Trip Lit

Trip Lit columnist Don George had the good fortune of participating in the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival, a gloriously cornucopic and chaotic literary love fest that brought hundreds of writers and word enthusiasts from around the world to Bali in early October. Here’s a report straight from the horse’s mouth.

#TripLit: Catching up with T.C. Boyle

The 12th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival took place last weekend, and boy was it a doozy. For two days the National Mall teemed with crazed fans overwrought by the sheer amount of writing talent massed in one place. One of the chiefs of that mighty literary army was prolific writer and character extraordinaire T.C. Boyle. Intelligent Travel caught up with him sipping a Diet Coke in the media tent where he held forth on travel and writing, cures for the slump that comes in the middle of a big project, his new book, and his admiration for big cats.

#TripLit: Andrew McCarthy Interview

Look for #TripLit posts on Thursdays on the blog, and join the conversation by following the #TripLit team on Twitter (@Don_George, @amytravels, @RRegister) and sharing your own literary finds and thoughts with us and each other by using the #TripLit hash tag.

More than four years ago, Amy Alipio, who edits our monthly Trip Lit column, started an informal, travel-oriented book club open to all Nat Geo staffers to give everyone at the Society an opportunity to scratch that travel itch — and get to know each other better. The Traveler Book Club is now nearly 50 members strong, with a reading list that spans the globe.

Here’s what we’ve read so far.

#TripLit: Interview with Don George

Each month, Traveler’s Trip Lit column introduces readers to recently published books that can add another dimension to their travel experiences. I caught up with our reviewer, legendary travel writer and editor Don George, to find out how he defines Trip Lit, why he became a travel writer, and what travel writing has inspired him along the way. This is what he had to say.

In our latest Trip Lit column, reviewer Don George chose Marc Fitten’s, Elza’s Kitchen, as the Book of the Month calling it a “multi-course lesson in the dreams and challenges of contemporary life in Hungary.” I caught up with Fitten to talk about what it was like for this Brooklyn native to write about another country — and from a woman’s point of view. Here’s what he had to say.

Our Summer Reading List

With vacation season on the horizon, we asked some of the biggest readers at Traveler magazine to share their favorite #TripLit with Intelligent Travel. Here’s what they had to say.

#TripLit: Travel Book Thursdays

Look for #TripLit posts on Thursdays on the blog, and join the conversation by following the #TripLit team on Twitter (@Don_George, @amytravels, @RRegister) and sharing your own literary finds and thoughts with us and each other by using the #TripLit hash tag.