GUTECH: Travel Writing
A travel article provides the writer with a unique vehicle in which to express, inspire, give an opinion and motivate the reader to travel. Write it in the first person and in the past tense. It should be a personal account – no cribbing allowed, we will know. Make it engaging with plenty of detail, facts, descriptions and observations. Perhaps raise an eyebrow or two with your narrative within reason. There should be a strong theme, a well defined hook – in other words, a point to the story and the trip. For instance, include where you were and why, and what you were doing. A hook can be thought of as a new trend, some interesting angle or discovery. The best stories will be those that have a thread running through it that links the beginning with the end. Be discerning in what descriptions and anecdotes you include. It doesn’t have to be chronological. Quoting locals can sometimes bring a piece alive. If you are going to use a quote, ensure it is accurate and identify who the person is, who they are and where you met them. Most importantly, do not ramble or rant.
- You must write about a place you have personally visited.
- Articles about well known attractions (e.g. Muttrah Souq, Nizwa for etc…) will not be accepted.
- Word length should not exceed 900 words.
- You must submit your article via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Articles submitted must be in PDF format.