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Issue #41: How to Create a Sense of Place in Your Travel Articles
December 15, 2014
The big question these days is: “should I start a blog?” I hear this question frequently from travel writers and there isn’t a simple answer. As we plan our editorial calendar for next year, we’ve slated travel blogging as a topic in an upcoming issue.
One of the things we’ve noticed, as our subscriber list grows, is that many of our readers already have travel blogs. If you have a travel blog or travel website, we want to hear from you!
In 2015 we’re planning to:
- feature travel bloggers in our weekly e-zine
- list profiles of travel blogs and websites on PitchTravelWrite.com, and
- include experiences from travel bloggers in our upcoming article about blogging.
If you’re a travel blogger interested in participating in an email interview about blogging, and getting your profile listed on our site or in our e-zine, please send me an email along with your URL. Once I hear from you, I’ll reply back to gather more information. (email: firstname.lastname@example.org with “travel blogger” in the subject line.)
How to Create a Sense of Place in Your Travel Stories
The essence of good travel writing is to give your readers a sense of place by revealing its ambiance as if they were there, experiencing it. The trick is to write imaginatively enough to paint pictures with your words.
Most people read travel articles as a form of escapism. So your words need to be easy to follow and your descriptions succinct. People don't want to work hard reading your stories. Your readers want to feel the atmosphere of a place without choking on overused or non-descript words.
There are a few techniques that are particularly effective in helping your reader feel a sense of place, and they all have to do with carefully choosing your words.
Here are two things to do - and two things not to do - to make your articles more unique and enjoyable for your readers:
Book Review: Smell York
In keeping with creating a sense of place, one of the techniques - an exceptionally powerful one - is writing to the senses. Conveying the smells and aromas of a place conjure up strong images in readers and really helps brings your destination to life.
The VisitYork tourism agency in the UK has taken this to a whole new level. They’ve just published the world’s first ever scented guidebook. And it’s selling (and smelling) like hotcakes.
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....
Please note: Some products mentioned in this e-zine may result in my receiving a small referral fee if you decide to purchase the product. I only recommend products and services that I believe are high quality and can help you be more successful as a freelance writer. Please let me know if you have any questions.
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