The legendary Paul Theroux is one of the world's best-loved travel writers. Here, he lays down the law on how to become a better, more meaningful travel writer...
Be in the moment. When you take photos you're not looking close enough.
Make sure you capture the sounds, the smell, the feel of a place. That will be much more interesting than any museum you may visit.
Avoid the internet. And your family.
Remember: 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.
Use it to make notes immediately. You'll be amazed by how quickly you'll forget things. I use a small notebook. I don’t have a tape recorder. I take notes. Then at night, I write up my notes, write up the day. I don’t dread it, but I do think ‘I’ve got to do this.’
Make your work full of human conversations. The best books are about human encounters.
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