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Top 10 Places To Visit In Mahabaleshwar With Your Family

Planning a weekend getaway from Mumbai or Pune? Have you considered visiting Mahabaleshwar?

A small, peaceful hill station, located in the Satara district of Maharashtra, Mahabaleshwar has long been considered a summer getaway destination by vacationers since British colonial rule.

It was, in fact, regarded as the summer capital for the Bombay (now Mumbai) province during those times.

© Priya Florence Shah

Mahabaleshwar offers a soothing climate to travellers all year round. However, in the monsoon, it does experience quite heavy rainfall.

In summers, you can easily spend a weekend chilling out in some of the most beautiful resorts and hotels located in Mahabaleshwar, far away from the hectic city life of Mumbai and Pune.

In this article, we list some of the best places to visit in Mahabaleshwar for a family vacation.  These Mahabaleshwar points of interest are characterised by picturesque views, lush green vegetations, historic sites, and an overall sense of rejuvenation.

Even if you are planning for a 5 to 7-day vacation, you will not fall short of places to see and things to do.

Before we get into the details of Mahabaleshwar tourist spots, let us give you an idea about recent developments in Mahabaleshwar tourism.

Eco-Tourism in Mahabaleshwar

Recently, the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) has taken the initiative to develop eco-tourism by providing bicycles for tourists in Ganpatipule and Mahabaleshwar.

Cycling posts have been created with the help of local tour operators, where the tourists can hire bicycles to move around at the rate of INR 20 for an hour, and INR 100 for 24 hours.

Gear bicycles are also available for tourists at the rate of INR 100 for 1 hour, keeping in mind the hilly terrain of Mahabaleshwar.

This step towards preserving sustainability has been lauded by all, as it is believed to have an impact in reducing pollution in the region. So, if you’re planning a Mahabaleshwar trip, don’t forget to include cycling gear in your luggage.

Top 10 Can’t-Miss Mahabaleshwar Attractions

Here’s a list of 10 of the best places to see in Mahabaleshwar.

  1. The Mapro Garden

If you’re visiting Mahabaleshwar with your children, the Mapro Garden should be the first place you see.

Established in 1959, this scenic garden park has its own chocolate factory, a separate children’s play area and a restaurant serving delicious cuisine. It is best to visit the Mapro Garden in Easter, because of the Annual Strawberry Festival held during this time.

The strawberry pizzas, bhel, and sandwiches available here will leave you yearning for more. Besides, hundreds of farmers bring their fresh produce and offer them to tourists for free.

  1. The Venna Lake

Built by Shri Appasaheb Maharaj, a descendant of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, in the year 1942, this serene lake, surrounded by lush greenery on all sides, covers an area of 28 acres.

By Ganesh G (Ganeshrg) – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0

One of the most popular places on the Mahabaleshwar points list for tourists, it offers exciting activities, ranging from boating to horse rides.

Although it was primarily built by the ruler to cater to the water needs of the area, it has become a tourist hot spot since independence.

  1. Connaught Peak

One of the best Mahabaleshwar picnic spots, the Connaught Peak (1,400 metres) was renamed after the Duke Connaught, as it was initially called Mount Olympia.

With no entry fee, you can enjoy panoramic views of Krishna Valley, Venna Lake, Panchgani, Pratapgarh, and Pasarani, not to forget the amazing sunrise and sunset views that can leave you spellbound.

  1. The Mahabaleshwar Temple

Lord Mahabaleshwar Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, has been a holy shrine for the Maratha warriors.

Its 6-foot long ‘Shiva Lingam’, and the belongings of Lord Shiva like his ‘damru’, his bed, his ‘trishula’, carvings of the sacred bull and ‘Kalbhairava’, are the main attractions for Hindu pilgrims from all over the country.

However, the temple’s serene and spiritual environs, which depicts the calmness of the Great Lord is also a remarkable experience for general tourists.

  1. Chinaman’s Fall

Your trip to Mahabaleshwar will be incomplete without visiting his fascinating point, the Chinaman’s Fall, named after the Chinese prison located nearby.

