WHO AM I?
A Londoner for 10 years, the pandemic brought me home to Northumberland: from the most populated county to the least. It felt natural to be back in the outdoors, even on the most bracing wet and windy days. At the same time, I began freelancing.
In 2021, I'd returned from a summer in Portugal, when my school friend spontaneously invited me to the Isle of Arran, off Scotland's west coast. Only a few hours' drive and a CalMac ferry from us, the trip was close to home but a world away. I learned how to go off-grid, my innocent questions such as 'how do you wash?' (in the lake) and 'what's this shovel for?' (well... let's not go into that), opening my eyes to a different, wilder, way of travel.
Craving another adventure, I ‘moved into my car’. With a mixture of car-camping and staying in bothies - rudimentary shelters for hikers - I spent weeks exploring remote corners of Cumbria, Northumberland and the Scottish lowlands.
Soon after, I flew to Nepal alone and with not much in my backpack, bought a load of harsh-weather gear in Kathmandu, and headed into the mountains. I completed the Annapurna Circuit, Mardi Himal, Khopra Ridge and Everest Base Camp treks, and hiked with guides through the Chitwan jungle. With a taste for long journeys on foot, this autumn I trekked the new High Scardus trail, through Albania, Kosovo and North Macedonia.
Time in remote places has put me more in tune with the environment and wildlife, so I gravitate towards stories of conservation and eco-tourism. I’m also looking forward to working on the RSPB reserve of Coquet Island, in Northumberland, as a seabird habitat volunteer.
Before my leap into freelancing, I was an editor at Rough Guides travel books and before that, staff on the Daily Mail travel desk. I temped as a full-time commissioning editor for six weeks at Culture Trip in May/June 2021.
My writing has appeared in: National Geographic Traveller, the Times, VICE, the i, Radio Times, FUSED, Time Out, Grazia, loveEXPLORING, You & Your Wedding, the Arbuturian, the Travel Trade Gazette (TTG), the Mail on Sunday and the Independent among others.
I'm the author of the 2021 Insight Guides travel book: Explore Canada.
Coffee table hardbacks: I contributed entries to Rough Guides'100 Best Places in the USA and co-edited Make the Most of Your Time on Earth.
I have edited too many guidebooks to mention – a few of my favourites are: Insight Guides Alaska, Insight Guides Spain, Rough Guide to the Scottish Highlands & Islands, Rough Guide to Canada, Rough Guide to the USA and the Rough Guide to Australia.
2.1 in English and American Studies from the University of Nottingham, followed by an NCTJ in Multimedia Journalism from News Associates in London (included production journalism, video journalism, news reporting, shorthand and media law).