April Writing Challenge: Day 5- Places I Want To Visit #AprilWritingChallenge

As I sit here and peek at what today’s challenge is about, I see that it says to list the five places I want to visit. Well, the thing is as we all have to be home and can not go anywhere but to the grocery store and places that most of us must go to, it tends to give me a sense of despair. Why? Because it only makes me want to throw my hair back and roll my eyes. Though, I have to do the challenge for today and why not; it can give me hope or whatever you call it and to wonder that one day I may be able to visit these places one day.

1. The Caribbeans

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There’s something about gazing into the blue-green waters, walking on the white sandy beaches, and feeling the breeze blowing in our hair that makes a person fall deeply in love with who or whatever you choose. I always want to visit any of the Caribbeans islands because of the description above and the beautiful people and culture. I want to eat the delectable food, dance into the wee hours of the next morning, and soak up the euphoria of EVER-Y-THING.

2. Paris, France

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They say that Paris is the city of love, and though I’ve never visited there yet, I had fallen in love from afar while sitting in French class in high school in South Carolina. While our teacher who was from a town in France I can’t remember taught us the lovely language of French, I’ve found myself growing fond of the language and the city more and more. Still, to this day, I can not roll my r’s. (Side note: our class was to travel to France, but my guardian at the time wouldn’t allow me to go.) All in all, I also believe the language to be sexy when spoken when I hear an adult speak it. The Eiffel Tower and the Paris Bridge are the top places I would love to visit there, along with eating the baguettes and cheese. I would like to leave you guys this phrase I like in English. Here it is in French: Tombez amoureux de vous-même et vous connaîtrez la beauté de la vie.

3. Cape Town, South Africa

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Wow oh wow! Visiting here would be a dream come true. It is so breath-taking in Cape Town and though going anywhere here will be a first, I don’t know where to start. I just hope to travel there one day to take in the culture, food, visit the wineries, and explore other things to do in Cape Town.

4. Disney World, Orlando, Florida

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“Well, well,” in my Maleficient’s voice. I grew up watching Disney shows and movies just like anyone else and their grandmothers. Though, I haven’t step near a Disney resort, hell, I haven’t even been to Orlando, (yeah, my life sucks) I wanted to visit this magical place because of the same reason as anyone who goes there. We want to see the characters, get on the rides, get swept up in the many attractions, entertainment, and all the other plethora of wondrous things to do while there. A simple weekend is not enough for what I and anyone who would come along with me will want to do. I’ll take a week, okay?

5. A City/Town In Greece

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When I think about Greece, Greek mythology is the first thing that comes to mind. I love to read about mythology as a school-aged child and up to now. I don’t actually know where in Greece I would like to visit in particular, but I know that their architecture is what drove me in. I’ve read that Greece is known for its beautiful marble. They are indeed glorious. I would love to learn more about their culture in person, go to their vineyards, beaches, taste their food, and whatever else suits y fancy. Their ancient sculptures are a sight to see in person and I would like to visit their theatres as well.

This has been a toughie and it took some time to do this challenge mostly because I was thinking and researching. Though I couldn’t list all the places I would like to visit because it would take a few posts, I listed my top 5. Most places I thought about, I ended up doing researching on what people had to say about it. Turns out most who are the same race as me had horror stories to tell about some of the people from a different race not wanting our kind there.

Though I must admit, it doesn’t surprise me because most places I would like to visit are places I wanted to go to solely for the architecture, food, etc.

Still, I enjoyed the process of doing this challenge. I learned some new things as I research and perhaps one day I can get started on traveling to these places.

Thank you for reading and visiting my blog. I hope you enjoyed today’s post. Stay tuned for Day 6.


PressThis: How to Become a Travel Writer (seriously)

For a little over a year, I have thought about traveling since it’s something that I love to do but don’t get a chance to… hardly. I always wanted to explore the world, nationally and internationally since I was a young girl.

For those of you who have been following me a while, you know I love to write. Writing is a lifelong passion of mines and a way of life. Anyway, although I am working hard on my craft, to get my content, stories, etc out there, I’m not giving up. Some things been going on and I won’t speak negative on them.

I am, though, considering other ways, just haven’t started, though I am sharing what I researched for anyone who may be thinking about trying travel writing out.

I’ve included a preview below on tips for becoming a travel writer. You can click on the link to learn more. Hope this helps anyone.

How to become a travel writer.
1. Read.

Start reading and don’t stop.

Read all the “greats,” but don’t skip the more obscure writers. Read magazines. Get yourself a library card if you don’t have one, and if you can’t do that, check Google Books and Google Magazines.

The idea isn’t to imitate, but to simply know what — what genres, what styles, what writers — came before you, as well as who your contemporaries are.

2. Redefine the genre of travel writing.

“Travel writing” includes hotel reviews and destination guides, published in guidebooks and in glossy travel magazines. But travel writing’s more than service pieces.

Check out this genre-busting, long-format narrative by Porter Fox. Or this blog postu by multi-genre writer Elizabeth Eslami, which I’d categorize as “place-based writing.”

In a way, all movement and all settling is travel, and so the stories we tell about these experiences are “travel writing” in the broadest sense of the word. Even if some editors don’t see it that way.

3. Start a blog.

In the not-so-distant past, a writer had to have a decent portfolio of publication credits to be considered a “travel writer,” and certainly to be published in a glossy mag.

Not so anymore.

Thousands of writers have published their writing primarily or exclusively on their blogs. Some have gotten book deals. Some have gotten print gigs. Some get offers of free travel. And some get nothing more than the recognition that their writing means something to a random reader who stumbled across their blog doing a Google search.

Not sure how to get started? Check out Matador’s stockpile of blogging tips.

4. Develop your online presence.

Use Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms to connect with other writers, editors, and readers.

5. Build a network, online and off.

Start your blog, set up a Facebook and Twitter account, but make sure you get offline, too. Stories and relationships don’t develop best through a screen. That only happens at ground level.

MatadorU hosts frequent workshops and events around the world.

6. Travel. But not just to “exotic” places.

You’ve got a 9-5’er. You’ve got kids. You’ve got debt. You’ve got no money. You’ve got an expired passport.

What you’ve got are excuses. A walk beyond your front door is travel. The only thing you need for a trip is curiosity.

Click the link below to read 22 tips for becoming a travel writer.

Source: How to become a travel writer (seriously)