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With an emphasis on non-fiction travel books, books on place, nature writing, and travel literature, host Jeremy Bassetti talks with the world’s most celebrated 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 and travel photography.

Travel Writing World Jeremy Bassetti

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With an emphasis on non-fiction travel books, books on place, nature writing, and travel literature, host Jeremy Bassetti talks with the world’s most celebrated 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 and travel photography.

    Travel Writing in the Age of Global Quarantine with Gary Fisher and David Robinson

    Travel Writing in the Age of Global Quarantine with Gary Fisher and David Robinson

    Joining me today are Gary Fisher and David Robinson, two historians who recently edited a new volume of essays called Travel Writing in the Age of Global Quarantine (purchase here). 







    Gary and David are historians and this episode touches on some of the academic debates about the genre of travel writing. If this conversation interests you, I recommend that you also go back and listen to episode 57, which is a conversation I had about these topics with Tim Hannigan.







    Today’s conversation is a critical one about subjectivity’s fundamental role in travel literature and in academic and scientific discourse, the importance of reading older travel narratives, why personal context enriches literature, and why reading and writing travel writing is important, even in an age of global pandemic, environmental crisis, and geopolitical turmoil.







    Anyway, there is a lot here so I hope you enjoy it.







    Purchase Travel Writing in the Age of Global Quarantine by Gary Fisher and David Robinson







    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 as. 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. Alternatively, you can join the Genius Loci Newsletter to get monthly roundups of travel writing news.







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    Cal Flyn on Genre, Form, and Islands of Abandonment

    Cal Flyn on Genre, Form, and Islands of Abandonment

    Cal Flyn. Photo by Rebecca Marr.















    Cal Flyn joins me today to talk about her newest book, Islands of Abandonment: Nature Rebounding in the Post-Human Landscape (Viking 2021), which is one of my top books of the year.







    In addition to talking about her book, Cal and I chat about genre, form, and the first person in nature and travel writing. 







    Connect with Cal Flyn on her website or on Twitter and 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 as. 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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    Also, 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. Alternatively, you can join the Genius Loci Newsletter to get monthly roundups of travel writing news.







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    Pedalling to Kailash with Graydon Hazenberg

    Pedalling to Kailash with Graydon Hazenberg

    Graydon Hazenberg (right) and his cycling companions.















    Joining me today is Graydon Hazenberg. In 1998, Graydon, his twin sisters, and a friend rode bicycles for nearly four months from Islamabad to Mount Kailash in Tibet. He wrote about his adventure in his new travelogue, Pedalling to Kailash: Cycling Adventures and Misadventures Across the Roof of the World (2021). 







    Now, Graydon’s book is special not just because of the challenging nature of his adventure, but because he — as you’ll hear him mention — embarked on different type of challenge in self-publishing the book after nearly 25 years.







    We also talk about what traveling to Tibet was like in the late 1990s, how plotting waypoints on maps helped him reconstruct the journey and write, and his path to to self-publishing. 







    Connect with Graydon Hazenberg on his website or on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.







    Purchase Pedalling to Kailash by Graydon Hazenberg







    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.









    More episodes, newsletters, & 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 5-star review on Apple Podcasts or in your favorite podcasting app, subscribing to the show, and following us on Twitter & Instagram.







    Also, 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. Alternatively, you can join the Genius Loci Newsletter to get monthly roundups of travel writing news.







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    Wales, Homesickness, & “The Long Field” with Pamela Petro

    Wales, Homesickness, & “The Long Field” with Pamela Petro

    Joining me today is Pamela Petro. We’re talking about her new memoir, The Long Field, which was published by Little Toller Books this year.







    We talk about her experiences in Wales and the Welsh word hiraeth, one of the book’s central ideas. We also dig into the rocky terrain of homesickness, longing, and memoir. On the topic of memoir, we talk about the pains associated with writing one, tone, and deriving universal truths from subjective experiences.







    Connect with Pamela Petro on her website or on Twitter.







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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.









    More episodes, newsletters, & 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 5-star review on Apple Podcasts or in your favorite podcasting app, subscribing to the show, and following us on Twitter & Instagram.







    Also, 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. Alternatively, you can join the Genius Loci Newsletter to get monthly roundups of travel writing news.







    Thanks for your support!







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    The Magdalena River, Storytelling, & Community with Jordan Salama

    The Magdalena River, Storytelling, & Community with Jordan Salama

    Joining me today is Jordan Salama. We’re talking about his debut book, Every Day the River Changes: Four Weeks Down the Magdalena, which was published November 16, 2021. 







    We talk about the Magdalena River, of course, but we also talk about people who live along it and storytelling. We also talk about the future of travel writing, de-centering the self, and about the critical importance of community in any writing project.







    Connect with Jordan Salama on his website, or on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.







    Purchase Every Day the River Changes: Four Weeks Down the Magdalena by Jordan Salama







    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.









    More episodes, newsletters, & 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 5-star review on Apple Podcasts or in your favorite podcasting app, subscribing to the show, and following us on Twitter & Instagram.







    Also, 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. Alternatively, you can join the Genius Loci Newsletter to get monthly roundups of travel writing news.







    Thanks for your support!







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    Bonus Episode: A Conversation with J.R. Patterson, Freelance Travel Writer and Book Reviewer

    Bonus Episode: A Conversation with J.R. Patterson, Freelance Travel Writer and Book Reviewer

    In this bonus episode, I’m speaking with J.R. Patterson. James is a freelance writer, and he also reviews books for Travel Writing World.







    In this episode, we talk about his approach to reviewing travel books and his article on Hidden Compass, where he recounts his experiences and failures traveling down the São Francisco River in Brazil. Check out his article and consider donating to his campaign.







    We also talk about leaning on the travel literature of the past, the role of the self in travel literature, and the art of book reviewing.







    Connect with J.R. Patterson on his website or on Twitter.







    Purchase Travel Books







    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.









    More episodes, newsletters, & 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 5-star review on Apple Podcasts or in your favorite podcasting app, subscribing to the show, and following us on Twitter & Instagram.







    Also, 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. Alternatively, you can join the Genius Loci Newsletter to get monthly roundups of travel writing news.







    Thanks for your support!







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Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

Economist LUVr ,

Favorite podcast

Jeremy brings an outstanding series of writers to the podcast. He is incredibly well-prepared for each interview and makes really interesting connections across the genre. I am buying almost every book from the authors that appear on the show. I support the podcast through Patreon.

Whitney B. ✨ ,

Interesting show!

I recently started listening to this podcast, and I’ve already learned a lot from it. Jeremy Bassetti, the host, has interviewed some incredible travel writers and editors, and the show always makes for an entertaining and thought-provoking listen. If you’re interested in travel writing, you’ll want to check it out!

Rick Ross ain't Rick Ross ,

Favorite Travel Podcast

Brilliant.

The guests are of the highest caliber in the travel writing world (Paul Theroux, Pico Iyer, Rolf Potts, etc). Even guests I’ve never heard of end up wowing me.

The show is organized in a way that allows for natural flow of conversation without letting it swerve into the aimless babble I hear in other travel podcasts. All credit to host Jeremy Bassetti for his fine-tuned interviewing prep.

It’s not a guide and that is a relief. But give this podcast the attention it deserves and you’ll absorb sage advice from the greats that will, no doubt, help you navigate writing about travel.

It’s the kind of podcast where you repeat an episode by accident and just let it be. There is so much to collect from each episode that second and third listens are welcomed.

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