What does good travel writing look like? I think it looks very much like this:
“I come suddenly into a foreign city, just as the lamps take light along the water, with some notes in my head . . . I try out the language with the taxi driver, to see if it’s still there; and later, I walk to a restaurant which is lurking around a corner in my memory. Nothing, of course, has changed; but cities flow on like water, and, like water, they close behind any departure.”
-- Alastair Reid, Passwords (1964)
Reid is a poet and I think the best writing is poetic prose.