To make a travel guide yourself, you don’t need much:
- Ability to work with an Internet search, Word software, and Google maps.
Desire, time, and patience – it’s all in your hands (and interests), there is no problem with the search too (if you found this post), the ability to work with Word is not a problem now, and how to work with maps you can read on a google help page. You can, however, save the document with the guide scratch on your smartphone (or tablet) and view it during the trip, electronically. You can make a beautiful cover for it, place it on a mockup and show it to your friends. For more info check https://www.ls.graphics/free-mockups/book-mockup.
Composing a guidebook: where to begin
The author’s fundamental tasks are to keep up with exactness in depicting facts, to keep a unique authorial style, to show an individual perspective regarding the matter, and to add interest.
Precision of data
Depending just on confirmed realities your general surroundings is continually evolving. In the event that you share data, for instance, about a private Parisian exhibition hall that you actually visited last year, explain whether it shut or went through remodel. This applies to all facts remembered for the book – check all the data completely while setting up the material and prior to presenting the composition to print.
Break down other reference books, yet don’t duplicate the template from them, utilize your creative mind and innovativeness. Your book ought to be exceptional, else it will not stand up to the competition.
It’s insufficient to portray geological and chronicled locales. Allow the reader look at them from a different point of view, that is the substance of a creator’s pitch. Try to accumulate as much data as possible that hasn’t been introduced somewhere else.
Creating the text part of the guide
Creating the text part of the guide is not very difficult: copy and paste the information, make notes on your phone during the travel and when you have put it all together – design it in the same style, add page numbering, table of contents, and a map. Let’s start from the beginning, though.
What information to include in a guidebook
Guides contain mainly information about various historical architectural sites (old buildings, churches, castles, and monuments). Your guidebook, on the other hand, can contain any information you find useful for your trip and worth remembering, and, of course, relevant to the topic of your trip. You can include information about the country, about a particular city, about ticket prices and opening hours for individual sites, and so on, in general, you – the editor, you decide.
The amount of information is also determined by your requests. If the object is something particularly interesting for you, you can include the most detailed information about it in the guide, if not, you can leave only general information.
But we leave you a few hints that help you to work on the guide.
- The first thing to pay attention to is knowledge of the area. The writer must be knowledgeable about the place he or she is going to write about. Therefore, think in advance about what your story is going to be about. If you’re a good connoisseur of your own country, town, or village, then why not take up their description? By the way, your choice will also be influenced by how visited and popular the place is.
- To make the structure of your guide as simple and understandable for the reader as possible, read other guides, see how they are arranged. Think about how you can diversify the content of your book. If you are going to produce a printed publication, take care of the illustrations. If you have the right technique and skills, you can make them yourself. Otherwise, you need to hire a photographer.
- Before compiling a guide, refresh your knowledge: read the relevant literature, visit the place you want to tell others about again (or watch the photos and videos you took on vacation). This is necessary to ensure that the guidebook produced contains only up-to-date information, not information that the author received, perhaps several years ago.
- If you describe a city or region, make the most interesting tourist routes for tourists, tell about the existing attractions of the area. Supplement them with information about the length of the journey and how you can get to this or that place in the route. Don’t forget to include the climatic conditions in each of the seasons in your guidebook as well.
A map for a guidebook is practically an integral part of it because a guidebook without a map is inconvenient to use. What good are descriptions of places if you don’t know where they are? Of course, in normal hotels, you can often get a tourist map of the city right at the reception (for free), and if not, you can always buy it, but then you have to look for it and mark objects to visit, the evening before the walk, and it’s not always convenient.
After that you can put places you find interesting on a google map.
Ideas for travel guides on Instagram
And now here’s a list of ideas to help you create your first profile guide.
Office and store addresses. You can only have one address on your Instagram profile, and with a location guide, you can combine them into one place.
Step-by-step instructions. For example, Instagram profile design is a pretty extensive topic that consists of several items: a header, a unified visual, relevant stories, and more. Guides will allow you to combine it all into a single collection.
Stories. If you have a life or business related story that you talk about periodically, you can combine all the posts related to that story.
Marathons and Challenges. Similar to the previous point, you can combine posts about your marathon or challange.
Product catalog. You can combine items that complement each other, for example, bedroom furniture.
Content Rubricator. If your blog is dedicated to several topics and before you used hashtags to separate them, now you can do it with the help of guides.
Writing your guidebook is useful and interesting, but not necessary, so whether or not you do it is ultimately up to you to decide. Just travel more and enjoy your life.