I am primarily a travel journalist, and have written about travel for most of the major UK broadsheets, as well as leading travel magazines such as National Geographic Traveller and Sunday Times Travel Magazine, and international newspapers like the Sydney Morning Herald. (Here are some 2012 Guardian features, for example.) I’m also a columnist for the UK’s Telegraph on consumer travel technology and for Journeys magazine on travel gear.

In addition, I have written for respected sites like CNN.comTumblr,  Frommers.com and Perceptive Travel, and for customer magazines published by brands including Brussels AirlinesSingapore Airlines, and Summit Hotels.

My specialisms include Italy, especially Tuscany and the Northtravel technology and the Web, family travel, art and heritage travel, wine and beer tourism, England, Wales, and the Alps.

Scroll down for links to a selection of my recently published pieces.

Four freelancing rules I follow:

1. I don’t fly anymore, ever.

2. I don’t do press trips.

3. I won’t write for profit-making outlets for free, or in return for “exposure,” so please don’t ask.

4. There are publications I won’t write for no matter what I’m offered, most importantly the S*n. Sorry.

(Actually, on that final rule, I’m not sorry.)

I’ve been writing on the Web for many years, and blogging on and off since 2004. I first blogged on behalf of a travel company (a now-disappeared villa rental agent) in 2009. I also wrote for or ran several politics blogs: I wrote for the (now disappeared) “2005 General Election blog,” widely cited in the national press during the campaign. I also wrote on media-politics for Liberal Conspiracy when it was founded.

 

A selection of recently published journalism

Travel apps that don’t use data,” Telegraph, November 2014

The future of travel search engines,” National Geographic Traveller, October 2014

13 travel apps you’ll actually use,” Travelsupermarket.com, October 2014

iPhone 6: is it the best choice for travellers?” Telegraph, September 2014

Around Europe in 18 cheeses,” Telegraph, July 2014

Does a new app signal the end of roaming charges?Telegraph, July 2014

Digital Duomo: Touring Florence by smartphone,” CNN, July 2014

How to do Umbria, Italy, on a budget,” Guardian, July 2014

Ticketless transit,” Virgin.com, July 2014

Google Glass and other cutting-edge travel gadgets,” Travelsupermarket.com, July 2014

Airport security: tips on keeping your electronics charged,” Telegraph, July 2014

“The 50 best city hotels in Europe,” Sunday Times Travel Magazine, July 2014

Why is cruise Wi-Fi so expensive?Telegraph/Business Insider, June 2014

The future of theme parks,” Virgin.com, May 2014

The best flight search and booking apps,” Telegraph, May 2014

The world’s most connected cities,” Telegraph/Skift.com, February 2014

Italy’s 20 regions, dish by delicious dish,” CNN, January 2014

Italy: Where to ski if you love to eat,” HomeAway, January 2014

The best flight comparison websites,” Telegraph, January 2014

Spontaneous travel,” National Geographic Traveller, January 2014

6 places where cats outshine the tourist attractions,” CNN, November 2013

Mobile phones: the new credit cards?” Sunday Telegraph, October 2013

Built to last: six rugged cameras,” Journeys Magazine, September 2013 (p. 25)

“Take Me There: Umbria,” Sunday Times Travel Magazine, July 2013

How to do the Italian Lakes on a budget,” Guardian, July 2013

“Rome, with nothing but a smartphone,” part 1, 2, 3, National Geographic Traveller, May 2013

Must-Have London Travel Apps,” Forbes.com, April 2013

How to do Le Marche, Italy, on a budget,” Guardian, March 2013

Satnav or an app on a driving holiday?” Sunday Telegraph (advice column), March 2013

Real Life: Guidebooks,” National Geographic Traveller, February 2013

Turin,” B-There Magazine, January 2013

Documenting Disappearing London,” Tumblr Storyboard, December 2012