Hello and welcome to my online home. I’m a British travel writer, journalist and photographer living on the slopes of Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa. This website gives a taster of my work and adventures. I’ve been writing Lonely Planet guidebooks since 2005, a so-called job that has taken me everywhere from the Sahara to Siberia, and I’m the senior author of LP’s guides to South Africa, Turkey and Morocco. My travel articles regularly appear on the BBC Travel website and in publications worldwide.

People often ask how I landed my travel writing gig. Well, it began in Africa; West Africa to be exact. At the age of 13, while visiting family friends deep in the Guinean bush, witnessing the continent’s energy and anarchy was a formative experience. Over the following decade, I studied in Glasgow and Vancouver, deepened my travel appetite with student jaunts to eastern Europe and Nepal, took a postgraduate journalism course in London, and worked on magazine features desks. But I never forgot Africa; it was truly under my skin, and eventually I decided to return.

This time, I went overland: across the Sahara and along the River Niger to Timbuktu. The plan was to fill a bag in the sub-Saharan markets with CDs and cassettes of the wonderful local music. Four months later, having crossed Morocco, Mauritania, Senegal, the Gambia and Mali, I got back to London with more than just a bundle of poor-quality tapes. I was now determined to pursue a life of travelling, writing about it, and eventually getting paid for the results. I sold an article about staying with Senegalese griot musicians to the Guardian, and set my sights on Australia. After two years in Sydney, writing about travel, music and media for publications including the Australian newspaper, I landed my first Lonely Planet gig.

Given my African experience, my first LP assignment was to update the Togo and Benin chapters of the West Africa guide. Over the next half-decade, LP jobs in India, Ireland, Canada, America, the UK, Turkey, South Africa, China and Morocco followed. These days, as well as contributing to LP and Time Out guides, I write for publications from magazines to mobile apps. If you’re interested in getting into travel writing, this interview I did with the blog Write to Travel has information and advice.
Clifton 4th beach, Cape Town, South Africa
Makgadikgadi Pans, Botswana

Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player.

Get Adobe Flash player

Home     About me     Travel writing     Guidebooks     Teaching & media     Contact
AllRightReserved@jamesbainbridge.net - Website.Brad Briscoe