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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’!

Walking through history

The main lesson I’ve learned from writing this book is that there is history to be found everywhere. Whenever and wherever you walk, someone or something has almost definitely gone before. This enriches every ramble. It means we can stride out amid landscapes made wonderfully weird by geothermal activity. We can stroll via crumbling castles, walls that kept people in, walls that kept people out, furrows made by slaves and escapees, streets lined with epoch-defining architecture, or really, really old trees…

51S6HQNKIILOh my! I’ve written a book! A History of the World in 500 Walks (Aurum) has been published this month, the product of hours (and hours and hours) of hard graft, and decades of dreaming about being an author.

It was a real labour of love, combining my passion for walking with an ever-increasing fascination for history. I now can’t seem to go for a wander without wondering how long that building, mud bump or bit of rock I’ve just passed has been sitting there.

I’ve loved writing this book. I hope people enjoy reading it.

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!

Happy customer

THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH! The commemorative booklet has arrived, on time, and it looks great. You did an amazing job and I don’t know what I would have done had I not come to you for help. Such a professional job as only the Wanderlust crew can do.

Kate Kenward, Executive Director, AITO

Screen Shot 2016-04-18 at 06.26.51Lovely to get such positive feedback, after completing a tricksy job with an extremely short deadline. AITO, the Association of Independent Tour Operators, was celebrating its 40th anniversary and wanted a commemorative booklet produced for its gala dinner – in the space of a week. I worked with the in-house team at Wanderlust, and magician/designer Lisa Duke, and we managed to turn AITO’s copy into something bright and engaging – in time for the grand occasion.

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.

Breakfast with gorillas

Potentially noisy neighbours and an early wake-up call shouldn’t put you off a night at The Lodge. In fact, they’re the main selling points. This cosy apartment (formerly zookeeper’s quarters) within Bristol Zoo is in earshot of species such as the Asiatic lions and vociferous gibbons, offering a taste of the jungle on the edge of the city…

bristol-zoo-bed-boltonMy latest piece for The Independent involved spending the night in Bristol Zoo – an on-my-doorstep encounter with the wild. It was a huge privilege to explore the zoo after hours – just me, the keepers and the noisy menagerie of creatures. Highlights included feeding the sea lions and eating breakfast with the gorillas.