Andrew Beatty, in his book on Java A Shadow Falls, writes:

We are all travellers now, all tellers of tales. In novelty there is a routine, and with today's frictionless travel, an easy familiarity with the exotic. Yet in the best travel writing the steady eye, the alert ear, catches more: a detail that suggests the whole, a turn of phrase that opens up hidden lives. To fix the moving world in words is a strange and remarkable art.