So what about us.
Trip Reporter is a labour of love. A site written exclusively by award-winning professional travel writers.
We are in the main, a curious bunch. In our travels, we often uncover places and people that we feel other people need to know about, simply because we have the ear of the locals. We get the opportunities to discover all those little masterpieces because we have the time and the tenacity to seek them out.
Every trip report, every hotel and restaurant review, every piece of equipment, every golf course, every cruise has been personally experienced.
Sometimes our discoveries are not what some editors are looking for, or they simply don’t fit a ‘brand’ destination. Other times they might be stories that have been edited down from their original state or perhaps, never in the end seen the light of day.
With Trip Reporter, the shackles are off and we can bring you all the stories and destinations we want to, simply because we can.
Founder and Managing Editor.
Our Trip Reporters
Andy Mossack has been writing about world travel for over 25 years. He is the founder and Managing Editor of TripReporter and you can read him in national press, consumer and airline magazines and travel web sites. He is the Travel Guru on BBC radio’s Late Show and presents Where in the world is Andy most weeks, a fun quiz where listeners try to guess just where in the world he is! Andy has appeared regularly on BBC 5 Live, TalkSport and BBC News and is a featured writer in the book 1001 Escapes to Make Before You Die. Andy also regularly lectures on world travel destinations for the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and provides consultancy services for hotels and tourist boards.
Anthea Gerrie travels the world for leading publications including Food And Travel magazine and the food pages of The Independent. She has a special interest in local gastronomy, and is as excited about the delights of her native Britain as the furthest-flung corners of the globe. Favourite places she returns to time and again include Australia, Israel, India and north and south America.
Isabel Conway has won Travel Writer of the Year Ireland awards three times. She was a category winner for long haul (2014) and Sun Holidays (2011) in the Travel Extra Travel Writer Awards January 2014. She has been a regular contributor to the Times, Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday and other national titles around the world. She has also contributed to BBC Scotland, NBC America, Radio Europe, RTE (Ireland Radio ONE and Radio Two) TV3 Ireland, TV Four the Netherlands. Isabel devotes herself now to her first love of travel and writing about her journeys around the world for newspapers, magazines and ezine titles.
Lucy has been a journalist all her working life: either writing or teaching. Initially she wrote on women in politics, which gave her a small insight into the workings of different governments – leading her to being banned from one country but invited with alacrity to others. In the last eight years she has been teaching journalism and also concentrating on travel writing. She has contributed to the national press as well as airline magazines, and online publications and was proud to be a finalist at the Travel Press Awards, as Online Travel Writer of the Year
Janette Griffiths writes on travel and culture for publications including The Sunday Telegraph, The Times, Independent on Sunday, BBC Music Magazine, United Airlinesʼ Hemispheres, and Classic FM Magazine. In 2008, Janette won an award from Canada Media for excellence in travel writing. She lived and worked in Paris for 10 years, studied art history and Italian in Florence and currently divides her time between London and Vancouver. She has a batch of blogs on Italy, Canada, France, Wagner, Literary Locations, London and her novels at http://janettegriffiths.com
Anna writes about travel and film for ELLE magazine, The Guardian, Time Out, Metro, World Travel Guide and more, and can often be seen airing her opinion on BBC TV. New Zealand and France are regular fixtures on her trip calendar while recent adventures include the Trans-Siberian train from Russia to China via Mongolia, and the Nevada Desert by way of the Burning Man festival. The only downside of her job is that she has always seen every movie on the plane.
Colin has been a photographer for as long as he can remember and professionally for over 30 years. Following a commission to shoot several hotel interiors and exteriors for a well known tour operator, Colin decided to concentrate on his real passion for landscape and travel photography. His photography has taken him across the globe in all weathers and his memorable images have been used extensively.
Head of Languages turned Round The World Writer, Solange has always had a love for words and a passion for people and their stories. It’s only 5 years ago that she plucked up the courage to send one of her articles to a publisher. The result has been astonishing: 3 books later and a series of features with BBC Good Food, The Toronto Star, The Sunday Times, Wanderlust, her passion is now her job or …is it the other way round?. To read her complete biography go to www.solangeberchemin.com/
Rupert Parker is TV Producer, cameraman, photographer and journalist. Although his special interest is food, wine and travel, he writes about everything from wilderness adventure to gourmet spa tours. His articles appear, not only in British national newspapers and magazines, but also in magazines in China and India. Read more on his Planet Appetite website.
