How to make a book cover for travel memoir or personal biography

A quick case study around a cover I've been working on recently, for personal biography or travel memoir - this are tricky to get right and it's tempting to use photos, illustrations, collage or "scrapbooks" effects, or miss the mark completely by getting too excited and making it look like a novel.

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