How many times have I been asked, “How can I become a travel writer like you?” Stumbling across a “how to” course in travel writing, I now know how to respond. I'll suggest they take this course in travel writing!
Australian travel writer Rob McFarland is teaming up with Travel IndoChina to take aspiring travel writers on a tour of one of the world's most fascinating travel destinations: Vietnam.
The Vietnam Travel Writing Tour will begin in Saigon, a.k.a. Ho Chi Minh City, where Rob will tutor aspiring travel writers in the fine art of travel writing.
Then they will work their ways north through some of the Southeast Asian country's most fascinating travel destinations. They will visit the former port city of Hoi An, the imperial capital of Vietnam Hue, and spectacularly beautiful Halong Bay, with its magnificent karsks, which jut dramatically skyward from the azure waters of the Andaman Sea.
The tour will end in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi, where the Chinese and French architectural influences remain strong. The 11 night tour will have four departures in March 2014. There will be a maximum of 16 aspiring travel writers per trip.
"Learning directly from an award-winning writer and experienced teacher such as Rob McFarland in an inspiring environment like Vietnam will truly be a unique experience," says Paul Hole, Managing Director of Travel IndoChina.
"Rob will share insights into what makes great travel writing in an interactive 'classroom' that includes the streets of Saigon, the Cu Chi Tunnels, and the Mekong Delta, and will explore the culture, history, and cuisine of this fascinating country. I can't think of a more motivating way to learn how to turn travel experiences into travel stories."
Comment and Analysis
Okay, I have no idea how good Rob's tuition will be - we have never met - but I have been to Vietnam three times, and I have visited all but two of the travel destinations on this itinerary.
It sounds like a great introduction to a country that captured my heart and imagination on my first trip a few years back.