I’m an author and travel writer based in Devon. You can find my feature writing in print and online or read about my travels in my book, In Bed with the Atlantic.
In 2014 I left the UK on my 32ft yacht, Berwick Maid. Sailing double-handed for three years, I travelled 18,000 miles to Panama and back. In Bed with the Atlantic is my first book, a travel memoir.
It can be easy to think that travel is some sort of perpetual paradise.
It’s easy to think that changing your location for one that more resembles a postcard will change who you are and make you a better person.
In Bed with the Atlantic contains a series of beautiful locations and it contains a change within me. But the things I learnt about myself, about travel and capability were not down to palm-lined beaches.
Over 18,000 miles I fought myself, the weather and the sea. Somewhere out there though, I realised that you cannot fight the wind and the waves. You need to cross oceans, not try to move them. And I realised that I couldn’t fight myself either.
So this book isn’t just a parade of pretty places. It’s about learning to work with what you’ve got and almost always finding that it’s more than enough.
In Bed with the Atlantic
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Adventure Travel Writing
I’ve been writing for travel publications for eight years. From SurfGirl and Yachting Monthly to Matador Network and The Guardian, I love to show how even the simplest of adventures can be life-affirming .
Whether it’s going for a walk across the fields nearby or embarking upon a multi-year voyage, adventure is everywhere. It’s stepping outside of your comfort zone and really seeing the world around you.
My travel writing is an honest reflection of how I find the places I visit and the emotions they evoke. I love micro-travel writing – focusing on the tiniest of experiences and bringing them to life.
It’s easy to draw vast conclusions based on what we’ve read or heard about a place. And it’s easy to draw conclusions about our own abilities without ever having tried something.
Through my writing, I aim to inspire others to get out of their comfort zone and interact with the natural world in a way that perhaps readers don’t realise they can. I write often about being in the Great Outdoors. Because it really, truly is great.
You can read some of my articles on my cuttings page.
There is no universal experience When I was 20, I backpacked across the US from Chicago to Los Angeles over two months. My best friend and I volunteered on tiny organic farms and caught trains and buses across eight states. All of our friends said the same thing....
I arrived in British Columbia in early autumn after having lived in the tropics and subtropics for a year. I’d left the UK the previous year and sailed south. I’d been to countless Caribbean islands, lived in the mangrove jungles of Panama and sailed across an ocean....
Lightning at sea makes you pray to the gods We’re only two days out from the Bahamas on a month long ocean crossing to Europe, when the lightning starts. It’s midnight and the wind has been howling for hours. Now, it’s ceased almost entirely. It’s...
Without much time for flexibility, I decided that the Easter Bank Holiday weekend was the ideal time to climb Pen y Fan for the first time in about seven years. The night before I drove up to Wales, I read news reports that there were two miles of cars parked along...
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Sailing with Dolphins
Dolphins turn up when you need them most. They turn up at dawn and sunset. They turn up in huge waves and escort you across the scary seas. They are the most joyful of travelling companions.