What I Learned About Travel Blogging ... Part Two

I had a wonderful trip. Cigar shaped spruce cone. 

I had a wonderful trip. Cigar shaped spruce cone. 

Wow! I want to tell you about a trip that was truly a transformative experience for me. It has been on my bucket list for years and it was the most amazing place I have ever been. I can’t recommend it highly enough.

This popular and well-liked destination offers loads things to see and do. Our vacation days were filled from the moment we woke up to the final minute we rested our head on the pillow.

Exciting times await including the best, food, music, and entertainment anywhere.  History, music, art, and great restaurants are around every corner. The coziest rooms can be found at any of the small budget hotels or quaint bed and breakfast locations. If you are looking for big and luxurious there are also many popular franchises like Hilton, Marriott, and Hampton available to pamper your every need.  

Comfy beds. 

Comfy beds. 

Must-see sights include traditional churches, expansive beaches, world famous art galleries, a bustling central market, charming bars, and amazing restaurants await you on and off the beaten track.  And ice cream. Did I mention the ice cream? Dave Fox, worldwide travel writer and former editor of Rick Steves’ Europe says is best, “You must try the ice cream! It is to die for. Flavors explode in every bite.”  And I agree with Dave, this is literally one of the best ice cream locations I have ever visited.  

This splendid dynamic jewel includes a rich cultural heritage.  Filled with bustling streets and teeming with small shops, you are guaranteed to find that perfect gift or keepsake. The friendly locals are a quaint addition to this vibrant place where time has stood still. Shop owners are ready to barter the cost of a souvenir or simply share a personal story with you.

Wonderful tasty food. 

Wonderful tasty food. 

Activities? Never a dull moment here! Lace up your boots, pack your pack, and get out there. You will be challenged and thrilled. The options are mind-boggling. 

Amazing activities. 

Amazing activities. 

The surrounding breath-taking landscape is like taking a step back in time and dramatizes this land of contrasts. You will be humbled by the view, and your camera will be filled with exciting, colorful, and iconic photographs of your adventure.

Beautiful sunsets. 

Beautiful sunsets. 

Peace fills you. 

Peace fills you. 

This vibrant spot is also a must-see location for rest and relaxation. One of their best kept secrets is the peace and quiet that can be found even in high season.  Here, tranquility is the hallmark of a holiday package that is both relaxing and inviting.

Even though we were there worlds apart - with our American point of view, we found an authentic experience for everyone. In this hidden gem, a good time was had by all.

Wait.

This blog is titled:

"What I Learned about Travel Blogging." 

I do wish you were here. I wish I were here too. 

I do wish you were here. I wish I were here too. 

If you made it this far, you should be asking “Where did she go anyway?” Or, "What did she learn?" 

I learned that it is easy to copy, steal, 'borrow,' and plagiarize from other blogs. I 'borrowed' the above story idea from Dave Fox. I took Dave's Globe Jotting class through Udemy and one of my favorite lessons was the story of travel cliches'. While doing my homework for this blog, I also found that blogging about travel cliches is a very popular topic, like "10 Travel Writing Cliches that Irritate Your Readers"  and "GUILTY! 15 Travel Cliches We All Use (But Shouldn't).  (Also that counting thing again!)

But the important lesson I learned was that wordy, over-blown, poorly written travel writing comes easy. Writing to inform, inspire, or entertain is tough.

Did I learn how to do that?   "Only time will tell."

Now I need to write a real travel story.

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