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  1. David
    March 27, 2019 @ 10:59 am

    I am delighted to come across this article. I want to be a travel writer and these are amazing tips. Thanks.

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    • dankiteski
      March 30, 2019 @ 2:09 pm

      Thank you, David- I’m glad you liked this post.

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  2. Veronika Primm
    March 28, 2019 @ 10:15 pm

    Wonderful tips, thank you Daniel..! I need to work more on improving my travel writing. Since English is not my mother tongue, I sometimes fall for the travel cliches, as those are my learnt phrases that I’ve embraced. Sometimes it’s hard to differentiate between a cliche and a clever phrase. But I’m working on it 🙂 Thanks for the tips!

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    • dankiteski
      March 30, 2019 @ 2:16 pm

      Thank you, Veronika and I’m glad to hear you could get some useful tips from this article. I can relate to your situation as English isn’t my mother tongue either but don’t worry about it. Just keep reading, writing, and improving yourself every day and I’m sure you can accomplish your goals 🙂

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    • Saint Facetious
      April 22, 2019 @ 4:44 pm

      I’d recommend googling the phrase. If there are billions of results, then it’s most definitely a cliche! Living in Republic of Georgia, there are 5000 “Georgia on my mind” posts and posts about peaches, even though both cliches actually literally refer to the state of Georgia in the US…

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  3. Roshni
    March 30, 2019 @ 1:26 am

    Awesome article I totally agree. I would say SEO is a big part of evolving as a writer too.

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  4. Jane Dempster-Smith
    March 30, 2019 @ 10:16 pm

    This is a great article for beginners and people who have been writing for ages. It is a good reminder of what good travel writing is. I know for me I tend to be more of an itinerary writer and need to work hard on getting my emotions into an article. Thanks for the great tips.

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    • dankiteski
      April 2, 2019 @ 11:27 am

      Thank you, Jane- I’m glad to hear you could get a few useful tips from this article.

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  5. Anna
    March 30, 2019 @ 10:33 pm

    Excellent advice! So often its tempting just to write and post but its important to do all these things. I have bookmarked this post so I can use it as a check list next time I start to write 😀 thank you!

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    • dankiteski
      April 2, 2019 @ 11:28 am

      Thank you, Anna- I’m really glad to hear you liked this post!

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  6. Tom
    March 30, 2019 @ 10:52 pm

    Of all the advice, I think “read more” may be the best one. But not only read more, read better. If your own travel writing is good compared to what you read, then it’s time to up your reading level. I constantly want to read people I think write better than me, if nothing else in hope of osmosis. Some of their quality will rub off. As for the unique angle, I think that’s great in theory but sadly, the most successfully travel bloggers I see don’t have a unique angle at all; they still write titles like “The Ultimate Guide to Slovenia”, or “10 reasons you need to visit Osaka right bloody now holy crap!” And as for the proofreading, the best I can add is to read the story aloud, for nothing better tests how it flows, and your awkward sentences will stand out quickly. And as for jargon, I like the word “eateries”, as it covers everything that “restaurant” does not.

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    • dankiteski
      April 17, 2019 @ 11:28 pm

      Absolutely, Tom- reading better is a key ingredient. As for the unique angle, you’re right- most travel bloggers don’t have a unique angle. However, all successful travel bloggers do have a unique angle, even when they write generic articles like the one you mentioned 🙂

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  7. Joella
    March 31, 2019 @ 1:44 am

    These are all great tips for writing better articles. I will bookmark this and keep referring to this for future writing. I like how you break it down and give great ideas that can be implemented. Thanks for all thee wonderful tips.

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    • dankiteski
      April 2, 2019 @ 11:28 am

      Thank you, Joella- I really appreciate it.

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  8. Sreekar
    March 31, 2019 @ 6:29 am

    Yes. Agree with them. My travel blogging Achilles heel has been procrastination. I just wish there was a way around it. I also agree that the writer needs to be honest about a place and should not sugar coat his real feelings. That honesty attracts viewers to the blog I guess!

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    • dankiteski
      April 2, 2019 @ 11:29 am

      Well, not that sugarcoating doesn’t attract readers, but not as much as it used to in the past. And yeah, absolutely procrastination is the Achilles heel for a lot of writers 🙂

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  9. Stuti
    March 31, 2019 @ 9:25 am

    I loved these tips. They can do wonder for beginners specially. I am more of a “write from heart” kind of person but do try and follow what you have enlisted above. Since my writing on travel is more about enticing interest in people to travel more & more and helping them with itinerary through my articles, these kinda tips sure help to go a long way.

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    • dankiteski
      April 2, 2019 @ 11:30 am

      Thank you, Stuti and I’m glad you could get some useful tips from this post.

