Pretty much anyone with a keyboard and an internet connection can have their say on where they are and what they’re doing. But how do you make your blog a valuable resource for the people who might be reading it? And how could you use your skills to win a festive tour with us? Read on!
When writing about your incredible experiences abroad, try to elaborate beyond ‘I went here and it was nice’. Build some narrative into your work by focussing on something that other people may miss out on: an interesting character that you met, a strange part of the city that you ended up in, a unique festival that you had a chance to take part in. Reveal something new to your readers or expose a side of the destination that deserves more attention. It will be more fun to write, and definitely more likely to attract eyeballs.
Great photographs are easy for people to consume online, and so are interesting videos. I don’t mean home movies of families: no-one’s really interested in those besides the people who are actually in them. (Unless something REALLY weird happens: just look at some of the popular movies on YouTube!) Think ahead about what it is about the destination you’d like to show off, and then think about how you’re going to do it. Take inspiration from networks like Vimeo: it caters for film-makers and creative types who have great ideas and like to show them off. Borrow some concepts and make your own masterpiece!
A large part of taking great photos is about being in the right place at the right time. LIke the photo above for example. But what about great landmarks? Unfortunately, most people have seen a digital representation of the world’s great wonders already. Landmarks like the pyramids, Machu Picchu or the Rose City of Petra are instantly recognisable, even though many people have probably never even been there. Think about it: what can you do to make these well-known landmarks look fresh and exciting?
Using photo & video apps.
With the range of photography and film apps out there, doing something imaginative and vaguely original with equipment you may already own is actually a lot easier than you think. And although it may take a little more planning than just shooting it ‘clean’ (without apps or fanciful effects), if you do use the technology that’s out there you could be rewarded with something that’s actually interesting. Most importantly, your view count will reflect that. Or you could just go old-school, like Tim did with his photo above. Read about his tips on photography in Turkey here.
We’ve got a ‘XMAS Competition’ running right now over on our Facebook page. You could win a festive tour if you submit your work and get votes from your friends and our followers. There are five different locations to choose from for three lucky winners; all you have to do is sign up and we’ll send you further details on how you can win with us.
If you’re interested in learning more about travel writing and photography, here’s a helpful link from Wanderlust.