When I was little I used to read with a torch under the bed covers long into the night. I put school and music lessons behind me and dived into tales of exploration and derring-do in distant lands. Willard Price and his 'Adventure' book series are to blame for my late nights, but it was worth every minute. Inspired authors like him, today I'm a writer, travel blogger and now also the Content Manager here at Far & Wild, which means if words are involved, I'm it! When it comes to holidays, I have a thing for quirky luxury and can often be found sleeping in castles, treehouses and caves. Preferably with private plunge pools, four-poster beds and a butler or two. Back in the day I did a degree in Geography (mainly because the college was a castle!) so I'm a sucker for a dramatic landscape - ballooning over Cappadocia in Turkey, hiking down the Grand Canyon, and camping in the Sahara have been my favourite adventures. Back down on earth here in the Lake District it's not so bad either. I'm surrounded by stunning lakes and mountains, spend my days in the gorgeous barn conversion that we call an office, and get to do my favourite thing ever. Write about travel.
I still sometimes read under the bed covers. Although now it's more Tahir Shah, Gregory David Roberts and Peter Mayne that keep me up at night.
Writing has taken me to many destinations and I'm privileged to have worked and developed strong relationships with tourist boards, accommodation providers and activity suppliers from all over the world. Having established my own travel blog a few years ago I know a thing or two about online marketing, social media, and websites, and am loving using these skills to co-ordinate content here at Far & Wild. I guess my main interest however is story telling, and helping you imagine yourselves eating breakfast out in the African bush, flying high over tropical waterfalls or seeing the sun rise over a sand dune that has just taken you an hour to climb. If I've done my job right, you'll soon be wanting to experience it all for real.
TOP TRAVEL TALES
Getting engaged on top of a Mayan temple in the jungles of Guatemala. It was sweltering and all I wanted to do was go down. Then the ring appeared, and I never wanted to leave.
Learning how to plough paddy fields with water buffalo whilst visiting a rice farm in northern Laos. It's more difficult than it looks!
Assisting a lone policeman in no-man's land between South Africa and Lesotho apprehend a bad guy after a shoot-out involving him and a group of drug smugglers. Well, my husband did. I was hiding in the foot well of our car.
WHERE I'VE BEEN RECENTLY
I'm one of those people who doesn't like to visit the same place twice (there's still so much more of the world to explore), yet I've made a couple of exceptions. Morocco is somewhere I like to call my second home (having just returned from my 10th trip), and after a visit to Kenya earlier this year I've decided to head back in a few months for more. Africa is definitely somewhere that gets under the skin! A holiday to the tea plantations and beaches of Sri Lanka was also on the cards this year, something I've wanted to do ever since I found out that my grandparents met there during the War. And my husband and I recently celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary with a month in South America, beginning by adventuring deep into the Amazon Rainforest and hiking unknown Inca trails in Peru, before heading up to Colombia (where we saw the Pope and ate lots of lobster) and finally driving vintage cars (with varying degrees of success) around Curacao in the Caribbean.
COUNTRIES I'VE VISITED
Kenya, South Africa, Mauritius, Swaziland, Lesotho, Sri Lanka, Morocco, Tunisia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, Curacao, Guatemala, USA, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Iceland, Russia, Turkey, Slovenia, and much of Western Europe (which has usually involved spaghetti, vineyards and castles).
I LOVE STAYING AT...
Saruni Samburu - Samburu, Kenya - for its dramatic views, homely hospitality and unusual wildlife
Cape Weligama - Southern Coast, Sri Lanka - a resort for people who don't do resorts
Ulusaba - Sabie Sand, South Africa - a luxurious bush experience with lots of leopards