If you went to the ITI Media Arts and Tourism translation workshop at London Imperial on March 14th, you’ll know that I ran a survey last year entitled “Best Practices in Translating for the Travel and Tourism Industry”. The aim was to collate ideas from a pool of expert fellow translators who specialise in this sector.
Two of the questions in the survey asked what resources people found useful for researching information and for broadening their horizons and skills. I reproduce them here for your perusal, edification and delight. I hope.
Favourite travel writers
Bill Bryson, Eric Newby, Paul Theroux, Jan Morris, Joseph Brodsky, Peter Robb, Corrado Augias, Tony Hawkes, Bruce Chatwin, Michael Palin, Stuart Maconie, Michael Jacobs, William Dalrymple, Simon Reeve, Robert Louis Stevenson, William Gray, Adrian Philips, Sara Wheeler, Chris Stewart, Patrick Leigh Fermor, Edith Templeton, H.V. Morton, Colin Thubron, Will Self’s real meals, Jean Rolin, Stephen Clarke, Michael Wright, Jon Ronson, Dom Joly, Mark Shand, Mark Thomas, Simon Calder, David Lebovitz, Anna Ditmeyer (@pretavoyager), Cees Nooteboom (Dutch), Andreas Altmann (German), Dave’s Travel Corner, Nomadic Matt
Favourite travel publications and websites
The Frugal Traveler, Visit Wales, The Times Travel, Skift, Guardian travel section, France magazine, Wanderlust magazine, Bradt guides, Marie France magazine, Cornwall Today, Lonely Planet, British Airways’ in-flight magazine, Condé Nast, Family Traveller, Airbnb, Guide du Routard, Lonely Planet
Encyclopaedia Britannica online, Larousse Gastronomique, Oxford Guide to Food, Getty International Place names Thesaurus, The ULAN List of Artists’ Names, Getty Dictionary of Art and Architecture Terms, The Oxford Art Online reference resources, Times Atlas of the World, Rough Guide, Wanderlust, Atout France, Wikipedia, Nouvelles frontières, Kuoni website, Mr and Mrs Smith, Passion Passport, Info Tourisme, theculturetrip.com, thefoodtravelcompany.com, ichweisswo.blogspot.com (German), UN World Tourism Organization, francetoday.com, thermen.at/thermenlexikon (German)