Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: December 16, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412972048 | Print ISBN: 9780761929574 | Online ISBN: 9781412972048| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Travel is a common topic for writers, yet travel journalism has a rather ambiguous definition. Though it appears at first glance to be fairly self-explanatory, the field as a whole is complex, broad, and lends itself to many different forms and styles of journalism. Indeed, it is difficult to pin down a single representative example of travel journalism, because it can be tailored to suit almost any literary need. In the sense of being any communication about a voyage outside one's immediate vicinity, travel journalism can be found in almost every type of publication or periodical. Magazines are devoted to the subject, newspapers have weekly columns, and popular travel destinations readily provide their own literature. Why, then, is travel literature such a gray area if it is such a popular subject? The genre is certainly well known to almost everyone—whether in the form of a guidebook on a vacation hotspot, ...