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- A movie, book, or illustrated lecture about the places visited and experiences encountered by a traveler.
“We’re planning a big trip to Rome, so we want to attend the travelogue about Vatican City at the university next week.”
“It’s fiction, but the travelogue my book club read about a Mount Everest expedition was so well researched.”
“I like to keep a travelogue of my vacations so I can revisit them and share recommendations with friends.”
American English, 1898
Why this word?
“Travelogue” is a word created in English, patterned on the word “monologue,” which is “a long speech by one actor in a play or movie.” The original usage of “travelogue” was for lectures given by one person, based on their travel experiences. In the late 19th century, pleasure travel was an extreme luxury for most people. As such, attending a lecture where someone would share their experiences of a different place — and its culture, customs, food, and people — was great entertainment. Even today, audiences enjoy travelogues in the form of documentary films, memoirs, fictionalized accounts, and the latest format, social media posts.
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