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Travel Writing – What’s That All About?

Travel Writing – What’s That All About?

When writing an article or a post for a website where do the ideas come from and why do we write?

The main aim of writing on websites is to gain an audience that will come back again and again and will also share your site with others, which will lead you to carving a career out of travel writing. You may decide to work on paid or unpaid sites. Either way, you will gain lots of experience and exposure for yourself, as a writer.

Lots and lots of people write everyday on different sites all over the world.  The thing they have in common is they want to share with you their knowledge, experiences and also their pure joy and excitement of where they are and what they are doing.

One of the things that a writer or a travel writer will think about, is the topics or material . When thinking about a topic , we could think about what do we like and want to share.  More often than not you will find that if you write about you and your experiences and treat it as though you were writing to a close friend, the feel and response will be much better.  Often I have come unstuck  as I have put to much thought into what others think or even approve of and you may write awkwardly, with less feeling and you don’t enjoy it one bit.  I think fear sometimes comes into play, as we fear that telling people things about us will cause negative feedback.  We all want to be liked, but everyone is different and not everyone wants to go on the same journey or holiday as me, or I them, so learning to take a step back is a must for a writer and sometimes you will get a few negative comments.

When you have written an article receiving good feedback and positive comments is important, as we as people work better and feel better when we do.  Even when we have been given constructive advice, we take it on board because we know that people care and have taken the time to review our work and want to help us. Owners and writers on sites want the site to be a two way thing, so all suggestions, comments or requests are reviewed and responded to.  Besides, a writer will aim to make you a part of their experience when you read it, so viewers are important.

Travelling can be a lonely life, its hard to believe this, but its true and we may sit here and think that they are having an amazing time, and they probably are, but we forget that they are moving from place to place.  Travelers meet people all the time and learn different things from them, but, they are not their family or closest friends. So remember, when you read some of the posts and have enjoyed it, don’t forget to say so in the comments box. We can run programs to see that the site is getting lots of visitors, but what we really want to know is if people like our posts. Motivation to write is key and more so for a traveller,especially if they want to make a living from it.

Often a writer may go blank and even struggle to find areas to talk about.  One of the things that I have found that has helped me is to write on instinct. What is writing on instinct? It is an impulse, doing something that involves very little research, but instead you write about things you are passionate about and enjoy and want others to share this. Or Stories that you read about that touch your heart and you just know others will feel the same.  Its a feeling of knowing that you get.  Other times I may have an idea, I look on say you tube, and flick through, or type in different search words and 99% of the time, which is a high number, something pops up that’s amazing and I write about it.  This is how I found the “Draw your future” documentary which is on this site.

People write for all sorts of different reasons.  They may want to be a writer and go on to write books.  They may want to write so that they can capture their experiences and photos to look back on.  They may want to write as writing helps you to grow as a person on the road as you write down what you have learned and your experiences.  They may want to write as they feel that they have something to teach other people and writing and sharing does just this.  There are no rules in writing, so why you write is a personal experience.  I know which one I am, which one are you?

Any questions or feedback can be directed to the comments section below and I'll get back to you as soon as I can.  :-D

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2 comments

  1. Gary

    Lovely article Maggie…I have all the self same thoughts and feelings and have just had my birthday treat visiting the Taj Mahal at 6:30 in the morning! Needless to say I will be writing about this but I have so much to write about the experiences actually getting to this wonderful place…the travel is definitely not so easy but the rewards still outweigh the downsides…most times!! Keep up the good work writing, each article of yours becomes much more focused and informative..:)

    Cheers Gary

    • Happy Birthday Gary

      What an amazing place to spend your birthday. I look forward to reading the posts about this and India.

      Thanks for the kind words about the article. Please do write about the experiences of getting to India. It would be very beneficial to others, to see on paper how you got from your home to India, or other destinations. It’s never a case of thinking about going on holiday or a trip and just booking it, there is so much more in between that happens, that people never share.

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