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Isabel Choat, online travel editor What sets good travel writing apart is detail, detail, detail. On one such walk, we saw a tiny sandy beach, edged by rocks. If a reader isn't gripped by your introduction and keen to know more, you stand a real chance of them not reading any further.
Our interest in sexual politics mellowed into a love of walking, and this year, turning 55, we decided to walk in Greece.
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Photograph: Alamy It's late afternoon by the time we take to the road from Beaufort, South Carolina, after stocking up on camping supplies at the obligatory Wallmart superstore on the outskirts of the city. The piece should flow, but don't tell the entire trip chronologically, cherry pick the best bits, anecdotes and descriptions, that will tell the story for you. It can be reached only by boat or on foot. Clam chowder for my friend and crab bisque for me, both dishes smacking of seafood fresh off the boat. There is a thin line between elaborate, colourful, evocative writing and pretentious tosh, but it's better to lean towards the pretentious tosh side of the spectrum than to be dull and presumptuous. In over our heads, Croatia We'd been trying to get to an offshore island but were having trouble finding a boat to take us. And avoid cliches: all those bustling markets, hearty meals, lovingly restored buildings, turquoise seas and anything that nestles are definite no-nos. If a reader isn't gripped by your introduction and keen to know more, you stand a real chance of them not reading any further. That can wait until the reader is gripped. Share via Email Photograph: Alamy An important part of travel writing is coming up with an introduction that creates a compelling bridge to the place you're writing about. If there is a hook — a new trend, discovery or angle — make that clear within the first few paragraphs. Across the road is the Pirates restaurant at the Driftwood Motel, the only restaurant on Cedar island. Stumbling on to the sand, covered in dust and sweat, we guessed that Madonna and Guy had probably chosen the luxury yacht rather than the trek. Think about a stand-out encounter in your journey, something exhilarating, frightening, funny, or just plain odd. And Badija?
Realising the joke was on us, we rented a kayak. A highlight was a visit to Cala Luna, a beach made famous in the film Swept Away.
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Clam chowder for my friend and crab bisque for me, both dishes smacking of seafood fresh off the boat. With all clothes cast aside we threw ourselves into the water, so clear and pure it fizzed. We headed to Cala Gonone, a mecca for active types at the base of the Supramonte mountains on the east coast. We sit in a booth with plastic seats by a porthole window looking out onto the sound, the place seemingly unchanged since the s. To say a building is "old" isn't good enough; explain the colours, the peeling stucco, the elaborate, angular finishes on windowsills, the cleaning lady in a faded blue smock who was leaning out of a second-storey window with a cigarette dangling from her mouth. It's great if your story has an angle or is telling the reader about a holiday idea, something that has changed in a destination, a new trip or attraction or new aspect of travel that they won't have heard about before. Clients can visit these projects if they want to, and Wild Frontiers automatically carbon offsets every client's international flight, when booked through them. Founded by Jonny Bealby in , the operator quickly amassed a team of like-minded travel obsessives and employed truly special local guides, with the primary aim of enabling passionate travellers to visit the most spectacular but difficult-to-reach corners of the world, in comfort and safety. Directly ahead of us is a small terminal from where there is a ferry to Ocracoke island, tomorrow's destination, two and a half hours by boat across the Pamlico Sound.
It should sound like you. We were shunning relaxation in favour of thrill-seeking in Sardinia. The perspective of the piece should shift — from close up to wider context, and back again — in order to vary the pace.
Guardian travel writing competition 2018
Isabel Choat, online travel editor What sets good travel writing apart is detail, detail, detail. Mike Carter Keep the story bouncing along in the right direction. When you ask lots of questions, not only will you get plenty of quotes to lift the piece, you may also find your own ideas are turned on their head: your story — and indeed your trip — could take an entirely new direction. Beer of choice: Spitfire, a decent Kentish ale. With all clothes cast aside we threw ourselves into the water, so clear and pure it fizzed. Which cafe, on what street, overlooking what view? A good technique is to drop the reader into the middle of the action. The airshow attracts a funfair and families barbecuing every last sausage in Kent. Years passed and now there are just the three of us. At sunset, we floated beneath the city walls while above us diners tucked into inky cuttlefish risotto. Describe the colours, sounds and smells of what you see as vividly as you can. I settle for a goat's cheese tartlet and chips while Ruth, my partner, tries to make an impression on a large stilton salad. Be specific and drop "stunning", "breathtaking" and "fantastic" from your lexicon, otherwise it's just a TripAdvisor entry. The shelter edits the view so that you see the sweep of the beach and the curvature of the town as the road winds to Cliftonville. Don't try to be "gonzo" or really hilarious, unless you're sure it's working.
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