Travel stories come in assorted shapes and sizes. Some merely rehash previously published material with little time for reflection. These stories are often written by people who did not step foot in the location and offer a minimal amount of details due to word count restrictions.
Are these stories accurate? Sometimes yes, but frequently no. Far too often, travel stories do not capture all of the pertinent details found at an attraction or destination or are misleading. Yes, word count can be a factor. It is hard to provide adequate details when the story is relatively short, and it’s hard to check facts if your knowledge comes from other people’s stories.
Almost all of my travel stories are based on first-hand experiences and are backed up with fact-checking. Yes, some tour guides and destination representatives share false statements. Usually, it is possible to double-check and other times I can’t. When I start drafting stories, I include up to date factual information along with observations and helpful tips. My research-based stories include extensive internet research. Whenever possible, I interview experts who can add depth to my stories.
As I look back on 2019, I am singling out my top 10 travel stories. These stories focus on Adventure, Cruises, Family, Food, Getaways, Historical Sites, Jewish Culture and History, Luxury Over 50, and a Research-Based safety story. The content features the Galapagos Islands, Machu Picchu, Crested Butte in Colorado, Frankfurt, Quebec City, Chimney Rock National Monument in Colorado, Endingen and Lengnau Switzerland, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Sacred Valley in Peru, and U.S. National Parks.
Scroll down the page and check out my top 10 travel stories for 2019. I’d love to hear your comments and questions.
Enriching Experience at Machu Picchu— published by KUHL: Born in the Mountains blog
Isolated Galapagos Archipelago Offers Spectacular Adventure— published by KUHL: Born in the Mountains blog
Our Outrageously Successful Intergenerational Trip to Crested Butte, Colorado— Published by Grand magazine
FOOD, WINE, & BEVERAGES
Bar Shuka: A Taste of Israeli Cuisine in Frankfurt— published by Real Food Traveler
You’ve Never Seen Quebec City Like This—published by Traveler Confidential
History Comes Alive at Chimney Rock National Park— published by Wandering Educators
A Slice of Swiss Jewish History: Endingen and Lengnau— published by the Canadian Jewish News
Exposing the Jewish History of a Medieval Jewish Town— published by the Canadian Jewish News
LUXURY OVER 50
Tambo del Inka: A Tranquil Retreat in the Valley of the Incas—published by Getting on Travel
RESEARCH-BASED- SAFETY STORY
What You Need to Know About National Park Deaths published— by Far & Wide
CAN YOU SHARE?
I’m always looking for feedback and questions. If you have traveled to any of the destinations mentioned above, can you share the best part of your visit? Are one of these places on your itinerary for 2020? Do you have any questions or concerns? Please don’t hesitate to leave a comment or question.
When Sandy isn’t trekking or writing in the Colorado Rockies, she is traveling. She has visited more than 40 countries and lived as an international teacher in Bangalore, India.
Sandy shares her lifestyle and travel experiences with international and domestic online sites and print media. Her stories have appeared in Hemispheres, Destinations Magazine, KUHL’s Born in the Mountain blog, Grand Magazine, Wandering Educators, Golden Living, One Travel, Miles Away, Canadian Jewish News, Getting On Travel, Far and Wide, Colorado Parent, Traveler Confidential, Family Circle- Momster, and others. As the content coordinator for Golden Living, a Best Version Media publication mailed to Golden, Colorado residents, she writes family and business feature stories and a monthly travel tip column.