I know what it is like to put in the work to work to succeed in the travel media. Being a travel writer takes an ability to organise your travels and negotiate with airlines and tourist boards and tour operators as well as write well. It seems the skill of writing is sometimes lost to the urgency and transience of social media but there's no substitute for a well-written piece that is free from shameless advertising. So over the years I have taken great delight in passing on such tips in the form of lectures and teaching.
I have given seminars at the Adventure Travel Show on writing for Wanderlust Magazine and appeared on advice panels for Nat Geo Traveller's Travel Geeks seminars.
It starts with the 173 is my occasional blog focusing on my travels abroad and at home in Dartmoor. All my journeys, whether it’s a 4-day schlepp to Pitcairn Island or a 3-week boat journey across Micronesia, begin with the local country bus #173 from my home in Chagford to Exeter.
I hope the blog can offer some advice to travellers as to how to get the most out of their trips. If I have been sponsored by somebody I tell my readers as I prefer not writing advertorials.