Here are profiles of just some of the contributors to Global Travel Writers. All the members of GTW are available for assignment as either travel writers, photographers or both. If you’re a commissioning Editor, please contact the following members direct to discuss story ideas.
Philip Game has been an active travel writer since 1992, but an enthusiastic traveller since his sixteen-year-old hitch-hiking treks around his native Tasmania. As an expatriate resident in the United Arab Emirates, he had the unique opportunity to explore the desert tracks of eastern Arabia. He has lived and travelled widely in the USA in 1995 and more recently in Britain, and is a Member of the Australian Society of Travel Writers. His articles and images have been published in more than 30 countries.
Karen Halabi: A seasoned editor, journalist, sub-editor and photographer, she has written about travel or edited other people’s work for much of her career in magazines and newspapers. She has edited three Australian travel magazines, an upmarket lifestyle magazine and deputy editor of the newspaper, Sydney Weekly. Currently based in Los Angeles, Karen provides stories and images on international destinations to a diverse range of publications from The Sun Herald, Traveller, Escape and the Sunday Times to inflights such as Silver Kris, Morning Calm Jetstar and Emirates’ Open Skies. See her blog, TheLuxuryTraveller.
Sally Hammond is an award-winning food and travel journalist who has written many guides, directories and cookbooks. She is the author of the Australian Regional Food Guide and together with photographer husband Gordon runs the international blog, Food and Travel. Her travel writing is regularly published in leading newspapers and magazines in Australia and abroad. Sally has written numerous books, including Bamboo, Playing Chopsticks and Pardon My French. She describes herself as a ‘travel junkie’, explaining that she travels to support her ‘habit’.
Fiona Harper is a highly acclaimed freelance travel writer / photographer with a penchant for travel and boating and lifestyles. Posed the question in her early days of travelling ‘is it better to travel than to arrive?’ Fiona has spent a lifetime researching the answer. If it involves water or the outdoors, there’s a good chance Fiona will be there with bells on! A career gypsy travelling for most of the year, Fiona’s office when she’s at home is on the shores of the Great Barrier Reef in Cairns. A member of the Australian Society of Travel Writers, Fiona manages the Australian Marinas Guide, and Travel Boating Lifestyle websites as well as contributing travel, boating and lifestyle articles to print and web publications. Visit Fiona Harper’s website for sample articles and images.
Thomas E. King: Thomas E. King is the Executive Editor of Media East Pty Ltd, a 33 year old international editorial agency providing commissioned (only) illustrated features on leisure destinations and golf venues to mass circulation and specialist publications in Australia and Asia. He specialises in writing about Asia with a concentration on India, a country he has visited nearly 30 times. He has been a member of the Australian Society of Travel Writers for some 30 years.
Sheriden Rhodes: was named the 2002 Australian Society of Travel Writers/Air NZ Travel Writer of the Year (Trade/Industry). Sheriden specialises in the business of travel – covering the travel trade, business travel, aviation, cruise, hotel and MICE sectors. She has a passion for writing about what makes the travel industry tick, as well as its personalities. Sheriden has worked on leading travel industry titles – Traveltrade NZ, Traveltrade Australia, Travel Week, mice.net and OAG Flight Guide (Asia Pacific).
Graham Simmons is a travel writer/photographer, based in Sydney, and a Member of the Australian Society of Travel Writers. He started travel writing in an attempt to get away from himself. It didn’t work. He now says that “travel is a cure for which there is no known disease”. Browse or search his online photographic portfolio.
Tricia Welsh is a career journalist, specialising in travel and food for more than 20 years. She has written about elephant polo in Thailand, tea-tasting in the Sri Lankan highlands, hot-air ballooning over the Nile Valley, camping under the stars in the Kimberleys and cruising the icy waters of the Antarctic. She has lived in London, Greece and Germany, and has travelled to all seven continents, but is happiest with sun on her back, finding any excuse to leave her Melbourne home each winter for the northern hemisphere, a tropical island or the Outback.
Bob Fisher is a Canadian travel journalist, editor, retired educator, and a former marketing manager at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Travel Media Association of Canada, and is currently also a member of the World Federation of Journalists and Travel Writers.