On track in Tasmania

I have just read your amazing feature in Wanderlust. It’s brilliant! I am thrilled and can’t wait to send it to everyone in Tassie. Thank you so much again. You have been magnificent.

Screen Shot 2016-08-17 at 10.25.17Forgive me. Own trumpet blown. But this was the delightful message I received from Susie de Carteret at Tasmanian Odyssey, who supported my press trip to Oz earlier this year. One of the resultant features has now been published in Wanderlust, in which I was able to combine Tasmania’s new Three Capes Track with lashings of convict history. So satisfying that I was able to turn a terrific trip into a not-too-shabby feature!

Cover capers

Stay sunny, stay smiling and, as always, live life to the full!

Z32_250There are worse things to work on than a Caribbean inflight magazine. Each issue, you get to flick through pics of glorious beaches, commission stories about colourful carnivals and drool over tropical recipes. I particularly love the cover we came up with for the July/August issue, which screams ‘fun in the sun’!

Big country, mini guide

From wine-tasting to wildlife, hiking to history, sightseeing to surfing, this is the Australian destination that truly has it all…

P1 COVERIt’s not easy to pack the whole of New South Wales into an A5 mini-guide. But that was the latest challenge set by Wanderlust, Singapore Airlines and the NSW tourist board: to project manage the production of a useful trip-planner for the state in the dinky, pocket-size format. Small maybe, but there’s loads packed in, with the added complication of image ‘watermarking’, so readers can use their mobiles to scan through to extra content. That’s a whole lot of Oz in a few tiny pages!

Down Under, flip over

Welcome to South Australia  –  The best of Australia in one place? Well, yes…
Welcome to Northern Territory – It’ll get your heart thumping a little faster…

SA-NT mapRecto verso? Don’t mind if I do… This project for Wanderlust was to edit The Explorers Guide to South Australia and Northern Territory, half of the supplement focused on one region, the other half focused on the other. Only, they were BOTH on the front cover, given the recto verso format of the guide – the pages flipped after the mid-point, so there was no back. Confused? It worked perfectly, and meant we could do justice to both brilliant bits of Australia.

The Caribbean, with extra ZiNG

It seems 2016 is off to a flying start – already there are many exciting things happening at LIAT and in the Caribbean as a whole…

ofc_z31…Not to mention exciting things happening at LIAT’s magazine!

Having been co-editor of ZiNG, the inflight magazine of Caribbean airline LIAT, for a year or so now, it was great fun to redesign the up-front newsy ‘LIME’ section for the latest issue. A few tweaks here and there, some new regular slots and a lovely fresh look (courtesy of ace designer Lisa Duke), and the magazine now starts with more of a bang – even given our limited budget.

Boston in a weekend

You could easily stay for weeks, exploring the various neighbourhoods: Downtown, home to the Freedom Trail historic route and tasty Chinatown; affluent Beacon Hill; the shopping mecca of Back Bay, which until 150 years ago was untamed swamp; Italian-flavoured North End; trendy, gay-friendly South End; Cambridge, across the Charles River. But chances are you’ll fall for it after only a day.

With the launch of Wow Air’s £99 flight, it was time to focus on Boston. So I wrote a Short Break guide for Wanderlust, trying to squeeze everything that’s cool about the place into just three days. My biggest big of advice? Stay longer.

Get thee to Thessaloniki!

Some say Thessaloniki is a city of fairytales; that it’s an old lady with pockets full of sweets, which she hands out in her own time…

Greece’s second city lacks obvious sights but managed to get under my skin, thanks to a lovely local lady pointing out the things I’d have missed, and the super-abundance of cafes and bars. In fact, I ended up liking it so much so that I managed to convince Wanderlust magazine that it was perfect fodder for a Short Break piece.