My first gig for Lonely Planet was on the Kazakhstan chapter of their Central Asia guide in 1999 but I began specialising as a guidebook writer for other publishers several years before that and have worked as a freelance journalist and photographer since the early 1990s.
In the 1980s I honed my writing skills as a young journalist on the consumer magazine Which? in London before heading east to Tokyo, where I spent two and a half years learning the language and working as an editor and writer for a major financial news organization. At the same time I travelled Japan (later co-writing an award-winning guidebook to the country, as well as one to Tokyo) and Asia, scribbling notes and storing away ideas for travel features.
I first came to live in Sydney in 1994 on a year-long working holiday visa and quickly found the local media snapping up those stories. Entranced by Australia I moved back in 1998 and lived in the city until 2005. I'm now based back in the UK in Folkestone on the east Kent coast.
Among the many titles I have worked on for Lonely Planet my favourites include Cape Town, Russia, Trans-Siberian Railway, Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei, Korea and the first - and only - edition of Istanbul to Kathmandu. My travel features have been published in newspapers and magazines around the world, including in the UK's Independent, Guardian, Times, Daily Telegraph and Royal Geographical Society Magazine; and Australia's Sydney Morning Herald and Australian newspapers and Australian Financial Review Magazine.