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The first guidebook I researched was The Rough Guide to Malaysia, Singapore & Brunei in 1997, covering all of peninsular Malaysia. I was then commissioned to co-author the first editions of The Rough Guide to Japan and The Rough Guide to Tokyo; the Japan guide won the Travelex Guidebook of the Year in 2000 as well as a Japan Festival Fund prize.

In 1999 I started working for Lonely Planet, covering Kazakhstan for their Central Asia guide and restaurants for their Out to Eat Sydney guide. I’ve since written and contributed over 50 titles for Lonely Planet include their Russia, Trans-Siberian Railway, Cape Town, South Africa, Myanmar, Korea, Seoul and Malaysia, Singapore & Brunei guides.

Other guidebook publishers I’ve worked for include Time Out, Thames & Hudson for their StyleCity series, Insight, AA Publishing, Frommer’s, Fodor’s and the second edition of Workman’s 1000 Places to See Before You Die.


I began my career in journalism working for Which? published by the Consumers’ Association in the UK. I’ve since written for many magazines around the world including:

Australia: Belle, In the Black, Travel & Leisure, Delicious, Qantas, Choice and the Australian Financial Review Magazine.

Japan: Eat Magazine, Metropolis, Tokyo Journal and Kansai Time Out.

UK: Lonely Planet Traveller, BBC History Magazine, Travel Africa, Geographical and Time Out.

USA: National Geographic Traveler and Ski Magazine.

I was also a commissioning editor and writer for The X Factor, a partwork magazine on the paranormal, UFOs, world mysteries and cover-ups published by Marshall Cavendish in the UK.


Australia: Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian, The Australian Financial Review, Adelaide Advertiser, Sun Herald.

UK: The Guardian, The Independent, Daily Telegraph, The Times, The Sunday Times.

Japan & Hong Kong: The Japan Times, The Nikkei Weekly, South China Morning Post.


My digital work has included features for the following websites:

The following are links to a couple of blogs I created for Lonely Planet projects:

I’m a contributor to the travel planning site Triporati and have created Singapore: The Savvy Guide app for Sutro Media.