The following is a list of steps to write a perfect travel guide.
## Choose a topic
Choosing a topic for a travel guide can be a daunting task. You need to make sure that the topic is interesting to you, and that it will be of interest to a large number of people. It also needs to be something that you can write about in a relatively short amount of time, since you don’t want to spend a lot of time on a topic that you are not interested in. You also need to think about how you are going to present the topic to the reader. For example, if you are writing a guide for people who have never been to your country before, you might want to write about the history of your country, or the culture of your people. If your guide is aimed at people who are planning to visit your country in the near future, you may want to talk about the best places to stay, the best restaurants to eat at, and the best activities to do while you are there. If you are a tourist, you will probably want to focus on the best things to see and do in your city or town, and how to get there. You may also want to give some tips on where to stay and what to eat, or where to go on day trips from your city, or how to avoid getting ripped off by taxi drivers and touts. The list goes on and on, and you will need to decide what is most important to you and your readers, and what you think they will be interested in reading about. You will also have to decide whether you want your guide to be written in a formal style, or in a more informal style, such as in the form of a letter to a friend or family member, or as a blog post. The choice of style will depend on the type of readers you are trying to attract, and on how much time you have available to write the guide. You can find out more about the different styles of travel writing in the section on Travel Writing Styles.
Once you have decided on the topic you want to cover, it is time to start thinking about what you will include in the guide, and in what order you will present the information. This is a very important step, because it will help you to decide how much space you need to devote to each topic, and it will also give you a rough idea of how long your guide will be. You should also think about whether you will use photographs, illustrations, maps, or any other forms of media to illustrate your guide. It is also a good idea to write down a rough outline of the guide before you start writing, so that you have a clear idea of where you are heading, and of the order in which you will be covering the different topics. Once you have written down your outline, you can use it as a rough guide to help you decide where to start writing each section, and where to end each section. It will also make it easier for you to keep track of the different sections of your guide as you write them, and to ensure that they are all written in the correct order. It can also be a useful way of checking that you haven’t missed anything out, or that there is enough space to cover a particular topic. Once your outline is written down, you should try to stick to it as closely as possible, and not to deviate from it unless you are absolutely sure that it is absolutely necessary to do so. The last thing you want is to have to go back and re-write the whole guide because you have deviated from your outline in the middle of writing it!
It is also important to remember that you will not be able to cover everything in your guide in one go. It may take you several days, or even weeks, to write your guide, depending on how long it is, the number of different topics you are covering, and whether you are using photographs or illustrations to illustrate each topic. You must also bear in mind that the more time you spend writing, the longer it will take you to get your guide finished, so it is important to write as much as you can while you have the time, and only stop when you have completed your outline and have a rough draft of the first few chapters of your travel guide ready to go. This way, you won’t have to spend as much time on your guide once you have finished writing it, and will have a much better chance of getting it finished in the time you set out to write it in the first place. You might also find it helpful to have someone else read over your outline to check that it makes sense, or to give you some feedback on how to improve it. This could be a friend, a colleague, or a family member who is interested in your topic, or it could be someone who is a professional travel writer, or who has written a guide on the same topic as you. It doesn’t matter who it is as long as they are someone you trust, and who will be honest with you about what they think of your outline. If they don’t like it, or if they think you have missed something important, they should tell you straight away, rather than waiting until you have spent weeks or months writing your guide before telling you that they think it is a bad idea and that you should scrap it and start all over again. If this happens, don’t panic, just think of it as an opportunity to learn from your mistakes, and try to improve your outline for the next time you write a guide. If, on the other hand, they tell you that your outline makes perfect sense, and that they can’t think of anything else you should add to it, then that is a good sign that you are on the right track.
## Travel Writing Styles
Travel writing can be divided into two broad categories: formal travel guides and personal travel diaries. A formal travel guide is written for a general audience, and is usually aimed at tourists who are visiting a particular country for the first time. A personal travel diary is written by a tourist who is returning to a country that he or she has visited before, or by someone who has lived in a particular city for a long time. The main difference between the two types of travel guides is that a formal guide is more likely to include a lot of information about the history, culture, and politics of the country you are visiting, and a personal diary is likely to be more concerned with the day-to-day life of the people you are staying with, and with the places you visit while you are in the country. However, there are also many other types of guides that fall somewhere in between these two categories.