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With an emphasis on travel books and long-form travel literature, host Jeremy Bassetti talks with the world’s most inspiring travel writers about their work and about the business and craft of travel writing in this award-winning podcast. Past guests include travel writers like Paul Theroux, Pico Iyer, and Rolf Potts. The show also covers topics related to travel journalism, travel blogging, and travel photography.

Travel Writing World Jeremy Bassetti

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With an emphasis on travel books and long-form travel literature, host Jeremy Bassetti talks with the world’s most inspiring travel writers about their work and about the business and craft of travel writing in this award-winning podcast. Past guests include travel writers like Paul Theroux, Pico Iyer, and Rolf Potts. The show also covers topics related to travel journalism, travel blogging, and travel photography.

    Pam Mandel on “The Same River Twice” and Writing a Travel Memoir Proposal

    Pam Mandel on “The Same River Twice” and Writing a Travel Memoir Proposal

    A product of the California suburbs, Pam Mandel was overlooked and unexceptional. When her father ships her off on a youth group tour of Israel, he inadvertently catapults his seventeen-year-old daughter into a world of European backpackers, seize-the-day Israelis, and the fallout of cold war-era politics. Border violence hadn't been on the birthright tour agenda. But then neither had domestic violence, going broke, getting wasted, or getting lost.







    Pam Mandel joins me on the podcast to talk about her new book The Same River Twice (Skyhorse 2020) and the realities of writing proposals for travel memoirs. We also talk about solo female travel and memory in memoir.







    Connect with Pam on Twitter, Instagram, and on her blog Nerd's Eye View. Also, check out her newsletter The Statesider.







    Purchase Pam Mandel's Book The Same River Twice







    If you live in the United States or the United Kingdom, we urge you to purchase your travel books from Bookshop, an online store that supports independent bookstores. Whether you use Bookshop or you decide to purchase your travel books from Amazon, please use our links. If you use our links to make a purchase, we will receive a few cents commission at no additional cost to you. These funds help keep the podcast alive and ad-free.









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    Finally, join the Travel Writing World newsletter to receive your free copy of The Travel Writer’s Guidebook. You will also receive quarterly dispatches & reports with podcast interviews, travel writing resources, & book recommendations. Thanks for your support!







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    Taran Khan on “Shadow City” and Writing

    Taran Khan on “Shadow City” and Writing

    When Indian journalist Taran Khan arrived in Kabul in 2006, she imagined it as a homecoming—a return to the land from where her Pashtun ancestors originated. Falling in with poets, doctors and other journalists, she began exploring the city on foot and discovered a Kabul quite different from the one she had encountered in the world’s media.







    Taran Khan joins me to talk about her new book Shadow City (Chatto & Windus 2019), which just won the 2021 Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year award. We recorded this interview several weeks before the announcement. I hope you enjoy this conversation with Taran Khan about her book Shadow City.







    Connect with Taran on Instagram and follow her work on her Porterfolio site.







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    If you live in the United States or the United Kingdom, we urge you to purchase your travel books from Bookshop, an online store that supports independent bookstores. Whether you use Bookshop or you decide to purchase your travel books from Amazon, please use our links. If you use our links to make a purchase, we will receive a few cents commission at no additional cost to you. These funds help keep the podcast alive and ad-free.









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    Finally, join the Travel Writing World newsletter to receive your free copy of The Travel Writer’s Guidebook. You will also receive quarterly dispatches & reports with podcast interviews, travel writing resources, & book recommendations. Thanks for your support!







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    Bill Arnott on Following the Vikings

    Bill Arnott on Following the Vikings

    For more than 8 years, Bill Arnott travelled throughout the northern hemisphere, discovering sites Scandinavian explorers had raided, traded, and settled—finding Viking history in a wider swath of the planet than most anthropologists and historians ever imagined. 







    Bill joins me on the podcast today to talk about his adventures following the Viking trail around the world, which he documented in his new book Gone Viking: A Travel Saga (RMB 2020). 







