But many trips don’t have an obvious goal; they are more about discovering a place, unpicking its history or meeting its people.
In this case, create a personal goal to give your reader a sense of where you’re taking them.
A crash in a developing country is more likely to be fatal because emergency care may not be readily available.
It may take a long time to get to a center that can provide appropriate care, and care, where available, may not be up to US standards.
To see the kinds of stories that get published, look at the bold line of introductory copy (known as ‘standfirsts’ in the trade) of articles in papers, magazines and websites.
Try writing the standfirst for your own story, and then use it as your brief.
Tourists may get behind the wheel in a foreign country without being adequately informed of local traffic laws, they may not be accustomed to driving on the left, or they may be driving vehicles (such as rented motorcycles or scooters) that they do not know how to properly operate.
In addition, the excitement of being on vacation may encourage travelers to engage in risky behaviors, such as drinking and driving, that they would never do at home.
More and more people are driving cars and riding motorcycles in developing countries, and these countries are an increasingly common destination for US tourists.
Roads in these countries may be poorly maintained, and traffic laws may be haphazardly followed or enforced.