Travel Writing – Write in the Third Person

If you are writing travel articles than consider what is best to enable you to get the maximum possible opportunity for getting your articles published. One of the tips to consider is that of whether to write in the first or third person.

There are some clever and popular travel writers, for sure. Some of them are household names. Others are new and inspiring. These people find it easy to write in the first person. They say “I did this” or “I did that.” Their articles are of a high standard.

However, it can be difficult to write in this way and, especially if you are not established, it can be difficult for readers to connect with you. Frankly, people don’t always want to know what YOU did, what YOU ate and where YOU went. Your article is, after all, not an autobiography. It is a travel article.

People feel more comfortable when you talk and write in the third person (unless they know you or know of you). So, you would say, “proceed down Western Avenue” rather than “I proceeded down Western Avenue” and “try the duck in wine sauce” rather than “I had the duck in wine sauce.”

You are giving your reader a guide, a blueprint and an opportunity to loosely base their travel plans and experiences on the facts you can supply. You are not asking them to live a typical day in YOUR travel itinerary.

Allow your readers to experience the travel information you have in an objective and factual way. Write in the third person, not in the first.

8 Great Tips To Avoid Eating Troubles When You Travel

One of the best parts of traveling is getting to taste and savor all kinds of new and delicious foods, whether you’re driving across the state or flying across the world. And, without a doubt, it’s fun to let go a little and eat things you wouldn’t normally eat during a week at home, that’s part of the freedom and excitement of being on vacation!

But we all know the feeling when we’ve had way too much for too many days in a row: the total lack of energy, the bloating, dehydration, headaches, or hangovers, the pronounced jet lag, the increased susceptibility to getting sick. All of these things can really get in the way of maximizing your travel enjoyment. And if you’re someone with food restrictions, you know the added frustration of trying to find good food that will be good to you, too!

The great news is that it’s easier than ever to make the kinds of food choices that will keep you healthy and energized while you’re away from your usual routine. Here are some simple ways to eat great while you’re taking in the best moments of your trip:

  1. Plan ahead. Often when we’re traveling, we’re out of routine and aren’t eating at regular intervals. Sometimes we can go several hours without eating anything.

    Contrary to the popular myth that you should hold off eating to “save room” for a big meal, going for long stretches without eating actually slows metabolism and causes your body to become sluggish and tired and hang on to calories. Our bodies experience these periods as “mini-starvations” and send our brains into panic mode. To keep blood sugar stable and avoid energy lapses (which can then lead to overcompensating with high-sugar or fried foods), aim for eating a little bit every couple of hours while in transit and while you’re out and about, in the form of foods that are nutrient-dense and high in lean protein. Pack snacks for easy access: nuts, seeds, hard-boiled eggs, firm fruits (like apples), veggies and hummus, or natural fruit-and-nut bars.

    If you know where you’re staying, scout out restaurants in the area of your hotel. Check with your hotel or resort to peruse menus and see what’s available. Once you arrive, you can use an app like AroundMe to locate healthier restaurants in your area. And check out these smart phone apps that can help you find gluten- and other allergen-free options while you travel.

  2. Don’t forget the grocery store! A supermarket, and especially a local co-op, can be your best ally while traveling. You’ll have easy, cheap access to fresh produce and bulk healthy snacks. You’ll find a wider variety of great foods that are free of gluten, dairy, and other common allergens at a reasonable cost. Plus, many co-ops also have a deli where you can get delicious sandwiches, salads, or wraps to take with you during the day.

  3. Your mother was right: get your greens and take your vitamins. While you’re traveling, your immune system is exposed to tons of new pathogens-especially on airplanes and other mass transit. You want to make sure your body has what it needs to stay healthy and fight germs and process toxins. Don’t forget to pack your multi-vitamin and your other supplements! If you can’t get ready access to fresh greens, consider getting some powdered greens that you can bring with you and easily mix into a glass of water or a morning smoothie.

  4. Speaking of morning smoothies… if you’re really dedicated to getting your daily intake of fruits and veggies, you might even consider bringing along a travel blender. This might seem extreme to some, but consider this: most of them are under $20, fit easily into a suitcase or the back of the car, and can be just the thing to quickly make a power breakfast of fruits, nuts, and vegetables that will keep you going all morning.

  5. Drink way more water than you normally do. Planes and hotel rooms are notoriously dry. Walking around all day expends energy and dehydrates. Often people drink alcohol or sodas with meals, which also are dehydrating. Drinking more than your usual 8 glasses of water a day will keep you energized, hydrate your cells, keep your skin glowing, and will help flush out toxins.

