To move, to breathe, to fly, to float,
To gain all while you give,
To roam the roads of lands remote,
To travel is to live.
― Hans Christian Andersen, The Fairy Tale of My Life: An Autobiography
Born in Spain, raised in the United Kingdom and currently residing in China, where I’ve lived since 2013, I consider myself very much a global citizen. Travel has been my life since my parents took me on their adventures around Spain as a baby. I’m extremely fortunate to have been able to visit every continent in the world, with the exception of Antarctica (one day, one day!), and I enjoy sharing my experiences with others through my writing and photographs.
My favourite places
I was born in Spain and have lived there at various times throughout my life. Madrid, the city of my birth, is without a doubt one of my favourite cities in the world, while I simply love the way of life in the rest of the country.
Syria is one of the places that’s really stuck in my mind as one of my favourite all-time travel experiences. The food was amazing, the people friendly and the landscapes, architecture and history, quite literally, biblical. What’s happened there since I visited in 2008 is an absolute tragedy and it breaks my heart that people are not able to travel to this once-thriving destination.
Having lived in China for the past few years, I have travelled fairly extensively in the Middle Kingdom. My favourite places here include Hong Kong, Yangshuo, the Simatai Great Wall and Shanghai. It’s an absolutely vast country, however, and there are still so many places yet to explore.
As well as maintaining this blog, I also spend my time persuading people to pay me to write about travel. You may have seen my work on LonelyPlanet.com, to which I’m a regular contributor. I am also the Lonely Planet Local for Suzhou, working to keep their information about the city as fresh and up-to-date as possible. I have also written for other publications such as The Guardian Travel, City Weekend, That’s magazines, GoMadNomad.com, White Noise, The Address, and the World Atlas of Street Food.
As well as travel writing, I also do corporate copywriting. My work has included writing for public and media relations activities, social media content development, website strategy and content, marketing, e-newsletters and video scripts.