More than half of my ‘passionate travellers’ could not take photographs because they made their journeys before photography had been invented. And although Alexandra David-Neel could have taken pictures in 1924 when she crossed the Tibetan Plateau on her
What makes for good travel writing was one of the challenging questions asked by historical novelist, Gabrielle Kimm, when she interviewed me a while ago on her gorgeous website. I have posted an updated version of the interview below. GK:
For many of us, the best travel experiences involve exploring a different culture, meeting new people, and having unique stories to tell about our personal encounters. We like to ‘get up close’. But we must recognise that in countries with
Most people fly to Bhutan, holding their breath for the nerve-racking landing in the spectacular Paro Valley. But we took the long way round – driving from Siliguri through the Darjeeling region of India to the border town of Phuntsholing.
Enjoying a holiday in distant lands it is easy to forget that those around us are working, and yet, taking an interest in people’s everyday lives is an excellent way to understand another culture. If we are trekking, one of