Our Travels: Tokyo and Honshu, Japan

As you’ve probably realised, the team at World Words likes to travel. It is rare a week goes by without one of our writers or editors jetting off for an adventure. And it’s not just that we like to travel; we also like to share our travel experiences with anybody who might care to read them. It’s the reason we began this Our Travels blog series, in which our team members recount their tales of mini-breaks, short vacations and vast road trips, both near and far.

Since we began the series last year, we’ve recounted trips to such varied destinations as Dubai, Girona, Iceland and the Isle of Harris. Now, it’s the turn of our senior content editor Mandy, who recalls a two-week trip to Japan.

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Mandy with tanuki, the good luck raccoon-dog statues, ubiquitous at Japan’s shop and bar entrances.

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Cultural Sensitivity and Travel Content

After returning from a trip, travellers are usually consumed by an overwhelming desire to tell everyone about the amazing experience they have had. This is what a travel writer is paid to do in the most eloquent way possible. However, it can also be the hardest part to master when it comes to depicting and representing other cultures.

Cultural sensitivity should be paramount when writing travel content, but it is often sorely overlooked. Mariellen Ward of the Breathedreamgo travel blog has discussed the dangers of cultural imperialism (or the belief that your way of life is better) in travel writing, while photographer Bani Amor has criticised colonialism in travel literature.

When writing about location, ethnicity and society, there are certain to be complicated politics that come into play. Although there’s no one-size-fits-all phrasebook to help travel writers avoid all controversy in their content, there are helpful tricks for traversing this complicated terrain. Scroll down to read the advice of the World Words team.

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Our Travels: Isle of Harris, Scotland

Here at World Words, we’re hugely passionate about travelling – and, of course, writing about it. That’s why we do what we do. It also means that members of the team are forever travelling the world, whether on a city break or a beach holiday, a rainforest hike or a yoga retreat. To highlight and celebrate some of our favourite recently-visited destinations around the world, we have started a brand new semi-regular blog series. And we call it… Our Travels.

Kicking us off with a destination that is, bewilderingly, rarely visited by locals or foreign visitors, staff content writer Nathanael tells us all about his recent visit to the Isle of Harris, a wild and remote island off the coast of Scotland.

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Nathanael and his friend James by the highest point in St. Kilda

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How to End Travel Content With a Bang: From Smart Callbacks to Shock Reveals

In travel content writing, endings matter. They are the last words the audience will read and, when done well, they have a tendency to linger. Great closing lines leave the reader with remnants of feelings and images, keeping the content alive in their minds long after they finish reading. A memorable ending is an asset to all forms of written travel content, whether you are penning a travel article or blog, a travel guide intro or even travel web page copy.

In a previous blog for World Words, we looked at the best ways to start your content. This time, we are turning our attention to the equally important conclusion. It may come last, but your ending should never be an afterthought…


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