jbbmonster7
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Trip Report Format

Tue Feb 22, 2011 9:40 pm

Hello,
My name is Jonathan Bach and On March 19th I'm going to SLC via ATL and I was wondering if someone could give me a format that my TR should be in, or the flight info I should include?

Anyone?
Jonathan
 
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RE: Trip Report Format

Tue Feb 22, 2011 9:46 pm

Jonathan,

just have a look at some TRs here and get inspired. Always remember - the more details, the better. And don't forget to post pictures of your inflight meals!  



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RE: Trip Report Format

Tue Feb 22, 2011 9:54 pm

Thanks. I'm flying First on Delta, I'm wondering what the meals will be. Thanks for the advice.
 
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RE: Trip Report Format

Tue Feb 22, 2011 10:05 pm

Indeed, take the advice of PH and take a look at some reports already posted. There's no point in telling you what format - it's best left to the writer to be as creative as they want to be with what they've got and it makes it a bit more personal rather than being exact on what should and shouldn't be put into a report.
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RE: Trip Report Format

Tue Feb 22, 2011 10:34 pm

Good to know, Thanks NZ107!

Jonathan
 
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RE: Trip Report Format

Tue Feb 22, 2011 11:45 pm

If you look to the reports of NZ107 and PlaneHunter (the ones posting above me), you will have a nice idea of how a good tripreport will look like   Have a good one, and I'm looking forward to read about your experience!
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RE: Trip Report Format

Wed Feb 23, 2011 1:02 am

Trip reports are a great way of showing your creativity and allowing you to express yourself in a way that feels comfortable to you. I haven't written a trip report for a few years now, but used to love putting them together for others to enjoy. The important thing is that you have to enjoy writing them yourself, and not look on them as something that has to live up to everyone's expectations. If you're worried about making them fit the format of what others have written, chances are that putting a TR together will become more stressful than necessary.

There are of course things that people like to hear about, but again that varies from person to person. Generally people seem to like photos of the aircraft both inside and out, maybe a few shots of the terminal, probably a shot or two of any meal that you might be lucky enough to receive, and last but not least...the legroom shot!! Personally I like to see photos of where you have been and some details of your destination, but others seem to find that boring. We're all different, you can't please everyone, so just be yourself...some will enjoy reading what you've written, others won't, but that's life!

The only gripe I have these days is that there seems to be an emerging trend of writing TRs in chunks rather than waiting till your trip is over and writing everything up in one go. If that works for you, then fine, but try and make it obvious that you're splitting your report into sections and start a new post for each "part". It can sometimes get frustrating when you're enjoying reading a report that comes to an abrupt end with the promise of the next installment at a later date. Then when that "later date" comes, the next installment is presented as a reponse to the original trip report...I'm sorry but chances are that I will miss that section of the report as I don't generally tend to follow comments on a report unless I've commented myself!

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RE: Trip Report Format

Wed Feb 23, 2011 1:57 am

airbuseric,
Thanks for your comment, I look foreward to having you read my TR!

Jonathan
 
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RE: Trip Report Format

Wed Feb 23, 2011 1:59 am

BAViscount,
That really is some great advice! This will be my first TR, but I think what I will do is instead of making it "Parts" I'll do it as the trip goes on but keep compiling it into one TR. Thanks for the comment.

Jonathan
 
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RE: Trip Report Format

Wed Feb 23, 2011 8:45 am

All of the above post are correct. Just be yourself and don't try to be like others.
Some reports are very well written like a column in the travel section of a respected newspaper, some are very technical and cover great detail about the airplane and operations of the airline and some are rather bizarre and unconventional like mine.  
Quoting jbbmonster7 (Reply 2):
Thanks. I'm flying First on Delta, I'm wondering what the meals will be. Thanks for the advice.

Enjoy the free cocktails  
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RE: Trip Report Format

Wed Feb 23, 2011 2:00 pm

As everyone else here has said, just make it your own and give it a unique style. Also, try to add photos and / or video. I remember some years back when this site was just getting started, it was possible to post a good trip report without any pics. But nowadays it has become almost standard procedure to include pics in any solid trip report. A good picture does, after all, tell a thousand words.

I look forward to reading!
 
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RE: Trip Report Format

Wed Feb 23, 2011 5:40 pm

Quoting jbbmonster7 (Thread starter):

If you want a perfect example of a very well detail oriented trip report, look no further than this thread.  Singapore Airlines: LHR - SIN - SGN (1st Part) (by Singapore_Air Feb 19 2003 in Trip Reports)#1
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RE: Trip Report Format

Wed Feb 23, 2011 9:14 pm

Superfly,
Thanks a lot! I am still drafting it out but I'm not sure I want to use videos. Thanks for the tip.
 
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RE: Trip Report Format

Wed Feb 23, 2011 9:15 pm

QFKangaroo747,
I wish I could see the site when it first came out. Thanks for the advice! I look foreword to having you read it.

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