The world’s best travel writing includes both journalism – for example in the “Financial Times” and also longer pieces. You can find a wide selection of both on Robert Pimm’s “World’s best Travel Writing” page.
Here is, I hope, some of the world’s best travel writing.
Recent and longer pieces
I used to do travel writing – I hope some of the world’s best! – for the Financial Times and the Boston Globe. You can see some of the results below. But I’m also proud of more recent travel journalism including:
- The Americans – who are the Americans? What are Americans like, and how can we learn about them in the 21st Century?
- The Russians: Vladivostok – who are the Russians? A companion piece to The Americans.
- India: 10/10. Shantaram 3/10 – why India is better than books about India.
- Central European melancholy 10/10
- Vienna and Istanbul: the best cities on earth?
- Why Barcelona is like Istanbul – in a bad way
- Bali, 7/10. What’s wrong. One simple way to fix it
“Financial Times” and “Boston Globe”
The Financial Times
– Financial Times, “Where the wall came down” (a walk around the Berlin Wall)
– Financial Times, “Island with well-hidden treasures” (Lundy Island)
– Financial Times, “A tale of two all-in resorts” (why German holiday resorts are better than French ones)
– Financial Times, “When dinner becomes the last supper” (astonishing German waiters)
– Financial Times, “Enough Buddhas for today” (Bangkok with children)
– Financial Times, “We’ll soon all beg to fly business” (how airlines plan to make us upgrade)
– Financial Times, “Balmy breezes and beach bars in Berlin”
– Financial Times, “Where even experts fear to tread” (why try guided ski-ing?)
– Financial Times, “Sole mates” (top ski boots)
– Financial Times, “The Penguin’s Distressed. We’d Better Go” (NZ eco-tourism)
– Financial Times, “The Joy of Roaming the English Countryside” (long-distance footpaths)
– Financial Times Magazine, “All the Rage in Berlin” (Little Traffic Light Men)
– Financial Times, “From Tears to Triumph” (why use ski schools?)
– Financial Times Magazine, “All the Rage in Lech, Austria” (heated ski lift seats)
– Financial Times, “Rattle and Roll to the Alps” (night ski-trains)
– Financial Times, “Charmed By the No-Frills Alternative” (basic country hotels)
– Financial Times, “When Tourist Reinvention Spins Out of Control” (the over-development of Barcelona)
– Financial Times, “Nice Buildings, Shame About the Events” (Can hosting sporting events give a country good PR?)
The Boston Globe
– Boston Globe, “New Zealand at a crossroads” (over-development of NZ tourism)
– Boston Globe, “A flaming end to Carnival and winter’s woes” (Cologne Carnival)
– Boston Globe, “A Temple to Faith, Time and Resolve” (Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia)
– Boston Globe, “When hush, crowds descend” (Vienna’s Central Cemetery)
– Boston Globe, “History in the Tropics” (St Helena before the airport)
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