If you have ever been asked to write a travel piece, you may wonder where you need to start. You may be asked to visit the destination in question, but you may also be asked to write travel pieces about destinations you haven’t visited before.
Trust me, this happens a lot. In the past I have written countless articles about New York City, Miami, and the town of Bath in England. I have never visited any of these places, yet I have written 50+ articles in total. So how did I go about writing them, and how can you make readers of your travel articles believe you’ve been there?
- Research – It’s vital that you do as much research as you can, so that you get all of the information right. This may mean that you have to visit a lot of different websites, and even see what people have to say about particular venues.
- Write in an easy-to-read style – the easier your article is to read, the better. If you use long words, or you don’t try to add a bit of life to it, people will be able to tell. Write in a friendly tone, and make sure you write like you know what you’re talking about.
- If you get the chance to travel to a destination you’re reviewing, make sure you weigh up the pros and cons of the place. Don’t be overly harsh, but don’t be too nice; remember, your article (Depending on where it ends up) could potentially affects someone’s livelihood.
- If you have to write reviews about the Top Unusual Places to Stay for example, try to research thoroughly. Look for places that aren’t ‘On the map’, but those that are found in a field or back street somewhere.
- Don’t use copyrighted pictures or content. If you have to search for you own, then start searching. You could be fined or prosecuted for this so make sure you stay on the right side of the law.
- Be 100% original, don’t copy phrases or text from someone else. The site you’re writing for could be penalized, and your job could even be on the line.
One last and final tip that I have for you is to make sure you know your audience. If for example, you’re writing for the American market, then write in American English. Alternatively, if you’re writing for the British Market, write in British English. Although there are a lot of similarities between various dialects, the way words are spelled could differ. Don’t do guess work, find out who you’re writing for.
As you can see, there are a few things that you need to consider. If you bare all of the above in mind, you’re more likely to write an article that your boss is pleased with.