Can a writer explain a travel destination they have never visited? The answer is,
There is enough information available to write a guidebook, and never visit the country.
Port-au-Prince, Haiti - Ayiti - Wednesday, November 25, 2009 Travel Gear
Why does this work?
1. Only 1 in a 1000 of the readers will go to the travel destination.
2. If 999 people out of 1000 like an article, it is good, reality is not important.
3. 999 readers are reading for entertainment.
4. 1 person in a 1000 is going to use the advice in the country.
I am the 1 in 1000 person who actually uses the advice, this is one reason I get on my pedestal and start screaming occasionally.
Travel Writers Do Their Best
I believe 25 percent of travel writers genuinely do their best to provide accurate information. The travel writer of the Lonely Planet Haiti did a great job of explaining the country. However, we travel on different budgets, he was on a middle, to upper price level budget, and I am on a Backpacker budget.
75 percent write what you want to hear, herein lies our problem, reality takes a backseat, and entertainment takes a front seat. Then to make matters worse, “Churnalism,” comes into play.
Churn the Information
Other Travel Writers read the article, rewrite it, or paraphrase it into their own words, and what was just good entertainment starts to become the standard opinions. Because it was well written, a groupthink overwhelms the travel writers and writers.
I am here in Haiti, I would say there is so little correlation between what you read, what you watch on television, what the news reports and reality, it is amazing. However, I am fully aware that readers feel compelled to trust the majority. There is a consensus; therefore, to be safe, we will go along with the group.
How do Travel Writers save Face?
By agreeing with the group, by being part of the group, by not setting themselves apart from the group. They write articles that are entertaining; just want the reader wanted to read.
What a great gig, a Travel Writer can write anything, tells a great story, and the chances are only 1 in a 1000 will complain if the article is entertaining, plausible and fulfills the expectation of readers.
What percentage of travel article was written by a person who never went to the place?
Lee says,Thank Goodness you are not bowing to any person when you write. You tell it like it is when you travel and this just may save some person's life if they read your blogg and actually believe you. Traveling is a serious business and a person needs to not romantize it or they will pay a price. It is good to have a great day but a reasonable mind set is best