Best of the travel blogs: September 2015

We pick out the best travel blogs this month, including entries on street art in Shanghai, why you should never trust a travel writer, and termite infestations

By National Geographic Traveller (UK)
Published 2 Apr 2019, 15:37 BST, Updated 5 Jul 2021, 10:31 BST

Never trust a travel writer

It's a universal truth that travel journalism celebrates the art of saying nothing. The travel pages are overflowing with random top 10 lists, hip lists and cool lists, yawn lists and travel porn lists. Holiday packing lists as hip-replacement lists. Where are the individual voices? Heaven forbid that the faintest political or social comment should seep into the piece. Still less that the writer should shows signs of pondering life beyond the next gastrodome.

Street art in Shanghai

Push, squeeze and pull yourself through the crazy glitz, glamour and hordes of Gucci-clad, cash-splashing Shanghainese in Jingan and you'll materialise at the other end, in the grey and polluted waters of Shanghai's Suzhou Creek. At first sight, you'll assume you've turned up at this place a year too early; construction abounds and giant diggers wade their way through a concrete mess. Or maybe you're five years too late. What once was, now falls to forgotten pieces.

If you're going to have termites...

If you're going to have termites, they may as well be swarming in your living room. It's easy to forget that you're living in a swamp when the streets are so conveniently paved. But don't worry, if you choose to spend time in New Orleans, surely there will be reminders. For us, it was the boxelder bugs. They were collecting in large piles outside and were beginning to make their way inside. Three weeks ago was the start of our delightful flea infestation.

Published in the September 2015 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)


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