Lonely Planet Kids: writing competition


Can your kids tell a good travel story? We’re looking for budding travel writers for our new Lonely Planet Kids blog, which launches next month.

For our latest creative competition, we’re asking young explorers from all around the world to put pen to paper and tell us about a trip they have been on. Apart from the kudos of having their work published online by Lonely Planet Kids, the winner will receive a huge bundle of Lonely Planet Kids books!

Ready to get writing?


Using between 100 and 200 words, tell us about a recent trip you took and why it was memorable for you. Your blog could be about a faraway place, or somewhere closer to home – so long as it was an adventure! We’d also love you to illustrate your writing, using either a drawing or a photograph.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Where did you go? When? Who with?
  • What was your favourite or least favourite part about the trip?
  • Did you make any friends while you were?
  • Did you see any animals?
  • What did you eat and drink?
  • Where did you sleep?
  • What was the weather like?


Please ensure a parent or guardian emails the entry to lonelyplanet.kids@lonelyplanet.com, including all of the following:

  • Entrant’s name
  • Entrant’s age
  • The typed-up story: we love seeing hand-written pieces but as we want to show your work on our blog we need to receive your work in a digital format (thanks adults for helping with this if necessary!)
  • The drawing or photograph (a scan is fine)

Entries must be received by 11.59pm (BST) on 3rd February 2017. The competition is open to entrants aged under 16. With all entries, please include confirmation that you are happy for us to share your child’s entry on our Lonely Planet Kids blog and excerpts on our Twitter and Facebook pages. Without this confirmation your entry is not valid.


The winner will receive a bundle of Lonely Planet Kids books of their choice worth £100, as well as having their work published on the Lonely Planet Kids blog. Three runners-up will receive a copy of How Cities Work and will also have their work published on the blog.

Lonely Planet may choose to publish other notable entries.


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