A brief history: I was born and bred in Sheffield, in northern England, which keen listeners will hear from my flat vowels. After school, I spent four years studying English Literature and History at the University of Edinburgh, an experience that taught me – amongst other things – how to battle through horizontal rain and to swear like a Scot (often at the same time).
I travelled before and after university, volunteering at conservation projects in Ecuador and Australia on the first occasion, and then backpacking around China, SE Asia, Fiji and the US.
After a year of working in Melbourne and Sydney, I moved back to the UK in 2012 and spent the following five years in London. In January 2017, I decided it was time for a change of scenery (and some sunshine), and relocated to Cape Town.
My first adventure was spending three months in Ecuador when I was 18, having been inspired by geography lessons (yes, inspired by geography lessons) about the Amazon jungle. During my time in Ecuador, I stayed on a hill station on the Galápagos Islands, lived on a farm in the Amazon rainforest for six weeks and travelled to Quito, Otavalo and the Cloud Forest. I learnt a lot and the experience genuinely shaped my future. From then on, travel was my focus, first as a pastime and lifestyle, then later as a career.
During and after university, I gained journalism work experience in Trivandrum, India, completed two internships with the BBC in both Manchester and London, and interned at a financial magazine in Sydney. In London, I freelanced for broadcasters, travel companies and media outlets for a couple of years before eventually settling into a permanent job, managing the content and marketing team at luxury travel company, Jacada Travel. I won my first writing awards and was also selected as one of TTG’s 30 under 30 in 2015.
At the beginning of 2017, I moved to Cape Town, South Africa, as the managing editor of Jacada Travel’s The Explorer magazine.
Here in the Mother City, I take advantage of being surrounded by mountains and vines – hiking, trail running and ruining all that wholesomeness at some of the country’s best vineyards.
I am most interested in conservation stories, emerging destinations, responsible luxury travel, areas of wilderness, inspiring people, and wildlife.
I take freelance work alongside my day job and can be contacted for any commissions, projects or just to chat here.
IN THE PRESS
Are we witnessing the return of the travel agent? – Vogue – July 2017
What’s shaking up the travel industry – Positive Luxury – June 2016
How to plan the best summer vacation – Teen Vogue – May 2016
Honeymoon ideas and advice – Responsible Travel – January 2016
30 under 30: meet Jacada Travel’s rising star – TTG – December 2015
The world’s best-designed hotels – Travel + Leisure – September 2015
Maybe it’s that glittering chandelier hanging in the lobby, or the cool claw-foot tub in your hotel bathroom. “Aesthetics, and thoughtful details, have a lot to do with drawing guests back to a hotel,” says Heather Richardson, the marketing and editorial director at Jacada, a London-based safari and tour operator.
Thanks to social media, though, such details can also be irresistible in terms of another kind of instant gratification. “Travel has also become quite competitive,” Richardson admits. “People want to post photos that inspire their friends and family.”