On The Menu: Writing A Travelogue That’s More With Help From Google Earth


Author John Higham, a writer who used Google Earth as a tool to help write his book, joined this morning’s mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu podcast, to discuss his one-year quest traveling to 28 countries. Higham explained to hosts Jason Boog of GalleyCat and AgencySpy‘s Matt Van Hoven how he and his wife quit their jobs, took their two kids out of school, and traveled around the world for 52 weeks, and how his book, 360 Degrees Longitude, developed out of their explorations.

The trip that Higham set out on was something he had been planning for years with his wife, although the trip wss still filled with unplanned surprises that are peppered throughout his book.

“When I sat down to write my book, I wanted it to be more than a travelogue,” Higham said. “It’s more a memoir than a travelogue. But more than that, I wanted the reader to see the story come off the page and allow them to step into it.” After geotagging his photos using Google Earth throughout his trip, Higham decided to use that information as a backdrop for his book. The book frequently mentions links to the its Web site, inviting readers to put down the book and visit the site to “participate” in the trip and view photos.

Read more about 360 Degree Longitude and buy the book here.

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