Travel stories should be simple, crisp and to the point with clarity of thought. Witty and vividly written accounts with an author’s personal experiences, anecdotes, and quotations can be especially interesting. One can experience travel through words only. Practical and accurate information in grammatically correct language makes reading a pleasure. Some tips on writing accounts of travel are given below.
Think like a Reader
Before starting an article, put yourself in the reader’s boots. Ask what he/she wants. Who are the targeted readers of the particular publication, what are their travel aspirations, what information will be useful to them, and how they enjoy the written articles? Once you are clear about that, then commence the work.
Now you have to get across the main point to the reader. Identify the central theme of your article, whether it is the location, people, or activity-oriented place. Work your impressions and facts around this ‘big picture’. Now structure your article around, sieve non-essentials, include important aspects, and build the story sensibly.
To make the story interesting, convey your personal experiences and point of view. That place must have been visited or written about countless times before. Write off your own personal approach, personal adventure that thrilled you, some new aspect of the place that inspired you, some new useful discovery of the place. This makes for an interesting insight into the writing.
Travel to an unfamiliar locale is often rich in comedy and comical events. Incorporate these funny incidents, mishaps, or any such feeling into the article. Don’t be afraid to make your readers laugh. Have a light, lively tone in your article.
Be an open-minded traveler yourself. Try unusual activities, meeting new people, tasting exotic cuisines, and getting involved with native activities in a new place. This will give you a different perspective of the place. Surprise your reader with this out of the ordinary, personally experienced information.
Let the people express their thoughts, ideas, and feelings about the place, work, or activity. Quote extensively in their words. Quote real-life stories and experiences for that personal touch to your article.
Have a balanced approach. Blend your personal observations, descriptions, and commentary with practical and useful information to the readers to make it a good travel piece. Two-third colorful description to one-third facts is a reasonable guideline to start with.
Travel writing is not only lucrative but a lot of fun too. Keep your eyes open for an interesting storyline. Research well; write a well-constructed, focused, well-crafted, and unique article on travel.