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Travel Writing Lesson: Storyfinding and the Art of Talking to Strangers

A free sneak preview from the Udemy online video workshop, “Travel Writing: Explore the World and Publish Your Stories.”

By Dave Fox
Singapore

If you want to become a travel writer, there are a few skills you must cultivate that have nothing to do with writing. One of those skills is the ability to meet people when you travel.

One of my top travel tips: Talk to strangers! And if you don't know how to drum, fake it!)

Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka – One of my top travel tips: Talk to strangers! (And if you don’t know how to drum, fake it!) – Photo: Kattina Rabdau-Fox

For some people, starting conversations with intriguing strangers comes easily, but for many of us, it can feel intimidating, especially when there are cultural or linguistic barriers involved.

In some ways, I consider myself a shy person, but when it comes to travel, my love for extraordinary experiences overrides my inhibitions. I like to get as local and off the tourist-trampled route as possible. If I find myself in a place where people are staring at me, wondering what the hell I’m doing there, I have come to the right place. Doing this brings me bolder experiences and adventures — and as a professional travel writer, I find my best stories this way.

Over the years, I have discovered ways, even if I am feeling shy, to break the ice with strangers in foreign places. This video lesson in how to meet people when you travel, and why that is important if you want to become a travel writer, is a free, sneak preview from my three-hour online course on Udemy.com, Travel Writing: Explore the World and Publish Your Stories.

Even if you don’t want to become a travel writer, these tips will lead you into more exciting travel experiences. If you do want to become a travel writer, those experiences will spark your most exciting stories.

Save $40 on the full three-hour course!

 

Published on Thursday, April 2, 2015

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