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  10. Akriti
    March 31, 2019 @ 10:36 am

    Travel blogging is hard but this article sets a good baseline for any new travel bloggers. I love to travel by itineraries and then write them down which can be tedious at times. These are some great tips!

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    • dankiteski
      April 2, 2019 @ 11:30 am

      Thank you, Akriti- I’m glad to hear you think that 🙂

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  11. Adrenaline Romance
    March 31, 2019 @ 5:53 pm

    Great tips! Gonna share this to some friends of mine. The travel bug bit them, and they wanted to start a blog. Another one was thinking of applying to an airline magazine as an article writer. These tips will help. 🙂

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    • dankiteski
      April 2, 2019 @ 11:31 am

      Thank you, I really appreciate it 🙂

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  12. Ana
    April 1, 2019 @ 3:30 am

    These are some wonderful tips on travel writing and couldn’t agree more with all the points that you’ve mentioned here. I’m really glad that you mentioned about showcasing reality versus expectations as sometimes the touristy places are overhyped.

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    • dankiteski
      April 2, 2019 @ 11:31 am

      Thank you, Ana. Indeed, showcasing reality is an absolute must in my opinion. Anything else results in misguiding your readers.

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  13. Kevin | Caffeinated Excursions
    April 1, 2019 @ 5:06 am

    What a great post! I agree with pretty much all of your points. You are absolutely right about finding a unique angle and presenting something new that other bloggers haven’t touched on yet. My best-performing posts are the ones featuring the most “obscure” destinations, so that’s one idea! However, I still enjoy writing about large cities I visit even if I know those posts won’t be viewed as often. You’ve got some great tips here and I think the best thing any blogger can do is practice and as you said, edit and proofread! 🙂

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    • dankiteski
      April 2, 2019 @ 2:22 pm

      Thank you for your kind words, Kevin. Absolutely, obscure destinations work because of people’s curiosity. That curiosity is the main reason why I mostly travel off the beaten track 🙂

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  14. Amar Singh
    April 1, 2019 @ 9:05 am

    Reading this post has surely helped me and habe picked a few tips already. I’m looking at going back into pists that perform well and updating them for sure as even with a few months things can change and adding more or cutting out stuff from it as you learn with experience. Visuals do add a lot of meaning to posts I must say but the most important one I guess is getting and interesting title. Thanks for sharing.

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    • dankiteski
      April 2, 2019 @ 11:33 am

      That’s a great thing to do, Amar. A lot of people forget about it but it’s surprising how much editing your old posts can help in attracting new readers. I’m glad you highlighted that in the comments.

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  15. Cecilia Jade Kern
    April 1, 2019 @ 1:58 pm

    As a travel writer myself, I found this very helpful. Especially about the tip of including dialogue. I love to read posts that include some actual conversation because it adds character and brings you into a moment. You have some really helpful tips here that I am going to start incorporating, Thanks!

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    • dankiteski
      April 2, 2019 @ 11:34 am

      Thank you, Cecilia. Yes, I definitely recommend trying to use more dialogues. And let me know how it goes and whether it helped 🙂

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  16. Thelittlelai: Beyond limits
    April 1, 2019 @ 3:00 pm

    I would love to give you a big five for this article before I express my gratitude for writing this article. Being a travel writer myself, I agree that I still have so much to learn. I guess that being authentic will be respected, since we choose to embrace what originality really is. Thank you so much for sharing this post with us. Truly, this is such a great help for me.

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    • dankiteski
      April 2, 2019 @ 2:25 pm

      One can always learn more, no matter how experienced they are 🙂 Thank you for your kind words, it really means a lot to me!

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  17. Emily
    April 1, 2019 @ 3:00 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing these wonderful writing tips! I am definitely saving this to use as a guide! 🙂

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    • dankiteski
      April 2, 2019 @ 11:33 am

      Thank you, Emily- I really appreciate it 🙂

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  18. Sinjana
    April 2, 2019 @ 6:52 am

    This is a very helpful piece for beginners. I unconsciously use the words nestled in and bustling with but I guess I have to make a conscious effort to reduce the usage. A strong intro makes a big difference.

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    • dankiteski
      April 2, 2019 @ 11:35 am

      Thank you, Sinjana and I’m glad to hear you could get a few useful tips from this article.

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  19. Yukti
    April 2, 2019 @ 7:39 am

    Thanks for sharing some travel writing tips as it is very confusing that readers will like or like not. I too believe that being original and compelling in the first paragraph is essential. Also discovering and exploring something unique like culture or hidden gems and then writing about it also plays an important role. Photographs and that too real ones add a lot of importance to the article. You encouraged to write more.

