6 Things My Career as a Travel Writer Taught Me About Writing a Memoir
After 30 years as a travel writer, Mark Chesnut spent his days exploring the world and writing about what he saw. Here, he shares 6 things his career as a travel writer taught him about writing his first memoir.
Marcia DeSanctis: On a Decade of Traveling Through Essays
International bestselling author Marcia DeSanctis discusses the process of combing through a decade’s worth of travel essays for her new travel memoir, A Hard Place to Leave.
Peter Fiennes: On Finding Hope in the Writing Process
Critically acclaimed author Peter Fiennes discusses his quest to find hope in his new travel/Greek mythology book, A Thing of Beauty.
For the Travel and Nature Writer: Keeping Your Mind Sharp and Words Insightful
Dr. Caitlin O'Connell shares some insight for travel and nature writers, including how travel helps keep your mind sharp and words insightful, whether you're writing fiction, nonfiction, sports, politics, or something else entirely.
Travel on the Page – How to Write About a Country You’ve Never Visited
1. Virtual Tour. Google Maps is your friend. Plot believable routes for your characters to take, find out how long their walk to school or work is, and observe local monuments and landmarks. Don’t forget to take a tour down the smaller streets to see what typical neighborhoods look like. YouTube is another great place to start. You’d be surprised how many videos you can find of people walking around local shrines, temples, or markets. While writing SHADOW, I referred to an hour-long video of the train ride from Narita Airport to Tokyo Station to remind myself what it’s like. I even found myself swaying in time to the train as I watched. Talk about muscle memory. GIVEAWAY: Amanda is excited to give away a free copy of her novel to a random commenter. Comment within 2 weeks; winners must live in Canada/US to receive the book by mail. You can win a blog contest even if you’ve won before. (UPDATE: Milkfish won.).
Breaking into Travel Writing: The 5 Elements of Writing Travel Articles
Want to write travel articles but aren't sure of the basic structure? Here are the 5 elements your articles need to find success.
Write Like Rick Steves: Travel Writer Extraordinaire
Wanderlust, business savvy and a “magical, all-alone private Stonehenge”: How Rick Steves became the world’s most trusted travel writer. by Zachary Petit