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Code of Conduct

Members of the British Guild of Travel Writers will:

  1. Report objectively and fairly, with the aim of keeping the public fully and clearly informed on all relevant aspects of travel.
  2. Accept facilities necessary for work offered to the press only on the understanding that they are in no way obliged to publicise any or all of the operation concerned and that the provision of such facilities will not influence their judgement.
  3. In all matters appertaining to their professional status, conduct themselves in an appropriate manner and do nothing to bring the reputation of the Guild into disrepute.
  4. Not accept any work in the fields of publicity, promotions or public relations for travel-related organisations if it compromises the good standing or integrity of the Guild.
  5. Accept that any infringement of these rules may, at the discretion of the Committee, preclude them from membership of the Guild.
     
 
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Every picture tells a story... often it suggests that the photographer should learn how to use his or her camera. These days everyone with a laptop, a decent camera and a rucksack fancies him- or herself as a travel writer and/or photographer. Which can make it challenging for those of us who have made it our long-term vocation on the assumption that quality and appropriate remuneration still matter. In any case, after more than 20 years of travel writing and...
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"Mr Safi Ullah was a tall thin man in white beard and white punjabi. He gave me tea and a copy of the headmaster’s report from 1948. As I left I pressed him to accept a 1000 taka note – a little less than £9. “For books,” I insisted. He took it under protest. “For books,” he agreed. I reflected afterwards that I had given him enough to keep a 10-year-old in school for a year." 

© Peter Hughes, Bangladesh, Condé Nast Traveller, 2008

 

 

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