Monthly Archives: August 2009

Tips for writing a Travel Article

Ink Well - webToday my first travel article was published on American website Wandering Educators and I’m so delighted!

It has been a dream of mine for some time to combine my passion for travel with my love of writing – and it is slowly all coming together.

I’ve been writing for many years about a wide range of topics and have picked up a few tips along the way …

  1. Have an ANGLE. What will differentiate you from all the other travel writers out there? I look for the QUIRKY in all I write about.
  2. Use your own PHOTOS to give a visual image to support your writing. Mine are taken on a digital SLR – and some are by my friends,  professional photographers www.lordmartin.com
  3. Find your VOICE – one that is appropriate for you, your audience and what you are writing about. I imagine a good friend who wants to know about my latest exploits, gets bored easily and needs a bit of variety.
  4. Use vocabulary suitable for those who might read your article. I adapt my language slightly depending on who askes me to write.
  5. Understand HOW you write. Do you need to have peace & quiet? Do you prefer music or silence? I need to do two or three things at once and procrastinate until the last minute!

The main thing I have learnt is that you have to ENJOY it – otherwise there are undoubtedly loads of other things you could be doing … I love it and can’t wait for my next commission!

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The Quirky Traveller sets off …

Welcome to my world ...Zoe & Wheel small

 … a quirky place that I hope will provide inspiration, enjoyment and interesting insights.  Having spent many years living and working abroad – and with Venetian, French and Spanish ancestors, it’s maybe not surprising that I have a passion for travel and all that links to it.

Here, I’ll be sharing some of my adventures, suggestions for quirky places to stay and visit, plus recommendations for great resources that will make your own journeys even more enjoyable.  I live and work in the NW of England, close to one of the most beautiful places on earth – The Lake District, Cumbria.  So it will come as no surprise that I will often write about life here, as it has a never-ending appeal.

However, there are so very many wonderful destinations to explore and if I can inspire you to try somewhere different, see a place from a new perspective or simply appreciate what’s on your own back doorstep -then it’s all worthwhile!QTweb1

Do tell me about your quirky travels and if you have a favourite website, book or – whatever – let me know!