Based in the
Cotswolds, I've been writing about wildlife and family travel all my working life. My travels have taken me all over the world (but my bucket list never seems to get any smaller!). You can find out more below, including my latest books and some examples of travel features. There's also lots more on my blog!
I've been a travel writer for around 30 years. It's been an interesting journey! And I don't just mean the 80-odd countries that I've been lucky enough to visit. My twins (now 20) have helped me get to know every aspect of family travel, while my passion for wildlife and wild places continues to inspire me to track down the world's natural spectacles.
Perhaps the bumpiest, most exciting ride, though, has been keeping pace with the ever-changing world of media. From old-school travel journo to new-age digital nomad – no-one can pretend it's been easy! But let's face it: at the end of the day it's still all about the words... Words that create a sense of place. Words that bring those places to life. Words that transport readers there.
So, if you're looking for inspirational content for your new brochure or website, an eye-catching blog tingling with firsthand experience, or some sharply-written, authoritative content on family or wildlife travel from a well-respected expert, I'd be delighted to discuss your ideas.
Brilliantly descriptive. Lovely turn of phrase, well structured and evocative and compels you to read until the end
KIND WORDS FROM THE BRITISH GUILD OF TRAVEL WRITERS
My first book, Coral Reefs & Islands was published in 1993 when I was 24. It's a bit hard to find nowadays (!), but I'll always be grateful for the opportunity to write about a subject so close to my heart. The book was also a springboard to writing other titles, including several guidebooks for Footprint. I'm currently working on a book for Bradt, which combines my two passions: wildlife travel and family travel. Watch this space for more details.
EXAMPLES OF TRAVEL FEATURES
Exciting travel does not automatically make exciting reading. I've always believed that writing effective and inspiring travel copy is as much about delving into the realms of vocabulary and grammar as it is about exploring landscapes, wildlife and culture. I think you have to love the written word. Below, you will find a small selection of features published in newspapers, magazines and websites that give a flavour of the kind of travel writing that I specialise in. Scroll through the gallery and click on the covers to read each feature in full. For a more comprehensive portfolio of my travel writing articles, please sign up to my blog.
TRAVEL CONTENT: LET'S WORK TOGETHER!
There are lots of writers out there. And content providers, bloggers and influencers too. I don't claim to have a gazillion Instagram or Twitter followers (just a modest 1,200 or so for each), but I can offer you my 25+ years experience as a travel writer, photographer and editor. I can also offer you my expertise in family travel, wildlife travel and firsthand experience of a wide range of destinations. Most of all, however, I can offer you high-quality writing – the kind of writing, I hope, that could give your website some sparkle, or lift your brochure out of the ordinary.
Here's some background on my travel content and editing experience: I've been editor of the inspirational 101 Family Holidays website, Travel Africa magazine and the highly acclaimed Kenya Airways inflight magazine, Msafiri. My commercial experience covers all aspects of content creation, from managing large monthly magazines and writing blogs, web pages and e-newsletters to co-ordinating filming trips, undertaking product photography assignments and filming and editing professional videos. Former roles have included Senior Content Editor for Discover the World and Head of Communications at the World Land Trust.
Below you will find details of some of the services I offer – as well as a list of some of the operators, websites and publications I've worked with. If you've got a specific project in mind that you think might fit my writing skills, I'd love to discuss it further with you.
Website content Writing 50 great words is a lot harder than rattling out 500 average ones! If your landing pages are looking a little flabby, I can help with tightly-written, inspirational copy.
Travel and wildlife content Blogs can get tired. Give yours a makeover with imaginative round-ups, creative themes and the kinds of posts that will encourage your readers to come back for more.
Brochures and magazines Long live print! It's not dead, despite what some digital doom-mongerers might say! Let me help you justify the costs of magazine and brochure projects with some truly engaging copywriting.
Reviews and endorsements Expertise is the result of experience. The most vivid, compelling travel copy – or review – comes from the writer's ability to 'take you there'. Combine with effective CTAs and you're in business.
Words and pictures Sometimes a carefully chosen set of well-captioned photographs is all it takes to engage your audience. As an award-winning photographer, I can provide high-quality images.