I don't profess to know everything there is to writing trip reports. And no, I'm not a professional writer. There would also have to be a queue a mile long of people who are far more qualified than I am to give this advice - but since the nice men who run MP want us all to be warm and cuddly with each other, I'd like to go first (and hope many seasoned Trip Reporters will also chime in). Ok, yes, I've written a few. Trip Reports that is. And everyone (including me), likes their 15-minutes of fame. Especially if people read your content, reply positively and the thread picks up momentum. I've also read my fair share of reports. I love living vicariously through other people - especially when it comes to premium travel and the fabulous wine lists on offer. But if I see one more picture of a glass of diet coke in a First Class cabin, I'm going to stick my head in an oven. So, if you'll permit me the stage for a moment, I'd like to share with you my pet peeves...and then my humble hints on what I think works. In no particular order. In fact, I think I've mixed everything together. Stuff it. You'll get the idea. Ok, here they are: 1. Images: Learn how to post images (and the right-sized images). There's nothing worse than opening a trip report and the thing taking 15-mins to load because the images are enormous. Learn how to use a site like Imageshack if you don't know which one to use. Or ask a teenager. But figure it out. And be consistent with sizes the whole way thru. And another thing - if the photo is of poor quality - toss it. 2. Tell a story: Your story. Through your eyes. Don't try and be someone else. Write as if you were having a coffee (or a beer) with someone and telling them what happened on your trip. I try and write that way all the time. In fact, it's the only way I know how. It's just between you and me. 3. Layout: You know, it's not illegal to use the "return" key on your PC or laptop. Some white space is nice, don't you think? I lose the will to live quickly if I see a screen full of text. 4. Humour: This is a tough one. Actually, no it's not. You're either funny or you're not. Period. Look, most people I know have a sense of humour. Somewhere. Even my mother-in-law. If people tell you that you have a dry wit, be like that. If people tell you your sarcasm is one of your best traits, use that. But if you're not Billy Connolly or Michael McIntyre, leave the humour alone. For now. Anyway, here's some of my favourite TR's. Great examples of individuality. Good trip reports make you want to call the airline to redeem the miles to do exactly what you've just read about. And I'm sorry that these reports are over on "the other site" but for now, that's where the bulk of the content is. So shoot me. And if I have offended any of you by not including your TR, my humble apologies. Here they are... a. This TR is technical perfection. The attention to detail is amazing. The effort must have been stupendous. The guy should give a class. b. Excellent story. Excellent photography. Excellent engagement. Just great. c. One of my all time favourites. This TR is almost 12-months old. 184 replies and over 35,000 views. And not a picture in sight! d. One of the best, most inspiring stories you'll read. About courage, about honesty and above all, about being the best parents you can be. Bravo! e. This Kiwi is an old pro. Too many reports to mention. Start somewhere. Anywhere. You'll get the idea soon enough why he's so good.