Definition: Travel writing is a broad category of writing concerned with various aspects of travel.
Types of travel writing:
- Travel guides - ala Rick Steeves, Lonely Planet, Fodors
- Travel books - think Paul Theroux.
- Travel literature- books about places or trips, generally from an outsiders perspective. The work must have a coherent narrative, or insights and value, beyond a mere logging of dates and events - Bill Bryson's A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail exemplifies the type. As he walks the Appalachian Trail Bryson talks not just about the trail highlights, but about it's challenges, the people, the meaning of the AT, and America's and his own relationship with wilderness.