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Writing about adventure can be as much of an adventure as the adventure itself!

In our experience great writing inspires people to travel and travel inspires people to write.

Writing about family adventures is a great way to revive memories of adventures-past, get the family talking about amazing things you've done together, record family tales for future generations, or generate enthusiasm for another trip.

Adventures in Writing aims to encourage, support and develop the writing skills of people involved in family adventure. Whether it's journalling, stories, poetry or blogs, we know writing about your experience can help develop literacy, writing skills and your creative talent. And if you're good you may even be able to make some money by getting your work published.

In time we hope this section will grow to offer advice and guidance on travel writing, ideas on ways to use writing to enhance family adventure experiences, and exercises to help you develop your skills. Whether you're old or young, writing alone or as a family, writing as you travel or reflecting on trips gone by, we hope there'll be something to interest you here.

There's some useful books on writing and travel writing here. If you want to know more about Adventures in Writing, drop us an email or call back to this page regularly.

To travel write
or not to
travel write
  Write your own family adventure story   Travel Writing Workshops

In this article, written especially for The Family Adventure Project, Lesley Anne Rose, an accomplished writer and author of several Rough Guide travel books explores some of the different ways writing can be a part of travel and travel can be a part of your writing.


We're actively encouraging people to put pen to paper, or finger to keyboard, and write up their own short stories about their experiences of family adventure.

You don't have to be a professional writer to do it. We'll give you guidance on what we're looking for, support you as you find your voice, encourage you if you're stuck, help you get your story told.
More details here.

We will use submitted stories to inform our research, publishing the best of them on our web-site to inspire others, and including exceptional tales in our book about adventuresome families.


If you want some help to develop your writing skills, why not try taking a writing class or workshop.

Dea Birkett, former Guardian family travel columnist and author of Serpent in Paradise and Off the Beaten Track runs intensive travel writing workshops together with travel journalist, author and broadcaster Rory McClean.

They welcome people with an interest in writing about family travel for these practical sessions which will help you develop the skills and confidence to produce publishable articles and books.

Workshops take place in London, Dublin, Paris and elsewhere and attendance gives you access to the invaluable Travel Writer's Forum.

Find out about the dates and prices of forthcoming workshops at The Travel Workshop website or email for details.

with a laptop
Writing on the road doesn't have to mean internet cafes with sticky keyboards. Taking your laptop can add a whole new dimension to your travels as Kirstie Pelling discovered when she found herself travelling a laptop she thought she didn't want.

A family travel writing competition                           

In the future we're planning a family travel story competition, with special categories for new writers and children. Write and enter a story and you could become a prize winning writer. We're still at the planning stages and looking for sponsors, judges and help in organising the competition. If you think you can help please get in touch.



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