No doubt about it, this has been a shocking time for travel and the future of the industry still lies very much in the balance. However although our wings are still clipped for now, they won’t be so forever. In the meantime there are 5 inspirational female travel writers who can keep those dreams alive and on International Women’s Day, here they are.
Pip Jones is a UK based travel writer, podcaster and travel contributor for BBC radio. She has 2 travel websites Pip and the City and Wales Bucket List. After many years of travel adventures and unusual mishaps, Pip decided to create a travel website as a resource for people seeking travel advice from a travel expert.
Pip is a self-confessed ‘Career wanderluster that writes and podcasts her away around the world’. She says she can “Normally be found drinking coffee, typing an article and taking a selfie, all at the same time.’ Pip is also a presenter on Travel Radio and the host of the Travel Goals podcasts covering travel tips, destination inspiration & adventures.
Sophie Griffiths is the editor of the Travel Trade Gazette. This is a position Sophie has held since January 2017 after working her way up from joining as a news reporter in 2010. She says it’s a job she absolutely loves ‘Not just because every day is different – pre-pandemic one day I might be on a cruise ship interviewing the boss of the line about their newest ship, the next, hosting a discussion on diversity and inclusion and the next back in the office writing up an interview or analysing the news.’
You can find Sophie on the TTG Media website or on Twitter (where she says she can usually be found ‘Railing against the government and its lack of support for the travel industry’). Sophie is also on Instagram where she says her feed tends to be dominated by photos of her dog Bella and cat Tess. Quite right too!
Claire Robinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of Weekend Candy – an online magazine about incredible weekend breaks around the UK. She writes travel articles to inspire people to make the most of their two precious days off. The Weekend Candy website features 24 and 48hr guides to short breaks in the UK, fabulous places to stay, incredible places to eat and drink, as well as brilliant experiences to have.
What I love most about Claire apart from our shared love of gin, is that there’s a cheeky bit of endearing charm in everything she does and her posts are the epitome of travel bliss. I can 100% guarantee that you’ll be smiling from ear to ear after reading anything she writes and dreaming of that perfect post lockdown mini break. She’s on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
Lucy Dodsworth is a freelance writer and editor from Cheltenham in the UK. She started the On the Luce blog in 2011 to share travel stories, tip and photos. She is a member of the British Guild of Travel Writers and has an MSc Tourism, Heritage and Sustainability from the University of Glasgow.
Since she started writing, Lucy has been combining trips around Europe and beyond with local travels – starting a local site Explore the Cotswolds when 2020’s lockdowns put paid to international travel.
Lucy says that being in her 40s means she’s done her ‘Share of hostels and overnight buses, but I still travel on a mid-range budget, saving money to splurge on special experiences and touch of luxury.’ You can find out more about Lucy via her website. She is also on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
Finally, former Senior Feature Writer & Social Media Editor of Take a Break magazine, Kim Gregory is now a freelance award-winning journalist writing true life, lifestyle & travel. Some of Kim’s fascinating pieces include adventures to be had in Greece, revealing the secrets of the Philippines and a hilarious guide as to how to speak proper ‘Yorkshire’. If you can’t do the travel then you can most definitely dream it with Kim Gregory.
Hope you’re feeling as inspired as I am reading about these fabulous female travel writers. Happy International Women’s Day 2021!
Please do share your favourite female travel writers with me in the comments and give these lovely ladies a follow.