Cleaning out my blog inbox as I do periodically I keep only the stuff that I’d pass on via Twitter, Facebook, or here at ArchitectureTravelWriter. As many of my readers are travel writers and most of the others simply enjoy travel reading, I thought I’d share some of the good travel writing blogs I’ve found out there on the Interwebs.
Travel Writing 2.0 This is actually a book and blog by Tim Leffel, a veteran travel writer who has dispatched articles from five continents and written multiple books. The blog contains brief and informative posts; crisp, clean, and mature writing; and finally, there aren’t self-serving sales pitches all over the place. Read interviews with many travel writers who are making their travel-to-write dreams work. Find out what travel editors want.
Check out this Q&A with Laurie Gough. She’s published 20 stories in literary travel books before becoming a regular contributor to The Globe and Mail, The Los Angles Times, Salon.com, and others.
Best Travel Writing This blog comes from Travelers’ Tales, a book publisher which hosts the Solas Awards, highly reputable annual contests, and posts from it are of winners and those published by TT. Most writers I know from SheWrites yearn to win a TT contests and be published in one of its books. One of my favorite authors, Faith Adiele, has published there.
Posts are irregular but plentiful and offer a variety of literary voices and types of travel adventures, from the intellectual to the physical. There are stories about how we all end up liking someone despite the fact we know they’re going to rob us, such as Marcia DeSanctis’ “Masha”. There are stories about what it’s life to defy death by mountain biking down the world’s most dangerous road, found in Bolivia. There are stories about wearing hijab in Mumbai, only to be feared as a potential terrorists– no, wait. My piece hasn’t been granted an award… yet.
This is a great book-like blog– sans photos and other distractions– for avid readers and mental travelers. Without requiring or expecting the participation most blogs do, the posts contain story each. That’s long enough for your daily ablutions, though what lingers from them is more desirable.
Writer Abroad is one travel writing blog I’ve read periodically for several months. Penned by American writer Chantal Panozzo, who lives in Switzerland, it does have a lot of salesy speak. Sometimes, though, it’s just a relief to read someone else’s echo of your own writer-living-abroad experiences. For instance, ‘As an American, I feel like a slacker. And I hate this “if I’m not busy then I’m not worthy” thing that still haunts me, even five years after being abroad. So I’m trying to embrace my European status instead. Key word, trying.
‘A European would feel fine about my accomplishments this summer. After all, many small stores and restaurants in Switzerland close completely in July and August. I think as creative people (and especially as Americans), we can learn from this.’
Those of you who can commit to a longer reading experience, check out her recommendations for books about life abroad.
This blog doesn’t always get it right. I took a guest blogger to task earlier this year for seemingly trying to terrify readers about losing or having stuff stolen abroad. But she provides tips for writers who wish to stay in touch with writing communities and to get published in various arenas.
Check out my post on podcasts for writers.