Why Travel writing isn't about travel anymore

25th Oct 2016

A lot of people are following their dreams these days, and the most common dream for everyone is to go out and travel the world. The passion to see the world and not working to fulfill someone else's dream in a 9 to 6 job is what every college student comes out with.

In this rat race, the easiest option is to work online, freelance your skills. But, how do one advertise? Write blogs. Go to some free domain-name providing website, create your website and start writing blogs. Which basically converts a travelers' journey into a tourists' trip. Instead of experiencing every bit of journey, people are concentrating more on making notes of things to do, places to see, restaurants to eat at and so on. Which is completely fine if you write about them while narrating your experience. However, it ends up in becoming a post with titles like 10 restaurants to eat at, 7 things I realized, 8 things to carry, 9 places to go to this winter etc etc etc

We are basically losing the content. We are not describing how we reached a place, what obstacles we faced, how people treated us, the best thing we did, how we did it, how was the experience, basically the description of the journey is completely missing from the articles.

I really feel, one should write about his/her experience, so that even if someone reads ten thousand blogs about the same place, they will still have different content to read. When a person reads your blog they should walk that mile with you, they should exhaust on that trek you did, they should have the same smile while reading your blog that you had when a stranger helped you.

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Thanks for this post, it is what I find a lot as well and also something I am struggeling with myself. One difficulty is time. It is just a lot quicker to write a quick list with a tiny story on 10 restaurants, while you would rather be writing pages of your experience, but if you want to keep posting one or two articles a week and you are working or studyign (or travelling) next to your writing, this gets all messed up. You are starting to forget about your expierences and all you remember when you finally have time to write that post about a trip 9 months ago is what you wrote down in your notebook and those, are mainly facts. I am trying not to make that mistake though, which for me, however, results in many blog posts about places I have been that never end up online, simply because I don't have the time on time to write the way I really wanted to write it.
Wed 10 26 16, 13:20 · Reply · Report
Thanks for the agreement Mohit. My only point is to reduce the redundancy in the blogs and get more life in them.
Tue 10 25 16, 23:52 · Reply · Report
Very true sonesh. There are many blogs with the same guide about the. City with just twist if language but very few which share their actual experience. And when you chose to write for someone thay too ask for such articles which provokes people to do such thing. And probably thats the reason i chose to blog to share my experiences.
Tue 10 25 16, 23:50 · Reply · Report