“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.
In ancient villages, I was enchanted by wooden houses, elaborate clocks and ornate town halls, straight out of a Grimm fairy tale. The glittering salt mines of Krakow, with chandeliers intricately carved from black or white crystals, fuelled my enthusiasm for trolls, elves and the supernatural.
When Nazar met our coddled cat, he fell in love. He adores animals, but the few ragamuffin moggies you see in India are tiny. To him Millie was an exotic sleek-coated giant.
Esper’s bow disappeared under water, shooting the sea into the cockpit. I was astonished at how warm it was. Jamie released the sails, then furled them, to give the wind a smaller target. His hands bled from rope burns, and the din of whipping lines and snapping canvas made me flinch. But we were upright.
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.
You’ll need energy for all the sight-seeing, but don’t worry, Penang was at the top of Lonely Planet’s best places to eat in 2014. And there’s no need to dress up to go out because the best food is found on the streets and in the hawker markets.
PNG UK Tourism have teamed up with Wanderlust Magazine in this fantastic competition for bloggers. The chosen blogger of the month will win either an iPad or GoPro. Then, in December, the best of the monthly winners will be crowned PNGTPA ‘Blogging Ambassador’, clinching a trip for two to PNG.
Already we had entered a different world: no more clanging masts from the wash churned up by passing ferries; no more chitter chatter from the neighbours; no more dodging monkeys on treks to the shower block. To the uninitiated marinas might look exotic (all gin and tonics and navy blue) but for those incarcerated, they are about as glamorous as a caravan park.
We traversed a small tree-covered hill where Rangit pointed out fresh tiger scat. Then we found deep scratches in the bark of one of the trees. Rangit seemed pleased. We stopped to observe a perfect pugmark.
“Tiger is here, maybe one hour,” said Rangit.
How to win travel writing competitions. What’s the recipe for success? Don’t use cliches! Or exclamation marks. Seriously, there are only two rules…