  6. Drink less alcohol than everyone around you is drinking. This can be challenging especially on business trips, where drinking is a familiar pastime. But in addition to worsening dehydration and jet lag, tossing back more than two drinks leads to more unhealthy eating. (A study from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that men take in an extra 433 calories on average from alcohol and food when they consume more than two drinks!)

  7. Try to get your eight hours’ beauty rest. Easier said than done, I know! But getting decent rest helps steady your metabolism, resets your adrenal system, and boosts your immunity. Being sufficiently rested will make every other choice you face on your vacation so much easier.

  8. Try the “one and done” rule. Let yourself have treats and enjoy them-just keep it to once a day. Get that gorgeous piece of chocolate cake. Have an extra helping of steak fries. Order the thing that’s happily doused with butter, and love every single bite. And then, be done with the less-than-healthy food for that day. There’s always more.

However you decide to plan your meals on your trip, we’d love to help you get there! As your travel agency, we can offer you insider tips on transportation, accommodations, and entertainment and so much more.

Why We Travel

Why indeed? Travel is in man’s blood. Am alive, will travel. I will go on a private vacation or a very public one.

Seeing is Believing

You have seen the seven wonders of the world in photographs and in videos numerous times. No one could blame you for the boredom that sets in after a while. You may not exactly be keen to go Up on the Cripple Creek with The Band for company on YouTube after a couple of thousand times but wouldn’t you die to be at their live show? That is travelling: a live show! That is as private a vacation as you can get. To stand in front of the Pyramid of Cheops and feel the exhilaration is not the same as the lengthy videos put out by the BBC or something.

The atmosphere in your living room can never compare with the very presence of the Taj Mahal or the Great Wall of China that stretches into nothing on the horizon. Man-made or designed by nature, to see something firsthand is what travel is all about. Not to forget is the relishing of the authentic local food whether you eat it at the street vendor’s where the sky is the roof or in a fancy restaurant where the price goes through the roof. Private vacation or in a group, you can enjoy your travel the way you choose eat the way you prefer.

Nostalgia as a Catalyst

Longing for days long gone by is more than a feeling. More like falling in love. You can fall in love as many times as you see a pretty girl. Going back in time to reminisce events and places is a sweet way to spend your time. What if you could actually go back to the place though not to the actual period in time? Time machines might not be there for you to take a trip on it but for now, you can catch a bus or something to return to the place that you love.

Even a blade of grass that had been green a year ago when you first saw it but has turned the colour of an orange can do things to you. Every place has its own place in one’s heart. The backyard of the house you grew up in but no longer live, the hillside where you and friends stole a smoke, everything has a million dollar memory attached to it. You are actually lucky that you don’t have to spend so much. Travelling expense is all you need for a very private vacation of this kind.

Travel Writings

Some of the world’s famous travellers have left their experience behind in the books they wrote. Reading their accounts kindles the passion of even a lackadaisical traveller to seriously start thinking of packing his bag and be on his way. In recent times, the Harvard Professor George Santayana’s praise for travelling should have inspired thousands to embark upon a journey.

Sea, the land’s Rival

The expanse of the sea, to countless land-living men, is an attraction like no other. To walk on the promenade deck on a liner with the cool breeze caressing your whole anatomy with the evening sun shining on the blue sea and making it golden is what heaven is all about. Every man, woman and child is transformed into a true blue sailor while sailing. Why not? Aren’t sailors some of the jolly good people?

Get Away from it all

No one except the Beatles can have an eight-day week but the work you do for 5 days in a week makes you feel you had an eight-day week. You want to take the road not taken till now to places where no man had gone before. You do not have to pore over travel statistics to learn that the travel around the world increases significantly whether it is a private vacation or a vacation undertaken with every relative and friends.

So, why do we travel?

Gulliver’s Travel As a Symbolical Work

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) was an author, journalist, and political activist. He is best known for his satirical novel Gulliver’s Travel and satirical essay on the Irish famine, “A Modest Proposal.” ‘Gulliver’s Travels’ is a book of fantasy, satire and political allegory, and it is much liked in all ages. He wrote Gulliver’s Travels in 1725, and it was published in 1726. The book got a great success throughout the British Empire and earned the titles of writer and commentator of great quality and reputation for the author. In this book, the travel of Gulliver, a surgeon on a merchant ship, is made to four imaginary countries. So, the book is divided into four parts. His first travel is to Lilliput whose inhabitants are about six inches tall. His second visit is to Brobdingnag, the country of the giants. His third visit is to the Islands of Laputa and Legedo, inhabited by philosophers and scientists, keeping love for music and mathematics. His last visit is to the land of the Honyhnhnms and Yahoos. They are rational and civilized horses, and the yahoos are unreasonable and bestial human beings, completely dirty.

