The Best American —- Writing series gets released in October, and I pick it up every year. The sports one is always good, as are the science and tech collections, but the release dedicated to travel writing is always spotty; luckily, you can always tell whether or not to skip the piece by the first sentence.
“I’m walking down an ancient goat path in Tuscany.” SKIP.
“I’m waist-deep in water in the Ukraine.” NO, THANK YOU.
“I’m narrating in the present tense from somewhere exotic.” META-SKIP.
Stay out of the present tense. Present tense is for when teepees have birthdays.