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Issue #65: 3 Ways to Get Out of Your Comfort Zone and Into the Culture
June 01, 2015
|Greetings Fellow Travel Writers!
I just returned late last night from a 6-day press trip in Virginia - more about it in next week's e-zine. In the meantime, you can check out my Facebook page for updates about my trip.
This week's featured article will show you some ways to find unique story angles by getting out of your comfort zone.
Get Out of Your Comfort Zone and Into the CultureIn order to sell your travel stories, it’s important to find a unique angle about each place you visit. Editors are only interested in pitches that highlight something different and exciting for their readers.
One of the ways to keep an edge on your stories, and keep things exciting, is to attempt new experiences everywhere you travel. After all, it’s up to you as a travel writer to learn what’s unique about a place or a culture so you can help your readers gain a deeper understanding and learn something new.
Human beings as a general rule don’t like change. We surround ourselves with things we like and get comfortable in our own little world. There’s nothing wrong with this - it’s the thing that makes us happy to be home after a trip.
When we travel, we have a natural tendency to seek out things that are familiar and comfortable. But as a travel writer, feeling comfortable while you’re on the road can be detrimental.
To keep your edge, this means traveling outside your comfort zone frequently. This can be both difficult and frustrating. In fact, it’s an acquired behavior that doesn’t come naturally to most of us.
We all have our own, unique interpretation of things that are foreign to us. As a travel writer when you take the step to experience a place for what it is, and what it means to the people there, you will be able to more clearly describe the place through that insight. It will help you create a more engaging article.
With these things in mind, here are a few ways travel writers can get out of their comfort zone and into experiences and stories that people love to read.
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