10 things I learnt writing my first travel blog

10 things I learnt writing my first travel blog (Sunsets & Volcanoes: The Best Beer) and why I want to win the travel writing scholarship with World Nomads.

1. It’s harder than I thought.

Whenever I come home from a trip I regale my friends and family with your tales of my adventures – and there are usually adventures to tell because I’m one of those people who has that type of luck – you know where something goes wrong and is terrifying at the time, but makes for a hilarious conversation around the dinner table a couple of months later. So how hard can it be to write an entertaining, descriptive travel discovery in 500 words? Turns out very hard, and time consuming.

2. It takes longer than I expected

Whilst I can replay a memory in my head in five minutes flat it takes much long to turn that visual memory into a written story, especially into a story that you want someone you never met to engage with, to get them to smile when you smiled and cry when you cried – or at least feel like crying with you instead of laughing at you. It takes some honing and re-writing to get this across, in fact…

3. It takes skill to evoke emotions

It easy to say I felt happy at the top of the volcano and I felt like crying whilst clinging to the donkey for dear life. But it’s harder to describe how I felt without stating it as a fact. It’s even harder to get someone else to feel that for you – remember that high definition video replay of memory you run in your head and the parts that make you smile, well on paper that can come across a bit flat.

This is one of the reasons I want, no…need to win this writing scholarship with World Nomads so I can master the art of evocative writing and write better stories for you to read. Continue reading


Sunsets and Volcanoes: The Best Beer


Here we are enjoying the best beer I’ve ever tasted in my life, sipping a cold bottle of San Miguel as we watch the sun set over Main Crater Lake on the summit of Taal Volcano in the Philippines. Whilst it might not actually be the best beer in the world it was at this moment in time after the journey!

Read more in my travel writing scholarship entry with World Nomads and let me know what you think of my first attempt at writing a travel blog post!

World and Volcanoes Journal: The Best Beer


My First Travel Trove

It’s fitting that my first Trove is one of my favourite views in the world (so far).

I love this spot just outside Coraralejo on the Island of Fuerteventura in the Canaries. This shot was taken from the ‘Sahara Desert’ style sand dunes Las Dunas de Corralejo (sand actually blows in from the Sahara to form these dunes over time) looking out over the turquoise waters towards the Island of Lobos and its volcano.

Fuerteventura is my favourite island in the Canary archipelago with its white sandy beaches rather than the black volcanic sands found on some of the other islands. The Canary Islands are known for their windy climates and Fuerteventura is no exception (Fuerte=strong, Ventura=Wind) here you can just about see the colourful kite surfing in action, you can also see Lanzarote in the background behind the volcanic peak of Lobos.

A Trove is a travel discovery on Trover – the photo sharing community for travellers.

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