To say I was overwhelmed with emotions and pictures when I got home from Scotland is like saying Nutella Donuts taste good. Read: Biggest understatement of the century. So, here I am, almost a year and a half later, and I've finally gotten around to organizing and compiling my Edinburgh photos.
As I did this, I kept thinking: What makes a travelogue good? It's more than pretty photos and informative captions (although those are always important), but they also have a personal touch of the writer's voice and perspective. It's the reason why Samantha Brown and Rick Steves are so popular; they take you on a personal journey to where they've been, not just an informational one.
I know my travelogues could be better (read the post about my run-in with the Loch Ness Monster and you'll see what I mean), and as I started posting about Scotland, I realized it's hard to have a balance between personal and informative. How much do you guys want to know about a place and when does it become boring?
I personally don't need a lot of words to help me feel transported to a different place and I'm okay with a ton of beautiful photos to stare at on my computer screen. Unless I'm planning a trip there. Then I want hotel recommendations, restaurant names, and all the hidden gems the locals refuse to tell you about. Otherwise, showing me photos of those fabulous places without helping me get there is just cruel. Cruel, I tell you!
So starting tomorrow I'll be posting the rest of my photos from Scotland and London. The pictures are up and ready, but the text... well I need help with the text.
What do you look for in a travelogue?
More pictures than words? Witty captions? Outfit posts?
Stalker-like photos of men found on the streets?
*photos by Dancing Branflake