Before discussing the symbols of his work, ‘The Gulliver’s Travel’, we should know something about the literary term ‘symbol’. The word’ Symbol’ is derived from Late Latin word ‘Symbolum’ means token, sign or emblem. It is, indeed, the ornament of literature. The author uses it to expose all the hidden things or the philosophy of work honestly to the readers, as they may not face to any difficulties to be understood. If such thing happened, the work would not be interesting and helpful for representing the age. It is evident that Jonathan Swift has used symbols to convey his ideas to the readers by making it easier with the help of it. Keeping in view all things, we can say that a symbol is something that stands for something else. In Gulliver’s Travels, everything stands for something else because it is written for the purpose of criticizing contemporary philosophies and customs. Nearly every person in this book stands either for a historical figure or for an idea.

Let’s survey the symbols used in his work, The Gulliver’s Travel’.

In the first book, Swift narrates Gulliver’s visit to Lilliputians, the six- inch inhabitants. They represent the symbol of extreme pride of mankind. The author represents the race ironically. He finds that they are small creatures with small minds, but they are the stock of backbiting and conspiracy; despite it, they consider themselves grand. Gulliver comes under the spell of their vain-glory and is made credulous by their threats of punishment, although the race has no real physical power over him. Gulliver learns more about Lilliputians’ culture and the great difference in size between him and the race. It is explicit satire of British government. Gulliver finds Lilliputian government officials are chosen by their skill at rope dancing which is recognized arbitrary and ridiculous. It symbolizes England’s system of political appointment that is arbitrary. The difference in their sizes symbolizes the importance of physical power. Gulliver can crush the Lilliputians by walking carelessly, but they don’t realize their own insignificance that symbolizes their small-mindedness. They keep Gulliver tied up, believing that they can control him. Swift symbolizes it humanity’s hollow claim to power and significance.

Swift is very careful in case of his satire and using symbols. The articles signed by Gulliver for gaining his freedom are in formal and self- important language symbolizes meaningless and self- contradictory piece of paper, because Gulliver is the symbol of great strength and power. He can violate all bonds for his own safety. The history of the conflict between Lilliput and Blefuscu is ridiculous. The High-Heels and the Low-Heels symbolize the Whigs and Tories of English politics. Lilliput and Blefuscu symbolize England and France. The violent conflict between Big Endians and Little Endians symbolizes the Protestant Reformation and the centuries of warfare between Catholics and Protestants. So, European history is as a series of brutal wars over meaningless and arbitrary disagreements. The conflict’ how a person chooses to crack an egg’ is a symbol of silliness and triviality. It is ridiculous and unreasonable can be concluded that there is no right or wrong way to worship. Swift suggests that the Christian Bible can be interpreted in more than one way. It is ridiculous for people to fight over how to interpret it when one is uncertain that one’s interpretation is right and others are wrong.

The Lilliputian Emperor is the symbol of tyranny, cruelty and corruption, and he is obsessed with ceremony showing a changeless symbol of bad government. It is also a biting satire on George I, the King of England (from 1714 to 1727), during much of Swift’s career. He has no admiration for the king. The Lilliputian empress stands for Queen Anne, who blocked Swift’s advancement in the Church of England, having taken offense at some of his earlier satires. Gulliver’s urination on her quarter represents Swift’s work ‘A Tale of a Tub’. The empress’s disgust at Gulliver’s urination is similar to Queen Anne’s criticism of Swift’s work and her efforts to make his prospects limited in the Church of England. Actually, his urination symbolizes his ability to control the Lilliputians. It illustrates the importance of physical power. Gulliver disobeys the emperor’s order to destroy the fleet of Blefuscu signs the feelings of his responsibility toward all beings. Gulliver finds himself in a position to change the Lilliputians society for ever. There is a reference of army between Lilliput and Blefuscu symbolizes their patriotic glories with such proudly marching of armies. The Lilliputian emperor’s request to Gulliver to serve as a kind of makeshift Arch of Triumph for the troops to pass is a pathetic reminder that their grand parade is supremely silly. The war with Blefuscu is the symbol of absurdity that comes out from wounded vanity. Hence the Lilliputians symbolize lost human pride and it indicates Gulliver’s inability to diagnose it correctly.

