There was a VIP party in a smart room next to the lecture theatre where we, as mere hoi polloi, weren’t allowed. Until the Wanderlust crew arrived and the lovely Lyn Hughes swept us along with her into the party. Wine, canapes, speeches, chit chat. What more could you want?
“I meet no one who privately disagrees that population growth is a problem. No one, except flat-earthers, can deny that the planet is finite. We can all see it in that beautiful picture of our earth taken from the Apollo mission. So why does hardly anyone say so publicly?”
“Rather than seeing travel as competition or a materialistic exercise in one-upmanship, Transitions Abroad has always believed that more experienced travelers and travel writers seek to engage more deeply in a destination by staying for a longer period of time and thereby immerse themselves in the culture and homes they are fortunate enough to visit.”
Give your readers as much information as possible as soon as possible. To hell with suspense. Readers should have such complete understanding of what is going on, where and why, that they could finish the story themselves, should cockroaches eat the last few pages.
“Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else.” – Margaret Mead
“The four judges present on Monday night at the event in Stanfords, Long Acre, all praised the very high standard of entry in this, Bradt’s 40th anniversary and the 15th year of the travel-writing competition. It just seems to get better every year.” Hilary Bradt
Nature, culture, wildlife: all important elements which make travel enjoyable. But for Jamie and me, it’s the people who make it memorable.
Living among the ruins, in immaculate shanty lean-tos or plastic and corrugated iron shacks are some of the friendliest and most inquisitive people we have met during our sojourn by boat.
The Bradt/Independent on Sunday travel writing competition is one of the most important in the calendar. In 2014 the Itinerant Writers Club had five entries in the top 14 positions, and six in the top 20. Two of our members are in the final
Ban those adverbs! Only use “said” to denote speech! Don’t use exclamation marks! OK.
“If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.” The late novelist, Elmore Leonard, on good writing.
Esper came equipped with a swimming platform on the stern. Even so, it’s still a struggle to haul yourself up. For humans, there is a fold-down ladder. But cats don’t have our dexterity, so we added a rope ladder to make the job easier. The next question was would Millie be able to find and use the rope?
Wanderlust is “…hunting for exceptional photos from every corner or our planet, taken by discerning travellers like you. So rummage through memory cards, develop old films: if you’ve got pictures that you think are in with a chance, we want to see them!”