Portfolio

Ian’s writing for 101 Holidays was always crisp, thoroughly researched and delivered on time.

Mark Hodson, group editor & co-founder 101Holidays

Writing Awards

An appointment with the doctor
Runner-up Nat Geo Traveller‘s
travel writing competition
Issue 17, May/June 2013

Books

Encircle Africa: Around Africa by Public Transport
ebook and paperback, November 2013

An award-winning writer, Ian is author of Encircle Africa: Around Africa by Public Transport, the narrative account of his solo and unassisted circumnavigation of Africa.

He honed his writing skills with a competitive voluntary internship at 101Holidays.com. He has now written for a variety of online and print magazines including Adventure Travel, Sidetracked and The Island Review, and worked with worldtravelguides.net to improve their Africa pages. His blog has been studied at A level English.

Ian has spoken to a wide variety of schools and organisations, giving his motivational and enthusiastic account of a life in adventure.

Download a pdf version of Ian’s portfolio here.

Highlighted writing

Gabon confidential
Contribution to Roam Alone: Inspiring Tales by Reluctant Solo Travellers, March 2017

A peek at the peaks: off to Mam Tor
Contribution to Bus-Pass Britain Rides Again, September 2013
Selected for the re-edited omnibus second edition of Bus-Pass Britain: 50 of the nation’s favourite bus journeys, May 2016

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Writing

Toulon – the forgotten Riviera, Holiday magazine, July 2017
Black tea and burnt feet, Southeast Asia Backpacker, June 2017
A postcard to Croydon, The Croydonist, June 2017
Along the Great Sandy River, maptia.com, June 2016
Dying breeds on the Maltese islands, The Island Review, December 2015
Writing and editing Africa pages of worldtravelguide.net, September 2015 – January 2016
Postcard from…Brussels, Emily Luxton travel blog, January 2015
Postcard from…Sri Lanka, Emily Luxton travel blog, December 2014
River of gold: a personal voyage through Africa’s lagers, Dave’s Travel Corner, August 2014
Gibraltar: the end and the beginning, Dave’s Travel Corner, August 2014
Writer, Globetrotters club enewsletter, November 2013 – January 2016
Information pages, including Best time to visit… series, completed during competitive voluntary copywriter internship at 101Holidays.com, April 2013 – July 2014
Blog posts for myTNT magazine UK, TNT online UK, June 2013 – May 2014
Eating up Africa, feature article, Globe magazine, Winter 2013
Encircle Africa: where the journey begins (and ends), a founding storyteller’s tale, Maptia.com, October 2013
The journey begins, article, Sidetracked magazine, Edition 11, September 2013
Africa’s mountain of greatness, feature article, Adventure Travel magazine, Issue 106, July/August 2013
Encircle Africa: the first solo and unassisted circumnavigation of Africa by public transport, article, Out Dare Adventures, May 2013
Destination and tips articles, Travelwithamate, December 2012 – May 2013
An exotic overland trip from Tangier to Kenya, article, Travelthruhistory, November 2012

Speaking

Cambridge University Expedition Society, St John’s College, Cambridge, April 2017
COPSE outdoor pursuits group, October 2016
Royal Holloway Geography Society, October 2016
Repton school, Derbyshire, September 2016
The Perse school ’42’ club, Cambridge, September 2016
Guildford Travel Club, Guildford, February 2016
Geographical Association York and District & Royal Geographical Society Yorkshire and North East joint meeting, York, January 2016
Hymers College, Hull, September 2015
Oxford University Expedition Club, May 2015
U3A, Croydon, April 2015
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) Geographical Journeys ten minute microlecture, London, March 2015
Intrepid Explorers, King’s College London, March 2015
Royal Geographical Society & Geographical Association joint regional lecture, Sheffield, March 2015
Explorers Connect, Guildford, February 2015
St Andrews Adventure Group (STAAG), February 2015
Royal Geographical Society East Anglia regional hour lecture, Norwich, January 2015
Globetrotters Club hour lecture, Chester, September 2014
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) Geographical Journeys ten minute microlecture, London, March 2014
Tales of Adventure, London, October 2013
Pecha kucha talk, charity Night of Adventure, London Leicester Square, March 2013
Royal Geographical Society, Explore weekend invited speaker-delegate, November 2012

Publicity

Ghana expert for Word Travel forum, July 2017 – present
Interview Some thoughts on Italy, Amici di Hackert blog, July 2017
Behind the Lines: Ian Packham retracing a world of unrest, October 2016
Ten essential pieces of kit you might not have thought of, Odysseon.com, September 2016
Interview with Limitless Pursuits, March 2016
Inclusion in Alastair Humphrey’s Grand Adventures, March 2016
Travel Africa magazine Busman’s holiday interview, Edition 70, Spring 2015
Encircle Africa added to Kickass Trips website, March 2015
Cambridge105fm Bookmark interview, February 2015
Cambridge 105fm interview and ‘best of the guests’ podcast (00:00-11:28 min), January 2015
The biggest obstacle was myself, Adventure 1000 interview with Alastair Humphreys, September 2014
Inclusion in travelling alone or with a friend post, alastairhumphreys.com, August 2014
Indie-book-bargains featured author, August 2014
Sheffield to Castleton route rated one of the best, Bus-Pass Britain Rides Again article publicity, August 2014
Blog added to explorers web adventure database, August 2014
Review of Encircle Africa: Around Africa by Public Transport, A bookish affair, August 2014
Review of Encircle Africa: Around Africa by Public Transport, Travelling Book Junkie, August 2014
Compass best book reviews, review of Encircle Africa: Around Africa by Public Transport, July 2014
Author of the week interview, Travelling Book Junkie, July 2014
Encircle Africa talk, Globetrotters Club hour lecture, London, June 2014
The Pursuit Zone audio interview, June 2014
Croydon man travels Africa by public transport, article, EastLondonLines, January 2014
105 Drive with Julian Clover radio Interview, Cambridge 105fm, January 2014
An African adventure on trucks, canoes and buses, article, Croydon Guardian, 15 January 2014
Encircle Africa article and blog summary, King’s College London Alumni Online, January 2013
Africa by public transport, article, In Touch magazine, Spring 2011

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