“Globe-Trekkers!” Travel writing and international mindedness

Today we started our final G8 English unit.  We will be exploring a range of travel writing – just in time for our summer holidays!  In order to ‘tune in’ to this topic, students considered the unit question and wrote some tentative ideas in the comments section.  Have a look and tell us what you think!

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56 thoughts on ““Globe-Trekkers!” Travel writing and international mindedness

  1. The value of travel writing is that we can learn about and discover other countries through writing. We can also look at experiences and information.

  2. The value of travel writing is to first that you can learn different and discover new places around the world and how what type of culture they have compared to our country.

    • I use to think that travel writing is only to guide you to some places. But now I think that this can also be used for persuasion.

  3. The value of the travel writing is to tell the target audience the good side of traveling.
    Also, to make the audience learn that sometimes, you don’t notice but there are good place to travel if you are dominant traveling. And that there are many good places to shop, eat, relax, and have fun all around the world. So overall, the value is to tell how traveling is exciting and that you could just start traveling anytime you want.

    • I used to think that the value of the travel writing is to tell the audience the good side of traveling. Now I think, it’s like a journal to tell what they experienced and that it might be good and bad. And that their value is to deliver images of that place to the audience and like double check, if they want to go that place.

  4. I think the reason for travel writing is to inform you of what that country is about or what that place is like. I think this is mainly for people who are wanting to go there or are going from there. I think the reason we learn about this is so that we can write one ourself and look at some of the techniques which can be incorporated in different themes like in a story.

    • I used to think that travel writing was just a guide for a country now I think that there are many different styles of travel writing. One can hold information about a country but it is more of a casual guide style, another can try and persuade you like a poster and the final is more like a diary based on one place. I think the final one is mainly for sharing experiences and also to see the different ways other people can look at it. For the persuasion I think it is mainly to tell you why you should go stating only the good points and the informational guide I believe is to inform and prepare you to visit this country and understand what you should expect.

  5. I think the value of travel writing is so that the experience can stay as a memory, and can also serve as something informative to readers, so that one day they will want go to the place, and they will have an idea of what it’s like there. Also, it can be to broaden our knowledge of other countries and cultures around the globe

    • I used to think the value of travel writing was to recount experiences as memories, inform other readers about the place and to expand our knowledge of other places. I wasn’t wrong, but now I think that travel writing also has a value of persuading people to visit the place and instruct the reader on what and how to get around the place. I also now know that travel writing doesn’t always tell us about the place, but the style and perspective of the writing tells us about the writer as well.

  6. The value of travel writing is to expand our knowledge. Knowledge is a big topic that includes many things that aren’t only facts. A human’s knowledge can also include memories, opinions and thoughts. With travel writing you build on this knowledge of memories, opinions and thoughts about a place. Travel writing and traveling itself are a good way to add on to your experience, which then make you more open-minded.

  7. The value of travel writing is so people can see a certain place through the eyes of someone else, as well as getting to know a place without the constant advertisements which you usually see.

  8. The purpose of travel writing is to show a different perspective to the readers. Travel writing is focused on the writers perspective about the area and explains their perspective to the reader. It basically shows how a specific area can be viewed in multiple ways.

    • I used to think that travel writing was mainly focused on the perspective of the writer when traveling and sharing their point of view with others. Now I think that the perspective is a big part of travel writing but there are various other elements that are as important. Travel writing gives you the feeling of exploring a specific area, not just that but learning facts about the area at the same time and also can guide people when going to the location by informing readers with good/bad areas of the location.

  9. I think travel writing’s purpose is to explain other travelers about certain place, so that they can discover new ideas or a piece of information about it. It can also be an experience too.

    • I used to think that travel writing’s purpose is to explain other travelers about certain place, so that they can discover new ideas or a piece of information about it. Now I think that there are more values and purposes in travel writing, such as literary recounts (historical, past memories), informational guides (explain, give facts), and persuasive advertisements. Since they are different kinds of travel writing, the style is very different. Also, there are formal and informal writings, which I have not mentioned before.

  10. Travel writing helps us understand about the different ways you can communicate and show your opinion whilst seeing the world. It makes it easier for people to know what they can see and what they can experience in a country or topic. It makes us think about the numerous ways we can view the world differently and can change your perspective on a certain place or thing.

  11. What is the value of travel writing?

    Travel writing is helpful as either entertainment or to inform people on a place. The main informative travel writings are review, and the main entertainment travel writings(not exactly writing) are TV shows. I think that these are valuable for people who want to know about a place they are planning or thinking about visiting.

