Biography

My career began in New York and continued in China as a journalist for Newsweek before I moved to Cologne as Asia-Pacific Editor for Deutsche Welle Radio, and then to London as a television producer for CNN International. Since then I have worked as a freelance journalist and travel writer across print and television.

I am now Deputy Editor of The Telegraph’s Ultratravel magazine, Europe’s biggest luxury travel magazine with a circulation of 500,000. Last year I spent eight months as Deputy Editor of Condé Nast Traveller (maternity cover) where I continue as Contributing Editor with a weekly column Where I want to be right now. I am a BBC presenter with my own travel segment Global Guide which plays on BBC2, BBC24 and BBC World News, and work as a video journalist for the BBC’s The Travel Show. I am the ‘Destination Expert’ on China, Cambodia, Nepal and the Himalayas for The Telegraph, as well as writing the regular Action Packed feature for the newspaper. I also write for The Wall Street Journal, Travel and Leisure and Tatler.

I am the winner of the Travel Writer of the Year 2016; winner of the AITO Travel Writer of the Year 2016, and winner of the Consumer Magazine Feature of the Year Award at the Ecoventura LATA Media Awards 2016.

My novel, Song, is being published by Unbound in the spring of 2018. I have contributed to four anthologies.

I give regular talks and moderate panel discussions on the subject of travel ranging from adventure to women travellers to the process of documenting journeys through print and television. I am a qualified performance coach (focusing on creative writing), as well as a consultant on media training. I am teaching a week-long travel writing course later this year at Moniack Mhor, Scotland's Creative Writing Centre.