I'm a UK based travel and lifestyle writer, blogger and trained newspaper journalist with more than 14 years of writing experience. I have a Bsc (Hons) Psychology degree which I studied for in Edinburgh and I currently live in Hertford with my husband and two young children.
After studying for my NCTJ in newspaper journalism in Liverpool, I pursued a newspaper career with the Manchester Evening News group, covering local news and writing features on local issues and areas of interest, which led to me picking up the 2009 02 Features Writer of the Year award.
In 2010, I went on to work on the features desks of various consumer women's magazines in London and I wrote for a range of print and online publications including Escapism, Foodism, loveExploring, SUITCASE, Tidlrs, Culture Trip, Virgin and Rough Guides.
Throughout my career, I’ve visited more than 30 countries and continue to cover a wide range of destinations and travel topics, however I have always had a particular interest in the Caribbean (I have visited many of the islands) and after my wedding in Jamaica in 2016, I went on to take a three-month trip through eastern and southern Africa, which turned out to be the trip of a lifetime, visiting Kenya, Tanzania (& Zanzibar), Zambia and South Africa.
Alongside my consumer editorial work, I have built up a portfolio of copywriting, providing branded and commercial content for a range of travel brands, lifestyle companies and national newspapers including The Express and Sunday Times.
Between 2013 and 2014, I worked as the Brand Journalist for Virgin Holidays, helping deliver branded content across a range of platforms, from the company's own Virgin Holidays blog and digital magazine, to external magazines and national newspapers.
I left London in 2018 to settle in Hertford and start a family and while travel has taken on a slower pace with two young children (and Covid!), I continue to provide a range of travel and lifestyle editorial, reviews and branded content for a variety of clients. With an interest in Psychology, mental wellbeing and of course, family life, I am also starting to delve into a variety of other types of writing, across wellbeing, parenting and lifestyle. I should also mention the tragedy of me losing my entire blog in 2021, which I had spent around 10 years creating and I am slowly starting to rebuild – so watch this space!
If you’d like to have a chat about any areas of my writing and editorial, please get in touch, it would be great to chat.
Email me at Lucy_McGuire@hotmail.co.uk
Or give me a call on 07989 303875.