Following are some tips to be considered to become a travel writer and to enhance travel writing skills if you manage to get any of the jobs for freelance writers:
- Choosing the correct details is the key to a description, that is, we must try to isolate those who represent the main features, those that are more evocative and those that may be more absorbent for the reader. Anecdotes are simply expanded versions of the descriptions, sets of details that need to be filtered out and chosen according to its convergence with the whole story.
- Always show and not explain: Do not explain what your characters feel, take it out. Reveal his inside thought, what they do or say and leave the reader to draw their own conclusions, to imagine. The same applies to oneself.
- Use the voice of the story to communicate. The narrative voice is the instrument to reflect the personality and style of the travel writers. You should show a connection to the place, which lives, reflect their humanity and sound natural. Avoid explanations, opinions, particularly in relation to scams or disappointments. You’re supposed to be an expert enough to bear.
- Make your verbs act and explain your names: A common beginner’s mistake is to write while filling in adjectives and adverbs and flowery phrases. Reread every word and always remember that less is more.
- Rewrite and auto-edit: A good practice is to write three drafts of an article. In the first, write everything you have in your head about the history incidents, impressions, and lessons. The second is where the story relocates to have fluidity and logic, moving and deleting paragraphs, content, identifying gaps that require further development. Ask yourself if the reader has all the information to recreate the experience if everything is consistent. The third is the micro-edition when reading slowly and precisely, paying attention to the style and prose, in words, in the transitions and rhythm.
To finish the definition of a good travel writer, Michael Yessis, co-founder of the web WorldHum, one of the most prestigious in terms of travel narrative says that
I want a writer to get to me from the beginning of a story with a vivid image, an absorbent scene or a pun. I want a writer who keeps me hooked, leading me to delve into the story. I want a writer who understands how to structure and tell a story, who knows what to put and what not. I want clarity. I want a writer who has eyes for details, someone who can transport me to a scene or a place. I want him/her to entertain me. I want a writer who, at the end of it all, has made me feel something or have taught me something I did not know.