Our Travels: Patagonia, Chile

If there is just one thing you need to know about World Words writers and editors, it is that we love to travel. And we don’t just mean two weeks on a Spanish beach or a weekend break to New York (though we wouldn’t say no to either) – we go out and explore some of the most interesting, adventurous and often lesser-visited destinations in the world. Right now, you can find our team members traversing pretty much every continent, having incredible experiences that will help inform the expert travel content we create for our clients. Yes, we know… it’s a hard life.

Once a month or so, we like to share some of our team’s recent trips on our blog, in a series we call Our Travels. Regular readers will know we’ve previously covered everywhere from India to The Gambia and from Canada to Thailand. This month, World Words’ editor-in-chief Joe is heading to South America. In fact, he is heading to the very south of South America – Patagonia. Scroll on down to read his account of his eventful Chilean adventure…

Joe hiking along a section of the five-day ‘W’ trail through Parque Nacional Torres del Paine.

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Our Travels: Tel Aviv, Israel

At World Words, we put our money where our mouth is and get out there exploring and experiencing first hand all of the amazing places we write about. One of us can always be found off somewhere, whether an exotic far-flung destination such as The Gambia, Guatemala or India, or a city break closer to home like Tallinn, Lisbon or Venice.

When we’re at our desks, all those experiences come tumbling out, creating insightful, factual and inspiring travel content. We love to relive our personal trips, and do so for our clients in the forms of blogs, guides and web copy.

This month, World Words writer Samantha recounts her trip to Tel Aviv, a city capable of surprising even the most unflappable of travellers. Cosmopolitan, edgy yet also child-friendly, it is Israel’s hippest destination. Here’s why…

Sam and her family enjoying one of Tel Aviv’s beautifully sheltered, sandy beaches.

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Our Travels: Easter Island

At World Words, we are very proud of our team’s extensive travel experience. You see, not only are all our writers and editors highly experienced in the worlds of journalism and marketing, they’re also uncommonly well-travelled. In fact, you won’t find many corners of the world that members of the World Words team have not visited. And we believe that this passion for travel and this personal experience gives our travel content unparalleled authenticity.

As regular readers of the Our Travels blog series will know, we like to share some of our most exciting trips with our readers. This month, it’s the turn of editor-in-chief Joe. Having previously written about travels to Belarus, The Gambia and Corsica (among others), he is now heading to one of the most remote places on earth. Easter Island.

Scroll down to read his thoughts about this extraordinary Pacific paradise…

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Joe in front of Ahu Vai Uri, a platform in capital Hanga Roa which supports five very different moai.

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Travel Content and Cultural Sensitivity: How Should You Depict Other Cultures?

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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