Dec 18th, 2018

More about me

I’ve been working in travel journalism since my late 20s. Prior to this I lived and worked in Brighton, London, France, Australia and China. I made the decision to go into travel writing for two simple reasons: I was passionate about travel and passionate about writing. I’m happy to say this remains the case on both counts.

When I’m not misplacing biros in other countries, I live in a village in Oxfordshire with my wife, son and daughter. My other interests include sport, music, food, drink, books and the outdoors.

I work regularly from an office in Oxford, so if you’re in town and fancy discussing potential work over a coffee, do get in touch.

My work

I write for a wide variety of different travel titles, tailoring copy to everyone from backpackers, families and outdoor-lovers to cultural tourists, tour operators and business travellers.

Commissions have sent me to destinations on all seven continents. The UK, Western Europe, the Far East and Australia are special areas of interest, but I’ve travelled to around 80 countries – the majority more than once – so there’s often a strong chance I can supply specific copy. City, coast or countryside, I’ll always try to find you a fresh angle.

Awards

Awards: Best UK Feature, British Guild of Travel Writers Awards 2018; Best European Feature, British Guild of Travel Writers Awards 2018; Best Trade Feature, Latin American Travel Association Awards 2018; Best Short Destination Feature, British Guild of Travel Writers Awards 2016; Best Off-The-Beaten-Track Feature, PSA Journalism Awards 2013; Best UK Feature, British Guild of Travel Writers Awards 2012

Shortlists: AITO Travel Writer of the Year 2018; France Travel Media Awards 2018; British Guild of Travel Writers Awards 2017 (two categories); France Travel Media Awards 2017; AITO Travel Writer of the Year 2016;  Tourism Alberta Media Awards 2012

Publications

I’ve written for the following publications, among others.

Consumer: National Geographic Traveller, Wanderlust, Time Out, BBC Countryfile, CNN Traveller, TGO Magazine, France Magazine, National Geographic Traveller Family, Escapism Magazine, Adventure Travel, Destination Vacation, Conde Nast Traveller, Britain Magazine, Australia & New Zealand, Discover Britain, Get Up & Go,  Spa Secrets, Heathrow Traveller, TNT, Real Travel, Rugby World, FourFourTwo, Champions, Q Magazine, Original Gravity

Trade/customer: LiveMoreYHA, ABTA Magazine, Selling Travel, Travel Weekly, Conference & Incentive Travel, ASTAnetwork Magazine, Camping & Caravanning, Thomas Cook Magazine, Event, Travel Trade Gazette, The Business Travel Magazine, Advantage Travel, Travelmood, Halcyon Magazine (for Harrods Aviation), Escape Magazine, Journey Magazine, Other Shores, Postcards

National newspapers: The Observer, The Sunday Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Independent, The Independent on Sunday, i, The Guardian, The Times, The Evening Standard, The Irish Times, The Globe & Mail (Canada)

In-flight magazines: British Airways Highlife, easyJet Traveller, CityJet Magazine, Upward Curve

Websites/online: BBC Travel, Rough Guides, Click for Booking.com, TRVL, Wanderlust, National Geographic Traveller, CNN Travel, The Daily Telegraph, countrybycountry.com, Columbus World Travel Guides, Red Bull, Virgin Media, Sabotage Times, Sidetracked Magazine

Guides/Guidebooks: I’m a co-author of Rough Guides’ Make The Most Of Your Time On Earth (2015 edition and upcoming 2019 edition) and the Rough Guide to Australia (2014 edition). I’ve also contributed to Time Out guides to London, Buenos Aires, Scandinavia and Ghana.

Photos: My photos have appeared in newspapers (including The Observer, The Independent, The Times and The Irish Times) and magazines (including National Geographic Traveller, Wanderlust, TGO Magazine and France Magazine). I’m always happy to supply accompanying shots for a feature.

I’m a member of the British Guild of Travel Writers.

Email me: benlerwill@gmail.com