Diary of a travel journalist

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A glimpse into the life of a travel writer


Earlier this week I was in Waterloo for the opening of the Park Plaza London Waterloo – the biggest hotel opening in London for 2017.

The next night I was underneath the Old Union Yard Arches in Southwark to celebrate the 45th anniversary of  La Manga Club – the iconic European sports and leisure resort that’s beloved by England’s Premier League stars and has just been announced as the host of the 2017 World Golf Awards.

Tonight? I’m off to the opening of tibits Bankside – the Swiss restaurant chain’s second London outpost before flying to the Maldives to cover a Gala Ceremony.

Welcome to the world of the freelance travel journalist. On any given evening, London hosts an array of tourism board soirees and it’s incumbent upon me  – as a freelancer constantly in search of both new contacts and the next story – to attend as many as physically possible.

It’s a world of cocktails, canapés, goody bags, air kissing and small talk that I find utterly rewarding – I love meeting fascinating characters in legendary London locales –  if exhausting. While friends and family are relaxing at home in front of Eastenders after a long day at work, I’m slugging champagne the wrong side of the river and discussing Norwegian Air’s low cost battle with British Airways.

Sure there are, occasionally, times I wish I was watching Netflix at home, in bed, rather than running around the city like a headless chicken but I seem to suffer from a need to say yes. Besides what’s the point in being a journalist and paying through the nose to live in London, if you don’t take advantage of everything the capital has to offer?

I cope with this whirlwind of events by cocktail counting (I permit myself a maximum of two drinks per night), wearing sensible shoes and trying to take it relatively easy when the weekend comes.

And by reminding myself, I’d only regret it if I stayed home. Right?

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