Updates

Back in West Wales – Next stop Denmark

It’s been windy and grey here in West Wales recently, but perfect weather to stay indoors to get some research and writing done – occasionally combined with a walk along the beautiful coastline where baby seals are dotted around the bays at the moment.

A small coastal village in Wales is a big contrast to the city life I was leading in Bath for a couple of months over the summer, but I love it here and it’s a priviledge to spend time here for the third straight year.

The base in Bath from July to September gave me a unique opportunity to get under the skin of yet another city, as well as opportunities to discover the surrounding region of Somerset. I took daytrips to places like Wells, Glastonbury and Cheddar – and of course to the neighbouring city of Bristol, that I’m starting to know very well. I also made it further afield to exciting destinations like The Isle of Man and Brighton that both resulted in travel articles that are yet to be published.

I recently had a couple of articles published with Jyske Fynske Medier though, from Cheddar and the Spanish region of Galicia.

Travelling west I got the chance to discover the town of Chepstow in Wales, and to revisit my beloved former home of Cardiff  – and as I’m writing this I have a couple of weeks left here in Wales, before I cross the ocean for a quick visit to Dublin, then head back home to Denmark.

My plan is to “set up shop” back home, to have a more permanent base from where to travel and take on press trips. Therefore I am always looking for opportunities for work and projects within the travel/tourism field, and would love to hear from you if you could need a travel writer fuelled on pure passion?

Until next time

Brian

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Exploring from a new base

June and July have flown by and I’m writing this update from my new temporary base in Bath in South England. A city I was already familiar with and now I’m feeling lucky to be able to call it my home – although for just a couple of months.

There is something special about getting to feel like a local in a new city, which I recently wrote about on Travelooney Blog – and with this UK-base, I can now easily explore new cities, regions and islands around here. In fact I’m travelling to the Isle of Man for a work-trip in a few hours, and I’m very excited to get to discover this place described as a self-governing crown dependency. Other trips are also already planned, but I’m always open to requests for articles from around here if you need anything specific.

From around mid-September I’ll be “moving camp” once again to be based on the West Coast of Wales until mid-November. A place where I have already been spending several months during the last couple of years, and that I have come to love as one of my second homes-away-from-home. While based there I hope to collect even more exciting material from Wales and beyond – as I’m currently considering a trip to Ireland.

It’s been a good couple of months for Travelooney with a handful of new articles being published in major Danish newspapers – including two cover stories for Berlingske’s Rejseliv. Travelooney Blog is also well-stocked with new exciting material, and in the past week it has seen a peak in visitors from all over the world.

Personally I enjoyed spending a month back home in Denmark in June, exploring my own country and discovering places I had never visited before – proving that you don’t always have to travel far for new experiences. I’m already looking forward to do that even more in the future.

But for now, I’d better pack my suitcase for the Isle of Man…

Brian

Transition after a busy spring

What a few months it has been since my last update. One of my busiest travel periods ever, which has meant lots of new inspiration and material piling up at the Travelooney office. Material that I’m currently still working with, for features in Danish newspapers – as well as for my own blog.

During the last four months I have been re-visiting London and discovering Belfast in Northern Ireland. I’ve been exploring much more of Spain, especially the northern regions of Galicia, Asturias and Cantabria. And I have been back in Switzerland to visit Zürich and St. Gallen. I also went on a train journey in Scotland, and I even managed to squeeze in a trip to Stockholm along the way. Phew!

Travelling for work is hard, with busy schedules and often few hours of sleep. But naturally it’s equally exciting, and one of the things I love about travel writing (there are many!), is the frequent transition between gathering new material and getting back to a focused writing process.

Soon I’ll go through another transition, as I will be leaving my beloved Madrid behind indefinitely, to go travelling once again. First stop will be my home country of Denmark in June, after when I will be spending a few months in the UK. First in the south of England and then on the West Coast of Wales. Bases that will make it easier for me to collect new exciting material from around those regions.

Therefore I am always interested in hearing from you if your website/media outlet should be in need of any travel-related material (texts and photos) from any of those places. Or from elsewhere in Europe for that matter.

Thanks for visiting and have a good summer!