    • I used to think that travel writing was used for informing and entertaining the readers/audience. Now, I think that travel writing can also be used as persuasion, giving it more value. I also think that travel writing is very interesting to read and that it is a good business to be in, for there are several different groups of audiences.

  12. What is the value of travel writing?
    The value of travel writing in my opinion is the fact that most travel writing is a guide. Such as brochures they tell you what you should do what is exciting. Also travel writing is a good recap of the trip. Travel writing tells you what others believe was great about this specific place.

    • Tyler I am very surprised by your answer for this question. “What is the value of travel writing” you were basically just talking about how travel writing can be used. You did not talk about how persuasive language can effect your travel writing. You were mostly talking about the persuasive side to travel writing. Why didn’t you talk about how metaphors, similes and imagery could be used in other forms of travel writing. Well now you should know that travel writing can used to describe,persuade,recount or just to create a interesting story. You also did not talk about ethos, pathos and logos and how they can be used.

  13. Travel writing encourages us to look at the world in different perspectives. Also, it describes different places. We learn travel writing so we can share our experiences and ideas with each other.

    • I used to think that travel writing is for sharing our experiences and ideas but now I think that travel writing can be a form of advertisment and entertainment as well.

  14. You can learn and explore the different places. Experience more things and learn more about the world, share ideas. To see what other places are like when you never been there.

    • I used to think travel writing is only about the destination, but now I think travel writing can be a very fun and interesting piece of text about the writer’s experience there and also their thoughts and feelings. travel writing can make you enjoy or be in the moment that the writer is writing about.

  15. Travel writing is important and should be valued because it includes a little creativity from the writer who, when writing about the place, uses a bit of their imagination as well as some real facts about the place in their writing. Travel writing writes about the place, it’s culture, food, people, clothes, music, religion, etc. Travel writing also gives people who are newcomers to the place to have an understanding of what the place is like and to encourage them to go. Travel writing gives the reader an experience of what it’s like in that place and the writer a sort of deja vu.

    • Travel writing is actually-to my surprise, more story-like than formal. When I say that, I mean that before reading various travel writing pieces, I had always thought that they were written formally in a facts and tips way rather than a story-like way. For example, one piece of travel writing I read previously was written as if it were a non fiction novel because the writing was very informal and relaxed and also included some speech.

  16. Travel writing can help people undersand more about countries. It can also show us some other peoples’ opinions on certain countries instead of just facts, this can help us make our own decisions on those countries. Travel writing is helpful because we can use it to help us when we travel, and it is still enjoyable when we are not.

    • I used to think that travel writing was information and opinions on a country or area, both facts and personal perspective to help someone thinking of traveling. Now I think that it doesn’t always have to be help to someone when they are traveling. Travel writing can be both information and opinion on a place, but it can also be for entertainement. The reader doesn’t need to know the exact place that is being written about, what is more important is how the place looks not where it is. I think that travel writing can be used for multiple reasons.

  17. I think the value of travel writing is so that the reader can know more about the country and have themselves entertained by it. Also the reader might discover some differences compared to their country.

  18. The value of travel writing is to show the good and bad parts of a country and the way to people live there and do things. Travel writing is also a gateway in to the life of the author and what they like. Travel writing can just be for personal use as well just to keep the memories of going to a location so that the author all ways remembers what they did. Lastly it can be promotional and something people use to find out wether or now to go to that country, city, or town.

    • I used to think of travel writing as a review, or for someone’s entertainment, now I think that it still used for entertainment but you don’t have to be boring and write exactly what happened, make it more dramatic. I don’t think that it is used as a review

  19. The value of travel writing is that we get to explore and find new thought about different places. It is important to write and also to read travel writings because you be able to see the other side of certain places. For example maybe you didn’t really think that a particular place or country was interesting, but after you read some travel writing you may start to have interest.

  20. The value of travel writing is that we can learn people’s experiences in countries and we can discover other countries through travel writing. It makes us look at the world differently.

  21. The purpose of travel writing is to express ones opinion on a place. One person might love the place and one might hate it. In travel writing we can see what the pros and cons are of the place. When reading travel writing we can see what is remembered and what was significantly special about the place. Travel writers can be very creative and express what has to be done or seen at the place being visited.

    • I used to think that travel writing was just about the authors opinions and how they thought of the place, now I think that there are a variety of types of travel writing and not all of them are about the authors opinion on the place. It can also be written in instruction form where the author is not required to leave his own opinion and he can just give suggestions and where to go in order.

  22. It is valuable to people who want to travel and need information. it is also valuable sothat people know more about other countries without actually going there, because not everyone can afford flights or to leave their home. I think that travel writing is a great way for people to give eachother information, give people a new perspective, and learn how to write about cultures.