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    • dankiteski
      April 2, 2019 @ 2:26 pm

      Thank you, Yukti and I’m really happy to hear this article encouraged you to write more 🙂

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  20. Roy Stevenson
    April 3, 2019 @ 2:38 am

    Excellent article about improving your travel writing! Well done. Here’s a link to my eBook about The Art & Craft of Travel Writing. It’s full of good advice like yours!
    https://www.pitchtravelwrite.com/art-and-craft-of-travel-writing-book.html

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    • dankiteski
      April 4, 2019 @ 8:39 pm

      Thank you for your comment, Roy- I appreciate it

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  21. Chris
    April 3, 2019 @ 9:58 am

    Great post. Most people think that what we write comes from a straightforward flow and they can’t be more wrong. More often than not, we spend more time editing than actually “writing” (editing is a big part of writing anyway). There is labor behind every post.

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    • dankiteski
      April 4, 2019 @ 8:40 pm

      Absolutely agree, Chris. Thank you for sharing your thoughts

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  22. khoingn
    April 5, 2019 @ 11:22 am

    I also do a travel blog and some times find it hard to write a good post. Not sure if it’s about my feeling atm or I have no idea where to start.
    Thanks to this post, I can easily organize the steps and have more idea to finish a post, even though I’m finding some tips to boost my feeling for writing but this post helped a lot anw.

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    • dankiteski
      April 10, 2019 @ 7:30 pm

      thank you very much for sharing your opinion, I really appreciate it and I’m glad you could find some useful tips in this article

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  23. Saint Facetious
    April 22, 2019 @ 4:46 pm

    Some good tips, though I think you missed the biggest tip: relax and have fun. And do it for the fun and not for the money. Only a very very small percentage of travel bloggers are going to earn a respectable income from travel writing, and it doesn’t mean you’re a failure if you don’t. If you enjoy doing it, then so what if you don’t have the exact right mix needed for the time and trend? A lot of that is dumb luck anyway.

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    • dankiteski
      April 24, 2019 @ 8:25 pm

      Having fun sure is important and one should definitely enjoy writing. I didn’t mention it because well, why would someone want to become a travel writer if they don’t like it? I always encourage people to chase their dream and do what makes them happy. So, yeah I agree with everything you said, except “a lot of that is dumb luck anyway”. It’s mostly hard work and dedication 🙂

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  24. Samantha
    April 26, 2019 @ 3:41 pm

    Wow wonderful tips! This is (of course) so well written.
    I am definitely going to use these tips on my travel blog! So, thank you!

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    • dankiteski
      April 27, 2019 @ 11:29 am

      Thank you, Samantha- I’m really glad to hear that and I wish you all the best with your blog 🙂

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  25. Tayla Manners
    May 9, 2019 @ 8:10 am

    Great work. I really inspired by the choice of your words.

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    • dankiteski
      May 12, 2019 @ 12:24 am

      Thank you, Tayla- I really appreciate it

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  26. Diana
    September 13, 2019 @ 5:27 pm

    Great tips! Because I identify with them.

    The only thing I would add is, follow the suggestions even if you don’t plan on submitting the piece for publication.

    Trips are like grocery shopping. You come home with all these experiences. It’s my least favorite part of the grocery store. Items are spread everywhere. I finding myself rearranging for space, taking items to different rooms, pulling out the step ladder, washing produce and opening packages.

    And, sorting through what experience you’ve had, helps organize your thoughts better for writing.

    When you pass along your piece to an editor, and you haven’t clarified nor checked facts, it’s like asking them to put away your groceries, to sort through your experience for clarity.

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  27. Diana
    September 13, 2019 @ 6:51 pm

    I’ll leave a second comment. I think it’s difficult for some to find the conflict of their story, because they weren’t held at gunpoint.

    But when you draw a timeline it helps you see the conflict. After a recent trip to Versailles, I mapped out the day on a timeline. Then, I saw the conflicts or quests we encountered, and I was able to pick and choose which quest I wanted to tell about.

    And, you realize you just didn’t breeze through a trip.

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    • dankiteski
      September 15, 2019 @ 12:51 pm

      Thank you for stopping by and giving your two cents on the topic, Diana. I really like the grocery shopping comparison. You explained it perfectly. I also agree with your point about deadlines. They are very important when it comes to writing.

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  28. Dhanvi Tour
    November 2, 2019 @ 8:35 am

    This is just an amazing list! One of my favorite quotes is: “It is better to see something once than to hear about it a thousand times.”Nice inspirational images with a nice line. I really appreciate your work.

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    • dankiteski
      November 3, 2019 @ 7:27 pm

      Thank you, Dhanvi. I really appreciate it

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  29. LakeView View trip
    November 4, 2019 @ 8:55 am

    This is such a helpful guide . Being a solo female traveler I personally liked your advice to for travelling alone in India, so bold and true. If you can adapt, India is not so difficult to deal with.

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    • dankiteski
      November 4, 2019 @ 9:07 am

      Thanks, a lot.

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