The Travel Journo – A UK Lifestyle, Food & Travel Blog
Are you new here? If so, hello, and thanks for visiting my corner of the internet – a lifestyle, food and travel blog known as The Travel Journo. Here, you’ll find posts about stylish and enriching travel experiences, intriguing places and a whole load of places to eat, drink, get pampered and enjoy life, in London, the UK and around the world.
I’m Lucy, a freelance travel writer based in the UK and member of the British Guild of Travel Writers. I launched this travel blog in 2013 and recently moved to Hertford with my husband, BC, after living and working in London for eight years.
Originally, a newspaper journalist for the Manchester Evening News, I was one of those roving reporters who was sent out by my editor to knock on doors and to never return without finding a story. I picked up the 02 Feature Writer of the Year Award for my various articles on joining the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, being a ‘crash victim’ for the local fire brigade and pretending to be Chris Hoy at the Manchester velodrome. But my mind was always on being a top travel writer – even more so when I travelled to Barbados in 2010 and discovered my love for Friday night ‘liming’, rum (lots of), beautiful sunsets and island safaris in the Caribbean.
Since moving to London in 2010, I’ve worked for various publications including Escapism, Foodism, Hedge, Square Mile, Rough Guides, DK Travel, SUITCASE and Formula Life and written on travel for various inflight publications, blogs and wedding magazines. I’ve been a Huffington Post Blogger and I’m the former Brand Journalist for Virgin Holidays where I edited the company blog and iPad magazine. I now regularly write about entrepreneurial life for Virgin.com – you can get the full low down on my journalism career at LucyMcGuire.com.
Where have you travelled?
My travels have taken me to the Americas, Europe, the Far East, Australia, the Middle East and many islands in the Caribbean. This includes Jamaica, where I got married in 2016. At the end of 2016 I also took a three month trip through eastern and Southern Africa which turned out to be one of the best travel experiences I’ve had in my career so far.
What kind of travel stories do you cover?
This lifestyle and travel blog covers everything from luxury spa and hotel reviews, to adventure, wellbeing and food-focused travel. The journalist will never escape me and I am always in search of a story behind each destination. I find the most enriching travel experiences are those where the unexpected happens or you discover intriguing cultures and inspirational people. There’s always something you haven’t yet discovered in this big wide world.
What will I find on The Travel Journo?
The Travel Journo covers reviews, rounds ups (of things I’ve experienced), reflective pieces on travel, ramblings about freelance life, recommendations of interesting places to go in London and beyond – and interviews with interesting people I meet along the way.
Where does your photography come from?
Much of the photography you see on this site has been taken with an iPhone, Sony a5000 or Nikon SLR. I’m a true believer that you can get some amazing photography with your smartphone. You may see a lot of photography on here credited to OhSoLondon from before the blog was rebranded. You will also occasionally see stock photos I use from Flickr and Pexels.
What happened to Oh So London and Oh So Hitched?
I had a lot of fun writing Oh So Hitched – a sister blog to Oh So London that I wrote while I was planning my destination wedding in the Caribbean. But as your life evolves, so does your blog, and I made the decision to merge Oh So Hitched with Oh So London in 2016 to focus on travel blogging.
Then at the beginning of 2017, I decided to rebrand the blog and created The Travel Journo, to better reflect my travel writing career.
While I no longer feature content about weddings per se, I do still write on honeymoon travel and have all you wedding couples in mind when I am seeking out romantic travel experiences and special places to stay. I also still write for wedding publications so please get in touch if you are looking for honeymoon features. You can find lots of honeymoon travel inspiration here.
Do you guest post for other blogs?
I have written for a couple of blogs and websites before, including The Travel Hack, About Time Magazine, Luxe in a City, Love this City and the Time Out London Blog. I also provide tips and comments for various travel companies and London blogs from time to time. If you have your own travel blog and you are interested in me guest posting for your site, please get in touch! I’m always looking for new travel bloggers to work with.
Do you take guest blog posts?
If you are an established travel blogger or journalist with your own site and would like to do a Q&A for my people section, please drop me a note at Lucy_McGuire@hotmail.co.uk. However, please note, I do not take any other types of guest blogs so please do not contact me unless you are interested in the Q&A. I can’t answer every email I receive, but I will try and get back to you if I can feature you.
Do you make money from this blog?
I make a small amount of money from this blog through sponsored posts and social media content. Most of my income comes from travel writing. If the post you are reading is marked Sponsored post or In Association with, this means I have received payment for featuring this content on this site. If I receive a press trip or review of a spa, restaurant or hotel on a complimentary basis, this is disclosed at the bottom of the post. You can always expect a fair and honest account in every case. For further details, you can read my full disclosure and editorial policy here.
Do you accept sponsored content?
The above answers this – yes, I do occasionally accept sponsored content and I occasionally use affiliate links on this site. I will not however, consider the use of ‘follow’ links for payment – so please do not contact me about this. Please do get in touch if you are interested in collaborating on unique travel or lifestyle content which I can personalise and make relevant to my readers. I will rarely accept content that has been published elsewhere.
Alternatively, if you are interested in working on a campaign together, please get in touch. I will always be transparent to my readers if content has been paid for or I have teamed up with a company for financial gain.
Where have you been recently and where are you off to next?
One of my most noteworthy trips recently was to eastern and southern Africa where I spent three months travelling through Kenya, Zambia, Tanzania (and Zanzibar) and South Africa. Since then, I have also travelled to Turkey, the Canary Islands, various UK destinations and Florida. If you are an editor looking to commission travel pieces from me, please get in touch.
As I am about to have my first baby, my travels for 2018 are not yet confirmed however my next adventure is never far away and I will no doubt be planning some trips with our new family member in tow very soon. If you are interested in collaborating on some family travel content, or have any other questions about The Travel Journo, please do get in touch – you can email me on Lucy_McGuire@hotmail.co.uk.