My name’s Paul, I’m a Sydney-based British-Australian travel journalist and TV producer.
I’ve been lucky enough to spend a large portion of my life — both professionally and in my free time — traveling. For me, it’s a way of life.
After almost two decades spent writing and producing travel content for magazines, newspapers, websites and TV networks over the world, I decided to pour my knowledge, experience and passion, into my own project. And so, The Travel Hop was born!
Filled with my own firsthand travel stories — along with those of contributors — the site is a place where you can experience our personal views on the places we’ve visited, from idyllic beaches and luxe accommodation to great hikes, local culture and of course the ultimate in foodie experiences.
Being staffed by experienced travel journalists means you can expect editorial content of a high standard, alongside access to some of the most exclusive and unique travel experiences around, plus a hefty dose of celebrity travel too, because hey, we're all a sucker for an A-list interview, especially when it has a travel slant.
Whether you’re an experienced global nomad or an armchair traveller, there’s something for you. So please, take a look around the site, join the adventure and let us sate your wanderlust cravings until YOUR very own next Hop!
Find out more about working with The Travel Hop here.
WELCOME TO THE TRAVEL HOP
Magazine editor. Travel writer. TV producer. Digital head. Content agency founder. Just a few of the hats I’ve worn — often at the same time — during my 19-year-long career in travel and lifestyle media.
While these positions demonstrate how I earn a crust, my REAL occupation has been inherent since birth...explorer! Whether I'm at home, or on the road, my passion for discovery and seeing the wonder in the everyday is a constant. Indeed, my wanderlust has seen me explore more than 70 countries and live and work in four different continents, from my native UK, to the heady Middle East, to beautiful Sydney (via a year-long stint in North America), and most recently Melbourne.
Cutting my teeth on magazines in my native UK, I was lured to the bright lights and high rises of Dubai, where I spent more than two years working in glossy lifestyle publishing, including a stint on the UAE’s biggest-selling celebrity weekly. After travelling through North America for close to a year — and paying my way via freelance travel writing — I found myself in Australia with only a backpack to my name.
Getting a job heading up lifestyle for one of the biggest news sites in the country, one year later I was approached to jump ship to a big TV network to take a senior producer gig managing all entertainment content across two daily live shows. During my time here I interviewed everyone from Hugh Jackman to Rihanna, and produced music performances from the likes of Coldplay to Lily Allen. But after four years I made the decision to go freelance, and have spent the last five years writing about travel for some of the biggest newspapers, magazines, and websites in both Australia and the world.
Now one of the main contributors and columnists at Escape (Australia’s #1 national print and digital travel brand) I also write weekly for top-tier titles including Sunday Life, News.com.au, Good Health, and various in-flight magazines and international newspapers.
My status as one of the country’s top travel journalists isn’t surprising given my natural predisposition for globetrotting. From roughing it on overland treks through Himalaya, to living the high life in palatial overwater villas in the Maldives, I’ve done it all and have the passport stamps to prove it. All up, I’ve visited more than 70 countries over the years.
When I’m not writing about travel I’m interviewing an A to Z of famous faces (from Chris Hemsworth to Julie Andrews) in addition to consulting for various tourism boards and running my own creative content agency, Moon Dog Media.
If you want to know more, get in touch.