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Northeast India

Explore tea plantations, tiger reserves and holy islands in this adventure in the northeastern regions of India, from Assam all the way to Nagaland on the Burmese border.

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Myanmar

After decades of isolation, Burma is slowly opening up to the outside world. Follow a north-south adventure from the harbour of Mandalay to the Irrawaddy Delta, via tea plantations, lakeside markets, deserted beaches and the ancient temples of Bagan.

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The Galapagos Islands

Take an unforgettable trip to one of the world’s most precious habitats – the Galapagos Islands, where nature has hardly changed since the days of Darwin.

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Northern Thailand

An adventure into the lesser-explored corners of northern Thailand, including wild jungles, crumbling temples and remote hill tribes.

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China

China’s landscapes and ancient history have been inspiring travellers since the days of Marco Polo. Follow an oriental adventure by taxi, plane and bullet train, from the historic streets of the capital Beijing to the riverside splendour of Yangshuo. This 14-page feature was originally commissioned by Lonely Planet Traveller and has since appeared on lonelyplanet.combbc.com and news.com.au.

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Austrian Alps

A grand tour around the high mountains of Austria, from the grand old city of Innsbruck to the trails of the Zillertal valley.

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Transylvania Tales

For this travel feature for Lonely Planet Traveller, I travelled to some of the wilder corners of Transylvania around Miklosvar to research the truth behind the country’s myths and legends, including the most famous tales of all – vampires and Count Dracula. Along the way, I met a Transylvanian count, a village storyteller, a white witch and a nature guide. The story was published in the magazine’s January 2013 edition.

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Tuscany and Umbria

Rich food, rolling fields, world-class wine: few regions sum up la dolce vita more than Tuscany and Umbria. This travel feature covers the vineyards of Chianti, the Garfagnana mountains, and the hilltop towns of Assisi, Orvieto and Spello.

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Wild Borneo

From wildlife to jungle, few islands can match the drama of Malaysian Borneo. This once-in-a-lifetime journey was commissioned by Lonely Planet Traveller magazine, and included a visit to the Iban hill tribes of Sarawak, the tropical islands of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park and the ascent of Mount Kinabalu, as well as a visit to the pristine jungle of the little-visited Maliau Basin.

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Iceland’s Ring Road

This feature for Lonely Planet Traveller covered a 10-day trip around Iceland’s spectacular Route 1, or the Ring Road as it’s known to Icelanders. In 2014 it celebrated its 40th anniversary.

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A trip down the River Dordogne

The River Dordogne is one of France’s five great rivers, as well as one of the most picturesque parts of France. A rural region known for its rich food and gorgeous countryside, it’s a wonderful place to soak up the essence of the French lifestyle. This trip for Lonely Planet Traveller magazine covers five different experiences in the region: a river cruise aboard a traditional gabarre barge, the medieval castles around Beynac-et-Cazenac, the architecture of Sarlat-la-Canéda,  the prehistoric cave paintings at Lascaux and Périgueux’s weekly market.

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Sicily – The Perfect Trip

A new feature for Lonely Planet Traveller magazine covering the fascinating island of Sicily, from Mount Etna’s volcanic slopes to the black beaches of the Aeolian Islands. It also includes sections on Palermo’s food culture, the chic style of Taormina and Scicli’s baroque architecture. The story was one of the lead features of the magazine’s February 2014 issue, and features stunning photographs by Matt Munro.

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Locals’ Madrid

This travel feature for Lonely Planet Traveller magazine explored the city of Madrid from a locals’ perspective. The aim was to get under the city’s skin and avoid the usual tourist traps, and turn up a few of the secret places only locals would know about. It was originally published in the July 2013 edition of the magazine, with some fantastic photography by Mark Read.

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The Perfect Trip to Yorkshire

The Perfect Trip to Yorkshire for Lonely Planet Traveller magazine, featuring visits to the Brontë’s family home in Haworth, the Three Peaks in Ribblesdale, the historic breweries of Masham, the dramatic coastline around Whitby and the little-explored North York Moors, one of the UK’s most under-rated national parks. The article has since been syndicated worldwide.

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Telegraph: Lake District Guide

Commission from www.telegraph.co.uk to write and maintain an online guide to the Lake District, one of the UK’s most prestigious national parks and popular tourist destinations. Work included researching and writing all sections of the online guide, including background material, hotel and restaurant reviews, events calendars and general information on sights and activities.

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Five winter escapes

Feature for Waitrose Kitchen magazine, detailing five different ideas for winter experiences – from Vienna’s Christmas markets to wassailing in Cornwall. Waitrose Kitchen is one of the UK’s most successful supermarket magazines, published by John Brown Media with a circulation of over 400,000 readers. The article was published in the December 2012 issue of the magazine.

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The tropical Seychelles

Splendidly isolated in mid-ocean between Africa and India, the Seychelles are perhaps the quintessential tropical islands, tailor-made for island-hopping. Hop aboard a local ferry to access rainforest walks, gin-clear waters ripe for snorkelling, and some of the world’s oldest animals.

 

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Belle and Sebastian

Interview with Richard Colburn from Belle & Sebastian, originally commissioned by End of the Road Festival for use in their official festival programme.

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France Best Road Trips

I was commissioned as co-ordinating editor and lead writer for France’s Best Trips, an exciting new launch title from the world-leading travel publisher Lonely Planet. The book features 39 themed road trips covering the whole of France, from 2-day escapes to 2-week adventures.

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The Low Anthem

Like a freight train steadily gathering steam, there’s been a steady but inexorable buzz building around The Low Anthem. Everyone from Whispering Bob to Steve Lamacq has been singing this Rhode Island three-piece’s praises, and they’ve drawn gushing parallels with musical contemporaries including Horse Feathers, Iron and Wine and their Bella Union label-mates, Fleet Foxes.

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