Jeroen Vogel: Walking the Bryson Line

How the idea to walk through Britain came about

The best travel book writers can be the laziest of travellers. They begin their story with a fantastic itinerary, warming the readers up to the premise of what is to come, and then halfway into the journey they turn their back on their adventure and go home for a while. Paul Theroux did that when he circumnavigated the Mediterranean Sea for The Pillars of Hercules: on one page he sneaks onto a tourist ferry to a Greek island to get out of Albania, and on literally the next page he is, without one letter of explanation, on a cruise out of Nice, France. Bill Bryson never finished the Appalachian Trail, and in his latest book, The Road to Little Dribbling, he devices a perfectly straight line through Britain but then doesn’t travel along it. Continue reading “Jeroen Vogel: Walking the Bryson Line”

Why you should travel overland

“To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.”
-Aldous Huxley

Imagine the following.

You are a travel reporter sent to Brazil to pen a detailed story about the existence of an Amazonian tribe, and the tribe has given you permission to spend three days with them, no more. Their location is, as it happens, on a wide section along the Amazon river. The last journalist to write about the tribe also had been given three days and he’d flown in on a seaplane. His story was as good as it gets when you only have three days to observe the lives of people. Continue reading “Why you should travel overland”