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Our writers
Secret Earth works with leading travel writers around the world. Our contributors write regularly for the quality press and must either live in, or specialise in, the destinations and subject areas they cover.
  • Terry Ward
  • Sue Watt
  • Scott Young
  • Will Tizard
  • Karl Baz
  • Mark Chipperfield
  • Lucy Gillmore
  • Annabelle Thorpe
  • Amar Grover
  • Jane Foster
  • Laura Dixon
  • Sara Manuelli
  • Mary-Ann Gallagher
  • Sarah Barrell
  • Joanna Walters
  • Natasha Edwards
  • Steve Roman
  • Jane Broughton
  • Yvonne Kerr
  • Francesca Syz
  • Fred Mawer
  • Vicky Baker
  • Alex Robinson
  • Rachel Howard
  • Tracey Davies
  • Nicki Grihault
  • Jeremy Seal
  • Richard Holmes
  • Dana Facaros
  • Ed Peters
  • Gary Bowerman
  • Emma Thomson
  • Rhiannon Batten
  • Rob Freeman
  • Valerie Waterhouse
  • Lisa Grainger
  • Lisa Johnson
  • Carolina Miranda
Terry Ward
Terry Ward
Terry Ward is a Florida-based freelance travel writer who specialises in culture, luxury and adventure travel (including scuba diving). She's a regular contributor to Endless Vacation Magazine, Travel Channel, Departures International and the New York Post, among other publications. She speaks French, Spanish, Dutch and some German. 
Favourite Place
Northern Norway in both summer and winter for the fjords, islands, Northern Lights, adventure camping, dog sledding, cod fishing, waffle eating and a million other reasons. 
Sue Watt
Sue Watt
Freelance travel writer Sue Watt has a passion for Africa, its wildlife and its people. She also specialises in Nepal and responsible tourism and is regularly published in UK press and magazines including The Independent, Independent on Sunday, The Telegraph, The Express, and Wild Travel and Travel Africa magazines. 
Favourite Place
Walking around the huge white dome of Bodhnath Stupa with Buddhist monks, Tibetans and tourists to the melodic chants of 'Om mani padme hum' is the perfect escape from Kathmandu's chaos.
Scott Young
Scott Young
Scott Young has spent the last 12 years in Budapest, where he writes for publications such as Eye Witness and Insight Guides, Fodors, In Your Pocket and Time Out, for whom he even penned a gossip column. He’s also involved in the buzzing production scene, as a character actor for film and TV shows.
Favourite Place
Scott loves seeking out authentic Asian food in Budapest. HeeHee has Chinese-only menus – and easily the best steamed dumplings and wonton soup in town.
Will Tizard
Will Tizard
Will Tizard is a former California crime reporter now based in Prague, covering film and media for Variety and travel and arts for a host on international publications including Time Out, National Geographic guides, Sunday Times Travel Magazine and The Telegraph.
Favourite Place
Trincomalee, Sri Lanka. Once besieged by the country's civil war, this beachfront remains mostly tourist free but is an important site for marine mammal research. A recent trip turned up five Bryde's whales.
Karl Baz
Karl Baz
Karl Baz is currently Publisher of Macmillan Publishing’s Nature Arabic Edition. When he writes, it’s often for someone in the Time Out family, the Macmillan family, various Dubai and GCC-based publications or just for himself. His favourite areas are travel, science, the publishing business and social satire.
Favourite Place
Guangzhou, China. Guangzhou may be the industrial heart of the country, but it has so many hidden archaeological gems and an incredibly buzzing nightlife. It's also where you can get the best massage in the world.
Mark Chipperfield
Mark Chipperfield
At 17, Mark Chipperfield ran away to sea and has been on the move ever since. Chipperfield Circus was one of Europe’s great family troupes, so it’s in his genes. Mark has been reporting on Australia and the Pacific for 25 years. His work mostly appears in The Telegraph (London), The Guardian and Condé Nast Traveller.
Favourite Place
The Wairarapa on New Zealand's North Island. Steeped in Maori legend, the region has untamed coastal landscapes, frontier-style townships and, of course, some of the world’s best pinot noir.
