Travel blogs, where people share their travel experiences, impressions and photos are not rarities anymore. Pretty often such blogs become an inspiration for those, who are yet to visit a certain place, who wants to prepare for upcoming adventure or just curious about other countries and culture.
Wherever you go, to exotic countries or just for a short roundabout, you will find plenty of observations, thoughts and emotions that you may want to share with someone else. Suppose that you’re a novice blogger who is going to tell about his or her travels. How would you do the story more interesting?
A few tips will help you sharpen your ink-pen and improve your style. After all, an album of interesting tourist photos is, of course, a good thing, but to looking though photos with witty comments and stories behind them is much more fun.
First of all, think of an Idea.
Please agree, a traveling can be very intense and often it is very difficult to remember all the cool times and fun situations of your adventure. Select two or three bright episodes and tell about them. Look for extraordinary approaches and write about those places that others don’t. Or find an unusual perspective in describing well-known places, so it will open them from different point of view. Your task is to captivate readers with your private experiences and inspire them for their very own journey.
You don’t need to write the whole story at once, put down associations, emotions and phrases that appear in your head. Eventually you will polish and improve them to fold a story as a puzzle picture. It’s great if you have good pictures – by looking at them, you can brush up on the impressions and tell your story smoothly going from one episode to another.
When the basic concept is laid out, it is time to begin the fulfillment. Here are the important points that you should pay attention to.
Graphomania is the enemy of any interesting story. Try to use less as possible of corny adjectives and ornated turnovers, as well as banal clichés. This does not mean that the text should be dry and sound like an article from Wikipedia. Make your story juicy! Add your impressions, personal experience, any of your feelings that surge in you when exploring new locations. Describe piercing coldness and blindness of caves, which you have found in a virgin forests of Amazonia or tell how shocked you were when got fined for wrong parking in Brussels, equal to your weekly budget of travel. Share the beauty of milky-pink sunsets over the ocean or how the night falls on the island in a few minutes: it just was a pale twilight, and you’re going home from the beach in the complete darkness.
It is a one thing to retell story according to the guide, who explained why some of the ancient temples of Aztecs are closed from tourists, and completely another – to explore these temples secretly on your own and describe in a fun stories how you almost got arrested by guards and had to pay off with two bucks.
But don’t indulge too much in your feelings!
The text should be not only beautiful, but also useful for the reader.
The author should not be fixed on himself but on the reader, on what benefits the reader and what can be extracted out of the story. Share what you have learned in the journey, what interesting you have found out or what you would like to know more about.
All tourists and travelers make mistakes: some do a wrong turn; others miss trains, got late or came too early, some people choose worst time for visiting country or forget to see the greatest places. Tell about your going gaga and don’t let others do same silly things. This will save time, effort and money of reader’s travel for other emotions and make your text ultra useful.
And don’t forget about the accuracy of the facts!
Any travel story is packed with locations, names and numbers – starting from country’s name and ending with the price for that-yummy-stuff-you-definitely-should-try. So you should be very precise with the names you mention and check the correct spelling for each unknown word you use, and, if necessary even revise the historical events, related to the place you’re talking about.
Indeed, sometimes the authors make not just spelling, but also political, and sometimes ideological mistakes just by writing a certain geographical name incorrectly. Here are the bright examples – Thailand is not an island, and dragon fruit is actually a cactus.
If you want your readers not only enjoy your story, but also to make more and get well prepared to the trip, complete your story with handy tips.
- Put together all maps, tickets and price tags, so your reader will know how much to pay and where to go.
- Tell about “must-have” things or give some advices on how-to bargain with locals, show “secret places” where tourist could buy great things for ridiculously low prices.
- Draw up a “do’s and don’ts” list – explain about what is welcomed and what is banned in the country you’ve visited. If you know that pointing on something with fingers is forbidden in Malaysia, write about it!
- Use your strengths, make your travelogue unique and attractive and add your own drawings or funny photos. It is great if you’re pro in cookery and can make both a good guide on best restaurants in Beijing and provide a recipe of home-made kung pao.
And here is the very last tip for today: don’t be afraid to try! If you have a great story to tell, it is not so difficult!