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

5 Comments for TBEX ‘10 Revisited: Eight Great Travel Writing Samples

Audrey 07.01.10 | 12:51 PM ET

I was checking the twitter feed afterwards for these links and thought that maybe they were forgotten in the mayhem. I’m so glad you posted this. familiar with some of the authors and pieces, but have others that are unknown to me. Thanks for sharing and introducing me to more great writing.

david miller 07.01.10 | 2:12 PM ET


GUAP 07.07.10 | 2:30 PM ET

piggybacking on the tag,.. “shameless self-promotion” I just want to say all travel writers, far and wide, each one of you come join us at GUAP in creating a fun useful community for travel writers.  You get 100% revenue sharing.  Its just traveling…and then writing.  Hope to see you around

jessiev 07.11.10 | 11:48 PM ET

thanks for this great - and fun - list! we didn’t make it to TBEX this year, and LOVE great travel writing.

rachel dickinson 07.14.10 | 9:04 AM ET

hey, thanks

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