Travel writing tips

Coastal Retreats Blog 29 May 2017

Travel writing tips

Our writing competition for 5-18 year olds ends on Friday. To help you be in with a chance of winning that fantastic stay at House in the North for you and your family, writer and owner of this Retreat, Judith O’Reilly has put together some top travel writing tips so your piece can stand out from the rest.

  1. You’re trying to tell people who have never been somewhere what a place is like, so think about your senses. How it looks is obvious enough, but think about how it smells (like the smell of vinegar on chips), what the sounds are (say seagulls screeching), the sensations (like sand between your toes) or the taste (of a local speciality perhaps like kipper ice-cream).
  2. Check how you spell place names and get it right!
  3. If you meet someone interesting, you can write about that person (like the friendly cafe owner).
  4. Take photographs. Either you can use them to illustrate your piece, or to jog your memory.
  5. Keep ticket stubs and flyers, buy postcards and guides, which will help you with your piece when you get home.

Click here for the full details of the competition, including how to enter.

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