I'm onto the 2007 edition of The Best American Travel Writing, and I'm psyched. The Intro alone has me hooked, as the Editor, Susan Orlean, explains exactly how I feel about travel, tellingly writing...
"Travel is not about finding something. It's about getting lost -- that is, it is about losing yourself in a place and a moment. The little things that tether you to what's familiar are gone, and you become a conduit through which the sensation of the place is felt."
This superbly phrased thought lead me to Susan's site: http://www.susanorlean.com/.
I try to research each of the writers in these anthologies, to learn more about their journey to the travel-writing equivalent of the grand-slams.
They are truly the best of the best.