Archive for the ‘First Person Experience’ Category

We’re Travel Writers, Not Critics. (And A Few Other Shocking Travel Writing Home Truths)
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Some travel writers seem to forget that we’re travel writers first and foremost, and not critics. Our job, as travel journalists, is to show and describe our destinations to our readers. We should be painting a picture of the places, showing our subscribers the people, the culture, the food, and all those other neat things [...]

Weird, Eerie, and Strange Places I’ve Visited on Travel Writing Assignments
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Travel writing can take us to some bizarre places. I’m always on the lookout for extraordinary places to visit and write about. Here are a few of the most unusual places I’ve covered, all in the name of travel writing. The Downright Weird Some of my most interesting and bizarre travel writing assignments covered weird [...]

Five Important Things You Can Learn from My Ten Years as a Freelance Travel Writer
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Wouldn’t it be great if we had the power of foresight? We could gaze into the future and learn from our mistakes. Well, I may not have the superpower of foresight, but I’ve learned a lot—and gained a lot of valuable experience—in my ten years in the rough-and-tumble freelance travel writing game. Looking back on [...]

Can Joining a Travel Writer’s Organization Help?
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Whether you are a beginning writer or one with several articles under your belt, you might miss being part of a group since writing can be a lonely occupation. Maybe you have been mulling over whether you should join a traveling writing group or not. If so, the first question would be what are the [...]

Finding YOUR Voice
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[Posted on: 7 March 2017]
[Posted in: Enhance Your Writing, First Person Experience, Getting Readers, Guest Blog Posts]
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When I started my travel blog some seven years ago, I’m quite sure I wrote as I thought a “travel blogger” should. Ironically, in the process of trying to be something I wasn’t, I was nullifying my own actual writing ability, which is what people ended up actually responding to. I was 19, and I [...]

Writing Travel Articles with Authority
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Having been to Utrecht 19 times in 14 years and written about it in press, I feel that I can write about it with some authority. I know what I am writing about and I know how to make it useful to people who may seek to go there. But what about the travel writer [...]

How a Travel Bloggers Network Can Fuel Your Blog’s Success
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I typed in “Travel Blog Conference” into the Google search box and my life changed forever. I know this sounds a bit dramatic, and at the time I didn’t know that search was going to change my life, I was just trying to figure out how to take my little travel blog to the next [...]

Weaving the “Travel” Into Your Stories
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Passions. I have many of them. Two of them actually come together when I’m writing my mystery, suspense novels. Traveling, one passion, has always been a part of my life. Fortunate that Dad wanted my brother and me to see all of the United States and most of Canada by the time we graduated from [...]

The Psychology of Successful Blog Posts
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[Posted on: 1 September 2014]
[Posted in: First Person Experience, Getting Readers, Guest Blog Posts]
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This post is mostly aimed towards those who are relatively new to the blogosphere…. …However, I believe that the key points of this post can be beneficial to bloggers of all statuses. My goal is to breakdown the psychology of my most successful post to date in order to help you in your future posts. [...]

5 Tips to Handle Media Hotel Inspections Like a Pro
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Congrats, you’ve put together a full itinerary visiting a number of fabulous hotels. So now it’s time to get to work, reporting on these hotels and experiences through your unique lens in a way that will add value for your readers. As a professional travel blogger, perhaps the most important element of a successful press [...]



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