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How to Write a Travelogue?

Updated on July 23, 2019
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With the extensive craze of social media and watching people dive into adventures at different places. There is a huge boom in the travel industry. Crafting travel articles, tourist guides, trip reports, travel journals, and travel memoirs are the topmost priority of most writers. If you wish to be a part of this lucrative profession, then you should know the tricks and tips before beginning with travel writing.

Travel writing can be done using many ways, out of which travelogue is the most popular. You need to have a remarkable vocabulary and inspiring thoughts to begin with the one. Also, include photographs and brochures, if required. First of all, what exactly is a travelogue?

What is a Travelogue?

Travelogue is the diary of a person’s journey overseas or to another place. It can be a narrative story describing personal experiences or a written report including factual details. It is not supposed to be like any other creative writing. It involves emotions and talks with the readers through photos and motion pictures.

Methods to Write a Travelogue

Travelogue can be written in various formats depending on the type of story you wish to convey to the audience. Here are 6 ways to begin with your writing:

1. Entertainment

Writing about travel is not all similar to wiring for academics. Its main objective is to make readers enthusiastic about the location. It is a part of creative writing. Well-written travelogues encourage people to visit the place and stimulate their imagination. Make use of fun facts, jokes and flirt a little with your readers to make it super exciting.

2. Personal Experience

Don’t indulge in travel writing if you have not yet visited the place or just know about it as much you have heard from friends, family or seen on the Internet. Better write with your own personal experience, it helps you give an emotional touch to your content and generate live pictures in the minds of the audience.

3. Helpful Information

Besides entertainment quotient, travelogues, that help readers to understand the culture, people and other facts of different locations, urge them to visit your article again and again. Include details of prices, transportation and whatever you feel the readers must know.

Travelogue Example - 1
Travelogue Example - 1 | Source

4. Use the first person

Your travelogue is about your experiences, thoughts, and feelings. There is no scope to describe it through a narrator. Readers wish to know your story. Make use of “I”, “me” and “mine”. Also, don’t focus on yourself, it is surely not an autobiography.

5. Simple and Straightforward Language

The best language to use is when you speak, but not with fillers and swearing. Use the language that you would ideally speak. Use simple and no-grammatical-error language. Readers should follow your perception without picking up a dictionary every time to understand your language.

6. Well-Structured Narration

Creative writing implements no limitations. Yet travelogue is not a novel or a long poem. It is a mixture of your feelings, beliefs, experiences and what you want your readers to know about the place. Do not exaggerate your thoughts and feelings, maintain a limit. Write in a way that makes readers a part of your journey. The recommended way is to write it in a narrative chronological style.

Structure of a Travelogue

A travelogue is written in an essay-style following all the rules of essay writing. It has 3 major elements: introduction, body, and conclusion.

1. Introduction

Attractive introduction persuades your readers to read the whole post. Make it precise and catchy. Use a thrilling photo (not your face) that speaks of your journey.

2. Body

This is the sole of your journey. Avoid writing long paragraphs, instead use smaller ones with attractive headings. You can also use a poetic description in your headline about landscapes, people, and other sights.

3. Conclusion

Finally, express your gratitude to the locals and friends you made there. Talk about their hospitality. End your travelogue on a positive note. Avoid criticism. Encourage your readers to visit the place and tell them why you would like to go there next time as well.

Travelogue is based on Essay Structure
Travelogue is based on Essay Structure

What Points can be Added to a Travelogue?

You might be having so many points and stories to talk about, but here are some general and major points that you need to keep in mind. Most of the readers look for them while reading about your travel journey.

1. Must Visit Places

Add all the possible places that you think your readers should go while visiting the destination. Make it exhaustive, such that your readers will not have to surf the Internet to look for additional details such as an address, timings, prices, and other relevant details.

2. Seasonal Changes

Some places are visitable only during a certain time of the year. For example, you would, certainly, not like to visit New York or London in winter seasons, as the temperature may lower down to negative and there are huge problems with the flights as well. Also, visiting New Delhi is also not a good idea in months like June, July or August due to the extremely hot weather.

Talk to the locals and ask them about the seasonal events and climate changes occurring during the whole year and in what season, there is the highest number of tourists visiting the place. Describe every season and tell your recommended time to visit the place.

3. Transportation Modes

Finding the right mode of transportation is the biggest headache that tourists face. Mention all the possible ways your readers can travel across the country or city along with prices and which one is safer at a particular time in a day.

Brochure like Travelogue written for a Newspaper
Brochure like Travelogue written for a Newspaper | Source

4. Elaborate Details

Everyone is enthusiastic to know even a tiny detail about the place. Make sure to tell everything you know in an interesting manner with some humorous touch.

5. Cultural background

Culture is a must to include in your writing. But don’t add too many dates. Indeed make sure to include the differences in their culture and how you feel about them.

6. To-Do List

Tell your readers what could possibly the best way to enjoy the scenic beauty of the place. Have a glass of wine looking at the Eiffel Tower, try curry while in New Delhi or play roulette in Las Vegas. Highlight activities that your readers can do only at that place. Talk about the famous cuisine of the place. You can eat dosa anywhere any day, but for the real taste, go to South India.

7. Warnings

This is to ensure that your readers do not get involved in something illegal. Every place has its own rules and regulations supposed to be followed by everyone including tourists. INCLUDE DO'S AND DON'TS OF THE PLACE. Include them so they won’t look disrespectful and fall in traps.

8.Special Events

Sydney opera, Indian fairs, Las Vegas parties are something that everyone talks about. Educate your readers about the special events that occur during a particular season. This will help them decide the appropriate time to visit the place that comes under their budget.

