thursday 4 August 2011 @ 11:51 am

Perhaps you are a travelling maniac; either for business or pleasure. Whatever the reasons for travelling does not matter. The fact remains you can pocket some extra cash through travel writing. The art is simple. You are writing about what you enjoy doing. A travel writer observes unfolding events in the course of the journey and then comes with an informative article that would make the readers feel like they were apart of the trip. The following are strategies followed by professional writers.

Listen to the way visitors and other people will be talking. Identify the humorous and educative quotes from other persons in the trip. Jot them down and incorporate them in the articles you shall write. An interesting quote can give life to the article making the reader feel the like a member of the events that took place.

Identifying the targeted audience of the information you will be writing is another important thing to consider.  The article can be meant for people in a certain profession or an age group. This affects the language to be used. If the article is not meant for the professionals, technical language should be avoided to allow the unseasoned in the industry understand the information. Targeted audience will also determine the depth of details the travel writer should go into.

Think from the perspective of your reader. A travel writer seeing things from the perspective of the reader has ability of developing an article that is tailored to suit the needs of the reader.  The writers will have the general information on the way the readers would like the articles written and information they want.




Travel Writing – Techniques For Writing Good Articles

Thursday 28 July 2011 @ 11:15 am

For people who like travelling; travel writing is a suitable niche. However, there is a misconception that the profession is a simple way of taking a paid vacation. This is untrue considering that a travel writer is faced by innumerable problems in their profession. Before they are capable of coming up with an article that will impress the readers, a lot of skills and dedication have to be invested. Read on some tips that will help your article to get published:

  1. Research on the market you will be writing on. There are some niches of travel writing that have particular formats and styles that impress the audience more. Study publications that have information regarding the target audience to determine the styles. A number of sites have the required guidelines that can be followed as well as specifications required for the article to be accepted.
  2. Establish the topic the travel writing is targeted and stick to the guidelines provided. Avoid straying from the basics that have been set to be followed. A travel writer with ability of aiming the article to a certain angle normally gains high reading base.
  3. Acquire more information regarding your publication by sending a letter to the editor of the publication. The letter should help the editor in understanding the reasons why you are the best person for the task. Explain the skills you hold and the plans you have for writing the articles.
  4. The travel writer should conduct adequate research before taking up any project. Jot down tips, conduct interviews on people and collect brochures. All these tips will help in increasing their knowledge regarding the topic they will be writing about.
  5. The article should be relevant and concise. Read online guidelines before you start writing to avoid straying out of topic. The guideline will also help you to avoid skipping important details that are necessary in the article to make it complete.



Tips To Succeed In Travel Writing

Thursday 21 July 2011 @ 11:11 am

Travel writing is a dream career of many freelancing journalists. Nonetheless, it is characterized by numerous challenges that make it seem impossible.  The field is competitive; by following the simple tips below; a travel writer may as well find the task a walk in the park.

The first step is polishing up your grammar skills. Polish up your skills in spelling, punctuations and other mechanics of writing. A good understanding of the grammar forms a strong foundation for breaking into the profession.

The second step involves taking up a travel writing workshop. This can be done in your local university or in an online workshop. There are a number of sites and campuses dealing with languages that can offer the service. Use the search engine to search for online workshop services. They are mostly cheaper than the deals offered by the local universities and are still highly effective.

Reading works done by travel writers can help in giving you a good base for breaking through into the profession. Acquire a library card and use it often. Many libraries have travel writer works of different experts that can give you the basic skills to develop professionalism. Read also the special travel writing columns in the local dailies for more knowledge in the field.

Start writing about your local region and proceed to other parts. There are numerous things that take lace in the local regions such as festivals and landmarks that people will enjoy reading. Many professional travel writers started writing about local travel.

Nothing can beat unrelenting practice in travel writing when you want to become an expert. Carry a notebook and keep adding new information you come across in the course of the day. You can even start a blog where you can be uploading articles. This will give you challenge of being careful and critical such that when traveling you will be vigilant on what is happening around.




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