Skip to content

SANParks.org Forums

View unanswered posts | View active topics






Post new topic This topic is locked, you cannot edit posts or make further replies.  Page 1 of 3
 [ 31 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2, 3  Next
Author Message
 Post subject: How to write a Travel Tale .... What 'mites want.
Unread postPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 12:25 pm 
Offline
Senior Virtual Ranger
Senior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Fri Mar 02, 2012 11:08 am
Posts: 3942
How do you write a Travel Tale? :hmz:
Where do you start and what needs to be in it? :hmz:
Is there any format that you can follow? :hmz:
Any tips will be much welcome. :D


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: How to write a Travel Tale.....
Unread postPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 12:42 pm 
Online
Senior Virtual Ranger
Senior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Wed Jan 10, 2007 3:44 pm
Posts: 2849
Location: Welkom
That is a good topic for discussion. What I like in a Travel Tale is the following;(Accompanied by lots of photos)
* The reason why all the folks want to go wherever.
* The preparation, booking, what went wrong and what went right.
* The packing, the travel to the parks, with interesting things seen and encountered on the way.
* The arrival at the gate, and the personal emotions when driving through the gate.
* Then of course, animals seen throughout the park, but for me the thing I enjoy the most is the scenery shots
and the human interaction. (I am currently reading roaneric's travel tale from scratch) I can stare forever at a
picture taken from, for example, the Tshange lookout, but quickly browse past a picture of an elephant in the
distance.

My personal preference is lots of pictures, humour and good story telling.

_________________
Give thanks for unknown blessings already on its way---African saying
Member nr 8512
Cheetah supporterPURIST and proud thereof


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: How to write a Travel Tale.....
Unread postPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 1:14 pm 
Offline
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Tue Jul 13, 2010 10:48 am
Posts: 819
Location: Johannesburg
I think for myself the most important thing is to enjoy writting it, people will definitely pick up if you are enjoying writing the TR and that is kind of infectious people will also enjoy reading it. They will also pick up if it seems forced and that will take all the intrest out of it. Always be yourself :mrgreen:

_________________
Slumming it at Balule TR now on.....

Bro & Sis Road Trip V2 in September


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: How to write a Travel Tale.....
Unread postPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 2:09 pm 
Offline
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Wed Nov 03, 2010 9:51 am
Posts: 4776
Location: Johannesburg SA
Everyone has their own style :D Just varying tastes.

But I like travel tales with good descriptions over good pictures. Just write exactly how you felt at sightings!
Never apologise for the quality of your photos.
Wait for the page to turn before uploading a new episode.
Don't have more than 20 photos in an episode.
Never mention the location of rhino sightings.
Write exactly how you want. People pick up its genuine! :D

_________________
Kruger 2014!!!

16-23 August - Lower Sabi!!!!


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: How to write a Travel Tale.....
Unread postPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 2:23 pm 
Online
Senior Virtual Ranger
Senior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Wed Jan 10, 2007 3:44 pm
Posts: 2849
Location: Welkom
I agree with Cheetah. Everyone has his own style and if it written with passion and enthusiasm, then it will attract a crowd. As cheetah has rightly mentioned, the travel tales is not a photographic competition, and all the pictures are much appreciated. Not everyone has a R30 000,00 camera with fancy lenses, and some folks with many year's photographic experience will obviously take better pictures than others, but this not what it is all about. (It is like my beloved Cheetah rugby team. The don't always play good rugby but I still watch them :whistle: )

_________________
Give thanks for unknown blessings already on its way---African saying
Member nr 8512
Cheetah supporterPURIST and proud thereof


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: CLEAN >>>> How to write a Travel Tale .... What 'mites want.
Unread postPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 5:18 pm 
Offline
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Tue Dec 23, 2008 5:22 am
Posts: 21584
Location: Midway between the infinite and the infinitesimal!
Obviously, just like different people prefer different authors and genres, so it is with forum readers. I personally am riveted by a TR that is metaphorically written, encompassing a gamut of emotions and spangled with dollops of mirthful humour. See, now a lot of people won't like the "poshness" I just included in the last line, while others will like day-to-day English, which usually does attract the biggest audience. :wink: In the same manner, long-winded and verbose reports can detract from their impact.

I also like a TR that is easy to read; that is, it flows smoothly - I've never been a fan of modern e-mail/sms language, where I have to go back and reread sentences to figure out what the author means. If a book or article is written like that, I turf it in no time at all.

Imagining a scene from its description defines good writing for me. Some people have a knack of sucking one into the story, then holding back the best parts for later. I think they are natural storytellers, although many of their techniques can be learnt.

