Project Camino: Part I of V

PART ONE: ORIGINS

All stories have origins. Wether or not they happen in a particularly epic manner or not is a different manner. For me, the start of my 260km trek through Spain didn’t start with a vision in a burning bush, or a visit from the ghost of Christmas past, or a paranormal entity crawling out of my TV, but walking out of a cinema, 99p Chicken Mayo burger in hand.

“I’m just saying, sometimes it’s better to not know where you’re going. When was the last time you went on an actual adventure?”
This was the kind of thing we usually talked about, my dad and I, when out together. His mundane collection of maps annoyed me. My mundane approach of adventure and wandering blindly annoyed him. What was planned there and then may, or may not have been to put these theories to the test. My Dad, who had remained silent now offered his thoughts. “Have you ever heard of the Camino?”

Well, me being a sixteen year old obviously hadn’t. I knew about the burger, and munched on it silently. What was a Camino? It sounded like a species of Piranha.
I did have the guts to Google it when we got home. “WHAT! THAT’S A WALK, A LONG ONE!”. I hadn’t really known much about how long walks usually were, as the average duration for me was fifteen minutes down to the local Tesco to get a jumbo chocolate croissant in the morning (85p, in case you’re wondering, i’d recommend).
260km would be our distance, restricted by time.
That and my fitness.
Oh, and the sleeping arrangements.

I didn’t know this at the time, but hostels are not that comfortable. I was given a description, but nothing could prepare me for the living conditions. In fact, nothing could have prepared me for any of it. The walking, early hours, coffee, massive sandwiches, annoying birds and snoring women. All of which I experienced. But I did try to prepare.

Climbing Mt Snowdon, the numerous hikes, early starts and aching all played their part in my year long training so I would simply be able to finish. I do live in England though, so I don’t have the heat. Scorched earth beating down on you without any shade for hours as your lips dry and water depletes. You wage a constant war with the equilibrium of energy and sleep.

But I like a challenge. I like seeing what I can actually do, how far I can push myself.

After all, how bad could it be?

-Elliot

Storytelling for Nonfiction Writers: Three Tools to Consider

As travel bloggers, we are easily prone to a merely descriptive writing style. It seems to be all about explaining the photography and what we have done in a travel destination.
This article from the Daily Post suggests that even non-fiction writers should use storytelling techniques to engage their readers. Very helpful!

The Daily Post

Fiction writers know that stories are always more engaging that mere accounts, reports, and statements. That’s why they devote so much of their time to crafting the right pace, structure, tone, and level of detail for the stories they wish to tell.

It’s easy to forget we’re telling a story when we write a nonfiction post. That’s why thinking about fiction can be so helpful for bloggers of all stripes: it forces you to remember you’re a storyteller first.

No matter what your next post is about — a chapter of your memoir, a rant about politics, a movie review, a travel journal, or a frittata recipe — building it around a central narrative will help you hook your readers. While it might take practice before you find the narrative mode you’re most comfortable in, here are three storytelling tricks that will get you started as you hone your craft.

The thick of things

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What questions do you ask yourself?

When you sit down to write that killer blog post, what questions do you ask yourself to ensure your readers remain interested?

Hello there travel bloggers, some useful hints to get you started! :)

     

      First of all I would like to say I absolutely love the idea. Sharing your thoughts on places you have visited as well as having a bit of support from this group is amazing and can boost your confidence as a blogger, and as a traveler.

    The initiative of covering the world by writing about different places all around is fantastic, however writing a full post of tips and tricks, and travel advises, and places to see, and thing to do, and…. and… can be slightly frustrating. Especially when you have invested good couple of hours on composing your article and you don’t really get the right feedback, or don’t get any at all (been there, done that).

     One of the ways to cover both goals: to rise curiosity about your blog (traffic) and still somehow blog about traveling is to participate in Weekly photo challenge from WordPress. Each week WordPress posts certain topic, they publish challenge topic each Friday and you have a week time to post your visual interpretation of it. Most of the people are very visual, so interesting photos and highlights of your trip will most definitely grab their attention. Don’t forget to tag it with #postaday, #weekly photo challenge and #travel photos.

      I hope this somehow helped and I am looking forward to seeing your photos. This weeks topic is: SPRING!

      I have just posted my photo challenge post and you can take a look just to see one of the ways how it is done. I also used gallery view to give my photos beautiful arrangement. It also helps to focus your reader’s attention instead of scrolling down in the feed of endless photos.

     If you got inspired and posted pictures for this photo challenge – pop your link below, we would love to check it out!

Kind regards,

Alisa