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Become a Travel Expert in One Niche

Andy G (Gadget),


I am not a tourist, I have no idea why people want me respect, or write for tourist. I love to listen to normal people talking about normal life. I do not want to listen to Tourist gibberish, they all think they are experts.

Trisha Miller wrote this:

"So how do you stand out from the crowd? The answer is simple - choose a travel niche. Find a specific topic that you are passionate about (and no, "travel" is not specific enough), and focus on writing about that topic.

A perfect travel niche for you should be:

1. Something you love, and
2. Something you know a lot about, and
3. Something you have firsthand experience with



I recommend you read the whole article:
Why Every Travel Writer Needs to Have a Travel Niche

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Sosua, Dominican Republic --- Friday, February 12, 2010
By Andy Graham of HoboTraveler.com
| Travel Gear | Sosua Dominican Republic Hotels | Top Travel Site
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Everyone is an Expert
Everyone is an expert on Travel.
Everyone is an expert on Sex.
Everyone is an expert on Real Estate.

I sold Real Estate for 14 years; often a person selling their house would want to tell me how to sell their home. I would ask,
"How many houses did you sell last year?"
They said,
"None."
I would say,
"I sold 85, you listen to me, I do not listen to you."
They would threat,
"You will not get to re-list the property."
I said,
"Who cares, I sell properties, I do not re-list property."



I have written 4968 Travel Post, maybe I know a little about this. I have traveled continuously for 12 years, maybe I know little about this. I stopped drinking 23 years ago, on February 12, maybe I know a little about this. I have visited 88 countries, maybe I know a little about this…

Sadly
It took me 4968 post to learn I need to choose a niche. To write about, travel includes every aspect of living, the bite is too big. The only way to write to this general audience is to write fairy tale article, with poetic justice, that are politically correct, trying to keep them all happy.

Do you want your writing to be read in the Doctors reception area?
or
Do you want your writing taken serious by educated and experienced people?

For the most part, Travel Writing is about being a hack, the majority of Travel Blogger are Hacks, (They are not even paid… hehehe) it is just the fact of life, to leave that realm, a person needs a travel niche.
Hack Writer Defined

Should a writer care about the audience?

I have been thinking for years about writing a book of the identifiers that define a nation as developed or underdeveloped. I do not dream about travel writing... I am a writer that travels, not a travel writer. (I stole that from Paul Theroux.)

Become a Travel Expert in One Niche

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Andy,
I think when I read your blogs is "this guy hates tourists with a passion." Did a group of tourist walk by you on the beach one day and kick sand on your blanket? Maybe print some t-shirts with "I hate tourist" and that might be bigger than the backpack.

Please do not respect tourist or write for them!!! Besides the niche thing (and good article), why the hate?

How is a tourist going to become a traveler if they are not welcome on your site? What is tourist gibberish anyways?

Are there any tourists in your current location? Can you identify them and take a defensive position before they cloud your mind.

Maybe after 12 years on the road, you are on the other side and I just can't see through the clouds.

:-)


Gadget  1,136 comments. Traveled 89 Countries. Visited 45 Cities. 75 Photos

Sorry, my Superlative problem confused you, but truly I am not sorry. I just said that because it sounds good.

I said "Hate," I truly mean that tourist mildly annoy me.

SUPERLATIVE
In grammar the superlative of an adjective or adverb is the greatest form of adjective or adverb which indicates that something has some feature to a greater degree than anything it is being compared to in a given context.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superlative

Maybe I said,
"I hate tourist."
Cannot really remember, but I am sure this is my Indiana way of thinking, even if I did not say it, I would think this way.

I do not Hate tourist, if I see a foreighner, he or she is always a tourist.
(Always is a superlative I think.)

99.99 percent of the time, the foreigners I meet are tourist.
I like their normal people side.
I do not like their I am tourist side.
Fortunately, expats tend to be the normal people side more and less of the "I am a tourist." side less.

I know this, but I forget when I am tired, I know that readers are often too literal. Writers sit around trying to choose politically correct words, that will offend the least amount of people. I just write into this box my thoughts, then get on with my life.

It takes me about 15 minutes to write a Blog post, while I suspect the average person take about two hours. I do not put a lot of thought into them...

Hmm, that was by accident, some type of superlative sentence. I will put a lot of time into writing a Travel Tip, my opinions take minutes. If I did not included the stupid photos, It would take less than 10 minutes. (Stupid, this causes people problems, there is no way for a photo to be stupid.)

I hate to say it, (Superlative again.)
Readers jump in and feel empowered on comments, the ones that understand my intentions are not confused.

Readers try to grab onto an absolute, I give them a superlative and they are hooked. I do this naturally, I am not doing it by design, well, that is not true. I do not think in absolute clear thoughts, they come in streams of confusion and work their way towards clarity.

It is not possible for a person to exude the stereotype of a tourist for longer than a few minute at a time. They then revert to their normal persona from their home city, country and culture, they then are interesting.

People go on vacations, the will take on this tourist personality. The wear their camera around their necks, they take group photos, talk loud, and act as if they are extremely happy. As if everyone from the city they are in loves them, they spend large, they splurge, they get drunk, they are an obnoxious bunch who thinks the owner of the restaurant should be grateful they came to spend money.

The do not want to blend in, they came on their luxury vacation to be rich for one week of the year, they are on vacation.

I think the above could be called "Guru Talk."


Asiabill  260 comments. Visited 40 Cities. 2 Photos

"Guru Talk" is what millions of people could use to jerk their present opinions and ideas of the world outside their hometowns / cities. And who else to deliver it then us who have lived lives "less normal" as your one-liner goes who have been NOT ONLY doing our thing but prospering at it at least as much or more than milions of middle class people bound by "salary slavery" and the "I owe I owe so Off to Work I Go" lifestyles who show up to jobs everyday. That's one bad aspect of the great availability of travel guidebooks like Lonely Planet, Moon Publications and The Rough Guide is travelers and tourist don't interact nearly as much as before since anyone who puts out U$20 to U$30 is an automatic "expert".


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