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Trip Report Format and Protocol

There is no set format or protocol for writing a trip report. However, I would suggest a few things to make the finished report more useful to you and whoever reads it...

Introduction

Always include an introduction to your report. The introduction should include:

  • A descriptive list of the various people in the group that you've traveled with (this makes the report (especially a "play-by-play" style report) more interesting because you know the characters)
  • Appropriate summary information including the dates of your trip, the resort(s) in which you stayed, and other such pertinent information. This gives the reader "advanced warning" about what to expect from the report.
  • Also, if you use some standard scoring scheme for your comparisons, make sure you explain your criteria for making judgment calls (and include this in your introduction, too).

Headings by Day or Category

Use the date and day as a heading to each new day of a play-by-play report. This is more important than you might think. For example, if you visit Typhoon Lagoon and notice that the crowds are huge on a given day, it helps for the reader to be able to note the day of the week. Perhaps the crowds are due to the locals that visit the park on Saturdays and Sundays and swell the ranks of the vacation visitors.

Use appropriate headings for a summary report, too. Of course, days and dates are not appropriate, but if the next few paragraphs of the report discusses your meal experiences at Epcot, make that clear. Such headers will clarify a summary report significantly.

Highlight Hints and Tips

Hints and tips can be handled nicely two different ways. First, you can describe them in the text of the report (a play-by-play) as they come up. If so, use some appropriate heading so a casual reader can pick out those tips. Second, your summarized hints and tips can be listed at the end of the report. Frankly, I like to do both -- I mention them as they come up (but I don't highlight them in any special way), then I include a summary list at the end of the report to capture the "lessons learned" on the trip.

 

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