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Paul Theroux has been charming readers–and rooting out surprising adventures in far-flung places–for more than half a century. Known for his fondness for train travel, love-hate relationship with Africa, and finesse with language, the veteran travel writer and novelist, now 73, continues to share his adventures with the world. When Theroux stopped by the Nat Geo offices last year, I had a chance to ask him about his thoughts on travel, his connection to his roots, and his advice for aspiring writers. This is what he had to say.

“When I first met Andrew McCarthy, he had never been published,” recounts National Geographic Traveler Editor-in-Chief Keith Bellows. “He convinced me to take a chance on him.” The wager paid off. For the past several years, McCarthy has been raking in accolades and awards for his distinctive storytelling and delivering brilliant prose again and again for Traveler, where the actor-director is now an editor at large. Here’s a brief peek at the life and times of Andrew McCarthy.

I sat down with Don George, editor at large at National Geographic Traveler and author of Lonely Planet Guide to Travel Writing, and asked him why and how travel writing gets under our skin, who inspired him to become a travel writer in the first place, and what he thinks about the explosion of travel blogging and the future of the craft itself. Here’s what he had to say.

I sat down with Don George, editor at large at “National Geographic Traveler” magazine and author of “Lonely Planet Guide to Travel Writing,” and asked him to don (no pun intended) his editor’s cap and dispense some pearls of wisdom about what budding travel writers can do to make their work sing. This is what he had to say.

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.

I asked veteran travel writer and editor Don George about his plan of attack when he’s out on assignment in the field. Here’s what he had to say.

This fall, we’re seeing a heap of new #TripLit stocking the shelves, the kind of books that — no matter if they fall under the fiction, adventure, history, or foodie categories — open up the world and inspire us to make a break for new places and embrace new experiences. So cuddle up with a cup of something warm and start turning the pages of one of these great new travel reads.

I asked veteran travel writer and editor Don George if he had any advice about how emerging storytellers can make their mark on the travel writing scene. Here’s what he had to say.

No matter how many journals I fill, photos I take, tweets I send, I find that oftentimes I “document” the wrong things.

Nothing can ruin a long-haul flight or a lazy August afternoon at the beach as much as lack of good reading material. The best #TripLit can enhance your travels or even inspire you to explore fresh destinations. So, wherever you are, put your Wayfarers on and hit the sand with one of these new books.

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.

Everyone’s talking about “traveling like a local” these days. Travelers, bloggers, tour operators, souvenir clerks, industry types in pleated slacks – they all seem to say it’s the best way to get to know a place. Go local or go home, right?

Well, not me.

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.

Though it might not be quite time to hang up your winter coat for good, a bushel of books have sprouted to inspire a bout of warm-weather wanderlust. Check out our top picks for spring, then let us know what’s on your #TripLit list (or recommend a perennial favorite).

James Conaway’s long love affair with wine began with a column at the Washington Post and inspired him to pen two non-fiction books on the subject — but he eventually came to realize that fiction has advantages over journalism when dealing with “a subculture as broad as the Earth and as deep as history itself.”

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.

#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.

#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.

The winds that bear down on Patriot Hills from Antarctica’s Ellsworth mountains can reach hurricane speed. Many expeditions begin at this base camp because its naturally occurring ice patch makes an ideal landing pad for planes shuttling in explorers from Punta Arenas, Chile. But conditions can deteriorate quickly, making evacuation nearly impossible. Former Explorers Club President…

Think you have it in you to be the next great travel storyteller? Here’s your chance to prove it. National Geographic Traveler and the Matador Network are teaming up to find the best new travel writing talent in four categories: blog, magazine article, video, and photo essay. If you have the goods, we might just publish your work in the magazine, on our website, or right here on the IT blog. Learn more…
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Parks Canada turned 100 yesterday and to celebrate the centennial, parks across the country are holding special events throughout the summer. Urbanites can learn the basics of camping on June 18th’s “Learn to Camp” day which will host workshops like how to pitch a tent and cooking in the outdoors. [Parks Canada] The incomparable Don…

Don George On A Moveable Feast

Our Trip Lit columnist Don George is a very busy man, but he always is sure to eat well while he travels. Which is why he was the obvious choice to edit the new anthology of food essays, A Moveable Feast, published by Lonely Planet books and featuring essays by Anthony Bourdain, Jan Morris, Simon…