How to write trip reports

I’ve found myself to have a “purpose” over travel once I started trip reporting last January. For example, when meal rows were skipped on my flight from Hong Kong to Shanghai, I thought, “at least I can write about it on the blog”.

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It’s not always serene at the Singapore SilverKris Lounge Hong Kong

I guess people get it, because I’ve been asked recently how I write trip reports.

I’ve been heavily based off One Mile At A Time in terms of how to write trip reports (thank you so much Lucky), and right now I’m starting to have some principles of my own in which what content I should put in my trip reports.

I’ve flown some amazing flights and some amazing hotels over the years, and I believe some of you have/are about to as well, so I might as well share some tips on how I write trip reports on this blog.

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Sheraton Macao Family Suite Kids’ Room

So what are my procedures for writing a trip report?

1. Take notes on anything you want to say in the report

I tend to forget a lot. Whenever I come across something interesting at a hotel or on a flight, I tend to say “hey, let me put this on my blog”, and end up forgetting about it as if the thought never came across my head.

These days, as a result, I tend to take a little notepad, hidden out of sight of anyone else except myself. I can then take notes on the notepad of things I think about and say, “hey, this fits well into the trip report”.

Air New Zealand Boeing 777-200 Economy Class

2. Write down a list of essentials on what I need to take a picture of in the trip report

There are things I have put on the list to take a picture of in every flight report. There’s the plane:

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THAI Airbus A330-300 Phuket Airport

The seat itself and its features:

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Dragonair Airbus A330-300 Business Class

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Dragonair Airbus A330-300 Economy Class Entertainment Box

Any service procedures:

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THAI Airbus A330-300 Business Class Hot Towel

Tarmac pictures (especially that of interesting traffic):

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Air Seychelles Airbus A330-200

Our takeoff roll and takeoff views:

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THAI Airbus A330-300 Business Class View of Hong Kong Airport

Multiple cabin shots:

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Cathay Pacific Airbus A340-300 Economy Class Cabin from Seat 74K

Each course of the meal:

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Dragonair Airbus A330-300 Business Class Dinner Starter

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Air New Zealand Boeing 777-200 Economy Class Breakfast Main Course

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British Airways Airbus A319 Economy Class Breakfast…uhhh, breakfast

Landing views (and views of the tarmac there):

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Cathay Pacific Airbus A340-300 Economy Class View upon AKL Descent

I have a similarly sized list for hotels, but I’ve decided that that’s a bit too much to add to this index. 😉

3. Act like a normal passenger

DYKWIA moments are fun, but in some cases I’ve heardthat flight attendants start giving you special treatment (and this could go the good way or the bad way).

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4. Just write your heart out: don’t format too much

I tend to have specific formats for my captions and my flight logs, though when it comes to content I tend to write rather “freely”. I want to show my opinion, not the part of my opinion I can extract through a few subheadings.

For this reason I’m thinking of botching the ratings, though that makes overall points slightly harder, I guess.

What are your tips for trip reporting?

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