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Travel Guide Writer - Dream Job?

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Fancy getting paid to travel? Sounds like the dream job. Guidebook writing is often seen as a glamorous profession, with writers gallivanting around the globe visiting major sights, writing about local cuisine and reviewing the odd dune buggy ride. But guidebook writing has its challenges. At our March 11th event, a panel of three travel guide writers/editors will bring us to the world of travel and guidebook writing, shedding light on what it’s really all about.


Kiki Deere began her travel-writing career shortly after graduating in French and Spanish from Trinity College, Cambridge. Her first guidebook assignment involved travelling in southern Guatemala to research The Rough Guide to Central America on a Budget; she has since worked on dozens of travel titles including The Rough Guide to Italy and The Rough Guide to the Philippines. She also writes for a number of print and online publications from UK nationals to inflight magazines.

Lottie Gross is the web editor at Rough Guides. After some interning at travel publishing houses she got her first freelance travel writing commission while still studying. Shortly before graduating in Multimedia Journalism at Bournemouth she started at Rough Guides as the online editorial assistant and has since worked her way up the ranks. She still freelances for a variety of publications and recently contributed to her first guidebook: The Rough Guide to Europe on a Budget.

Rebecca Hallett studied Japanese at King’s, graduating in 2013 and going straight into the Christopher Davis Editorial Internship at Dorling Kindersley. She worked in the travel section – which is comprised of both DK Eyewitness Guides and Rough Guides – for three months, before becoming Rough Guides’ Editorial Assistant, a role which she continued until being promoted to Travel Editor a year later. Now she works as an editor on a list of UK, Caribbean and Central and South American titles, and writes on a freelance basis for

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