Created by Jackie De Burca, the author of Salvador Dalí at Home, Travel Inspires is the discovery platform for travel, experiences and events. Although Travel Inspires is in its early stages, it has already been featured in Ireland's most respected national newspaper, the Irish Times.
Travel Inspires intends to highlight the magical inspiration that can be found in places that we visit and spend time in. Travel Inspires is currently collaborating with students, travel bloggers, tour guides and other experts, offering comprehensive travel guides, from a range of perspectives. So both younger and more mature family members will be catered for in an incredibly well-rounded and imaginative way.
The comprehensive travel guides are being designed ambitiously with the concept of being full of superb, useful information written by top experts in that particular country or place. There is the main guide itself, but then we also invite creative travel bloggers, tour guides and other local experts to contribute. We believe that this offers our audience an incredibly well rounded perspective. Storytelling linked to the land, its people, culture, art and mythology helps travellers to experience these destinations more deeply.
We will also be adding in events such as festivals and music events, and experiences into each destination guide.
Inspired by her work on the Salvador Dalí book and her own life experiences, Jackie De Burca felt that it would benefit both sustainability and cross-cultural understanding to have a travel blog that is accessible to children. Travel Inspires incorporates free, fun colouring pages that include a short story about the destination featured.
For example, in the feature Silver Coast Portugal, the Colour & Learn colouring page is about postcard pretty Peniche, which has a special geology. In fact, in 2006, it was confirmed that the bone of a dinosaur found there was that of a Duriatitan humerocristatus. Experts revealed that up until this discovery it was thought that this particular type of dinosaur could only be found in England. These findings suggest a very ancient possible link between England and Portugal.
Another example is the article about 5 Underrated Towns In Valencia Spain-Waiting To Be Discovered. This feature includes two different colouring pages, one about Morella and the other about Javea.
In the case of Javea, the colouring page is the port and the story presents some fun but important facts about the history of Javea.
Up to now, the most developed example of this concept is the Tarragona travel guide page. Tarragona has five colouring pages, featuring important aspects of the city's history and culture, such as the animals' blessing day, Human Castles and its UNESCO World Heritage status.
Tarragona also has an adapted legend for children, along with other sections such as Tarragona: 9 cool places to take your parents, 14 facts about the Roman lifestyle and a local recipe that the family can make before and after going to Tarragona.
The concept behind this approach is to make the blog uniquely attractive to families making planning their holidays together. Tim Leatherbarrow, a really talented cartoonist, is currently working on illustrations for the children's story to make it even more fun and visual.
Additionally, De Burca is developing a children's travel writing competition and all entries will be published on Travel Inspires. This means that other children can be inspired by these articles written by their peers.
We have agreed a partnership with the UK's National Literacy Agency. We presented a concept for a writing competition for children, which will not only trigger their imagination, but will focus on the environment and social and humanitarian causes. The dates for this competition will be announced here. All entries will be published on the travel blog.
Travel Inspires intends to promote cultural awareness and sustainability through this genre of storytelling. Soon Travel Inspires will be running travel and culture writing competitions with generous cash prizes quarterly and a grand prize of one-to-one mentoring for one week in Spain with Jackie, in addition to money.
Travel Inspires is also setting up partnerships with important causes. The concept behind this is to raise awareness of causes around the world through this blog and social media.