In the monsoon season, the breathtaking view of the descent can leave you awestruck. It is also a favourable picnic spot for families with children. However, do not forget to carry extra clothes for your toddlers, in case they get wet.

  1. Elephant’s Head Point

Sightseeing in Mahabaleshwar is incomplete without visiting the Elephant’s Head Point (also called Needle Hole Point), especially because of its green surroundings and the ecstatic views of the Sahyadri range.

Rishabh Tatiraju [CC BY-SA 3.0]
The rocks on this site take the shape of an elephant’s head and its trunk, giving the tourist hot spot its unique name. Founded in 1930 by Dr Murray, the site is considered to be one of the best picnic spots in the region.

  1. Krishnabai Temple

The temple is known to be the origin of the Krishna River, whose significance in the Hindu culture is overlooked by many.

Karthik Easvur [CC BY-SA 4.0]
This serene and beautiful temple in the woods looks best in the monsoon when it is covered in moss with lush green vegetation all around. You have to take a walk through the woods, following the trail from the Panchaganga temple to reach here.

  1. Tableland

Mostly preferred by filmmakers for its marvellous views and soothing weather conditions, the Tableland plateau is considered the second longest one in Asia.

It is covered by evergreen vegetation, a treat to the eyes of the nature lovers, and it is also regarded as a ‘trekker’s paradise, because of its pleasant climate.

  1. Pratapgad Fort

One of the most popular places to visit near Mahabaleshwar, the Pratapgad Fort is located at a distance of 20 kilometres from the Mahabaleshwar hill station.

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The ruins of the fort, which was built by the fierce Maratha rulers in 1665, lures tourists because of its exotic location on the top of a hill, its historic value and the breathtaking views it offers.

  1. Tapola

Also known as Mini Kashmir, Tapola is located at a distance of 25 kilometres from Mahabaleshwar and boasts of rich scenic beauty.

It is picturesque, serene and well-maintained throughout with a lake called the Shivsagar Lake, which is the main attraction of the place.

You can enjoy some water scooters, boating, kayaking and even swimming in the lake. Tapola also offers an exotic jungle trek to Vasota Fort, if you wish to opt for some adventure along the way.

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Where to Stay in Mahabaleshwar

There are plenty of good hotels and resorts in and around the Mahabaleshwar hill station to stay with your family. Many of the resorts in Mahabaleshwar offer exquisite natural views from most of the rooms.

Some of the best hotels in Mahabaleshwar are located on the Mahabaleshwar-Panchgani road and the Satara road. However, if you’re an explorer by heart, you can always go camping and live in tents to satisfy your adventurous spirit.

You can plan a short weekend getaway from Pune or Mumbai to Mahabaleshwar when you do your Mahabaleshwar booking.

But if you’re willing to take a week off, head to Pune, from where you can take a road trip to Mahabaleshwar and explore other places near Mahabaleshwar and do some Panchgani sightseeing to boot.

If you find our information on Mahabaleshwar useful, please let us know in the comments section below. Have a great trip!

International Travel Bloggers And Media Conference (ITBMC) In Kathmandu

The International Travel Bloggers & Media Conference (ITBMC) in Kathmandu, was the second day of The Himalayan Travel Mart 2018, held on 2nd June, 2018 in Kathmandu, at the Soaltee Crowne Plaza Kathmandu.

It was a platform for travel bloggers to network, learn and meet travel experts from Nepal. It was also to understand the challenges that Nepal faces in marketing its tourist products and sustainably scaling up tourism to the stated goal of Five Million Visitors in 2030.

Some of the presentations at the ITBMC were very good. There was a lot of learning and sharing of information, as well as discussions on the role of bloggers as influencers.

Tim Leffel’s presentation on brand storytelling

The list of speakers included:

Travel writer, Tim Leffel’s presentation on “Building a brand based on storytelling” was fantastic. He introduced us to the Periodic Table of Storytelling.

