Crafting a travel story that truly succeeds rests on four pillars of engagement: with your subject, with yourself, with your audience, and with your writing. How do I go about trying to achieve this? I think the best way to explicate that is to trace my own journey when I work on a story: before, during, and after the trip. Here’s Part I: Plotting Your Story Before You Go.
Forgo the generic gift card this holiday season and wrap up a new travel-inspiring book instead with these five #TripLit recommendations from Don George.
Last month Don George had the opportunity to participate for the second year in a row in the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival on the Indonesian island of Bali. Here’s his account of the experience.
In many cultures, doors to the underworld creak open in October, so it’d be criminal not to sink your teeth right now into these transporting thrillers.
While I’ve met a few modern-day nomads in my travels, most of us can’t be on the road all the time. So how can we keep our wanderlust satiated in those stretches between journeys? We can escape into a really good book that brings a far-off place to us. Here are three extraordinary travel narratives that deserve to be counted among the classics.
My #TripLit pick for August: Headhunters on My Doorstep, by J. Maarten Troost. Read on to find out why.
My #TripLit pick for July? “The Longest Road: Overland in Search of America, from Key West to the Arctic Ocean,” by Pulitzer Prize winner Philip Caputo. Here’s why.
My #TripLit Pick for June? “The World Is a Carpet: Four Seasons in an Afghan Village” by award-winning journalist Anna Badkhen. Here’s why…
“As a twenty-two-year-old teacher at a small school in rural Africa I had spent some of the happiest years of my life,” writes legendary travel writer Paul Theroux in his new book. Africa seeped into Theroux’s soul on that first visit, so much so that he has regularly returned to it as a kind of touchstone throughout his 50-year career.
While Greece may be in the headlines these days for its economic woes and social unrest, when I think of Greece, I picture crystalline sunlight on a landscape of rock, sea, sand, and tree; bone-white ruins of layered history; and bright-eyed, big-living people. That’s the Greece Christopher Bakken brings to life in his delightful new book.
In recent years the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela, Spain, has gained a certain cachet. Books have been written on it; movies have been made about it. Almost invariably, the focus of these accounts has been the Spanish portion of the pilgrimage, culminating with arrival at the cathedral in Santiago itself. David Downie offers a different take on an ancient legend.
Legendary writer and editor Don George introduces readers to the latest and greatest travel literature out there in the world. Do you have any recommendations for great travel reads? Share them with @NatGeoTraveler on Twitter by using the #TripLit hashtag.