We're assembling one of the most experienced international teams of professional travel writers in the world and and we've convinced them to reveal the places they recommend to their friends.
Born and raised in south east London, Gary now finds himself a dual British-Belgian national having lived in Dubai and Bern, then Brussels for the past 20 years. Next stop, the south of France where he plans to nest among the cicadas. Gary has written for Middle East Travel, Great Hospitality, Expatica, British Airways, and Brussels Airlines. For years he commissioned and edited the Time Out City Guide to Brussels, which helped him finally learn the difference between stoemp and schtroumpf.
Born in Wales to Italian parents, Yolanda Zappaterra's wanderlust was inevitable, despite (or maybe because of) the annual hair-raising childhood car trips across the Italian Alps. She now lives in east London, with frequent breaks to Spain, Italy and um, Norfolk, and writes books and articles about travel, architecture, food and the arts, as befits her Italian heritage. Creating dumb cereal faces for her Instagram account, taking long urban walks, going to the movies, puzzling over conceptual art shows and watching good television is also a passion (that last one's clearly not related to her Italian heritage).
Lauren is an Amsterdam-based writer, charting the highs and lows of relocating from South London with three kids and a lawyer on her blog Amsterfam. She also writes a column for lifestyle website A Life Loved and boasts the Dutch fluency level of a confident preschooler (albeit one who can order a latte). Lauren explores beyond the usual tourist traps to reveal the Amsterdam gems that the locals recommend, as well as trips further into The Netherlands and beyond.
A dual British and Canadian citizen, Caroline grew up in the UK now lives in Switzerland. She spent many years writing about London’s theatre scene before moving into travel writing for publications including The Independent, BBC Travel, The Telegraph and Time Out Switzerland. These days she’s mostly found hiking or skiing on Swiss mountains, visiting local festivals and eating cheese.
Sarah Guy has written about London – and further afield – for many years, covering everything from restaurants and shops to architecture and walks. While working at Time Out she commissioned and edited hundreds of books, from travel guides to photography collections; for several years she was the editor of the Time Out Guide to Eating & Drinking in London. She is the author of London for Dogs (2017), and is currently writing a book about the English seaside.
Travel expert and former Editor-in-Chief of hugely influential inflight destination magazine Let's Go with Ryanair, Ramsay Short gets around. He is a contributing writer for Condé Nast Traveler US, the founding editor of Time Out Beirut, author of The Hedonist’s Guide to Beirut, and has had his work published in The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, the Financial Times magazine, BA High Life, and New York Magazine, among many others. Currently based out of London, Ramsay starred with Anthony Bourdain as his guide on three episodes of his No Reservations and Parts Unknown programmes for the Travel Channel and CNN. Ramsay is a travel consultant for the Gerson Lehrman Group, and publishes the online travel journal, Hike To The Moon. He is also creative director and editor-in-chief of The Sounder, an arts journal for Beirut independent bookstore Papercup. When he’s not writing, you can find him mixing funk, disco and soul at vinyl parties across the globe as part of DJ crew, the Beirut Groove Collective.
Emma's travels began with a solo trip to Kenya aged 15. Frankly, it was far too young and really scary. But far from putting her off, it gave her the bug. Since then she has travelled the world for work and pleasure and written about a lot of it for various publications including Time Out, The Guardian, The Independent and takethefamily.com. Emma is a founding member of the Need To Know Club and its Editor.
Dave is lucky enough to travel often both for work and pleasure. He seeks out the places that locals know and love. Dave worked at Time Out from 2013 to 2015 and is a founding member of the Need To Know Club.
A year in Washington DC as an impressionable student and four years in Cairo as a newspaper subeditor left Ros Sales with enduring enthusiasms for US and Middle Eastern travel, cultures and politics. Work as a Time Out travel guides editor took her to destinations as diverse as Istanbul, Marrakech and San Francisco. These days she’s based in east London and south Manchester and loves long walks in and around both, preferably discovering somewhere great for lunch along the way.
