TRAVEL WRITER'S SURVIVAL KIT


Just like the Boy Scouts, a travel writer's motto should be "Be Prepared." If you think you want to venture into the world of travel writing, take a look at this list. Travel writing may sound glamorous but it's hard work. And successful travel writers are always prepared.

WHAT TO TAKE ALONG
Take only half of what you think you'll need.

1.   Something to show you're a writer--business cards or tear sheets.
2.   Notebooks and pens--with extras.
3.   Cassette recorder, tapes and extra batteries.
4.   Camera and plenty of film.
5.   Brown envelopes--large size.
6.   Address list.
7.   Assignment list.
8.   Documents and tickets.
9.   Hard-backed writing surface.
l0.  Alarm clock.
11. Matches.
12. Flashlight.
13. Maps--city and country.
14. Scissors.
15. Tape.
16. Pocket calculator.
17. Extra passport photos for visas, etc.
18. Phrasebook for country you're visiting.
19. Laundry kit--liquid soap, clothes pins, etc.
20. Sewing kit.
21. First aid kit with plenty of bandaids (great for blisters).

WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN YOU ARRIVE
Orient yourself with a short sightseeing tour--a good half-day tour will do.
Take public transportation for your local sightseeing.
Notice how streets are laid out and whom they're named after.
Look for the essence of a place--what makes it tick.
Meet the local people.
Play where the locals play and eat where they eat.
Go to markets and grocery stores.
Don't forget to stop at the local cafe.
Above all, notice details--numbers of people, measurements, etc.


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