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The 65 greatest cities of contrasts

The 65 greatest cities of contrasts

David Whitley March 29, 2013 8

Every traveller wants to go to a great city of contrasts. But which is the greatest city of contrasts? Grumpy Traveller asked the global media to help find out. The holiday planning conversation is

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Travel writer clichés: 15 – Like travelling back in time

David Whitley September 3, 2009 2

This one is always trotted out whenever the writer wishes to describe an area that could do with a lick of paint/ is a bit backward. And, yes, I’ve used it myself. On a

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Travel Writer Clichés: 14 – “The New…”

David Whitley August 21, 2009 9

Yes, yes, we get the picture. Abu Dhabi is the new Dubai, Tasmania is the new New Zealand, Montenegro is the new Croatia and – probably – Walsall is the new Wolverhampton. This cliché,

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Travel Writer Clichés 13 – Ornate

David Whitley August 14, 2009 Comments Off on Travel Writer Clichés 13 – Ornate

Don’t know anything about architecture? Can’t think of a good way to describe the building in layman’s terms? Why not use ‘ornate’? It can mean absolutely anything you want it too, providing it’s slightly

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Travel writer clichés: 12 – “That’s great. Thanks!”

David Whitley August 10, 2009 2

OK, this one is not so much a phrase that is used by travel writers. But it’s one that most travel writers will recognise. When we get assistance from PR companies and tourist boards,

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Travel Writer Clichés: 11 – Rich cultural heritage

David Whitley August 2, 2009 8

Why bother researching the history of a place, and the nuances of traditions and customs in a certain destination? That’s fearsomely hard work. Far better to just skip it altogether, and just say the

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Travel Writer Clichés: 10 – Verdant

David Whitley July 29, 2009 3

Travel writers have a whole different colour palette to ordinary folk. Maybe they’re just special. Take ‘verdant’ for example. Where the average pleb would just call a hillside “green”, a travel writer knows that

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New Hidden Gem map of Europe

David Whitley July 28, 2009 Comments Off on New Hidden Gem map of Europe

Fans of travel writer clichés (especially those who love a good hidden gem), may be interested in this map I knocked up this afternoon in lieu of doing proper work. I could have kept

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Travel Writer Clichés: 9 – Iconic

David Whitley July 22, 2009 3

This one is a particular favourite of Mike Gerrard from Pacific-Coast-Highway-Travel.com. He’s right, too; a word that was once used to describe genuine icons such as the Eiffel Tower or Sydney Opera House is

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Travel Writer Clichés: 8 – Vibrant/ bustling

David Whitley July 19, 2009 Comments Off on Travel Writer Clichés: 8 – Vibrant/ bustling

Or, as it’s better known, horrendously overcrowded and full of people trying to sell you things you don’t want. Vibrant and bustling are instant signs of a writer who’s a bit too old for

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