Writing a Travelogue

travelogueA travelogue is a person’s account of a journey to another country or place. It can either be a written report with many factual details or a narrative story about personal impressions and experiences supported by images.

Steps for Writing a Travelogue

  1. Decide on the purpose of your travelogue. Whether it is for a magazine, for friends or just for yourself—determine your writing style.
  2. While traveling, take notes about what you see, places you visit, and people you get acquainted with. Keep a diary of your impressions. If you don’t have enough time to write, perhaps a recorder would be a smart option for keeping a diary. Also, collect various brochures, tourism maps, and guides. They may come in handy when you start writing a travelogue.
  3. Take as many pictures as possible. A photograph doesn’t necessarily need to capture an historic or famous place. Sometimes, a photo of a crowded street, neon signboard, or an old man, conveys a stronger impression of a place you’ve visited than the images of monuments anyone can see on the Internet.
  4. When you return home, take time to review your recordings. Sort them out by date, personal

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Samples for Writing a Travelogue

Walking From Seattle to Chicago

Day OneI know what I am doing is illegal, and a bit dangerous. But it has been my dream since childhood to walk from Seattle to Chicago by way of train tracks. I encountered one man in Seattle before who had come from Chicago by walkin...

First Time Being on a Train in India

I took a motor rickshaw to the train station in the city of Belapur, the rickshaw chugging along with a moped-like sound. The driver didn't speak any English, but understood, “Belapur Railway Station.” I had my tabla, a traditional drum from India, my ...


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