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Away With Words Travel Writing Tips

By JoWednesday 04th June 2014

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If you’re heading off on holiday, or have just returned from an exotic adventure, why not write about it and enter our exciting Away With Words competition? To celebrate Allure of the Seas coming to Europe next year we are offering one lucky person to join for one month and report back on their experiences, from the breathtaking entertainment, incredible dining and the array of beautiful destinations. To enter all you need to do is write 500 words describing your most WOW travel experience or upload a video by 30 June!

If you’d like to be our lucky guest blogger, but feel a little daunted by the prospect of writing a winning travel piece, then fear not! We’re here to offer some invaluable tips and advice on how to write an amazing travel article to enter into our Away With Words competition!

Make it Personal

When you’re writing a travel piece, using the first person, past tense gives your story the most easily relatable and personal angle. Interweave the facts about the destination, and descriptions of the sights with your own observations, something that you uniquely noticed.
A good way to start your piece is with a short anecdote, introducing the general idea behind the trip and the story you’re about to tell; a technique employed by many professional writers. This is where you want to grab attention and hook your reader, making them want to read on.
Whatever you’re talking about, it is important to try to make your readers feel what you were feeling. The best way to do this is to ‘show’, not ‘tell’. By describe things the way you actually saw them, how they made you feel will permeate through your words, creating similar emotions in your audience.
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Make it Colourful

Illustrate your work with powerful, descriptive words, and try to avoid using clichés. Set the scene as vividly as possible. Remember that your readers haven’t seen what you have, so try to write as if you were writing to a blind person, and avoid overusing generic words such as ‘beautiful’ or ‘charming’.
Taking a cinematic approach to your writing is a useful technique, with varying degrees of focus. Highlight the landscape as a panorama, before zooming in on finer details, bringing colours, sounds and smells to life in the imagination of your reader.
Another aid you can use is to include direct quotes from the people you have met on your travels. Speaking to locals and fellow travellers will add depth and insight to your work, which your readers can relate to on a human level.

Make it Snappy

To keep your audience engaged, you want to keep your writing succinct and to the point, without going off on tangents that hold no relevance to your story. Establish the direction of your piece early on and stick to it, illuminating the purpose of your trip, where the story is leading, and the hook.
Maintain your narrative direction throughout, and remember to summarise the overall message at the end. Your writing should flow, with each idea linking seamlessly to the next. It doesn’t necessarily have to run in chronological order, but it shouldn’t be confusing to follow.
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Send us your entries!


All that’s left to do is get writing and enter the competition! To find out a little bit more about what you’re in with a chance of winning, check out our previous blog telling you all about the Away With Words Competition here! Good Luck!

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