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7 ways to write travel articles

1. Have a clear storyline

A trip is not a story in itself, it’s just a series of events. Some of these events will be interesting (you made it up Kilimanjaro!) and some will not (you arrived back at the airport on time*). As a writer, your first job is to decide on the particular story you want to tell, and the events which make up that story.

To see the kinds of stories that get published, look at the bold line of introductory copy (known as ‘standfirsts’ in the trade) of articles in papers, magazines and websites. Try writing the standfirst for your own story, and then use it as your brief.

2. Have a goal

Some trips have a physical objective (reaching the top of Kilimanjaro, crossing Costa Rica, seeing a tiger) that gives your article direction and purpose. The reader (hopefully) sticks with you because they want to know if you’ll achieve your goal.

But many trips don’t have an obvious goal; they are more about discovering a place, unpicking its history or meeting its people. In this case, create a personal goal to give your reader a sense of where you’re taking them. Sentences like “I wanted to discover…” or “I was keen to understand…” give readers an idea of what’s to come, instead of you simply plunging them into the unknown.

3. Edit your experience to fit your story

Stories have characters, dialogue, pace, plot, suspense, drama – they need shaping and organising to hold the reader’s attention. Once you know your storyline, gather the experiences that fit it – and dump the rest. Most travel articles will be 1,000 to 2,000 words: that’s only 10-20 paragraphs. You don’t have time for detours.

4. Write an irresistible first paragraph

You can start a travel article any way you like, as long as it grabs the reader’s attention. You can use drama, humour, dialogue, (or all three) – but those first sentences must grip like glue. Most travel articles start in media res – in the thick of the story – and then backtrack to explain how you happened to be in this situation.

5. Include dialogue

“Look! There! The lions are on the prowl,” whispered Joseph. Or: we could see the lions heading off hunting. Which sentence is more interesting to read? Dialogue brings a scene to life, gives personality to the people in your story, and allows you to convey important information in a punchy way. Whenever you travel, make notes of what people say and how they say it.

6. Show and tell

‘Showing’ and ‘telling’ are two everyday storytelling techniques you probably use without realising. Showing is when you slow down your writing and describe a scene in detail – what you saw, tasted, heard, felt: you are showing the reader the world through your eyes. Telling is simply moving the story along: ‘We returned to the tents for a well-earned rest’.

Articles typically switch repeatedly between the drama of ‘showing’ and the practical economy of ‘telling’: you need both.

7. Aim to entertain, not impress

Novice writers often try to pack their writing with literary phrases or recherché nomenclature (like that). Good writers tend more to follow Hemingway’s maxim: “My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way.” That doesn’t mean you can’t be playful and experimental: just don’t do it at the reader’s expense.

Overcrowded, overpriced and overrated, welcome to Britain

With the world’s attention undoubtedly caught by the royal wedding, the nation’s hoteliers, restaurateurs and tourist attraction operators will barely have time to take the bunting down before next year’s Diamond Jubilee, and then the small matter of the 2012 Olympics Games.

Most might be hoping that the millions of tourists expected to arrive will not pick up the latest edition of longstanding travel bible Lonely Planet’s guide to Great Britain, lest they take one look, turn around and head off again. “Britain ain’t cheap,” it warns in its opening pages. “Public transport, admission fees, restaurants and hotel rooms all tend to be expensive compared with their equivalents in many other European countries.”

Stoke is picked out as “a sprawl of industrial townships tied together by flyovers and bypasses”, while leafier Surrey is “made up of uninspiring towns and dull, sprawling suburbs”.

“We’re not a tourist board,” said the book’s co-ordinating author, David Else. “We’re not trying to promote any place, we’re telling it how it is.”

Many more places simply haven’t made the cut at all. “We only have limited time and space,” said Else. A glance at the index reveals Brae, in the Shetland Islands, but no Bradford.

The verdict on Leicester is diplomatic: “Alive with the sights, sounds and flavours of the subcontinent, creating a strange juxtaposition with the Victorian factories and eyesore concrete architecture.” And the book praises London as “one of the world’s great cities, if not the greatest” – provided you are happy to “fork out £30 in a restaurant for a ‘modern European’ concoction that tastes like it came from a can”.

“Unfortunately at a time when everyone is in desperate need of a great value summer getaway some of Britain’s tourism industry just doesn’t deliver,” said Else.

Travel booking at Vietnam Day Tours

Day tours in Vietnam offers the best possible travel experience to tourists in a day. They are provided with guide assistance to make people cover all the desirable destinations in just a day. Since they don’t take much time, Vietnam day trips are the perfect choice especially for those who don’t like long vacations.

There are a number of options available in Vietnam day tours that can be personalized as per the requirement and convenience of tourists. These packages are excellent when it comes to visit some of the most attractive destinations and great communities such as Halong Bay, Sapa, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Hoi An etc. In each of them, comes an opportunity to view wonderful sights and lively locals in a safe, comfortable and convenient manner. Based on individual needs and requirement, planning of Vietnam day trips can be done with the most suitable itinerary to make them memorable and satisfactory.

It is possible to have custom fit Vietnam day trips having desirable itineraries. Have a look at different advantages of booking these packages for your travel next time.

1. Comfort and Convenience- Comfortable travel arrangement and convenient schedule are priorities of all Vietnam travelers. Vietnam day tour organizers focus on these things and don’t let tourists to feel hassle or disasspointment at any time of their travel. In fact, a professional guide is always there to help with their requirements immediately.

2. Inexpensive than Private Tours- Sometimes, cost of a day long tour in Vietnam is much less than private tours because they linger on for many days and involve more transportation, lodging and fooding cost. Furthermore, Vietnam day tour operators often offer attractive discounts on such holidays. So booking these packages means a budget tour package for tourists.

3. Basic Necessities – Necessary items of use such as road maps or information about hotels, and destinations will be available to tourists through the tour guide. They can even have permission to take snaps with their group or family.

4. Best Itineraries – Vietnam day trips are usually planned with great travel insight and the best possible itineraries to make the journey of tourists meaningful and authentic.

Look for a great and good Travel Agent

The best way to know about toptravel agents is to read up what others have to say about them. Quite often, good travel portals and agents will have a review section on their site itself where their customers can comment about their services. You can read the comments section and interact with fellow and previous travelers to understand the potential of your agent. If you can’t find reviews, you can ask the travel agent to put you in touch with their ex-customers.

Ask for Package Deals

A top travel agent will have a lot of connections in the travel industry and they should be able to find you a good deal no matter where you are headed. If they were to take the normal route of booking tickets at their face value, then why would you even approach them? Ask them if they can get you some discounts on either flights or your hotel stay. You can also ask for free upgrades and check what works best for you.

Ensure They Stay in Touch till the End of the Trip

A good travel agent will ensure that you have the best trip ever. They will stay in touch with you till you come back from the trip so that they can understand how your trip has been. You should ask about this even before you embark on the trip. This is important because you might face travels in a new city or country and that’s when you would need the help of your agent.