I’ve been a pro travel writer for over 25 years, and I’ve travelled the world writing guidebooks for Rough Guides and Fodor’s, and travel features for newspapers, magazines, blogs and websites.
I’ve always told friends and family my travel stories, and shared travel tips and recommendations. When I started the blog, I liked the idea of keeping that personal element – telling people about travel experiences and travel-writing tips, just like I’d tell my friends.
So the idea is simple. If you find something inspiring, fascinating or useful on here, I’d love you to do just what my friends do, and tell everyone else – Jules Told Me!
A bit about me
I took my first solo trip around Europe when I was 17, and I’ve been travelling and writing professionally since I was 23 – and that’s a long time ago now.
I’ve written and edited lots (and I mean lots) of guidebooks, and if you’ve ever been to Spain, Portugal, Italy, Scandinavia, the UK, USA, Hong Kong or New Zealand you may even have had me along for the ride in your travelling bag. Here’s my Author Page on Amazon if you’d like to check me out.
I’ve gone backpacker-style and first class, climbed volcanoes, splashed in warm oceans, driven across Australia, helicoptered over the Niagara Falls and lived for a few years in Portugal. I’ve also been robbed, got lost, fallen in and off things, and eaten a jellyfish. Oh, and a puffin.
How Jules Told Me works
There are some great travel blogs and websites out there – everyone’s a travel writer these days, right? But have you ever read something and thought – hm, is it really like that? Ever wondered if you can trust those travel blogs to tell it like it is?
So here’s the deal.
I only write about places I’ve visited, and I only recommend restaurants, hotels, attractions and places that I have personally experienced. No desk research, no website curation, no ‘Top 17 Things to do in Guatemala’ (because I’ve never (yet) been there).
I take my own photographs, but when I need new or better images I get them from Flickr under Creative Commons licences.
I do exciting stuff, but I’m not a gung-ho extreme adventurer. I’ve been to lots of fascinating places, but I’m not ticking off countries or continents. I know a lot about the ins and outs of travel writing, but I can’t promise to make you a successful writer or blogger.
But I can:
- Tell you how to get started as a professional travel writer
- Introduce you to amazing destinations, from Laos to New Zealand
- Inspire you with fabulous photographs, from Ghana to Greece
- Show you how to write a killer travel blog or a hotel review
- Give you my travel tips, from doing laundry on the road to how to find a great restaurant
- Share stories about writing for top travel publishers like Rough Guides
For a quick look at me and my work, check out my YouTube channel trailer:
And remember, when anyone asks you how you found out, just say – Jules Told Me!