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Travel writing has become increasingly popular. It is a great way to reflect on your experiences and share them with friends and family when you are far away. Someday it would be great to be able to read about your experiences and perhaps even share them with your children. A lot of people also make money writing about their travel experiences online. As a writer, you should invest in Scribbr’s plagiarism checker.
State your purpose
When you are writing about your travelling experiences, it is still good to have goals. Think about how you came to travel and what you are achieving by doing so.
Travelling is an excellent opportunity for you to find yourself or learn something new. Writing about it will also help you to keep on track.
A common objective for people is to find themselves, open up, or become more confident. However, if you expect this to happen just by travelling alone, it often doesn’t work. You have to still put the work in as you would do from home.
Some writer’s goals are more unique; for example, in Vietnam’s bowl of secrets, the writer David Farley is looking for a secret recipe for a dish online in Hoi An in Vietnam.
Not only will this bring you to different adventures and make your time more enjoyable, but it is also great for your writing. People will want to know whether you achieve what you set out to do and will want to keep reading.
What drew you to a place?
Explain your views on a place before you arrived and why you have those impressions. Then you can tell the story of how your views changed or if they stayed the same.
What’s the difference between an engaging story and a not very engaging story?
The answer is intrigue – keep your reader interested by asking questions, or creating curiosity.
Keep it short and interesting
You don’t need to publish every detail of your adventures. Choose short, exciting stories to share that will engage people. It’s even better if these stories give them a unique or clear insight into a place.
If you visit somewhere particularly special, then you may choose to write in a lot of detail about it. And this could be a good thing. However, your readers probably don’t need to know what you have for breakfast every day. Furthermore, you will get sick of writing it and will be less likely to stick to it. Read more about keeping yourself motivated to write here.
The main reason people often read travel writing is to get a picture of somewhere before they go and perhaps for advice. You may choose to write about the details of the best restaurants or places to go, depending on your audience.
Offering advice will often bring people to your writing, while your interesting and clear stories will keep them coming back for more.
Wrap it up
Have an ending that explains some sort of shift or change. This will be more satisfying for the reader. Perhaps the change is a realisation in yourself or a change in how you view something.
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