Rob Martin is a writer, photographer and cultural marketing consultant based in Manchester, UK. He's worked with Time Out, Manchester International Festival, reviews films for Starburst magazine, is a Fellow of the RSA and likes nothing more than travelling or walking his English Bull Terrier, Dusty.
Niki Boyle is an Edinburgh-based writer and editor whose work has appeared in Time Out, The Scotsman and The List. When he's not watching movies, going clubbing or scoping out new bars to frequent, you're most likely to find him annoying the neighbours with his drum kit or walking his Border Terrier, Pablo.
East Londoner born and bred, with family ties to Italy and Ireland, Jan Fuscoe began her writing career at Time Out with bar, restaurant, hotel and occasional film reviews. Jan has also edited travel guides including Time Out's Naples & the Amalfi Coast and Italy: Perfect Places. Factfile: Urban gardener who keeps bees (who doesn’t?). Latest book: Skylines (with chum Yolanda Zappaterra).
Ashleigh Arnott is Features Editor at Waitrose Food Magazine. She has previously been Editor of Itchy City Guides (RIP) and the Things to Do section of Time Out London. Ashleigh has a photographic memory that only works for pubs and is never not hungry.
Tim has had a varied career. As former Creative Director of Virgin Money he was responsible for the bank's marketing, brand, customer experience, external communications and digital departments. Before his slightly odd swerve into financial services he was the Global CEO of Time Out, after spending two years as the Editor-in-Chief of Time Out London. Prior to this, he was CEO of Cardboard Citizens, a charity that uses drama to inspire homeless people to make positive change in their lives. Tim has had a novel and a non-fiction book published as well as over 20 plays produced. He often presents on BBC Radio London and is a regular on the speakers circuit, talking about creativity and innovation and how to create brands that people love. He has a gorgeous daughter Caitlin, an American wife Amber and a loony dog Baker. He was also voted second best male burlesque dancer in 2009, but that's another story.
Jenni’s fascination with food has seen her travelling from Shinjuku soba houses to Umbrian olive groves and the wine estates of Stellenbosch, producing cookbooks and guides along the way. These days, she’s mostly found in London, Bath, or Sydney, which she visits often to see family, but the years of reviewing have led to her consulting for some of the biggest names in the restaurant world.
A dual American-British citizen and native New Yorker, Lisa grew up in Boston and lived in London before moving to back to NYC. She has edited and contributed to numerous Time Out travel, shopping and lifestyle guides, and written for various magazines and newspapers. She’s equally fascinated by urban archaeology and dramatic natural landscapes, and loves discovering odd corners and obscure facts about destinations. A connoisseur of public transportation, she regrets that her inability to drive limits her opportunities for road trip, but she recently amazed her family by taking a public bus from LAX to Santa Monica.
Sierra Vandervort is a New Orleans local, freelance journalist, yoga teacher and published author. She’s been exploring and writing about the world around her for over eight years - and hopes for more to come! Her main areas of coverage include travel, music, lifestyle, holistic health and wellness. Off the clock she’s a herbal enthusiast, dog mom and master guacamole maker. You can find more of her work at thelocalmystic.com
A regular contributor of travel content to The Guardian, National Geographic Traveller, The Telegraph, Prima and a wide array of other publications, Manchester-based journalist Rhonda Carrier is also the head of content for leading family travel website takethefamily.com and commissioning editor for the charity Kids in Museums. Many of her adventures around the globe involve her three sons. She is also incredibly greedy and loves writing about food.
Bella Todd is an arts and culture journalist who has lived in Brighton since her early 20s – and finds it the perfect city for pretending you’re still in them. After a spell at Time Out London, the South Coast lured her back to edit a Brighton listings magazine. She has written for publications including The Guardian and Guardian Guide, The Stage, i-D, Metro, Tatler and Collectively, and in 2015 she wrote and edited the guidebook, Time Out Brighton Shortlist. The South Coast’s cultural scene is her playground. Since having two sons she has also become a bit of a connoisseur of actual playgrounds.
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