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Having explored parts of 57 countries, many on a tight budget, (including living on just £20 a day for a year), I am skilled at discovering wonderful places to visit and incredible restaurants to eat at all over the world.

I prefer slow travel to really immerse myself into the soul of a place and will always take a bus or train journey over a short flight when possible, even if that means taking a 25-hour bus journey across the centre of Brazil.

As a teenager, I spent my holidays working in a Latin-American handcraft store filled with nodding animals bought back from Peru, silver jewellery sourced in Brazil and day of the dead papier-mâché skeletons from Mexico. Being surrounded by these items really sparked my interest in travel, so after saving hard I took my first solo trip, at 19, to Guatemala, Belize and Mexico. Since then I seem to have developed an obsession with countries ending in 'a'—Bolivia, Cambodia, India and Guatemala are just a few of my favourites.

I graduated with a degree in journalism from London College of Communication and started my career working on magazines at the BBC before quitting the office life for a year of travel—of the 15 countries I visited, most were explored overland. Some highlights from the trip include watching a teaching by the Dalai Lama in the foothills of the Himalayas, exploring the world's largest salt flat, Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia and being completely overwhelmed by the magnificent power of Iguazu Falls on the Argentinian/Brazil border.

Since returning, I've taken many more trips, thankfully swapping budget hostels for artfully-designed small hotels and have written about some of my journeys for Harper's Bazaar, BBC Good Food, Mail Online, Oh magazine, woman&home, ELLE and Town & Country. Before its closure, some of my photography was featured in Lonely Planet Traveller.

Solo travel is my speciality and I'm happiest when hunting out great food while wearing flip flops, preferably somewhere hot.


  1. Lydia u r s modern dream dooer.
    It's possible that ur bio would be made into a movie, dear Lady

  2. That would be lovely! Thank you Gerry



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