Transform Your Travel Writing, Pt. 5:What Is a Travel Story and Where Does Yours Begin?
“Every story is a physical map of how to travel from one place to another. Some places are physical; others are not.”
– Don Rowlands, Aboriginal elder and ranger at Munga-Thirri National Park in Australia
WHAT DEFINES A STORY? Each of us has a slightly different interpretation. What I’ve found over the years is that whether methods of storytelling are visual — photography or video — or through writing, all powerful stories share a common quality, something evoked by Rowlands’ definition above: They express movement. The narrator isn’t describing a static place but a world in motion. Or the image compels your eyes to move all over, rendering the story through the interplay of subject and background.