In the 1930s the poets W. H. Auden and Louis MacNeice and the conservative writer Evelyn Waugh went abroad in order to compile their travel books Letters from Iceland and Remote People. These two groups of writers strongly differed on a professional as well as personal level and were actually criticizing each other?s work throughout the decade seemingly not having anything in common at all. The analysis of their travel writing however reveals a number of parallels between the poets and Evelyn Waugh as they were ultimately facing the same problems in a morally declining society in England during a unique economic recession which results in harsh criticism in their travel books about the situation at home in addition to the significant functions of humour and the display of journalistic elements in both works. And, both travel books are also extensively dealing with the issue of escape which was a popular topic among many writers of the thirties who went abroad in order to find realities different from the one at home which was also the poets and Waughs intention who withdrew to "unreal" and remote places beyond modern English society and European civilization. But, the analysis in this work will naturally also illustrate the differences between Letters from Iceland and Remote People which can be attributed to the indeed opposing worldview of the poets and Waugh and clearly reflects in their representation of "the others" in the course of a detailed account about the foreign country. This journalistic work was a new task for Auden and MacNeice who took full advantage of the creative freedom of the travel account and compiled a thoroughly uncommon work while Evelyn Waugh focused on a chronological description of events.