I have never been a fan of millions of pictures, without description, one after the other, and which take an age to load on the computer when browsing the TR. In the same way, I am tempted to skip twenty pictures of the same animal in the same scene as it can be too much of a good thing on the senses; a handful of top pics is far more riveting. Also, blurred pics can take so much away from the good ones, so I leave them out; unless there is no other pic and it is an important one to include.

Finally, one must write from the heart and not worry how others will judge them as authors. Of course, it still has to be within the rules of the forum, and I believe within acceptable social boundaries.

_________________
EVERYBODY'S TR!
TR: A NEW DAY IS S-OWN
TR: NECTAREAN NICETIES OF THE NORTH
TR: PRIMEVAL PLEASURE

"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read." (Groucho Marx)


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: How to write a Travel Tale.....
Unread postPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 9:21 pm 
Offline
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Wed Sep 22, 2010 11:37 pm
Posts: 4179
Location: Pretoria
What should be in a Travel Tale you ask Piccie? :hmz:
Well I say what you want to put in it parra :tongue:
A TT is about you and how you experienced a park.
If you don't like to talk and just put in a gazilion kiekies-do it! :thumbs_up:
If you want to write a 9 page essay-do it! :thumbs_up:
The only thing that you have to remember is to have FUN!!!!
Show us and share with us about what made your trip in the park so special. :w:
We share our experiences with people that don't have the luck to be there but want to see and read what the Park is all about.
Just remember you will never satisfy everyone :slap:
Some are cat hunters, some don't even read what you write but the most important is that you write it for yourself because you are reliving your trip again :thumbs_up:
I like sharing what I thought, what was interesting and what made my trip worth while even if some people think it is stupid like my Marshmallow joke or the Mcdonalds that are walking around everywhere in the Kruger. A TT is very special to me, I take about an hour on every episode because I don't want to leave anything out, all the details and sillyness! There are no guidelines to follow, just share with us what you want even if it is a :thumbs_up: / :clap: or :) .

_________________
CAMPING

12 Jul Tambotie
13 Jul Sable Hide
14+15 Jul Punda
16-19 Jul Tsendze


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: How to write a Travel Tale.....
Unread postPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 10:00 pm 
Online
Moderator
Moderator
User avatar

Joined: Sun Jan 16, 2005 3:19 pm
Posts: 7908
Location: Portsmouth, England
Lovely topic Picnic, and thanks to everyone for their input.

The most important thing, and this goes for everywhere on the forum, is to have fun and enjoy what you are doing. A TR should be a joy to write, not a onerous duty.

_________________
Green or White? Vote now at SANParks/Unite Against Poaching windbreaker


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: How to write a Travel Tale.....
Unread postPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 10:11 pm 
Offline
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Sun Jul 03, 2011 3:03 pm
Posts: 1499
Location: Stellenbosch
:thumbs_up: :clap: Heksie.

English is a second language to many of us and we prefer to let the photos do the talking.

_________________
Kgalagadi May 2013. Less animals, but a few great sightings
viewtopic.php?style=2&f=27&t=71829

Kgalagadi May 2014 with Lion vs Leopard and the "Love Birds"


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: How to write a Travel Tale.....
Unread postPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2012 6:50 am 
Offline
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Tue Jun 07, 2005 8:47 pm
Posts: 13516
Location: meandering between senility and menopause
I am well aware that for many English is a second, or maybe even third language.

To many, forget about language, forget about grammar, don't even think of spelling. The english themselves cannot master their own spelling.

I remember Anne Marie's first travel tale so well. Anne Marie really had to spend time on a language she did not use at all, yet her love for nature and enthusiasm shone through.

We have wonderful and gifted photographers on the forum. I enjoy them so much, but know with even the best equipment, I will never have that skill. I just lap up their ability to capture the moment. Don't be intimidated by talent. There will always only be a few who are able to produce what we sometimes see. Every picture is an expression of your moment, your pesonality and that is what counts.

Some reports are long, some reports are short. If your name is MM, many reports are never finished :redface: :redface: :redface: What matters is the courage to write and share.

I know how much courage it takes, which is why I encourage people when I have the time.

Don't be put of by few replies. My report, "Training brides for Ndloti" flew like the wind. It was not my best, but it resonated with people's need to laugh at other people's mistakes. My more serious, and what I think was the best, "Meandering down a road less travelled" had a much more subdued response.

The other thing is to respond to those who have the courage to write. It is just like being on the stage, only you are the playwriter, the main character, the set designer, the producer and the director.

