Are you an aspiring travel writer with a love of walking or cycling holidays?
Due to the overwhelming response we had in our searches last year, we are back and looking to offer another lucky person a half price hire for a week or more, to go on a walking or cycling holiday in any of our motorhomes (subject to availability), in exchange for your practical advice and first hand experiences. We want you to inspire others and give them ideas and tips on where to go and how to get the most from their time in a motorhome.
What we want to see:
It’s easy for us to give out tips on where to visit, which campsites to stay at etc, but we want to share with our customers some real first-hand, practical experience and advice.
From why you picked the motorhome you did, and planning your route, to sharing your own top tips and hidden gems.
Share with us your amusing anecdotes about the time you run out of water mid-shower, or when you forgot to make up your bed before having one too many cocktails.
What little nuggets of knowledge do you wish you had known before going away? What are your key things to avoid? and where are the places/campsites you simply must visit?
We’re after a minimum of 500 words and as many photos and videos as you can muster.
What we don’t want to see:
- We don’t want a review of LandCruise – it is to be a travel blog with the intention of informing and inspiring others.
- Just a bullet pointed list of the things you did – we want your thoughts and your feelings, the hows and the whys.
Interested, but have never written a travel blog before?
Well never fear, for we have teamed up with award winning travel blogger, Wandering Bird, and asked her to share her top tips on how to write an epic Travel Blog post. Once you’ve taken on board her expert knowledge you’ll be writing like a pro in no time!
Be sure to head over to the Wandering Bird website as it is packed full of great information and some incredible photography. You may even be able to get some more pointers from reading her own fascinating tales. You can keep up to date on her travels through her Facebook page too @WanderingBird.Adventures
9 Tips to write an epic Travel Blog post
There’s something about a blank screen which can be incredibly daunting. Even when you know what you want to write, it can still be a challenge to get it all down in the right way. And never underestimate the pressure of a deadline!
LandCruise understand this, which is why they asked for me to put together my top blogging tips, things which have helped Wandering Bird become one of the most successful motorhome travel blogs in the UK today.
1. Think about the reader
Try to include something funny, interesting or useful for your reader. The whole point of any good travel blog is to inform the READER, not to just tell your story. By sharing your experiences, you are providing something useful for anyone who might follow in your footsteps (or tyre treads?!)
Think about WHY anyone would care about what you’re writing about. What would YOU have wanted to know before you visited. What did you learn that surprised/ impressed/ intrigued you? Then write about that.
2. Be Genuine
This is seriously so important. If you like something, say so. If you didn’t, say that too (politely!), but either way explain why you have those feelings. People aren’t stupid, and they will see right through any waffle or pretend. Don’t try to be someone else or say what you think people want to hear. Be honest.
3. Don’t go into too much detail
Nobody wants to read about EVERY SINGLE thing you ate. Or every sheep/ mountain/ car you passed. You don’t have to mention everything that happened on your trip- just the things you think other people would find interesting/ useful or funny. (Whilst we’re on the subject of humour, please remember not everyone has the same sense of it. I try to avoid saying anything political or religious, even in jest. Swearing is always a mistake.)
4. Get Grammarly
Even if you don’t think you need it. I type for a living, and every single day I make a mistake with something, even if it’s just a spelling error because I’m typing too fast. Grammarly is free and can be downloaded straight to your laptop. (Although it doesn’t seem to work with Pages on Mac. Which is what I’m writing this in!)
5. Split it Up
If you’re struggling to tell a story or get started, break it into small questions. Where was your favourite place (and WHY?!); Where did you camp and what was it like?; What would you recommend other visitors to the area to do (and WHY?). Imagine you’re talking to your best friend and they want to go where you’ve just been. What tips can you give them?
6. Think about your photos
They need to be high quality (although if you’re emailing them to LandCruise you’ll probably need to reduce the size to less than a GB. Photoshop is great for this if you have it.)
People love ‘inspiring’ photos rather than ‘funny family memories.’ Photos of the motorhome in a beautiful location are always good. Photos of the stunning scenery or local castle are also good. Photos of your fish and chips, unless they’re beautifully presented, are probably not going to inspire many people. (Except for me- now I really fancy fish and chips. Shame I’m in France!!)
Also, try and edit the photos, even if it’s just with the standard capabilities of your phone. Most photos look better with a little extra brightness and sharpening up (but only a little bit- don’t over edit either!)
7. Provide a Bio
Write a short bio for LandCruise to include with your post. Just your name, where you travelled to, what time of year it was and how many of you there were in the motorhome. You might also like to add your rough age- ie, retired couple or young family. It helps anyone reading to get a sense of who you are and how your experiences might apply to them.
8. Don’t wait until the last minute to start writing
Please don’t underestimate how long it can take to gather your photos (and edit them!), and then write your post. For a start, you’ll need to remember what the heck happened. I ALWAYS make notes on my phone as we travel. At least once a day I’ll track where we’ve been, what we’ve done and any funny/ embarrassing things that happened- (my Facebook page loves those!) I add the date and the location- you’ll be amazed how quickly you forget things. Having this list makes it so much easier to go back and write about.
9. Finally, PROOF READ your work
Ideally, sleep on it and read it through again slowly in the morning. Even better, get someone else to read it for you. They will be able to spot spelling errors much better than you, because you know what it’s SUPPOSED to say. Another trick is to read it out loud to yourself. You can naturally tell if sentences are too long, if it’s a bit too ‘wordy’ or if you need to clarify something which doesn’t make sense.
And that’s it! With these 9 tips, you’ll be able to write an exciting and interesting account of your adventures- I can’t wait to read them!
Previous customer blogs
Take a look at how our other bloggers got on last year.
Have you ever had Gower Salt Marsh lamb? – by Bob Murray
Our week in the Lake District – by Hayley Withall
Something a little different – by Jacqueline Oliver
How to apply
Email firstname.lastname@example.org, stating whether you’ll be going on a walking or cycling holiday, your preferred destination, how many of you will be travelling, the dates you’d like to go, along with a short statement as to why you think you should be chosen.
We must receive your written blog no later than 1 month after your return, or we will charge you the full cost of the hire.
Entrants must hold a UK drivers licence and be between the ages of 25-75, and have held said drivers licence for a minimum of 2 years.
Upon collection of the vehicle we take a Security Bond of £1000 as pre-authorisation of a credit or debit card.