TBEX ‘10 Revisited: Eight Great Travel Writing Samples

Travel Blog  •  Michael Yessis  •  07.01.10 | 11:06 AM ET

During last weekend’s Travel Blog Exchange conference in New York, I had the pleasure of moderating the panel “Travel Writing: Upping Your Game.” Don George, David Farley, Jim Benning and Alison Stein Wellner tapped into their years of print and online writing experience to offer tips—and point out some pitfalls—for travel writers in the digital age. 

Before TBEX, I asked the panelists to select two pieces of exemplary travel writing, which, time permitting, each of them would share and discuss. The pieces, I told them, could be essays. Or blog posts. Tweets. Whatever. I thought it would be a good way to highlight the diversity of excellent travel writing on the Internets, and perhaps offer a bit of travel writing inspiration.

Alas, we ran out of time. But it would be a shame to keep their selections to myself. Below you’ll find links to the stories each panelist picked. Happy reading.

Alison Stein Wellner’s Picks

Stalking Karl Rove by Rachel Dickinson
Notes on Doing Errands in Patagonia by David Miller

David Farley’s Picks

Some Dreamers of the Golden Dream by Joan Didion
Sensory Overload In Naples by Francine Prose

Jim Benning’s Picks

Obscure Sodas Tweet by Andrew Evans
Power Trip by Emily Maloney

Don George’s Picks

Upriver by Stanley Stewart
Why We Travel by Pico Iyer