I grew up in England and graduated from Jesus College, Oxford in 1992 with a degree in history, securing a job with the Baltic Observer in Riga, Latvia, as assistant business editor. This included some reporting and led to my first travel piece, a long-lost classic entitled "Saaremaa Karma".
In 1995, after a year organising exhibitions in Vietnam and Myanmar for an eccentric Chinese millionaire, I returned to journalism, working for Basis Point, a Hong Kong-based financial news provider. After three years in Hong Kong, I spent two years running the Singapore office before taking a break in 1999 to travel around the world: the trip took in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, the South Pacific and South America, and ended in Jordan and Israel.
In 2000 I returned to Hong Kong and Basis Point, where I became Asia-Pacific Bureau Chief after the company was acquired by a New York-based subsidiary of Reuters, the following year.
After a couple of years in Shanghai, I moved to Taipei, Taiwan in 2003. I spent three years in the city, half of that time dedicated to writing and researching the first Rough Guide to Taiwan.
In 2006, after 12 years in Asia, I moved to New York City. In 2007 I wrote the first Rough Guide to Puerto Rico and contributed to Make The Most of Your Time on Earth. Since then I have updated the Rough Guides to Canada, the Caribbean, Central America, Florida, Mexico, New England, New York, the Philippines, South America, Spain and the USA, in addition to writing for the Independent, Budget Travel and other publications.
United States, Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands, St Lucia, Martinique, Dominica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Antigua and Barbuda, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, United Kingdom, Iceland, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Malta, Italy, City of San Marino, Vatican City, Greece, Austria, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Andorra, Israel, Jordan, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Egypt, Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Maldives, India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, China, Taiwan, Philippines, Macau, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji, French Polynesia, Cook Islands, Zanzibar, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, England, St Pierre and Miquelon
Antarctica, Greenland, Tristan da Cunha, Tombouctou, Xinjiang, Wasilla