Tim Teffel introduces us to the Periodic Table of Storytelling

He also gave us tips for travel storytelling and showed us this creative and award-winning example of how to tell a good travel story, called “The Man At The End Of The World.” Brilliant stuff!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oyi84lHWXOk

Mariellen Ward’s presentation, “My Journey to becoming a Mindful Traveller,” was thought-provoking as she talked about eco-tourism and responsible tourism.

Mariellen Ward discusses eco-tourism

Nischal Dua’s presentation, “Digital Nomads – Travel and Work as a Lifestyle” offered tips to Nepal’s travel experts on how to transform their country into a haven for digital nomads who love mountains more than beaches.

Nischal Dua’s presentation on Digital Nomads

Keith Jenkins’ presentation, “How influencers can show value to industry” offered valuable tips to help travel bloggers work better with the tourism industry providers.

Keith Jenkins on how travel bloggers can create value for the industry

He also provided examples of successful travel influencer campaigns.

Keith Jenkins provides examples of successful travel influencer campaigns

Adding a bit of glamour to the proceedings was Nepal’s very own Miss Universe, Nagma Shrestha, who showed us how Nepal’s beauty queens are promoting the cause of tourism.

The first Miss Universe Nepal adds glamour

The evening after the ITBMC, we were invited to a gala dinner accompanied by lively Nepali folk dances at Hotel Annapurna, Kathmandu.

Since I was leaving for home the next day, I said my goodbyes to the friends I had made during my visit to Nepal and promised to keep in touch. Goodbye, Nepal. I hope to see you again at the HTM 2019.

7 Brilliant Photography Tips From The Best Travel Bloggers

Today is the age of the visual web and visual social networks like Instagram and Pinterest are getting plenty of eyeballs. On Instagram what works best to get attention are stunning photographs and images that make you stop scrolling and hit that “love” button.

Travel photography is an important skill for a travel blogger to possess. So I asked my favourite travel bloggers,”What did you do that helped you take the best photos/videos during your travels?

Here’s what they told me:

Jarryd and Alesha, who write at NOMADasaurus, are known for the spectacular photos they post on Instagram. Here’s what they recommend.

The trick is to always be practising, try to shoot every day and learn some travel photography tips as you go.

It has to be something you are passionate about, but if you travel to the right places you’ll want to take a million photos and videos anyway.

Stefan Arestis and Sebastien Chaneac who blog at Nomadic Boys say:

One tip is to offer to take a photo of another tourist and use them as a model to see how the photograph would look composition wise.

Then direct them to take ours in exactly the same way. Otherwise, we carry around an iPod with us for these situations.

Supriya Sehgal, who blogs at Supriya Sehgal shares:

I’m usually in a ‘reach-snap-experience’ go mode, with little emphasis on clicking, but when possible, I try and catch the golden hours of the morning and evening to get the best light.

Also, nothing beats patience with high activity destinations like Varanasi.

Svetlana, who blogs at Maverick Bird reveals:

My best photos are from Arctic adventures in Russia in winter trying to capture the Northern Lights. For this, I went prepared with a tripod, timer remote control etc.

My tip is that, to go prepared with your gadgets if you wish to take amazing pictures or videos. If carrying too much equipment is not your thing, then opt for a lighter alternative which produces great results without marring the quality.

Charukesi Ramadurai, who writes the blog, Itchy Feet notes:

I learned by trial and error, by experimentation, and practised by taking lots and lots of pics.

I also spent an unimaginable amount of time on photography websites, as well as Flickr (in the early 2000s, when it was a fantastic website), looking at the portfolio of other photographers, interacting with them and learning from their work. I think it is the only way to improve.

Charlie, who writes at Charlie On Travel states:

Being myself.

I’m terrible for just freezing in front of the camera but I’m letting that fear go and just smiling when I’m smiling and not worrying about what emotions I’m showing on camera.

Ryan Biddulph, of Blogging From Paradise recommends:

Practice, practice and practice some more. Simply snapping shots, learning angles, adjusting for lighting and getting comfortable with using the camera to preserve images and video was the way I became more skilled.

Shoot, study, learn, test and keep shooting. You learn about the best lighting, the best angles and other critical aspects of photography by good old fashioned practice.

