A personal travelogue provides a wonderful way to keep your friends and family members abreast of your adventures and stay in touch while you are traveling. By posting photographs, descriptions, and interesting anecdotes on Facebook, you can bring your travels to life for your family and friends. Or you might start a travel blog. The easiest way is to write a series of emails to your family and loved ones. But what to write and capture? Read on and we’ll help.
The saying that “a picture is worth a thousand words” is especially true when it comes to travel. Take your digital camera along and upload photos to your travelogue (perhaps on Flickr or Facebook) as often as possible. This way, your family members and friends can feel as if they are seeing the sights you’ve enjoyed right along with you. If possible, make sure you are in some of these photos as well. While your family members and friends may enjoy seeing the photographs of places you have visited, they will likely want to see your smiling face against some of the amazing backdrops as well.
Write from the heart when you create a travelogue. While you may imagine that your loved ones will only want to read about the great times you have on a trip, this isn’t necessarily true. Your loved ones will likely want the bare truth about how you feel and what you experience while on your trip. If you sample some of the local cuisine and decide that it is truly awful, that’s probably what you should write. This gives your readers a true view of how you felt on your trip and provides a perfect opportunity to add a little personality to your writing.
You may render your travelogue more interesting by making an effort to vary your writing as much as possible. For example, you may make some of your content very descriptive and even caption your photographs. Then, you may also choose to write some of your travelogues in story format. This means you tell the story of something that happens during your journey. You can include the setting, plot, conflict (even if it’s something minor), and climax. This will help to draw your readers in and help them feel as if they are right there with you. Adding suspense or incorporating a lesson, even a moral one, may help to keep your loved ones interested and prevent your writing from taking on a monotonous tone.
Details are also important when you have a travelogue. Your readers may enjoy your accounts more if your provide details about your trip. For example, you may provide details about the price range of the meals at the restaurant you visited or the amenities in your hotel room. The names of the places you visit and information about where they are located my help those who wish to duplicate your trip. Likewise, you may include details about the best way to travel to various locations, the best time to visit, and helpful tidbits like how to get a good seat and whom to tip. You may also help your loved ones by writing about major attractions in the area, even if you did not visit them.
Include season-specific information in your travelogue. For instance, if there are seasonal events, activities, or must-see sightseeing opportunities during certain seasons, your loved ones may enjoy learning about them. And keep in mind that discussing the weather is never boring. Write about the weather you experienced and what others can expect if they visit during the same season. Such firsthand accounts are often viewed as helpful additions to the information a person may gather through a travel site.
Have you written a travelogue or are you planning to document your travels? Please share with us in the comments.
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