    We also talk about the present tense in travel writing and narrative structure. 







    I hope you enjoy this conversation with Bill Arnott about his book Gone Viking.







    Connect with Bill on his homepage, his Twitter, and his Instagram.







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    If you live in the United States or the United Kingdom, we urge you to purchase your travel books from Bookshop, an online store that supports independent bookstores. Whether you use Bookshop or you decide to purchase your travel books from Amazon, please use our links. If you use our links to make a purchase, we will receive a few cents commission at no additional cost to you. These funds help keep the podcast alive and ad-free.









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    Finally, join the Travel Writing World newsletter to receive your free copy of The Travel Writer’s Guidebook. You will also receive quarterly dispatches & reports with podcast interviews, travel writing resources, & book recommendations. Thanks for your support!







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    Victoria Preston on Pilgrims and Pilgrimages

    Victoria Preston on Pilgrims and Pilgrimages

    Each year, 200 million people embark on a pilgrimage of some kind. We have been making ritual journeys for millennia, and while most of us have seen our mobility curtailed in recent months because of the pandemic, the impulse to travel somewhere sacred to us remains. In her new book “We Are Pilgrims,” Victoria Preston seeks to understand the reasons why we set forth in search of solace, liberation, faith, and enlightenment. 







    I hope you enjoy this wide-ranging conversation with Victoria Preston about pilgrims and pilgrimages.







    Learn more about Victoria Preston and her work on her website and her Instagram.







    Purchase Victoria Preston's Book We Are Pilgrims







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    Lastly, consider using our affiliate links to purchase your books. If you use our links to make a purchase, we will receive a few cents commission at no additional cost to you. These funds help keep the podcast alive and ad-free.







    Finally, join the Travel Writing World newsletter to receive your free copy of The Travel Writer’s Guidebook. You will also receive quarterly dispatches & reports with podcast interviews, travel writing resources, & book recommendations. Thanks for your support!







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    Against a Peacock Sky with Monica Connell

    Against a Peacock Sky with Monica Connell

    For two years in the early 1980s, Monica Connell lived with a family in Talphi, a high-altitude village in Western Nepal that was so remote that it was a ten-day walk from the nearest road. From rooftop rituals and wild boar hunts to mangey village dogs and bridge-building, Connell—a social anthropology student—documented village life. She wrote about her experiences in her book, Against a Peacock Sky: Two Years in the Life of a Nepalese Village (Viking 1991), which Eland republished in 2014. We recorded this conversation in December 2020.  







    Learn more about Monica Connell and her work on her website.







    Purchase Monica Connell's book Against a Peacock Sky







    If you live in the United States or the United Kingdom, we urge you to purchase your travel books from Bookshop, an online store that supports independent bookstores. Whether you use Bookshop or you decide to purchase your travel books from Amazon, please use our links. If you use our links to make a purchase, we will receive a few cents commission at no additional cost to you.









    More Episodes & Support







    Please consider supporting the show with a few dollars a month, less than a cup of coffee, to help keep our show alive and advertisement-free.







    You can also support the show by leaving a positive review on Apple Podcasts or in your favorite podcasting app, subscribing to the show, and following us on Twitter & Instagram.







    Lastly, consider using our affiliate links to purchase your books. If you use our links to make a purchase, we will receive a few cents commission at no additional cost to you. These funds help keep the podcast alive and ad-free.







    Finally, join the Travel Writing World newsletter to receive your free copy of The Travel Writer’s Guidebook. You will also receive quarterly dispatches & reports with podcast interviews, travel writing resources, & book recommendations. Thanks for your support!







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9 Ratings

Burleith20007 ,

a joy for armchair travelers

I stumbled upon this podcast recently and have been delightfully going back through the archives. The host is smart and genial and the topics chosen vary widely — to suit many tastes. If you like reading travel narratives, this is a wonderful place to be.

jeremybassetti ,

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Brilliant show. 😏

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