Can you add some tips of your own to these travel photo tips from the pros? Do share in the comments below.

11 Of Our Favourite Indian Travel Blogs To Get Your Wanderlust On

Imagine your office space to be on a beach, watching the azure blue waves lap up to the shore. The breeze carries a hint of salt in it and water sprays on to your face.

It could also be on top of a hill with rolling greens for miles around, birds providing the live music for your entertainment. This isn’t heaven but it surely comes close to the person who has a wanderer’s spirit.

In this age of awakening, people are ditching the idea of a 9 to 5 (or 9 to 12) job imprisoned in a cubicle, staring at a screen and doing something that does nothing for the soul. They’re embracing their calling and they’re doing it smart.

We’ve been raised up to the ‘work hard and get rewards’ ideology which is not relevant in contemporary times which calls for ‘work smart’. In a transitioning culture where you’re expected to earn good salaries but also be true to yourself, balance is hard to find.

Yet, travel blogging is one of the fields where such a utopia is possible. So let’s have a look at the people who have managed to achieve this. What’s their secret? Read on to know.

Be warned though, it is not all fun and games. Blogging requires a lot of hard work too. Among a plethora of wandering souls stricken with wanderlust, there were a few that stood out for their uniqueness and ability to transport readers to the places they visit. Here they are:

  1. The Shooting Star

Shivya Nath’s blog is a double helix of poignant discernments about life and her travails, two interconnected and parallel ribbons that give the reader a unique experience. Within these, you’ll find a world of information, history, answers and questions.

The Shooting Star is as much about people as it is about places. The posts are full of anecdotes, stories and observations that set this blog apart from the others. With a different perspective, your own experience takes on so many hues and tints.

It is said that no two people watch the same sunrise or sunset. Our perspectives are unique, subject to our own interpretations and I look forward to others taking inspiration and painting their own lovely pictures for us like Shivya does.

  1. Inditales

From the IT industry to become a travel blogger who is one of India’s best, Anuradha Goyal’s journey has been an exciting one.

Inditales is a colourful blog with the variety of experiences that have been beautifully presented. It’s a virtual bazaar of sorts where all kinds of experiences in different shapes and sizes clamour for your attention.

You get a unique glimpse into the numerous possibilities available to a traveller whether its international destinations, attractions closer to home, walking trails, stories, inspirations and much more. Immerse yourself in the colourful experience.

  1. The Wireless Wanderer

Many of us have the yearning to travel but the first step of the journey can be daunting. All sorts of thoughts plague your mind especially the expenses. Arnab Maity’s blog, The Wireless Wanderer, lets you know that the finances may not be as impossible as you might imagine.

There are many ways to travel on a budget if only you knew how! And while it may be scary, you need to let go of your inhibitions. He started the blog to keep his mother, a wanderer herself, updated on his whereabouts and his experiences (awwww). The posts are short and sweet, and well peppered with pictures. Always an enjoyable read.

  1. Miss Wanderlust

Mithila Mehta is a Formula One enthusiast and a wizard with words. Her blog reflects her travel experiences with hints of her own personality and thoughts shining through, making it such a compelling read.

She has so much to express in terms of the people she meets, lifestyles she experiences etc. Tons of stories are tucked into the different sections of the blog just waiting to enrich the reader.

It’s definitely a blog you’ll want to follow if you’re looking for unique insights into different places.

  1. The Wanderer

Want to know how to be an Instagram travel star? Follow Siddhartha Joshi’s story to find out how he gained a massive amount of followers organically.

Also get tips on taking good pictures and presentations that will help you in this quest as evident by Joshi’s own blog with its well-shot photos and crisp writing style.

What I love about this blog is that it gives you hidden insights about lesser known places. You get to see the bigger picture and enjoy a place in its entirety. This is another blog that you don’t want to miss if you love secrets!

  1. Travel With Lakshmi

It is easy to see why Lakshmi Sharath’s blog has won so much appreciation and many accolades. Her blog has been declared the best travel blog of the year by the Indibloggies.

