Once upon a time…
It was impossible to travel to any destination you would like to go to in the world.
Except perhaps if you had a travel guide, a book about a particular place, or watch a geographical documentary, which was limited to one person’s point of view.
Now, with the internet it’s possible to go anywhere, read up on any place, and even see what it looks like.
I have been along many a street in several towns or cities, over 12,000 miles away, as if I was actually there.
I can construct a path from one part of a city to another, and know exactly what there will be along the way.
The thing is, I can be thoroughly at home in a place I’ve never been to, and this is invaluable for writers.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve researched my way around a city long before I got there, and then know exactly where to go and what to do, even how much it costs.
It’s why I’ve never been lost in New York, London, Paris, or any of the cities, and it was particularly invaluable in Philadelphia when we only had an afternoon to see the sights.
Now, whenever I have a part of a story to write, I hit the internet.
In a story im currently writing, I’m flying from Djoubuti to an airstrip in Northern Uganda, where I’ll be leading a team along a river that is the defacto border between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, to a possible plantation that was once an airfield.
Or that might change, but in this particular case I know exactly what the terrain is like where the river is navigable, and where I need to go and how long it will take.
Certain you would have to agree that’s better than having to go there in person and run the risk of being killed or worse.