Many people have to learn how to post pictures. I did. I admire those who master a skill they would never have mastered. I admire tenacity.

More than anything I admire the willingness to learn. Over the years I have watched a few mites who have used the forum to develop skills, learn.. and each time they give a little bit more, they are more polished, more confident.

It has come with the courage to write that first report.

_________________
The bird doesn't sing because it has answers, it sings because it has a song.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: How to write a Travel Tale.....
Unread postPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2012 7:34 am 
Offline
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Tue Dec 23, 2008 5:22 am
Posts: 21584
Location: Midway between the infinite and the infinitesimal!
I think your spelling, your grammar, your English here is better than the British themselves, MM. :wink: But, most of all, you have encapsulated the essence of a TR - the magic of sharing emotions, unique personalities, the unforgettable joy of a special moment, and the enthusiasm that only real nature lovers will know, with others. TRs do take innate courage to begin but, much more than that, a drive to complete that requires dedication and a spilling out of love. I haven't finished a few myself, so can learn from those that do. Beautifully written here, MM. :clap: :clap:

_________________
EVERYBODY'S TR!
TR: A NEW DAY IS S-OWN
TR: NECTAREAN NICETIES OF THE NORTH
TR: PRIMEVAL PLEASURE

"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read." (Groucho Marx)


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: How to write a Travel Tale.....
Unread postPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2012 7:37 am 
Offline
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Wed Nov 03, 2010 9:51 am
Posts: 4776
Location: Johannesburg SA
Well said everyone :D
Even if you want the pictures to do the talking, please don't put too many pictures on a page! The rule exists for good reasons :)

As has been said before, not everyone speaks english as a first language, but the love for nature shines through trip reports!! It is trully amazing and contageous! :D Before I joined the forums I read the TR's and loved them! My favorite was 'confirmed campers report' by WendyA! Now as a person who is on trip report number 7, I can assure you that the writers need you to ENGAGE in the report :D your comments add value to the report! And without the encouragement of comments it is not worth writing. So as a writer, take time to respond to the comments so the TR is an exchange between nature lovers :D :D without comments, I do not want to write. And without a writer responding, I do not want to continue commenting. So my biggest tip is to consider the TR a two way exchange :D

_________________
Kruger 2014!!!

16-23 August - Lower Sabi!!!!


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: How to write a Travel Tale.....
Unread postPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2012 10:57 am 
Offline
Senior Virtual Ranger
Senior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Fri Mar 02, 2012 11:08 am
Posts: 3942
:D Thanks for all the good advice. :thumbs_up:
So when writing a TT you need a start, middle and a end. 8) (And be yourself) :wink:
You also need to let the story flow. Pictures is good. Imotion needs to be express. It's about selling your experience.(reliving your trip in a awe) Let others enjoy in the passion of your experience.(colour the imagination) Make them feel part of your trip by inviting them into your thoughts and let them imagine the moments you enjoyed. :hmz:
Also inform about good and bad experiences.(give some info) 8) Info is good, what to do and what not to do.(info about animals, camps, roads, activities, sightings, food, picnic sites, view points etc.) :thumbs_up:
Any other thoughts? :hmz:


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: How to write a Travel Tale.....
Unread postPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2012 11:40 am 
Offline
Forum Assistant
Forum Assistant
User avatar

Joined: Tue Oct 06, 2009 5:03 pm
Posts: 11338
Location: Upington RSA
I keep record of all our sightings........not only the nice and big ones........when we see something special I just dot down the extra info.....how far from the nearest waterhole, how many, any thing interesting that happened. Then when I write my TR I sit with these notes next to me to refer to.

There is so many different styles of TR's and that is what makes them unique......... :thumbs_up:

_________________
You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough - Mae West


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: How to write a Travel Tale.....
Unread postPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2012 11:58 am 
Offline
Moderator
Moderator
User avatar

Joined: Thu Dec 30, 2004 5:54 pm
Posts: 43036
Location: Somerset West, Cape Town
.... finishing what one starts is also a good idea ....

Image

_________________
Sawubona
Dalene


It's not too late at all. You just don't yet know what you are capable of. Mahatma Gandhi


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic This topic is locked, you cannot edit posts or make further replies.  [ 31 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2, 3  Next



Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Rooies and 2 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Powered by phpBB © 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007 phpBB Group

Webcams Highlights

Addo Nossob Orpen Satara
Addo Nossob Orpen Satara
Submitted by andre27 at 16:04:34 Submitted by stu at 16:17:13 Submitted by teddy_rsa at 15:13:36 Submitted by Anonymous at 12:53:51