Her writing style is what makes her blog such an engaging read. Rather than being just a collection of pretty words, her writing reaches out to you and indulges your senses, making you feel like you’re actually there.

It gives you a pretty good idea of what you can explore in any place. The blog includes handy tips for bloggers and travellers alike. Plenty of beautiful pictures accompany her pieces, making it a pleasant experience.

  1. India Backpack Motorbike

Like many others, Venkat Ganesh too left a comfortable job behind to realize his dream. His posts answer many questions that you may have and are especially helpful to those just beginning what could be a life-changing journey.

He gives you a good idea of what you can expect when you travel. An enthusiastic motorbike traveller, he offers backpacking advice and firmly advocates responsible travel.

  1. The Wandering Soul’s Wander Tales

The first thing that struck me when I came across this blog was the blue! So many different hues of blue! Adventurer Neelima’s talent in photography is evident in the gorgeous pictures. Since the topmost post was on a Monday, my immediate thought was that this gives a whole new meaning to Monday blues!

Imagine a world where Mondays were not the dreaded monster they are. Neelima is one of the lucky few who can wake up on a Monday morning and smile. Her writing is enchanting and a joy to read. Whether you’re a seasoned traveller, a beginner or you just enjoy experiencing travel online, this is not a blog you should miss!

  1. Supriya Sehgal

The thing I love about Supriya’s blog is that each post had something unique to offer. You could say, each post is like meeting a different person, full of quirks and idiosyncrasies that make a place more lively and interesting.

A guide to the lesser known places or quotes from the people she meets, every article employs a unique way to attract your attention.

Clearly, Supriya is a person with a good eye for detail which is reflected in her writing. The passion and determination are in plain evidence and inspires you to follow your own dreams.

  1. A Soul Window

A soul window is Abhinav Singh’s peek into the treasures the world has to offer. His story is similar to many of ours. A job that was unsatisfactory, suffocating and did the soul no favours.

It took a while for him to admit the truth to himself that he wasn’t like his peers at all. Abhinav’s posts are candid, holding nothing back as he lets us experience his adventures with simple words and pictures.

Since 2008 he has been listed several times as a top travel blogger. His passion and joy is infectious and soon you’ll wish you could have a travel blogging job too. But he cautions you, what worked for him might not work for everyone.

  1. Kunzum

Author, blogger and photographer extraordinaire, Ajay Jain’s life revolves around the intricacies of travel. A travel junkie, he constantly seeks out new routes to explore.

This Delhiite has been hopping all over the world in search of unique experiences and meeting new people. Ever since his first journey to the Kunzum La pass in the Himalayas, there’s been no looking back.

Through his portraits of the people he meets, he aims to show oneness across people of all cultures, colours and religion. This maverick also aims to bring forward #100greatjourneys on this planet by 2020.

Inspired yet? Leave your doubts behind and your travelling will be much lighter!

P.S. The blogs were not chosen in any order of preference because all of them are amazing in their own right. Each has been picked for something unique or creative that it offers or that quality that sticks with you and makes it memorable. Remember, if you plan to have your own blog, you must make it outstanding. It should possess a definable characteristic that keeps people coming back for more.

9 Travel Hacks From The World’s Best Travel Bloggers To Open Up Your World To Travel

Yes, I know. You’ve probably read hundreds, if not thousands of articles on travel hacks and tips that aim to tell you where to travel and how to do it without falling on your ass.

So why another list of travel hacks, you ask? Well, this is not just another list. It’s a roundup of expert blogger advice in response to a single question we asked them, “What is the #1 travel hack you learned that opened up the world of travel for you?”

You see, for many people, like me, who were newly bitten by the travel bug, it happened because of something we read, or a talk we heard about someone’s travel experiences.

But it’s not just the idea of travel. It’s that moment in every successful travel blogger’s life when they realise, dang, I can actually do this for the rest of my life.

The moment when the world of travel truly opens up to you, because of a tip or hack you learned that makes it doable… for a lifetime. Which brings us back to the question we asked our expert travel bloggers.

“What is the #1 travel hack you learned that opened up the world of travel for you?”

This is what they told us.

