Venus placed her hands close to her heart and crossed her fingers. Intertwined them as if she was holding something precious. She was holding a precious thing. Her heart, but it was broken. Badly mangled by life.
Her long eye lashes fluttered. She closed her eyes and took a deep breath, regaining control of herself again. Fighting a stream of tears.
Wanderlust consumed her; it burned her soul like she like the core of bonfire. Her reality was hard. Her life was becoming hollow. It was crashing to a halt. Nothing she could tell herself made the desire of escape go away. To jump into Kenyan coast bound bus or take a plane; anything that could lead anywhere but there.
No more, she said. This is enough. Enough of monotonous life. Enough of livings in a programmed life like a Robot Enough of living in a confine and servitude.
She opened her eyes and ran back home. She dashed in pretty fast, ignoring the screams of her parents. In her room, she grabbed her backpack full of books and few essential clothes. She took the debit card and left without a single word. The shouts were still on her ears. Receding as she hurried off.
Minutes later, she jumped on a bus that lead to Jomo Kenyatta International airport. Then she laughed, she laughed so hard it hurt her jaws. She was going to do it. She was doing it. She was going to fulfill her dream; she was traveling with a pen, a notebook, a backpack and a big smile.
For the first time in her life, she felt in control of herself. She felt happy again. And then she knew, and nobody could take it away, not anymore.
Now, she was invincible. She was a drop of free water, and her world, no universe was infinite and possibilities were unending. She was officially a nomadic travel writer and a celebrant at the altar of life.
Venus’ travel writing tips
Adopt a unique writing approach and style
When everybody is rambling right,dare take a left turn .Taking a different detour will position you uniquely from the crowd and your travel features (articles ) will be mesmeric. Many writers write the obvious when they travel .You are different ,use a third eye to write the unseen .Dig up a story within a story , a story worth narrating .
Do your homework before travelling
Once you have a story idea ,do some secondary research on websites , publications and social media .It will help you pin-point the must see attractions, as such you are able to allot your time prudently . Learning ahead of time would also help you estimate the costs you may incur ,and give you a cue on how to minimize risks. Once you have discovered the gems, pitch your soul out to the editor .If possible pitch multiple features per trip. This way you will make the most out of the trip .If you are usually paid per feature ,multiple feature pitches would ensure the break-even .
When you get home or to the hotel produce fascinating articles
It is easy get completely swept away by vistas ,food and experiences while on the trip, it’s only human but remember to write the stories as soon as you can before the pulse gets cold. Travel writers can’t afford to let ideas ebb away. Get busy editing photos and writing the stories you promised the world. Share your experiences on social media platforms. Be sure to hash tag aptly.
Send a thank you text-email, call.
Take the time to write a heartfelt thank you. It’ll mean a lot to the folks who hosted you, guided you or some nice folks you met along .