Are you a real travel writer?

Are you a real travel writer?

When How not to write like Elizabeth Gilbert published a few weeks ago, I couldn’t get myself to read it. The title offers a judgmental parsing of literary value, and I just don’t have the energy for it. I’d rather write than sit around discussing...
An Ode to Johnny Vagabond

An Ode to Johnny Vagabond

I heard this week that Wes Nations died. Do you know him? He spent four years traveling and wrote fantastic and honest pieces on his blog Johnny Vagabond. Raw is the word I hear most often applied to his writing. Things like how he almost killed a man who offered him...
The worst words ever used in travel writing

The worst words ever used in travel writing

This piece began as a challenge. The UK’s Spectator hosts the Shiva Naipal Memorial Prize for travel writing. They want something original, not hackneyed or full of cliches. So to that end, they posted a list of words and phrases that should never appear in...
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