By Casey Pechan
The growing ease of being constantly tapped into technology has lead to a massive rise in travel writing. Adventurers may now blog on their smartphones, tablets, laptops, or just a local internet café to quickly post. However, not all travel writers, bloggers, websites, and magazines are created equal. Here I will briefly outline a few travel writing outlets and writers that I enjoy reading and look to for an engaging story, and eye-catching images.
I am a huge fan of National Geographic and the people who write and photograph for them. While the magazine’s mission statement is to inspire people to care about the planet, and their main motivation is to educate, there is no denying that their images from all over the world have inspired many a wannabe traveler. Not to mention their images are almost always accompanied by excellent writing. Their website’s blog section has both a blog on Intelligent Travel, and Adventure.
The Travel Channel is also a favorite of mine. I began watching it late at night when nothing was on, and always found myself staying up and extra hour to watch Rick Steves complete his tour of France, or watch Anthony Bourdain eat some delectable looking dish. However the Travel Channel serves as more of a fun visual for places to eat and see, but will not provide quality travel writing.
For budget minded travel writing, Matt Gross had an excellent “Frugal Travel” column in the New York Times. His column covered everything from weekend jaunts to long summer travel, without breaking the bank. While Matt may no longer be instructing readers on how to keep to a $50 dollar a day budget, he is currently writing a new NYT column “Getting Lost,” and is a regular blogger and writer for other publications.
Teresa Rodriguez Williamson is another excellent travel writer and entrepreneur. She currently writes a column for the Huffington Post, has written a book, “FLY SOLO: The 50 Best Places on Earth for a Girl to Travel Alone (Penguin),” has made several TV appearances, and created the website tangodiva.com, a social network and travel magazine for women.
If you’re not looking for just travel tips, advice, and connections, but rather want to dive into an in-depth tale, Paul Theroux has host of non-fiction travel novels, along with several other works of fiction. He has won countless awards for his writing, joined the Peace Corps in 1963 (where he was expelled for aiding the escape of a political figure), and is probably most famous for his book, “The Great Railway Bazaar,” with several of his books have been adapted into films.
I hope this brief intro into travel writing has offered a variety of inspiration to look into; from late night TV, to contemporary travel accounts and advice, to novels of adventure.