  1. Nora Dunn, who writes an advice column and blogs at The Professional Hobo, reveals that:

Discovering how to get free accommodation around the world was a game changer for me, ultimately helping me to make the lifestyle of full-time travel financially sustainable.

Accommodation is far and away the most expensive aspect of travelling, and if you can eliminate that, you’ll not only stretch your travel dollars so much further, but I also found that it offers considerably more culturally rewarding experiences.

You can get free accommodation by volunteering, house-sitting, helping out on boats, and even doing hospitality and home exchanges.

Bonus: The second most expensive aspect of travel is transportation – specifically flights. I got a travel credit card that passively earned me points on every purchase, and after a while, I had enough points to fly to Hawaii! That was the first place I went after selling everything I owned to travel full-time.  

  1. Ryan Biddulph, who blogs at Blogging From Paradise, also revealed that free accommodation opened up the world of travel, in particular:

House sitting. House sits pulled us to places like Cyprus and Qatar; countries we’d never think to visit until sitting jobs popped up in these areas. Sitting is rent-free living contingent on caring for pets and keeping homes tidy. Easy peasy, and the ultimate travel hack for me and my wife, for experiencing exotic spots.

  1. Supriya Sehgal, who blogs at Supriya Sehgal, offered a rather unique travel hack that’s very useful for solo women travellers. She said:

I sit in the front seat while on long journeys in cabs (which I do a lot for the Lonely Planet guidebooks). It allows you to chat with the driver with ease, sharing more, learning more about him and inadvertently becoming his friend and ‘responsibility’.

Over the years, so many of these drivers have taken it upon themselves to make sure that I’m safe, taken me home to meet wife and kids and appreciated that I didn’t sit at the back (creating some sort of hierarchy). Also, the view is better from the front seat.

[Note from Editor: I agree with Supriya 100%. I did this when I travelled on a rather poorly-planned 10-day trip to Kashmir, and had the same experience with a kind driver who took on the responsibility of keeping my child and me safe during a trip that almost never happened. Kindness is everywhere, if you just know how to look for it.]

  1. Daniel James Clarke, who blogs at Dan Flying Solo, reveals that his #1 travel hack is:

Flexibility with flights. Using Skyscanner as is can be really helpful, but sometimes piecing together your own routes, with random stopovers, can allow you to find a cheaper route and see a second or third destination on the outward or return journey.

For example, in the past, I’ve booked separate flights from London to Bali return and Bali to Australia return on route to Bali. I saved 100s of dollars on the overall flight cost and spent that money on a few days in Bali on either side of the trip. Open up a few Skyscanner windows, search random flight costs from different airports on route until you find two that lineup.

  1. Stefan Arestis and Sebastien Chaneac who blog at Nomadic Boys, also recommend saving money on flights and stay wherever you can. They say:

If you’re flexible with time, you can get some great deals on flights – we use Skyscanner to search. Also with hotels, go to them directly and ask for a discount if booked with them instead of booking.com or Agoda – as that way they don’t have to pay commission to them.

  1. Jarryd and Alesha, who blog at NOMADasaurus, offer a very useful travel hack to save money on flights. They recommend you:

Look at random, obscure flight routes to save money. Just looking for flights from ‘Sydney to London’ for example might be very expensive, but if you look for flights to major hubs along the way with different airline carriers you can save hundreds of dollars.

  1. Charlie, who writes at Charlie On Travel, also recommends money-saving tips such as:

Flight comparison websites, so I can find cheap flights, and Airbnb to find great local places to stay.

  1. Charukesi Ramadurai, who blogs at, Itchy Feet, says this is the one thing that opened up the world of travel for her.

I learned to ignore my fear of the unknown and to push my boundaries – if there is one key lesson that I want to share from all my years of travel, it is that people all over the world (even in countries considered “unsafe”) are all the same, and you need to place a basic amount of trust and faith to really enjoy the travel experience.

  1. Svetlana, who blogs at Maverick Bird, has a similar experience to share. She discovered:

That we are all humans at the end of the day, and nothing connects us better than sharing a meal together.

