A TRAVEL WRITER HAS A RESPONSIBILITY TO THE READER TO DO HONEST REPORTING
There is no such thing as general travel writing. Try to anticipate and answer the reader's questions:
1. What is it like to take this trip?
2. Where are the best places to stay, eat and shop?
3. What sights should I see?
4. What time of year is best?
5. What shall I wear?
6. How much will it cost?
7. What kind of people live there?
8. How can I meet them?
9. How can I get there?
10.How long should I stay?
YOU PAVE THE WAY FOR OTHER TRAVELERS BY TELLING THEM WHAT IT'S LIKE IN YOUR OWN WORDS.
Watch what you recommend and critique. Recommendations can flood an unsuspecting hotel or small business owner with more business than they can handle. Critiques can put someone out of business–someone who has worked for years trying to build that same business. Critiques can do more harm than good. Look around you, ask questions, take notes.
- Learn how to develop your senses–taste, smell, hearing, touch, and sight–so that you can use them to your best advantage in your travel writing.
- Become alert to differences in lifestyles–begin at home.
- Take small day trips. Focus on one subject.
- Seek out what’s different.
- Get your reader excited about where you’ve been.
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