Travel Writing is a Fictionalised Account of a Journey of Self Discovery

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Travel Writing is a Fictionalised Account of a Journey of Self Discovery

"Travel is the best education that a man can have. There are things

you learn in a few months of third world travel that you won't get on

a job or in a classroom."

Craig D. Guillot BootsnAll Photojournalist[1]

The above quote was taken from a travel website, it was made by a

photojournalist of the site and sums up the theory I have on travel

writing. This essay will set out to prove that although there are

those pieces of travel literature that have dubious factual relevance

and foundation, notably the works of Ernest Hemmingway could be put

into this group, Ernest Hemingway was one of the world's ultimate

Literary Travellers. He was a writer that we associate with many

places around the globe. When we think of Hemingway we might think of

Paris and The Sun Also Rises or Spain and For Whom the Bell Tolls, or

Italy and A Farewell to Arms. Maybe we see him on Kilimanjaro or in

Cuba or maybe as a young man in the northern woods of Michigan. Some

great literature legends have written travel books, Mark Twain was a

great traveller and he wrote A Tramp Abroad and The Innocents Abroad,

which both have been labelled travel books, Robert Louis Stevenson

also wrote books concerning travel, Stevenson's first

regularly-published book is a graceful account of a canoe-trip he had

made in 1876 in Belgium and Northern France with Sir Walter Grindlay

Simpson. Even political extremist Che Guevara wrote a travel book

entitled The Motorcycle Dairies: A Journey Around South America

The bulk of travel writers that I have read seem to be using their

experiences in life to de...

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[1] www.bootsnall.com

[2] www.randomhouse.com/features/billbryson/forum/forums.

[3] ibid

[4] ibid

[5] Bill Bryson Is More Popular Than The BeatlesDave Weich,

Powells.com

[6] Theroux, Paul, The happy isles of Oceania. Paddling the Pacific.

New York (G.P. Putnam's Son), 1992, 390

[7] ibid, 160

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