What makes for a quality travel story? According to Ernest Hemingway, “good writing is true writing.” Honesty is especially crucial in travel writing, but it’s sometimes difficult for writers to achieve.
When we travel, we step beyond our comfort zones, into a realm of uncertainty. For a writer trying to capture the essence of a place, it can be tempting to assume a tone of artificial confidence. Jangly nerves, upset stomachs and genuine observations are lost in favor of breezy, artificial suavity.