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Autobiographies and travel writing

Travel writing: key features

Extracts from a traveller's written account of their experiences in a particular city or country are common in the Close Reading examination.

male tourist in garish hawaiian shirt, shorts and straw hat holding map and looking confused

There are several key features of this type of writing:

  • People and places are described in detail
  • The writer's thoughts and feelings about the place are made clear
  • Language is descriptive and imaginative
  • Travel writing is usually written in the 1st person







Video clip - Travel writing

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Video clip - Kate Humble presents a travel writing checklist

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Atlantic rower Debra Veal.

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Video clip - an example of a response to descriptive writing


A train.

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Authors Steve Vickerstaff and Kate Humble talk about what makes good travel writing



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Kate Humble gives some tips about travel writing

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