Silken has also left a comment there about her very interesting blog called Places to Go, where she blogs about places she's never been, but would like to see. Silken and Sharon are both excellent researchers, and I think these blogs show how research can go a long way toward good writing. I enjoy reading a good travel piece about one's own experiences in/of a place. But when it comes to getting good information about a place, nothing replaces good research. Even experience can quickly become outdated, or can reflect too subjective or one-dimensional an opinion. Research, whether of a place one has been to or not, goes a long way in fleshing out one's perceptions of a place, and help to make travel writing solid and useful to the reader.
Read Colin Fletcher's The Man Who Walked Through Time and join us for the book club discussion in mid-February
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