Lucy Gillmore
Lucy Gillmore
Lucy Gillmore was the deputy travel editor at The Independent before going freelance and specialising in travel and food for publications such as The Independent, The Guardian, The Times, BBC Countryfile, Food and Travel magazine, House & Garden, BA’s High Life magazine, Condé Nast Traveller, ELLE magazine and olive magazine.
Favourite Place
Her favourite city for just about everything – film star good looks, medieval wynds pungent with hops, overgrown graveyards, basement bars and bone-jarring cobbles – is Edinburgh.
Annabelle Thorpe
Annabelle Thorpe
Annabelle has worked as a travel writer for 15 years and currently writes for The Times, The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Daily Express and Sunday Times Travel magazine.  She is the author of two books, 52 Great British Weekends and Great British Beach Escapes and was voted one of the top 50 Travel Writers in the UK. 
Favourite Place
Her favourite destination is Turkey, from the hectic streets of Istanbul to the spectacular mountain-backed beaches of the Lycian coast.  
Amar Grover
Amar Grover
Amar Grover is a travel writer and photographer contributing to a variety of UK broadsheets and magazines including the Financial Times, The Independent, Geographical, Wanderlust and Country Life. He has travelled widely in the Indian subcontinent, China and South East Asia, the Middle East and North Africa. He particularly favours offbeat travel and trekking trips.
Favourite Place
Deep in the Indian Himalaya, Ladakh remains one of Amar's favourite destinations – a place where terrific scenery, distinct culture, striking monastic architecture, charming locals and even its intense light combine in a magnificent whole.
Jane Foster
Jane Foster
Based in Split, Dalmatia, Jane Foster specialises in Croatia, Montenegro and Greece. She is author of the Footprint Focus Guides to Dalmatia and Istria, and co-author of the DK Eyewitness Athens Top 10. She is the Dubrovnik and Athens expert for The Telegraph travel section, and writes for various in-flight magazines.
Favourite Place
Her favourite escape is a secret! It’s a tiny island with no hotels, ideal for pitching a tent overlooking a long golden-sand beach and deep blue sea.
Laura Dixon
Laura Dixon
Laura Dixon is a travel writer who specialises in writing about accommodation and Iceland. She has written for travel sites including i-escape.com and Redonline.com and regularly freelances for publications from The Guardian to National Geographic Traveller.
Favourite Place
Reykjavik gets me every time – the clean air, the Northern Lights, the kooky accent and its sheer mind-blowing nature.
Sara Manuelli
Sara Manuelli
Sara Manuelli writes on style, design and travel for numerous publications, including Wallpaper, The Guardian and The Independent. Her passion for food prompted her to write Cucina Romana (2005), a sumptuous cookery and travel book. She is also author of various guidebooks to Rome, where she grew up and lives.
Favourite Place
Sara's favourite snack place is Il Forno di Campo de Fiori in Rome, an old-fashioned bakery which serves delicious salty-white pizza.   
Mary-Ann Gallagher
Mary-Ann Gallagher
Mary-Ann Gallagher, who lives in Barcelona, has written and contributed to more than 30 guidebooks, most focusing on Spain. She has written for Footprint, Time Out, Dorling Kindersley, Wallpaper and other guidebook publishers, and her articles have appeared in several British newspapers, including The Independent, and The Telegraph
Favourite Place
One of Mary-Ann's favourite destinations is Palermo, the anarchic Sicilian capital, where she likes tucking into fantastic street food and exploring the ancient alleys of the Kalsa district. 
Sarah Barrell
Sarah Barrell
A Londoner born and bred, when Sarah isn't weaseling out the capital's latest corners of interest, she's usually bound for the big outdoors. She has a real passion for the Americas and has travelled coast-to-coast, Arctic to Andes. She writes for various British publications, is Associate Editor at National Geographic Traveller (UK) and Acting Travel Editor at Olive magazine.
Favourite Place
Sarah's 'special place' travel memory is a dawn excursion taken on a dugout canoe, paddling through a flooded forest, in Guyana, South America.
