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1. Posted by virajsan (First Time Poster 1 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Hi all

Please I wanted help of travel blogger and travel website owner.

I am new to travelling blog, I have some query, if you'll can please guide and help it would be of great help

The places I have travelled I can definitely write about it, but places I have not visited and would like to write about them

Eg : I want to write about Bali but have not travelled can I write about it and can I put image and video of other

1. Can I put image of other people on my website and is it allowed and we're can I get it from

Please please please help

2. Posted by goodfish (Full Member 259 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

but places I have not visited and would like to write about them

virajsan, writing about places you have not been to is not genuine travel writing nor is it helpful to blog readers. It's also considered to be very bad form on travel websites. Your writing should only be about locations you have experienced firsthand. Why would anyone be the least bit interested in reading your blog about somewhere you've never been? And how can you write anything useful at all if you've never been there...which leads me to the point below:

I want to write about Bali but have not travelled can I write about it and can I put image and video of other

Your blogImages/videos should be original; taken or filmed by you. There are plagiarism laws around using other people's copywritten imagery or their writing, and especially claiming it as your own. Most travel sites, including this one, include a mandate in their user agreements for member content to be original and/or used by express permission:

12.1 By submitting material and content to Travellerspoint, you are acknowledging that you are fully entitled to do so and that the material is your own or you own the rights to use that material.

Plagiarism (intellectual property theft) of other people's writing and/or images usually results in one's membership to a travel website being revoked. As you've never been to Bali, say, I can't imagine how you could 'write' anything about it without the content having come from other people's experiences/impressions. That's wrong. I'm a little baffled why you'd want to write about somewhere you've never been in the first place?

There are websites which offer royalty-free use of images, and text which is copy/pasted from another source is sometimes allowed if it has been clearly quoted and the author/source of that material credited. Again, though, you should not create blog/travel website material about places you have not been to yourself.

[ Edit: Edited on 14-Jan-2018, at 08:11 by goodfish ]

3. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1781 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

You may not use images of other people unless you have their written permission and they must be acknowledged.

TravellersPoint is to give information to people about places you have visited. This means you have something to share. If you haven't been to a place, you have nothing original to share and anyone can go to the same sources you use to get the information. So, briefly, no, you can't write about places you haven't visited.

Why don't you start a blog about the favorite place you have visited and share your own photos. This will get you started and then if you have more questions, you can come back here for help. It's always easier and more fun to start with a place you really enjoyed.

4. Posted by puppa17 (Budding Member 66 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

The all point of blogging is about ur experience i guess. Anyone can make up things and write a blog, but sooner or later it won't come out successful. Definitely no stolen pics. Try to write about Bali but about what u know about it or why u d like to go there and what makes it interesting to you.

5. Posted by ToonSarah (Travel Guru 1377 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

I agree with most of the above - certainly you should never use other people's photos or videos, or copy text from anyone else. A blog should be personal to you and for the most part be about places you have been. But I would see nothing wrong with including an entry about places you dream of visiting and why, if writing that would interest you, as long as you accept that it will have to be un-illustrated (or you could I guess pay for some stock photos of the destinations).