9. Include a True Story

Write a short story of your visit, that may not be the best part of your journey but readers must know to avoid a similar situation.

10. Add Important Contacts and Sources

Do not forget to add the phone numbers and emails of emergency sources such as ambulance, police, food delivery, auto rental and so on. Including them in the first paragraph might frighten the readers, rather add them at the end.

Steps to Write a Travelogue
Steps to Write a Travelogue | Source

How to Write a Travelogue?

Travelogue has its own techniques to help you pour out your thoughts on a piece of paper or on a blog. Though there are no strict guidelines to follow, your imagination and thorough research make it unique and worthy of reading. Here are a few steps to write a successful travelogue:

1. Purpose

The purpose of writing has a huge significance in implementing the writing style. Make it clear for what purpose you are writing a travelogue. It can be for sharing your personal story with friends and readers or for a magazine.

2. Research

Do a pre-research about the place. Learn about interesting locations and probable events that are going to happen when you visit there. Talk to a travel agency to make things easier. This is important because what you see and hear about the place is generally not the complete truth.

3. Make it feel Real

Make a diary or record the sights while traveling to different locations. It is important to give a visualized effect on your writing. You’ll remember the impressions you made of a particular place. Also, do not forget to collect brochures, guides, and tourism maps.

Take pictures that don’t completely resemble the ones available on stock online. Make it feel real. It won’t matter if it is not about famous historical places, using pictures of crowded streets, old man, signboard works great too. It helps readers know the real lifestyle of the place, instead of posting famous places, which anyone can see on the Internet.

4. Review Recordings

Sort out your recordings by date and importance. Choose the brightest ones that positively reflect your journey. Travel comes with an idea of positivity and adventure, that’s what readers have in their mind, before reading your content. Make sure to deliver them what they are looking for.

5. Craft an Outline

Point out important points from your travel summary. This doesn’t need to be the final report, but it helps you create a structure to build the final copy.

6. Write the Travelogue

After you have clearly sorted out the important outlines, now this is the time to craft the travelogue. Travel diaries need to be interesting and contain factual details. Start with what made you visit that place, your description should make the readers visualize that place, include customs and traditions of that place.

7. Proofread the Final Writing

This is very important. Being habitual of writing several pages make us reluctant to proofread our work, but this is essential. You don’t want to get embarrassed in front of your readers.

Travelogue Example - 2
Travelogue Example - 2 | Source

How to Select the Topic?

Travel writing is one of the favorite section for most of the bloggers and writers. Since there are so many travel blogs already running online, finding the content that distinguishes you from others is relatively difficult.

It all begins with choosing the appropriate topic and elaborating it in an interesting manner. You can begin it with something that you found most adorable at that place like the uniqueness of the place or something crazy about its inhabitants. Try to concentrate on the following topics as well:

  • Cuisine (umm.. my favorite)
  • History and places of interest
  • Customs and traditions
  • Entertainment mode
  • Prices and transportation

Few Important Points to Consider

  • Your writing should not merely talk about the visited places and exotic food you got to taste. It is a boring and monotonous story that the readers must have heard elsewhere too. Invent a central idea, around which your complete content revolves. Talk about your life lessons, differences between that place and your place and what would make you visit that place in the future.
  • Do not get indulged in common tourist places, do your own exploration, indeed. This brings you more interesting content and gives a reason for the readers to check out your blog or magazine post.
  • The good way to write your travelogue is to follow the essay structure. Begin with some background information about the place and then, introduce your photos and recordings. Share your findings and give a reason for your readers to visit that place themselves. Persuade them to follow your journey.
  • Do not talk just about the attractiveness. Danger, problems and strange incidents make the content more readable.
  • Post pictures that are not selfies and have less of you.
  • Do not judge people and their environment. You are not supposed to create any prejudice.
  • Never ever use a travel guidebook to make your travelogue.

Paul Theroux is one of the most successful travel writers.
Paul Theroux is one of the most successful travel writers. | Source

Mistakes to Avoid while Writing a Travelogue

  • Focusing extensively on factual details
  • Showing over-enthusiasm in describing your views and feelings
  • Relying on memory rather than taking notes
  • Writing with too much awe or with extensive criticism.

Writing Tools

Writing tools are a great way to design an error-free travelogue. It helps you to improve spellings and grammatical errors that you would be considering to be correct. Here are a few of them:

  1. Grammar Checker: Checks your grammar and specifics the errors with solutions.
  2. EssayPro: Help you design your essay in the proper structure.
  3. Word Counter: Counts the words and show the keyword density of your travelogue.
  4. UKWritings: Provide all measure writings services to give you a unique and final redesign of your content.


What is the Salary of a Travel Writer?

Most of the travel writers earn a median salary of $61,000 per annum. Few of them makes even six-figure income in a year on the basis of experience and exposure.

What is the required Education to become a Travel Writer?

Most of the companies and agencies prefer experience and samples over degree. But having a bachelor in journalism or related field is recommended.

What are the best Places to look for work as a Travel Writer?

If you wish to work for a company, then here are few to consider:

  1. The New York Times
  2. EF Ultimate Break
  3. One Acre Fund
  4. Red Bull
  5. GoAbroad
  6. Infamous PR
  7. Delta
  8. M&C Saatchi
  9. WeWork

If you wish to go for freelancing, then these following sites have the best travel writing jobs available:

  1. Matador Network
  2. Travelicious
  3. Wanderful
  4. Viator
  5. Thrillist
  6. BootsnAll
  7. Wanderlust
  8. WestJet Magazine
  9. Go World Travel
  10. The Expeditioner


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