Travel Writing - Methodological Problem - ideas, suggestions, thoughts welcomed
I am in the process of writing my first book, but I am struggling with some hard decisions regarding its structure. As a fairly seasoned traveler I wanted to share my knowledge and my experience, with a strong emphasis on the human aspects. Most of the focus goes to the people I met along my odysseys. Anyway, this is what has been ruining my sleep: I do travel since 2005. Intensively. Every year I do an average of 4 or 5 trips. That's a lot of memories, traveling journals, stories to tell. Now... how shall I present this on paper? I have a few options but to be honest I find none of them satisfactory. Let's see:
1) I do select the best moments and I just tell them, basically with no connection between them.
2) I do write a huge book, around 600 pages. Not really a good idea huh?
3) I write a few different volumes. A bit boring for a potential reader. Besides, I don't know if I can wait all the time needed for this.
4) I synthesize a LOT. I think it's too much. Perhaps the high amount of stuff which will be left behind makes this a bad idea too.
I just don't know how to solve this dilemma and come out happy. Any ideas, suggestions or thoughts on this are extremely welcomed.
P.S. - Please consider that I will be writing for a small market - the Portuguese market, so any decision must take this in consideration.