In book II (Part II), Jonathan Swift narrates Gulliver’s visit to giants’ island. Here his walking is not symbol of danger for the Borbdingnagians as it was in his visit to Lilliput because the situation is in reverse. Borbdingnagians represent English ways. After a short period as a working freak, Gulliver is rescued by the king and the queen, and he lives a life of considerable comfort at court. He spends much of his time learning the language and talking with the king about life in England. The king emerges as a fair, merciful ruler, very sympathetic and humane man. The Borbdingnagians symbolize the private, personal and physical side of human beings, when examined up close. In Lilliputians, Gulliver symbolized god-like power, but here he is the symbol of slave and puppet to perform various tricks for paying spectators. The Borbdingnagians do not symbolize negative human characteristics. The behaviour of Borbdingnagians is different and seems to be more civilized than Gulliver. The good will of the queen toward Gulliver and common sense views are found. His enslavement is virtual that symbolizes fundamental humanity of Borbdingnagians. So, it is similar to Europeans who become happy to make a quick jump when the opportunity arises. He is a golden puppet in their hands, and he is given a comfortable cradle with the protection from the rats.

In this book, we find a dwarf who is unable to gain the power that generally accompanies great physical size, but he gets distinctiveness which symbolizes the politics of those who attempt to achieve power not through physical strength but through their distinctiveness that is exactly immoral and ordinary. The ladies and their flaws symbolize imperfection as examined up through close enough scrutiny. Gulliver’s microscopic view of flies and flesh symbolizes the discovery of microscope. The late seventeenth century saw the first publication of books, containing magnified images. Such microscope views knew levels of intricacy and fault. In his eyes, the tiny size of Europeans is matched by their moral weakness. Gulliver’s offer of gun powder represents imperfection of the British. The king’s refusal symbolizes this race more human than the other races. It means that, in this society, the vices are minimized as much as possible. Although this race has achieved a huge moral achievement, it is not yet perfect.

Gulliver’s third visit is to Lupta that shows Swift’s attack on science and abstract knowledge. The Laputans are the symbol of the stupidity of theoretical knowledge irrelevant to human life. During his voyage, his ship was attacked by the pirates. He spoke with them in Dutch language, but later on his exposure of heathen more merciful than Christian symbolized Swift’s religious belief. In this visit, power is implemented not through physical size but through technology. The floating Island is both a formidable weapon and an allegorical image represents the symbol of the government and the people. In this visit, he narrates the Laputans’ rigid devotion to abstract theory, language, architecture and geography symbolizes non-humanity. The scientists are engaged to extract sun beams from cucumber and to turn excrement back into food and to turn ice into gun powder. The architect are engaged to design way to build houses from the roof down that symbolizes impossibility and purposelessness, representing scientific society founded in 1660. Robert Boyle, Robert Hooke and Isaac Newton were all members of the Royal society. Its main task was to use the new techniques of science to improve the craft etc. The theorist ruined a country by forcing its people to follow their fresh and wholly useless methods.

Gulliver’s escaping to Glubbdubdrib symbolizes Swift’s attempt to challenge the standards of abstract learning. Overall, the Ancient Greeks and the Romans were understood truly virtuous, where as European to somewhat were degenerated. Apart from it, the Struldburgs of Luggnagg symbolize human desires. They seek eternal life and primary benefits of old age. Indeed, the wisdom of the old age can be used to help humanity, but the immortal Struldburgs grow only more prejudiced and selfish. The struldbrugs’immense sadness and the emptiness of Gulliver’s desire to acquire riches symbolize Swift’s condemnation of such self-absorbed goals as the state of small minds irrelevant to good society.

Jonathan Swift narrates the fourth voyage of Gulliver to Honyhnhnms, representing an ideal of rational existence. Here, man is supposed to be yahoo, and he is subjected to the animals. It represents that the animals are more civilized or a model citizen. Their society is safe from crimes, poverty, disagreement and unhappiness. They are unaware of passion, joy and ecstatic love. The Honyhnhnms appeal to reason rather than any holy writing as the criterion for proper action. They do not use force but only strong exhortation. Gulliver’s entire grief suggests that they made an impact on him greater than that of any other society he has visited.

Indeed, it is a bitter criticism on human beings. Jonathan Swift chose mankind in all three visits, but here he chose animals. Indeed, the Honyhnhnms represent man’s wrong and ostentatious arrogance in the power of reason. Gulliver’s making canoe by stitching to gather the skins of yahoos for escaping from the island represents his swift cynicism for man kind. If we, further, discuss it, it is the main weapon of the cynic or satirist to improve the mankind because every satirist is a reformer by heart.

Indeed, it is the view of his book in nut shell. His work needs more attention and more time. It hides a great treasure of the relevant age. It is acknowledged that his criticism is swift and hard, but he has not used to exploit the human beings but to correct them by picking out their follies.

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