Free stay, cheap flights, and finding what connects us all as human beings – these are wonderful tips to inspire you to start planning your next trip, mateys.

Do you have any travel hacks of your own – the #1 hack that made you realise you could opt for travelling as a lifestyle choice? If you’d like your tip added to this list, email us at avast (at) ahoymatey (dot) blog and let us know.

Terrific Travel Writing Tips From The Best Travel Bloggers

Travel writing and blogging is becoming as popular as travel itself, and today every John and Sally with an ounce of decent writing skills wants to be able to share their travel diaries with the world.

And why not? I believe that the more travel writers there are, the better the field of travel writing gets. Variety and diversity make for a richer experience for everyone.

Of course, not everyone is cut out to be a great travel writer. Some will be better than others. And the ones who are just starting out can always learn from the pros.

With that in mind, we thought an expert roundup of travel writing tips from the pros would be a great way to give new writers an introduction to the craft of travel writing.

So we asked some of the best travel bloggers, “What is the most important skill for a travel writer to have?” Here are the answers they sent us.

  1. Stefan Arestis and Sebastien Chaneac who blog at Nomadic Boys, say the most important skill is:

Engagement. It’s one this to write well, but is the post written to engage the reader and keep them committed to reading to the end? The most important and interesting information should go first. And the beginning intro/paragraph is the most important, along with the cover photo.

  1. Daniel James Clarke, who blogs at Dan Flying Solo, believes that the most important skill is:

A passion for travel. To be a travel blogger, or just to focus on list style articles, is more focused on research and details. To be a great travel writer and really engage the audience I believe needs a true passion for travel. You have to convey the details that capture the reader and draw them into the story, the place and the people you have met. If you haven’t personally felt that passion when you are there on the ground it will be very hard to get the reader to feel it too.

  1. Umang Trivedi, who blogs at TravelMax, gave us the very comprehensive response below:

I believe the most important skill for a travel writer is how to express the way he/she felt while visiting a destination or indulging in an experience. Anybody can write about the top 10 things to do in a particular destination. But, a travel writer should be able to share the feelings which would transport the reader to that particular time and place. If I am visiting a destination and interacting with the locals, I write about how happy it made me. If I am revisiting a place which I visited as a child, I write how the nostalgia left me awash with feelings. These days, amidst a storm of lists by every other travel publication, I believe expressing your feelings through a travel write-up can really help a writer stand out.

  1. Charukesi Ramadurai, who writes the blog, Itchy Feet, believes it all comes down to the ability:

To bring a place alive to readers, to capture the soul of a destination – increasingly, travel writing has become all about “I went there and I saw this and I ate this”, but there is so much more to it. Good travel writing is less narrative and more descriptive in nature, and the greatest compliment a travel writer can get is that their story transported the reader to the destination, or made them want to visit the place.

  1. Charlie, who writes at Charlie On Travel, has a slightly more practical take on this. She says:

Most people would snort at me for saying this, but keyword research skills! Knowing how to do keyword research for SEO is important. This way you can find out what questions people are asking and what they want to know, then you can create content for them! For me, writing is about passing on information that others find useful.

6. Ryan Biddulph, of Blogging From Paradise, is of the view that:

Travel writers need to bring their audience along for the ride, by adding details to posts. Appeal to your reader’s imagination by picturing your journeys. Add details to these pictures, painting a vivid image that makes readers feel like they are the ones travelling.

7. Svetlana, who blogs at Maverick Bird, states:

In my opinion, the most important skill for a travel writer is to feel a place, sense its pulse, so that you can put that feeling into words. People respond better to heartfelt writing.

8. Jarryd and Alesha, who write at NOMADasaurus, believe that a good travel writer must have:

The ability to transport the reader to the place you’re describing.

9. Supriya Sehgal, who blogs at Supriya Sehgal, believes that the most important skill is the ability to:

Observe sharply and relate insightfully

I think all these tips are important to keep in mind. What do you think? If you’re a travel blogger and would you like your travel writing tip added to this list, email us at avast (at) ahoymatey (dot) blog.