One of the best ways to spice up any travel blog is to use powerful verbs. Weak verbs, such as “ran” or “said,” or other commonly used verbs you’d find in a children’s book, don’t lend the kind of sensory details you would want particularly when sharing a story on your travel blog. Strong, powerful verbs like the ones you see below allow your reader to immerse himself into your writing, delighting in the story and picturing everything as though he were right there with you.

To help you improve an area of your writing that often goes unnoticed, but that is incredibly important for storytelling, we have developed a short exercise to use powerful verbs. Identify and eliminate the bad verbs in the following sentences, then rewrite each sentence using a different word from the word bank—or any better ones that may come to mind.

Word Bank of Descriptive Verbs:

Shriek          Linger          Sprint          Abscond          Meander

Writhe         Prowl          Squat          Peel          Smash

Plunge          Strut          Catapult          Fabricate          Ascend

Sentences with Weak Verbs

1. After robbing the bank, Rosie left town with the money.

2. I climbed to the top of the pole and took the ham.

3. The ambassador sat at the table.

4. I yelled in alarm when the car went over the cliff.

5. She walked through the crowded marketplace.

As you write new stories later, something I’ve always found helpful is to get the basic thoughts on paper as quickly as possible, as weak as the writing may be, walk away for a day or so, and then revisit with with my editor’s cap on. Try it and see how it works for you – and for more advice on editing your own work, check out this post.

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About the Author

Sarah Vandenberg

As the managing editor of Frayed Passport, my goal is to help you build your bucket list, plan your travels, and tell your story. I've been to 20 countries and five continents so far, lived for two years as a full-time digital nomad, and while I'm based in Miami now, I spend one-third of the year traveling to amazing destinations around the world. If you would like to contribute an article to Frayed Passport, feel free to get in touch with me at!