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Issue #23 - Why Roundup Travel Stories are the Most Fun to Write
August 04, 2014
Greetings Writers!

I just got back from Portland last night after a great time at the Willamette Writers Conference. We had some very keen and dedicated travel writers in the room - some novices and some well-published.

It was great to be around other writers and answer all the questions coming at me about freelance writing, travel writing and marketing.

I also want to welcome all the new e-zine subscribers from the WWC conference. We're happy to have you with us.

Just a reminder that it’s not too late to sign up for The Ultimate Travel Writer’s Workshop in San Diego. Great Escape Publishing is still offering a $200 discount through August 31 when you sign up at this link:

2014 Ultimate Travel Writer's Workshop, September 11-13, 2014 in San Diego

I’m lining up a few travel story assignments so while I’m in San Diego I can have a look around after the workshop is over. It’s been years since I’ve been in San Diego, so I am excited to stay a few days longer to do some research and see what's changed in this popular city.

This issue is about writing roundup travel stories. Most beginning writers like to try their hand at writing roundup stories because they're easy to write.

Even though I've been writing for several years, I still find these kinds of stories a lot of fun and full of benefits.

Read the article to find out what makes them so appealing, and for examples of different kinds of roundup stories.

There's also some advice about how to make sure you've written an enticing piece - one that keeps your readers engaged.

August 4 Travel Writing Tips:

Why Roundup Stories are the Most Fun

I’m often asked, “What are the best travel stories to write?” The answer is: whatever you enjoy writing about.

Maybe you enjoy writing food, wine, or beer stories. Or perhaps luxury resorts and lodges are more your style. Some writers like to write about romantic cities and wedding destinations.

I especially enjoy writing about military museums and military vehicle museums. But, by far, my favorite travel stories are roundup pieces.

When I hear the word “roundup” I can’t help thinking about rodeo roundup events that are held in many places across the U.S. These events feature a variety of activities from steer roping to bull riding, and from barrel racing to parades and pageants.

There’s something for everyone.

A roundup travel story has some similarities. These are high-level descriptions, or “roundups”, of what a city or place has to offer with enough variety to offer something of interest for everyone.

Roundup stories are written in a way similar to travel guides in the sense that you don’t need to go into great detail about the attractions.

They’re also easy to write because you don’t have to do much in-depth research. Usually a sentence or two about each tourist attraction will suffice. Because of this, roundup stories practically write themselves.

As you can imagine, the brevity of roundup stories is frustrating to many travel writers who would like to go into greater detail about their destinations. You can’t paint a detailed picture of a place or an attraction in two or three sentences in a roundup story. So you have to make the most of the limited number of words.

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Please share this e-zine with friends, family or anyone who may be interested in travel writing and can benefit from some free marketing and travel writing information.

That’s all for now.

Until next time, you keep pitching....


Roy Stevenson
Pitch Travel Write

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