With the ease of international travel and the range of social media technologies at our fingertips, it’s no surprise travel writing has become so popular amongst professional and amateur journalists alike. As someone who has recently returned from an overseas trip, I can see the appeal in documenting your experiences for others to see. There are many topics available for travel writers to cover when journeying overseas. You can document local events and landmarks, post reviews of restaurants and hotels, or write about differences in culture and people.
Recently I returned from a two-month-long solo trip throughout Europe. While traveling I discovered many things worth writing about. I visited many famous cities—London, Paris, Rome, Berlin, Amsterdam—and a multitude of places in between. In short, I had a blast. It wasn’t just because of the amazing places I went, or the amazing things I saw, but the beautiful sense of freedom I felt while on my travels. Most of this freedom I can attribute to the fact that I was traveling on my own. I was my own boss, on my own time, with my own schedule (or sometimes lack thereof). I didn’t have to consult with anyone when planning my day and I didn’t have to make compensations. I was completely in control.
If tasked with writing a travel piece while on my trip, I would probably have written about the benefits of travelling solo. A lot of people are cautious about travelling overseas alone, so I would enjoy the chance to encourage people to go for it. The essence of travel writing is not only to inform and encourage people to travel but also to provide advice and tips on how to do so. My writing would advise people that traveling on your own can give you a richer experience as it encourages you to make friends with locals and other travelers.