A to Z of Destinations
Australia, NZ and South Pacific
A to Z of Experiences
Walking and trekking
Diving and snorkelling
Wildlife and safaris
Meet the locals
Frontier and expedition
Cycling and Mountain Biking
Visiting the Poles
Career breaks and BIG trips
Body and soul
Volunteer and conservation
Australia, East Coast
Everest Base Camp
Trans-Siberian and Trans-Mongolian railway
Cruising the Nile, Egypt
Aurora Borealis/Northern Lights
Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail
23rd December 2014
Travel writing legend Paul Theroux lays down the law on becoming a better travel writer
Be in the moment. When you take photos you're not looking close enough.
And go to places that people tell you not to go to.
Avoid the internet. And your family.
It’s other people who are interesting.
They always need charging. And they're a distraction anyway.
Chances are, you won't be coming back.
Having an attitude when you travel won't get you anywhere.
And make notes immediately. You'll be amazed by how quickly you'll forget things.
Make your work full of human conversations. The best books are about human encounters
That will be much more interesting than any museum you may visit.
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I found that an interest in photography encouraged me to look closer. I agree with every other point though.
Thank you for taking the time to leave such sound advice to those dreaming of following in you footsteps.
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