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Travel and Places Template

Updated on September 9, 2016

Jump Right in!

When writing a travel Hub (or any Hub), we recommend jumping right in. Some things you might do when opening your Hub:

  • Answer the question of your title right off the bat so that your readers don't hit the dreaded back button to continue searching for information somewhere else
  • Share some fascinating statistics or facts about the place or subject you are covering
  • Explain why you are particularly well suited to be writing an article on this subject
  • Give a brief overview of the information you will be presenting in greater detail below

Be Sure to Include Lots of Photos!

We recommend using as many of your own travel photos as possible, but when you can't, be sure to cite them properly, as is done below.
We recommend using as many of your own travel photos as possible, but when you can't, be sure to cite them properly, as is done below. | Source

Be Sure to Use Search-Friendly Subtitles

Though capsule subtitles are entirely optional, including them in your Hubs and making sure they are search friendly can make your Hub even more likely to be found via search engines (and this is how most Hubs gain traffic).

What is a search-friendly subtitle?

  • A subtitle that is short and descriptive (e.g. Places to Eat in San Francisco's Financial District)
  • A subtitle that matches common search terms (e.g. Kid-Friendly Hotels in San Francisco)

In other words, you should craft subtitles for capsules the same way you craft a title for your Hub!

Use the Map Capsule to Point Out Specific Locations

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95 Minna Street, San Francisco, CA 94105, USA

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As you can see, you can showcase specific locations and describe them. Oh look, there's HubPages Headquarters!

Engage Your Readers Through a Poll!

You might ask them what they think of the location about which you are writing

See results

Break Your Text Into Multiple Capsules

By breaking text into multiple Text Capsules, you:

  • Can more clearly present different themes and subjects addressed within the Hub
  • Make the Hub easier for readers-in-a-rush to skip around
  • Break up the Hub's formatting, saving it from the "wall of text" phenomenon that often scares readers away

Use Tables to Summarize Helpful Travel Facts

Things to Pack
... for day
... for night!
Shoes
Flats or sneakers
Heels or moon boots
Shirts
Blouses and button-up shirts
Tube tops and football armor
Hats
Knit cab or basebal cap
Roman-style helmet
Table Capsules in travel Hubs can summarize prices, packing lists, travel tips, timetables, and much, much more! They make for very helpful reference points for readers.
Though you technically do not need to attribute Public Domain images, we recommend doing so, as it makes it easier for HubPages staff to make sure the image is legally used (something they must verify if they are to name your Hub a Hub of the Day).
Though you technically do not need to attribute Public Domain images, we recommend doing so, as it makes it easier for HubPages staff to make sure the image is legally used (something they must verify if they are to name your Hub a Hub of the Day). | Source

Use Lots of Photos!

As you can see, we encourage you to use as many photos as possible. Why? Online readers love photos.

Some photo tips:

  • Use as many original photos as possible- they add uniqueness and credibility to your work (and should you be writing about travel, chances are you have some vacation photos you can use!)
  • Use attractive photos- they are more likely to tempt visitors to share your Hubs on sites like Pinterest
  • When using others' photos, be sure to only use them when you have the legal right to do so, and provide proper attribution if needed (most Creative Commons licenses require it)
  • Do not use pixelated (fuzzy or block-like) images (they run against our publishing policies)
  • Do not use watermarked images (they also run against our publishing policies)
  • Try to use images that are as large and high quality as possible

Don't Forget to Add Captions to Your Photos!

Adding a descriptive caption to a photo can increase its odds of showing up in image search results.
Adding a descriptive caption to a photo can increase its odds of showing up in image search results. | Source

Are you Providing Concrete Facts?

The more specific facts, tips, and figures you can add to your travel Hub, the better!

We recommend including information on:

  • Prices
  • Times
  • Specific locations (restaurants, shops, streets)
  • Modes of transportation
  • Foods to order
  • etc.

A beautiful San Francisco sunset
A beautiful San Francisco sunset | Source

Don't Be Afraid to Do Additional Research!

Supplementing Hubs in which you share your personal travel tips with additional information can give them a great competitive edge. Should you have learned anything about a place's...

  • History
  • Climate
  • Famous residents
  • Major events
  • Interesting traditions
  • Local folklore

... during a trip or a trip planning period, be sure to include that know-how!

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Don't Forget Video!

If, in the midst of some travel research, you came across a great video, don't hesitate to add it to your Hub! It might entice readers into staying with your page a bit longer, plus it can be an excellent source of additional information outside your personal area of expertise.

You might search for videos:

  • Showcasing an area's beauty
  • Sharing more about a place's history
  • Offering tips from a local
  • Reviewing a restaurant
  • Sharing travel safety tips for families or specific to a particular region

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