Joanna Walters
Joanna Walters
Joanna Walters is a British freelance journalist based in New York. Her travel features focus on wilderness activities and cities, sometimes with newsy angles. She has written for The Times, Sunday Times Travel Magazine, The Guardian, Observer, Dallas Morning News and Washington Post. She also reports news and general features.
Favourite Place
Delicate Arch, Utah. The entire red sandstone region covering northern Arizona (hello, Grand Canyon!) and southern Utah is mind-blowing but this improbable, enduring, unassuming, ancient beauty is stand-alone, exquisite heartbreak.
Natasha Edwards
Natasha Edwards
Natasha Edwards is an adopted Parisian who writes about contemporary art, food, travel and design and all the areas in between. A former editor of Time Out Paris, she is currently Paris expert for the Daily Telegraph travel section, a contributing editor for lifestyle magazine Surface, and writes for other travel publications including Condé Nast Traveller and Easyjet Traveller.
Favourite Place
Her favourite part of France (apart from Paris) is the Basque Country for sea, mountains, unique language and culture. Elsewhere she hesitates between memories of India and the skyscrapers-meet-nature and Star Ferries of Hong Kong.
Steve Roman
Steve Roman
San Francisco native Steve Roman is a journalist and travel writer who set down his backpack in Tallinn in the late-1990s and never managed to leave. He has written extensively for Berlitz, Insight Guides and the In Your Pocket city guide series, and is addicted to news production.
Favourite Place
His favourite hidden spot is a tiny, stone courtyard behind Tallinn's 13th-century Dominican Monastery. Covered in vines and often lit with candles, it's truly a Tolkien scene come to life.
Jane Broughton
Jane Broughton
Jane has been a freelance writer since 2000, always with a focus on food and travel. Assignments for Conde Nast House & Garden, BA High Life, Conde Nast Traveler (USA) and other titles have taken her to iconic destinations all over Southern Africa, East Africa and the Indian Ocean islands.
Favourite Place
Anywhere wild and remote – the empty, boulder-strewn beaches in Seychelles, Zambia’s South Luangwa valley with its giant ebony trees, or the pristine waterways of the Okavango Delta in Botswana.
Yvonne Kerr
Yvonne Kerr
Yvonne Kerr is a freelance editor, journalist and travel writer. Born in Ireland, Yvonne launched and edited Irish Country Living magazine in Ireland before moving to New Zealand in January 2013, where she writes for theNew Zealand Herald and contributes to various travel and health blogs.
Favourite Place
Yvonne's favourite city is Buenos Aires for its culture, food and language. For a nature break, it's Queenstown in NZ – for the mountain air and awesome scenery. 
Francesca Syz
Francesca Syz
After five years on staff at Condé Nast Traveller, Francesca went freelance, continuing to write for CNT and other titles including the Telegraph Magazine, in which she writes a weekly column and Sainsbury's Magazine, where she is Travel Editor. Her specialist areas include family travel, the UK, Ireland and the Americas.
Favourite Place
She blames all those Indiana Jones films, but Francesca really loves Guatemala. There's something unspeakably exciting about exploring the ruins of ancient Mayan cities buried deep in the jungle.
Fred Mawer
Fred Mawer
Fred Mawer has been writing about travel for 25 years. The places he loves, and writes about regularly, include Bath (where he lives), Pembrokeshire (where he often goes on “proper” holidays), Amsterdam and the Caribbean. He pens The Crafty Traveller column for the Mail on Sunday, and frequently contributes to The Daily Telegraph's travel pages.
Favourite Place
Whitesands Beach, Pembrokeshire - long, sandy, with great surfing, rock pools, and perfect for games of footie and cricket. I love it because my family knows it so well: returning to places is an important part of travel's allure.
Vicky Baker
Vicky Baker
Vicky Baker is a freelance travel writer, who specialises in South America after almost four years living in Argentina and numerous trips criss-crossing the continent. She writes for the Guardian, Sunday Times Travel Magazine, National Geographic Traveller, Rough Guides, Time Out and others.
Favourite Place
Tigre and the Paraná delta, near Buenos Aires. I'd often go with friends, hire kayaks, have an asado and feel a million miles away from the city.
