Writing travel stories has always been an important part of my work; I’ve 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).
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.
I’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.