Stuart Forster is a travel writer and photographer from the north-east of England. He was named Journalist of the Year at the Holland Press Awards of 2015 and 2016. He writes for a number of well-known publications, both in the United Kingdom and abroad. He has contributed to several books, including The Irresponsible Traveller published by Bradt. He was shortlisted for the Travel Blogger and Vlogger of the Year award at the 2015 Travel Media Awards for work published on his blog, go-eat-do.com. Stuart also lectures on travel writing and photography.
Dr Terry Marsh is a freelance writer and photographer specialising in travel and the outdoors. In particular, he specialises in France, an ardent Francophile and owner of two France-related websites www.francediscovered.com and www.lovefrenchfood.com. He is also a principal writer for Michelin Green Guides, mainly to France, but also Britain, Scotland and Andalucia. His other areas of interest are the UK generally, but specifically the Scottish islands with which he’s been having a love affair since the 1960s. He is the author of more than 100 books.
James Rampton has written twelve books. He was a staff feature writer on the Independent for a decade. He has written travel features for the Independent, the i, the Saturday Express magazine, the Daily Mail, and the Scotsman magazine. He is also a regular newspaper reviewer for the BBC News Channel, as well as chairing Q and As for Bafta, the BFI and the BBC.
Mike Gerrard is an award-winning travel and drinks writer whose work has appeared in newspapers, magazines and websites worldwide. Mike also publishes several travel websites and has worked for such companies as American Express, Google, Microsoft and National Geographic. He divides his time between Cambridgeshire in the UK and Arizona in the USA, and writes widely about US travel. Mike is also the co-editor, with his wife Donna Dailey, of the 101 USA Holidays website. http://www.101holidays.co.uk/usa/
Lesley Anne Rose
Lesley Anne has been travel writing for nearly two decades and her published work includes guidebooks with Rough Guides, Frommers, Crimson and Punk Publishing, alongside articles for various publications. The areas of the world she knows best include North America – the US and Canada – the Southern Caribbean, Malta, Scotland, France and the English Lake District. For two years Lesley Anne sat on the executive committee of the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild and has written on independent travel, food, travelling with children and eco-tourism. www.lesleyannerose.co.uk
For many years, award-winning journalist James Ruddy was labelled as a conflict expert which took him to countless ‘tin hat’ destinations like Bosnia, Sierra Leone, North Korea and Sudan. His work has appeared in most UK national newspapers as well as ITN, Sky and BBC News and was covered in his autobiography The Kindness of a Stranger. Nowadays he delights in discovering true peace and pleasure in offbeat corners of Asia, Africa and the Americas. Closer to home, he loves nothing better than revealing those elusive ‘secret’ places in the UK and Europe.
Mike Pickup is a widely published travel writer, but it wasn’t always so. Prior to his involvement in travel he had a successful career as an innovator in consumer services. Mike now writes about all forms of travel including river and ocean cruising and is a professionally trained photographer. His markets include travel trade publications as well as many consumer newspapers and magazines, with over one hundred published print features last year plus many more online.
David Gerrie has been a journalist for 47 years. A firm believer in the adage “If you want to know a country, you have to eat its food and drink its wine,” he has travelled the globe in search of the perfect meal. Never knowingly a food snob, David’s favourite mealtime memories range from a Michelin three-star in Burgundy to a no-choice 10 euro lunch at a hole-in-the-wall in Rome. At home, he’s a slightly-better-than-competent cook, with the exception of his much discussed strawberry-garlic pavlova.
It is hard to judge whether Michael enjoys travelling or writing more. With his first travel piece published by The Independent three decades ago, Michael as a part-time freelance journalist has written for The Guardian, Telegraph and host of other media. Now free from the pressures of career, debt and children Michael is determined to visit the rest of the world and share his experiences with readers.
Weaned on news of his grandparents’ country hotel and the story of Eloise’s life at The Plaza Hotel as his favourite childhood read, South Africa’s Brian Berkman has hotels and travel writing in his blood. He writes frequently about travel for South African airline and lifestyle magazines, has contributed South African chapters to Fodor’s, and is a Contributing Travel Editor for www.BizCommunity.com and Explore South Africa magazine.