David Whitley is an experienced freelance travel journalist. He currently lives in the , although he did spend five years in and goes back there rather often. He has a regular column in the UK edition of National Geographic Traveller, and his work has appeared in the likes of the Guardian, Telegraph, Independent, Sunday Times and Metro (UK) plus the Morning Herald and Sun-Herald over in Oz.
He does plenty of that online list-making stuff too, most notably for MSN UK and Ninemsn in Australia, whilst he does a lot of blogging for Roundtheworldflights.com. He’s good with coming up with ideas, and spotting unusual angles. He likes to think he can write in a more engaging, entertaining way than most.
He’s available for work, too. Editors with commissioning budgets can drop him a line – it’s david(dot)whitley(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk. The same applies to any travel companies that want to improve their websites with high quality content.
Oh, and he doesn’t usually talk about himself in the third person. So I’ll stop now.
Grumpy Traveller started out as a personal blog that allowed me to whinge about the negative side of travel. It has since mutated into something different. Something different and somewhat unwieldy. Therefore, I had it redesigned and split into distinct sections in 2012. These are:
Grumpy Traveller blog: The original-style moaning about travel’s negatives, mixed with a bit of consumer journalism when travel companies are pulling a fast one.
Photography: Images from my travels. I’m a dreadful photographer, so I’ll not bore you with scenery shots – these tend to be things I saw and just found funny.
City guides: Free, properly researched and genuinely useful city guides.
Destinations: A collection of stories about particular destinations – mostly vignette-style captures of events or experiences.
Travel tips: Advice on various aspects of travel, from budgeting to beating jet lag.
Travel writing & media: Where I have moved all the industry insider stuff – the chat and opinions about travel writing and blogging.
Portfolio: Links to stories of mine that have been published elsewhere.
If you work in the travel industry and are thinking of sending me press releases or invites for press trips, this guide should give a better idea of what I look for in stories and how I prefer to work.