Meet the Experts


Our experts are professional writers, photographers and journalists who will be contributing regularly to our blog, sharing the depth of their knowledge about the wide world of travel. Read all about them here.

Anna Maria Espsäter

Anna Maria Espsäter is a London-based travel and food writer, originally from Sweden. With 87 countries visited to date, she’s still trying to get to 100 long before retirement. She has authored, co-authored or contributed to over a dozen books, including the Footprint Handbook Mexico, the Footprint Handbook Colombia, the Michelin Green Guide to Colombia and the Berlitz Pocket Guide to Norway, as well as several food anthologies. She also writes features for a variety of publications and is a member of the British Guild of Travel Writers.

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Wendy Gomersall

Wendy Gomersall is a Hertfordshire-based journalist specialising in travel. She has travelled all over the world, has an interest in archaeology and ancient cultures, but also loves anywhere with wildlife to track, photograph, or cuddle ideally. Not surprisingly, she’s very fond of southern Africa, India, Australia and New Zealand, but also particularly adores Egypt, which she visits on a regular basis, and Jordan.

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Ben Groundwater

Ben Groundwater is a Sydney-based travel writer, blogger, and eater of strange food he should know better about. He’s been to 70-something countries over 10 years as a professional writer, but still frequently gets lost. Ben is the author of the travel narrative Five Ways to Carry a Goat, as well as being a weekly columnist for Australia’s Sun-Herald newspaper. Ben’s favourite country is Spain, his favourite food is pasta, and his favourite travel story is the one about the time a cobra almost bit him in Thailand. Read more at

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Amar Grover

Amar Grover is a London-based writer and photographer. He has travelled through much of the Middle East and North Africa, Central Asia, China and Australia, yet it’s the Indian subcontinent  – from Chitral to Assam and Ladakh to Tamil Nadu – that repeatedly lures him back more than anywhere else. He likes hiking and is obsessed by Indian forts.

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Clare Kendall

Former press photographer Clare Kendall worked for The Daily Telegraph in London for seven years and now freelances out of Wiltshire. She is a regular contributor to Geographical Magazine and many others, combining both writing and photography on many trips. Clare specialises in environment, social justice issues and ecotourism. She says:
“You think you will get a point with travel where you become sated but the truth is, if anything, your wanderlust gets worse the more you do because the world is just such an endlessly amazing place.”

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Doug McKinlay

Doug McKinlay is a London-based documentary, travel and reportage photographer and feature writer. His work appears in The Times, The Guardian/Observer, The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Times, The New York Times, The Sydney Morning Herald, De Volkskraant, The FT, CNN Traveller, Conde Nast Traveller, Sunday Times Travel Magazine, National Geographic Traveler, Wanderlust, Marie Claire, High Life, Geographical Magazine and many Lonely Planet publications. His images are also represented by Axiom Photographic, Lonely Planet Images, Getty Images and Britain On View picture agencies. (

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Shafik Meghji

Shafik Meghji is a travel writer, journalist and editor, officially based in South London but more often than not off exploring the world.

He is the co-author of The Rough Guide to India, The Rough Guide to Nepal, The Rough Guide to Chile, and The Rough Guide to Bolivia, and has contributed to the Rough Guides to Egypt, Paris, Ecuador, Central America on a Budget, and the Baltic States.

Shafik also co-writes the Buenos Aires *Essential* Guide app, and has contributed to three travel writing anthologies: Earthbound, Make the Most of Your Time on Earth, and Make the Most of Your Time in Britain. His journalism has been published in numerous newspapers, magazines and websites around the world, including The Guardian, The Independent, and the Evening Standard.

He blogs at, and you can also follow him on Twitter (@ShafikMeghji).

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Matthew Teller

Matthew Teller is a freelance journalist and travel writer, specialising in the Middle East.

He’s always been a writer: travel came later. His first big adventure was a family holiday to Jerusalem aged 11 – even today, the smell of cumin takes him straight back there. That was when he saw the desert for the first time.

Since then, he’s lived and worked around the Middle East, had dinner with the Queen, been thrown off a train on the Polish-German border for having no shoes, lived in a self-built shack on the beach at Tel Aviv, sampled warm milk fresh from the camel in Saudi Arabia, driven across the US, hitch-hiked from Morocco to Paris in 22 hours straight, been blessed while sitting on a holy shaking wall in the Punjab and had many other adventures of the kind travel writers always boast about.

He lives in the UK and tries to keep his website and his blog reasonably up to date.

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