I was widely travelled, exploring wherever life took me – including stints living in the UK, Israel, Canada, and Saudi Arabia – before I figured out that I could turn my passion for travel into a career.
As a travel writer, I have visited more than 60 countries but my specialist areas are the places closest to me, Australia and New Zealand. With a strong interest in people, history and nature, I provide editors with evocative and original stories – combining the facts with my personal experiences and insights – tailored to suit the style and needs of their publications. I always meet deadlines.
Whether I am climbing Mount Bromo in Indonesia or the Sydney Harbour Bridge, walking the Great Wall of China or hiking in the kauri forests of my native New Zealand, dining at “21” in New York or at a street stall somewhere in Asia, drinking tea in Colombo or a poolside marguerita in Bora Bora, I am always on the lookout for the unusual and interesting. My quest for the travel stories with a difference has seen me among the first Westerners since 1952 to cross the DMZ from South Korea to North Korea (in 2003), travelling to Sri Lanka and the Maldives to see how these countries and their tourism industries recovered in the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami, and working with a team of volunteers building a bridge and a water supply for a remote village in the Peruvian Andes. I’m not afraid to get my hands dirty, but won’t say no to a bit of luxury or pampering either!
I write regularly for consumer, travel trade and business press. In 2016, I won the Best Travel & Tourism News Story category in the Australian Society of Travel Writers annual Awards for Excellence in Travel Journalism for a story on drive tourism in Australia, published in the national travel trade newsmagazine travelBulletin. I am also a confident radio performer and have held regular spots on several ABC and commercial radio stations around Australia. As well as writing for the prestigious New York-based guide book company Frommer Media, I also contribute to many leading consumer publications, both in print and online.
Among others, my work has appeared in The Weekend Australian (Travel & Indulgence section), The Weekend Australian Magazine, New Ltd’s Escape travel section, National Geographic Traveler, Luxury Travel, Geographical (UK), Royal Auto, The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, Mercedes Magazine, Go Camping Australia, Vacations & Travel, Qantas Insider, Signature Luxury Travel, OUThere, and The Walkley Magazine.
To see some of my published work, go to Portfolio.
To see some of my travel images, go to Gallery.