10 travel writing clichés to avoid

Travel writing is hard. Choosing the best words to describe a place, journey or experience takes skill.

Unfortunately, lots of writers fall back on crappy clichés when they are stuck.

This isn’t fun for readers. In fact, it’s really boring.

Here are 10 words or phases to avoid:

  1. Hidden gem
  2. City of contrasts
  3. Action-packed
  4. Diverse / exotic / multicultural
  5. Whistle stop tour
  6. Off the beaten track
  7. Up and coming
  8. Pristine / deserted / unspoilt beaches
  9. Thrill seekers
  10. People watching

Which travel clichés annoy you?