Anyone who still thinks in terms of one camp ‘v’ the other when it comes to travel writing is missing the point.
Travel writers who point a finger at travel bloggers as being jumped up, amateur pretenders to the throne are guilty of not waking up to the fact travel writing has evolved.
Travel bloggers who crow ‘print is dead’ are equally blinkered and betray a naivety regarding the business of travel blogging/writing.
Writing about travel now involves a whole range of mediums – both online and print. This is the evolution of the business.
For anyone who actually thinks the continued rise in online ‘publications’ at the expense of printed ones will leave established travel writers trudging the streets with obsolete and metaphorical typewriters under their arms, here’s a little anecdote from a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.
I once worked for the Dept. of Employment in the UK. A regular comment thrown our way when people didn’t like the ‘rules’ was: ‘If everyone was in work, you’d be out of a job.’
If everyone spouting that line stopped to think about it for a second, they’d realise I really wouldn’t.
So, even if all travel writing were to move online…