Sep 17th, 2017

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. I get energised by family, friends, 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 cup of tea, 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 enthusiasts to cultural tourists, tour operators and business travellers.

Commissions have sent me to destinations on all seven continents. The UK, Western Europe and the Far East 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.

Accolades

I’ve won various prizes and awards for my writing. Most recently, I won the Best Short Destination Feature category at the 2016 British Guild of Travel Writers Awards and was shortlisted for both the France Travel Media Awards 2017 and the AITO Travel Writer of the Year 2016. In the past, I’ve won Best Off-The-Beaten-Track Feature at the 2013 PSA Journalism Awards and Best UK Feature at the 2012 British Guild of Travel Writers Awards. I was also named a finalist in the 2012 Alberta Tourism Media Awards.

Publications

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

Consumer: National Geographic Traveller, Wanderlust, Time Out, CNN Traveller, TGO Magazine, France Magazine, National Geographic Traveller Family, Adventure Travel, BBC Countryfile, Destination Vacation, Conde Nast Traveller, 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, Conference & Incentive Travel, ASTAnetwork Magazine, Camping & Caravanning, Thomas Cook Magazine, Event, Selling Long Haul, Selling Short Breaks & Holidays, Travel Weekly, Travel Trade Gazette, The Business Travel Magazine, Advantage Travel, Travelmood, Escape Magazine, Journey Magazine, Other Shores, Postcards

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

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

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

Guides/Guidebooks: I’m a co-author of the Rough Guide to Australia (published 2014). 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