Brian

Gaining expertise

Since I last wrote this blog, I have been back an forth between Denmark, Switzerland and Spain – and tomorrow I will be travelling back to the UK on a work trip. On this trip I will be visiting Belfast and Northern Ireland for the first time, which I really look forward to. And as much as I love exploring new cities and countries, I also find it valuable to gain expertise in certain countries and regions within Europe.

By mainly living in Spain, it is naturally developing into one of those expertise areas for me. And although there are endless of places in Spain I have yet to discover, I am always well stocked when it comes to exciting alternatives to the main touristy areas of this wonderful country.

Back in December I returned to Switzerland, which Is another country I am starting to get familiar with, and I will be looking forward to explore more corners of this diverse country in time to come. I have already been visiting many of its beloved cities and regions, and I work well with the Swiss tourism board on assignments from Danish media.

The United Kingdom is equally diverse and it offers more travel experiences than most people expect, and I am steadily making my way around the regions of both Wales, England and Scotland – and will now be experiencing Northern Ireland too. From living in Cardiff and on the wild west coast of Wales, to touring through England and the east coast of Scotland – I love to inspire people to travel further than “only” London when visiting the UK.

Be sure to contact me if you need insider tips and material from any of my expertise areas – or if you need me to write about other exciting corners of Europe – or the rest of the world for that matter.

And don’t forget to check out my personal travel blog where I post articles from all my trips.

May your 2017 be full of travel adventures!

Brian

A change of seasons

After almost two months of travelling in the UK, I returned to Denmark in mid-September with my suitcase full of new material. After a work-trip comes writing – lots of writing, and I have been busy updating travelooneyblog.com as well as writing articles for major Danish media outlets. And more articles are in progress at the moment. As a travel writer it’s wonderful to have tons of new material to work with – and new inspiration to give to others.

I left my current home in Madrid back in July, as the Spanish heat was at its highest – a pleasant escape so to speak. I was generally lucky with the weather in the UK, and I was even luckier to get back to Denmark to catch some surprisingly warm late-summer days. But now the seasons are changing – winter is coming.

For a travel writer the seasons affect the work a lot. Sunny destinations are put in the drawer and out come the Christmas-related articles. I’m currently working on a few of those myself. And I have interesting material if someone should be in need of this? The thing with Christmas articles is that you kind of need to have the material from the year before. Because the media will probably want to use it before this year’s Christmas markets and events even open.

Therefore I will also be looking for new Christmassy experiences during the next couple of months – to use for my blog this season, and to have in store for next years articles in print. So feel free to contact me if you know about something exciting around Europe, that you think would interest my blog followers or Danish travel enthusiasts.

Cheers!

Brian

Greetings from Wales

I am currently working from an eco friendly hostel in the small village of Trefin, located right on the coast of West Wales. A beautiful spot on the planet where I currently combine a worktrip with holidays – although you’re rarely on holiday as a travel writer. No matter where you go there always seem to be new exciting and irresistible material to pick up on – an plenty of new photo opportunities that can’t be missed. It’s just a part of the job – but more so a part of the passion.

I have been travelling through exciting cities like Birmingham, Bristol, Bath and Cardiff, but now enjoying the contrasts of the “wild” part of Wales. I love the contrasts of travelling and to explore both the urban and the natural sides of Europe. You can already find some results of this journey on Travelooney Blog.

Very soon I’ll be going on an epic train adventure to the north of Wales – a first for me, and it’s always extra exciting the first time you discover a new place.

Be sure to contact me if any of the mentioned destinations would be interesting for you – whether in Danish or in English. And enjoy the rest of the summer!

Brian

The summer has arrived

It’s officially summer and that time of year where most people travel here in Europe. And although many trips have been planned long time ago, there are still spontanous people out there needing inspiration for upcoming summer-adventures. I love to be at service with exactly that.

I have just returned from a long weekend in the stunningly beautiful region of Galicia here in Spain. A trip that gave me new exciting material for my blog, as well as for future newspaper articles.

Now I’m back in sizzling hot Madrid, trying to arrange a work trip or two during the month of July, to collect brand new material from around Europe. Maybe I could promote your destination?

Always feel free to drop me a mail for suggestions and enjoy your summer!

Brian