Alex Robinson
Alex Robinson
Alex Robinson is an award-winning journalist and photographer based in the UK and Brazil. His work has appeared in magazines from Vanity Fair to the Sunday Times Travel magazine. He specialises in luxury travel, adventure and lifestyle photo reportage and bespoke documentary production for the travel and corporate industry.
Favourite Place
Pernambuco in Brazil. It's South America's undiscovered beach state – with the world's best Mardi Gras carnival (in Recife), gorgeous colonial towns bristling with baroque churches and hundreds of miles of coconut-shaded coves with creamy white sand.
Rachel Howard
Rachel Howard
Born in London and raised in Greece, Rachel Howard writes about travel, food and design for the likes of Condé Nast Traveller, National Geographic Traveller, How To Spend It, and Sunday Times Travel. She has written two best-selling guides: Secret London, An Unusual Guide and Secret London, Unusual Bars and Restaurants.
Favourite Place
Eating grilled octopus at Thalassaki taverna on Tinos, as the sun sets over the Cyclades islands... as Greek as it gets.
Tracey Davies
Tracey Davies
Tracey Davies is a well-travelled journalist who writes for Metro, The Independent, Sunday Express, and Family Traveller magazine. She specialises in independent and family travel, and the island of Ibiza.
Favourite Place
The rear deck of the Star Ferry, an ice-cold TsingTao in hand, watching Hong Kong Island turn pink as the sun sets.
Nicki Grihault
Nicki Grihault
Nicki Grihault is an award-winning travel writer and photographer. She spends much of her time covering off-the-beaten-track adventure and cultural travel, but has also written about everything from honeymoons to holistic holidays, wildlife to set-jetting for publications as varied as You & Your Wedding, Metro, TTG Luxury and handbag.com.  She is The Telegraph´s Mauritius expert. 
Favourite Place
It was on the huge snowy mountains surrounding tiny, remote Ammassalik, in Eastern Greenland, that I had my first taste of husky sledging. Travelling with Inuit hunters past mirror-like lakes, snow flying, was a far cry from Centreparcs. 
Jeremy Seal
Jeremy Seal
Jeremy Seal is an award-winning travel writer who specialises in Turkey and writes regularly on the country's life and culture for the Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph, Condé Nast Traveller and others. He is also the author of travelogues on Turkey including A Fez of the Heart (Picador, 1995) and Meander (Chatto, 2012).
Favourite Place
The lakeside ruins of Heraclea at Kapikiri, Bafa Lake, south west Turkey, a place of exquisite beauty. Specifically the blufftop gardens of the Kaya Pansiyon, with a glass of wine overlooking the beach and the ruin-strewn islands beyond.
Richard Holmes
Richard Holmes
Richard Holmes is a freelance writer based in Cape Town. He travels regularly across the region, with Botswana and Mozambique his favourite corners of southern Africa. He is a regular contributor to a wide range of travel, food and lifestyle magazines both in South Africa and abroad.
Favourite Place
Few places in Africa can match Botswana’s Okavango Delta for sheer unfiltered wilderness. It’s paradise for birders, and offers some of the finest luxury lodges on the continent.
Dana Facaros
Dana Facaros
Dana Facaros has written and co-written more than 35 travel guides and apps, mainly to Mediterranean destinations. She is a frequent contributor to the Sunday Times Travel Magazine.
Favourite Place
Dana's favourite place is the Greek island of Ikaria, where her father comes from and where the parties last until noon the next day.
Ed Peters
Ed Peters
Ed Peters has been based in Asia for much of his working life – Nepal , Korea , Brunei and Thailand, but principally Hong Kong . He writes regularly for Condé Nast Traveller, The Telegraph, Sphere and the South China Morning Post, and has edited numerous hotel guides and the inaugural guide to Asia's private villas.
Favourite Place
Ed is happy travelling anywhere, but by choice would hole up halfway between the bookshelves and the cake stand at Driving Creek Café, outside Coromandel in New Zealand. 
