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Travel-writing & photography tips


I am available to teach travel writing classes (day, weekend, a week).

Contact me if you would like me to do this in your area (see www.kiwitravelwriter.com)

2014  I’m presenting two one day classes in Wellington, New Zealand  

January 26, 2009

Keen on travel – like to write?  As travel editor of a newspaper (now defunct so please don’t send me stories) here is a list of what we wanted from people who wanted to send us submissions. I hope some of these will be helpful as good tips for you travel writing.

This is what we asked for:

Firstly we required authentic travel articles from people with a passion for travel.

In other words, you have actually been there, done that. If you haven’t actually got the T-shirt, you at least have real experience to write about, not information gleaned (plagiarised) from the internet or travel book. They are great for research before you go – we want to hear about your adventures after the trip; good and bad.

So what makes a good travel article? The goal is to transfer the emotional experience to the reader.

Avoid long scenery bits and a day by day, sight by sight, blow-by-blow account of your journey.

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Interview with a Travel Writer…Heather Hapeta 30th May 2007

Today’s interviewee is New Zealand travel writer Heather Hapata. Heather’s articles have been published in the Sydney Morning Herald, NZ Listener, and Morning Calm (Korean Air’s in-flight magazine), she writes a monthly travel column for Homestyle magazine, and has her first book, Naked in Budapest.

Hi Heather and thanks for stopping by My Year of Getting Published.

1. Did you always want to be a writer? How did you get started writing?

I was an avid reader as a child and always dreamt of being a writer – I thought how fabulous it would be to give such joy as I had from book. However it wasn’t until I was in my fifties that I had the time and confidence to give  a try – after all when you are fifty-plus surely it’s time to do what you really want to do.

READ THE REST OF THE INTERVIEW HERE

PS the woman who wrote this attended one of my travel writing workshops in Christchurch, New Zealand

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Travel sharpens awareness of our surroundings; the different, the unusual and it’s these things, the view of a new eye that makes great photos. As a travel writer and author I take many photos during my first few days in another country, a different culture.

If you want your photos to be more than a mere record of your travels try these tips.

  1. Keep your camera with you : some of my ‘best photos’ are the ones I missed by not having my camera read
  2. Filling the frame adds impact to many pictures
  3. Eliminate the unessential, cut the clutter. Don’t try to grab it all.
  4. Early morning and late afternoon have the most favourable light.
  5. Avoid midday as overhead sun drains the colour.
  6. Simple blocks of bright colour make bold statements
  7. Look at other people’s photos to see what works, what catches your eye. read more tips here
10 Comments leave one →
  1. February 21, 2014 7:56 PM

    Great tips…

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  2. February 5, 2014 7:24 PM

    I’ll try to follow your all step and lets see further how it will improve me!! Thanks for share

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  3. Ellen permalink
    October 12, 2013 11:03 PM

    What newspaper were you the travel editor for?

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  4. June 14, 2012 9:29 AM

    When you ‘miss a photo’ play it back in you mind’s eye and look at the detail. Then write about the photo you missed and let your readers see the photo in your words.

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  5. October 22, 2009 8:21 AM

    thanks Christopher … keep enjoying your travels too :)

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  6. October 22, 2009 3:19 AM

    Great tips

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