A former ballerina, Amy Fabris-Shi was born in Sydney and has lived in Shanghai for 11 years. Director of boutique editorial consultancy www.ScribesoftheOrient.com, she also writes for National Geographic Traveller, DestinAsian and other publications. She loves the contrasts of Shanghai, where she can often be found cycling through old lanes and devouring dumplings by day and enjoying Shanghai’s glamorous nightlife after dark. www.ScribesoftheOrient.com
DANIELLE DEMETRIOUTOKYO - AUTUMN
Dreams of cherry blossom and sushi on tap prompted British journalist Danielle Demetriou to swap her native London for Tokyo in 2007. Since then, she has written articles about all things Japan-related for international publications including the Daily Telegraph, Condé Nast Traveler, Monocle, Sunday Times Travel Magazine, Sydney Morning Herald, Japan Times and the Wall Street Journal. All while continuing to consume industrial quantities of sushi.
Kristy Barratt is a food and travel journalist for magazines and websites. She’s a born and bred Sydneysider who swapped the beach for a two-year stint in east London, then chased the sunshine back to Manly. In the warmer months you’ll find her surfing at lesser-known beaches, bar-hopping in Surry Hills, visiting second-hand markets and indulging in Sunday brunch at quaint seaside cafes. www.kristymariebarratt.com
Lee has lived between Rome and Umbria since 1984. A travel writer and film critic, he works for several international publications. He loves the way Rome wears its two millennia of history so lightly. On sunny days, he enjoys the city’s endlessly theatrical street life or cycling up steep rural hills. When it’s raining, he’s usually checking out the latest exhibition at the MAXXI or the Scuderie del Quirinale.
Marcus has worked as a travel journalist and editor since 2000. He has written for publications including the Guardian, the Sunday Telegraph, the Evening Standard, the Independent, the Sunday Times Travel Magazine and Wanderlust. He has covered anything from extreme snowmobiling in Russia to reviewing the best hotels in Madrid. He lives in London and likes long walks on rainy days and finding a leafy beer garden when it’s warm.
MARK C. O'FLAHERTYNEW YORK
Mark is a design writer and photographer for the Financial Times, Sunday Times, Guardian and Telegraph and founder and Editor-in-Chief of the irreverent luxury travel magazine CivilianGlobal.com. Born in London, he splits his time between Stoke Newington and New York. When in the latter, he likes to wander around the Chelsea galleries in the afternoon and lead a conga line around Julius in the Village at 2am.
Natasha used to edit Time Out Paris, is the Paris Expert for the Daily Telegraph travel section and a contributing editor to Surface magazine. She became a travel writer almost by accident after moving to Paris in the 1990s, although some of her earliest memories are of hotels. Natasha continues to explore all things French and beyond, writing about food, travel, design, art and architecture.
NICHOLAS COLDICOTTTOKYO - WINTER
Nicholas is a freelance writer who flew from London to Tokyo in 1998 and has barely left the city since. He writes a little about architecture and a lot about alcohol. He warms himself up in Tokyo’s winters by sipping Japanese whisky or sake and feels most at home in the foodie streets of Kamiyamacho or the fanatical bars of Ginza.
PAUL SULLIVANBERLIN - WINTER
Paul Sullivan is a Berlin-based freelance writer and photographer whose words and images have appeared in The Guardian, The Sunday Times, The Telegraph and National Geographic, among others. In most seasons he pretty much lives on his bicycle, but in winter he often prefers long city strolls and even longer conversations in the city’s endless candelit nooks. He also runs and edits Slow Travel Berlin.
Sophie is a freelance food and travel journalist for Wallpaper* City Guides, Condé Nast Traveller and Mr Porter. She was born in London and lives in Hackney, where she likes to run around Victoria Park and Regent’s Canal and eat Vietnamese on Mare Street. Her favourite rainy-day destination in the West End is the National Portrait Gallery and its shop, with a stop-off at Terroirs wine bar afterwards.
SUSAN PATERSONBERLIN - AUTUMN
Susan is a New Zealand–born writer and editor based in Berlin. Her travel writing is published by Lonely Planet, BBC.com, CivilianGlobal.com and Slow Travel Berlin. She adores the city’s open-mindedness, historical layers, late closing hours and abundance of cycle lanes. Her ideal itinerary on a rainy day includes an art feast in the Sammlung Boros bunker, followed by cocktails at cosy Schwarze Traube. www.Susanpaterson.com.au
Tara has been in Barcelona for 15 years, having run away from Britain in search of guaranteed sunshine. She has been writing about the city’s chefs, markets and incredible cuisine ever since. The ideal day starts with a cafe con leche in one of the timeless ‘bars de siempre’, shopping in local Sant Antoni market and then going to a great bar for a cheeky vermut before dinner. www.tarastevens.co.uk
Tristan has been a freelance travel writer since 2002. He has visited over 60 countries and written for the likes of The Guardian, The Independent and The Times. Tristan is also the author of the Hedonist and Time Out guides to Istanbul. His favourite things to do in Istanbul are smoking a nargele waterpipe by the Suleymaniye mosque and eating grilled squid by the Bosphorus. www.rutherfordtomasettipartners.com