Travel Stories

learning-to-flyWriting travel stories has always been an important part of my work; I’ve also been travel editor at GQ and Esquire, as well as London editor of the American magazine Travel + Leisure.

At GQ and Esquire I tended to write (and commission) articles that were quite active and personal, experiences such as learning to fly in South Africa and scuba-dive in the Maldives; the thrill of jeep, walking and night safaris in the remote central highlands of Kenya; trekking in the magical Buddhist kingdom of Bhutan; and boat trips around the British Virgin Islands and down the Nile (OK, the last one was a little more languorous).scuba-1

There have been a lot of islands. I’ve travelled to Tasmania for the Telegraph, Mozambique’s Quirimbas islands for the London Evening Standard, Iceland for Esquire and Grenada for GQ. For further “island stories”, and other travel articles, click here.

on-the-roadI’ve taken some seriously Great Drives, along the thousand (or so)-mile Baja California peninsula in Mexico and around Sydney Harbour, for Conde Nast Traveller, as well as writing and editing a global road trips guide for Esquire, titled, appropriately enough, On The Road.

Other varied travel articles include walking the Wicklow Way near Dublin for the Guardian, a feature on Dubai for the Irish Times Magazine, Salvador Dali’s Spain (produced to tie-in with a Dali exhibition at Tate Modern), and some pieces from my time as hotel room, erm, “inspector” for the Erotic Review.

About admin

Philip Watson is an experienced freelance journalist who has written articles on a wide variety of subjects. His in-depth features range from 9/11 to the Poker Million tournament, fathers’ rights to Chernobyl children, Miles Davis to (a film version of) James Joyce’s Ulysses, British soldiers injured in Afghanistan to the Peace One Day campaign, and the Irish boom to the Irish bust. Interviews and profiles extend from Martin Scorsese to Claudia Schiffer, Paul Weller to William Boyd, conman “King Con” to F1 driver “Fast” Eddie Irvine, Antony Gormley to Antoine de Caunes, and maverick British inventor James Dyson to radical American comic Lenny Bruce. Philip gained a distinction on the postgraduate journalism course at University of Wales, Cardiff and worked for a number of years at GQ, where he was deputy editor, and Esquire, where he was editor-at-large. He has been freelance for the past decade or more, contributing articles and features to many publications in Britain, Ireland and the US, including the Telegraph Magazine, Guardian, Sunday Times, Observer, Irish Times, London Evening Standard, Travel + Leisure and music magazine The Wire. Philip has also appeared on radio and television programmes in the UK and Ireland, including RTÉ arts review show The Works. He is the editor of More Than A Game: GQ on Sport (Orion) and a collection of his interviews with musicians features in the anthology Invisible Jukebox (Quartet).