Gary Bowerman
Gary Bowerman
Gary Bowerman specialises in China and Asia Pacific, and is co-founder of Scribes of the Orient, an Asia-based editorial services agency. He is a regular contributor to Condé Nast Traveller, and recently authored tourism analysis reports for Mintel South East Asia and Australasia. He is currently working on a 2014 Myanmar report.
Favourite Place
Calcutta’s cultural and visual diversity is unforgettable – a mesmerizing city defined by its learned history and the grandiosity of its colonial architecture as well as the overcrowding and urban poverty. Today, however, there is a hint of renaissance.
Emma Thomson
Emma Thomson
Emma Thomson is an award-winning travel writer and photographer. She specialises in adventure travel and off-the-beaten-track destinations, and has written for publications including The Independent, National Geographic Traveller and Wanderlust. She is also author of the Bradt Guide to Flanders.
Favourite Place
Sierra Leone – for its fortitude, undiscovered beaches and GBP2 lobster dinners!  
Rhiannon Batten
Rhiannon Batten
Born in Yorkshire, brought up in Hong Kong and the Welsh Borders and a long-time resident of Scotland, journalist Rhiannon Batten is now settled (she hopes) in Somerset. She specialises in green travel, design and food and has written for The Guardian, The Independent, ELLE, National Geographic and olive magazine, where she is travel editor.
Favourite Place
The Kungsleden long-distance footpath, in Swedish Lapland, features rugged peaks, reindeer, rustic saunas and wooden bunkbeds plump with pillows and duvets; a typically Scandinavian mix of cosiness, style and glorious wilderness.
Rob Freeman
Rob Freeman
Over many winters Rob Freeman has written about ski resorts great and small. He was for many years a senior journalist on the Daily Mail and now writes on travel for national newspapers, websites, and adventure and airline magazines. A qualified ski instructor, he is also deputy editor of The Skier and Snowboarder.
Favourite Place
A second home has been St Anton am Arlberg, one of the greatest ski resorts – the village lives and breathes skiing and each day brings the tang of adventure in the crystal air.
Valerie Waterhouse
Valerie Waterhouse
Valerie Waterhouse is a regular contributor to Travel + Leisure, writing mostly about Italy. She co-authored the 2013 Wallpaper* City Guide: Florence and is currently editing the 2015 edition of Time Out: Milan. She is also writing a guide to the Alpine region of Valtellina for Italian publisher VEL, due out in 2014-15.
Favourite Place
Sicily – which has everything from the world’s best chocolate (in Modica) to a spectacularly active volcano (Etna) to stylish B&Bs surrounded by orange groves – where breakfast can be plucked from the trees.
Lisa Grainger
Lisa Grainger
Lisa Grainger writes for The Times, The Daily Telegraph, Conde Nast Traveller and glossy magazines from American Departures to Ultratravel, of which she is deputy-editor. When she’s not writing about luxury, she’s travelling, mostly in Africa, across which she hiked to compile a book of African myths, Stories Gogo Told Me, in aid of the charity CAMFED.
Favourite Place
My bed at night; it's so lovely waking up and knowing where I am for a change! If not there, then Laucala in Fiji will do me nicely.
Lisa Johnson
Lisa Johnson
Lisa Johnson is a freelance travel and spa writer and regular contributor to Condé Nast Traveller, House & Garden, Red and Red Online. She has also written for other publications including First Life, The Telegraph, The Guardian and Metropolitan.
Favourite Place
I love extremes: the snowscapes of the Arctic, the deserts of Oman, the shores of Mozambique. In the UK, Sennen in Cornwall and Applecross in Scotland are close to my heart.
Carolina Miranda
Carolina Miranda
Carolina A. Miranda is a cultural journalist in Southern California covering art, architecture and travel – from modern design in Miami to the cuisine scene of Lima, Peru. A former staff reporter at TIME, her work appears in ARTnews, Architect, and Travel & Leisure. She is also a contributor for National Public Radio.
Favourite Place
Carolina is enthralled by places where daily life is lived. Downtown Lima, with its honking grid of medieval streets, is a favourite – full of colonial-era mansions reborn as print-shops and crowded eateries.