Aug 3rd, 2020

More about me

I’ve been working in travel writing since my late 20s. Prior to this I lived and worked in Brighton, London, France, Australia and China.

When I’m not losing biros on hillsides, 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 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 titles. Hiking, rail journeys, wildlife, city-breaks, cycling, history and off-the-beaten-track destinations are all areas of special interest. City, coast or countryside, I’ll always try to find you a fresh angle.

Awards

Awards: Best Art & Culture Feature, France Travel Media Awards 2019; Best UK Feature, British Guild of Travel Writers Awards 2018; Best European Feature, British Guild of Travel Writers 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: British Guild of Travel Writers Awards 2019 (three categories); Travel Media Awards 2019; 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

In 2019, I was a judge for the Australian Society of Travel Writers’ Travel Journalism Awards for Excellence.

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, Country Walking, 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, TNT, Real Travel, The Nightwatchman (Wisden Cricket Quarterly), Rugby World, FourFourTwo, Champions, Q Magazine, Original Gravity

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

Trade/customer: The Journey (for YHA England & Wales), ABTA Magazine, Selling Travel, Travel Weekly, ASTAnetwork Magazine, Camping & Caravanning, Event, Travel Trade Gazette, Advantage Travel, Travelmood, Escape Magazine, Journey Magazine, Other Shores, Postcards

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 (2019 and 2015 editions) 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