My third feature story for BootsnAll has been published as part of their travel writing week. Link to the article: Exploring the “City of Contrasts” and other Tired Travel Clichés by Matthew Stone.
For fun, go to google and type in “city of contrasts” along with any big city in the world, and you will see what I mean. I think City of Contrasts is the funniest overused travel writing phrase of all because it has been applied to nearly every destination on earth.
Many of the best travel writers are those who read the most. There is no question that Paul Theroux, Jan Morris, Andre Aciman, and Pico Iyer are well-read. As an avid travel reader (and I would like to pretend to be a good writer), I keep coming across the same clichés in travel stories, but city of contrasts will always be my favorite.