    • First, I thought travel writing is only valuable to people who want to travel and need information. Now I think that travel writing can be for everyone, and just for enjoyment. First, I thought that travel writing is a great way for people to give eachother information, give people a new perspective, and learn how to write about cultures, and I still think all of those things, but now I also know it is valuable because it is a great way to share experiences and to tell about adventures, too.

  23. Travel writing helps us look at a place through different perspectives. We can also share and read other people’s experiences to encourage ourselves and others to go to different places.

    • I used to think that travel writing was only for advertisements and , but now I think that travel writings can help in many different ways. It can be used for warnings as well as memories.

  24. To express your surroundings and take from what you see into a deeper thought and opinion. Putting your point of view and sharing it with everybody.

    • I use to think travel writing is “To express your surroundings and take from what you see into a deeper thought and opinion. Putting your point of view and sharing it with everybody.”

      Now I think travel writing is the same as I thought before. A little bit of opinions changes like how one travel writing doesn’t have to be about sharing experiences. It could be about information, persuasive and expressive.

  25. Travel writing is important in my opinion because it is a way to express some feelings of the place and increase their creativity and imagination including some of the facts about a place. Also this type of writing can show and tell what the author thinks about that place and can show what is like in the place to other new readers and people that will go to that place.

  26. What is the value of travel writing?
    I think the value of travel writing is having a new experience with new things and places, but with different ways. A writer’s perspective makes it more interesting to the readers, especially because you might see the place/thing differently. You might also feel the same way as the writer, as you get into the story/writing.

  27. Travel writing is a great way to share and reflect on your experience or feelings you felt during the trip. It also gives more meaning to your trip because you are actually making something out of it.

    • I used to think people wrote travel writings for themselves and to remember their memories, but now I think it is a great way of helping people who are new to the place after learning about different styles of travel writing.

  28. Travel writing helps people decide if they want to go there and see the downs and ups of such country or region before investing money and time or learning the culture so when people travel there they don’t disrespect their culture

  29. The value of travel writing is the new experience and memory you can get from it. You can pass the experience and scenery in books, tv. And interest other people to come. If you only lived in Japan, you can see and experience many things that are different from where you live because a world is full of things you never see, think, and feel before.

  30. The values of travel writing is that not only do we get to explore the place through text but we get to learn the good and bad side of the place.
    Interests vary depending on the person and so certain stuff about the place might not drag that person’s attention. But some might be interested. 🙂

  31. I used to think that travel writing, is for entertainment because I would usually imagine travelling as the movie called The secret life of walter mitty. Where in the movie a normal man working for a Time magazine goes on an epic adventure, travelling around the world to find one man. Now I think that perspective is everything for travel writing, having multiple perspective on one object or place can change, and enhance it by a lot.

  32. I used to think that the value of travel writing is that we can learn people’s experiences in countries and we can discover other countries through travel writing. It makes us look at the world differently. Now I think that the value of travel writing is to show facts, opinions and etc.

  33. I used to think that travel writing was something that had information about the place like a travel guide. Now I think that travel writing is a great way to put down in paper your experience, journey, story along with your thoughts on the place and information about the place. I also now know that travel writing is not just a guide book but can be many different types of writing. I also learnt something about my self that I didn’t know which is that I really enjoy reading travel writing.

  34. I used to think the value of travel writing is having new experiences with new things and places in different ways, and how the writer’s perspective can make it more interesting and adventurous.
    Now I think that travel writing is all about people’s perception of the world beyond their borders, and of history itself.

  35. I used to think the value of travel writing is so that the reader can know more about the country and have themselves entertained by it and for the reader to discover differences compared to their country. Now I think the value of travel writing is that you can get a feel of other people’s perspectives about the place and to learn about their experiences in many different styles depending on the writer.

  36. I used to think that the value of travel writing is that we get to explore and find new thought about different places. Now I think that one of the reasons is still what I said before, but also find out a lot of things about the author and get many opinions. Another value of a travel writing is that you can share it in many different ways. For example to your friends for memory, or reports, or any way that suits you the best.

  37. I used to think that travel writing is important to express a certain place and increase their creativity.

    Now I think that travel writing is to inform and guide people of a place so that they never get lost and know what to do. Also travel writing also informs you about the writer.

  38. I used to think the value of travel writing was the new experience and memory you can get. So you can pass the experience and scenery in books, tv, and interest other people to come. If you only lived in Japan, you can see and experience many things that are different from where you live because the world is full of things you never saw, thought, and felt before.
    Now I think that the value of travel writing is similar to what I said long time ago but also the experience the author felt within the places he went. Depending on the place, feeling, scenery, location, you can see the author’s experience and even you can feel how the author felt.

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