Travel Communicators Blog

Blog for travel writing,photography and publishing in New Zealand and internationally.
BEVERLEY WOOD has been addicted to travel since childhood.  Her OE in the 1960s added to her obsession.  She has been published in the NZ Woman’s Weekly, the Waikato Times and Hot Ink 2. 186 Cambridge Road, Hillcrest, HAMILTON Ph: (07) 856 6822,

BILL LENNOX is a researcher, writer and communications practitioner living in Wellington and Waitarere Beach. "After Andrew - Two Kiwis cross Australia" is about his trip through Australia following the diary of his grandfather, a bush cyclist and missionary in Kakadu from 1899. Other work includes "Film and Fiction - Studies of New Zealand Fiction and Film Adaptations" (Longman Paul, 1985). He was an English teacher, Auckland theatre reviewer for Listener in the eighties and later communications manager at NZQA. A recipient of a Northern Territory Government History Grant, he has published the edited memoir of his grandfather and is currently writing the story of the land that was the site of Andrew's mission station and the history of the indigenous family who are now back on that land. Bill's travel stories have been published in Listener, NZ Today, The Press and AA Directions.


Availabe for assignments in New Zealand and abroad.. Born in Austria, Birgit Krippner has lived in New Zealand since 2003. Her specialty is capturing candid images using only available light. She often works in low light situations, relying on fast lenses. She has exhibited internationally, including New York, San Francisco, UK, Paris, Berlin, Copenhagen, Auckland, Napier, Havelock North and Wellington. In 2015, Birgit was the recipient of the Team Lee Award for photojournalism, at the Missouri photo Workshop in Perryville, with her project 'Unexpect the Expected', Small Town Cop. In 2011, Birgit won an award at Grand Prix Terroirs d'images in Paris, France. Her works have been published in media like The New York Times, Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy Magazine, Getty Images, Art Forum, NZ Life & Leisure Magazine, Glory Days Magazine, Metro Magazine, BSC News and Air New Zealand’s Kia Ora Magazine. She also has been featured in the TV3 program “Nightline” as well as interviews on Radio New Zealand. As a freelance photographer, she is in demand from art collectors, and both corporate and private clients. She also provides specialized tuition and photo workshops. Birgit is a judge for the internationally renowned “I-Shot-It” photo competition:

BOB MARRIOTT is a freelance writer-photographer. His writing and photographs have been published in most New Zealand newspapers and magazines including, The NZ Herald, Dominion Post, The Press, Otago Daily Times, Sunday Star Times, The Listener, NZWW, New Idea, Investigate, Lifestyle, Alfresco and Travel Digest.  Extensively travelled his work has also appeared in Australia, Asia, Britain
and the USA. Bob has done several commissions for Fodor's Guide books including NZ, the South Pacific and Malaysia and has a comprehensive library of pictures from around the world.

 39 Gemstone Drive, Birchville, Upper Hutt, WELLINGTON. Ph: (04) 526 9478, Mob: 021 259 4476, email  

BRETT ATKINSON is a fulltime travel and food writer who specialises in adventure travel, unusual destinations, and surprising angles on more well-known destinations. Recent stories have included exploring the colonial heritage of Rangoon, negotiating the street food scene of Hanoi, and experiencing how cuisine is breaking down traditional enmities in Lebanon. Brett’s work appears regularly in NZ's highest circulation publications including the NZ Herald, the Listener, World, Dish and both major Sunday newspapers. Internationally, he's recently been published in Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong, and is a regular travel contributor to the BBC and Lonely Planet websites. Brett also writes guidebooks for Lonely Planet, and contributes to other LP titles including Best in Travel, The World's Best Street Food and the Food Lover's Guide to the World.

 See for Brett’s current travel schedule and examples of his writing and photography.

 P.O. Box 26-449, Epsom, AUCKLAND. Ph/Fax: (09) 630 6351, mob: 021 0788 649, email:    Twitter: @travelwriterNZ

BRIAN WESTWOOD is Marketing Manager for YHA New Zealand. YHA is New Zealand's largest network of backpackers/hostels with 21 owned hostels throughout New Zealand and 26 associates operating under the YHA brand. YHA is all about connecting travellers with New Zealand, New Zealanders and the environment communicates these values through a range of print and online mediums. Brian has been with Travcom for several years and is interested in using the network to source writers, photographers and great New Zealand stories to support YHA's work.


Ph: 021 320 751                  Email:     

BRINDI JOY is a Christchurch-based travel writer and photographer who specialises in writing about New Zealand travel for backpackers and adventurous kiwis. She works for the Youth Hostels Association of New Zealand (YHA New Zealand), a not-for profit established in 1932. In addition to being YHA’s author and photographer, she has also been editor for the association’s member magazine, Hostelling HorizoNZ. Her recent print stories have included exploring the sustainable efforts of the small North Island community of Raglan, discovering  the Auckland beyond Queen Street and seeking out New Zealand’s elusive bird—the kiwi—on Stewart Island. Internationally, she has recently been published in the UK, Canada and Australia to promote New Zealand travel abroad.

Ph: 03 353 9153    M: 027 231 8381    E:

A curious eye and genuine enthusiasm for connecting the ordinary every-day with the extraordinary worlds of travel and style have taken Carmen and her camera all across the globe. In March 2015, with no entourage or industry experience, she decided to take a leap of faith and create her own platform. Following her graduation one year later, she became a full time photographer and writer. Carmen now inspires over 50,000 followers from around the world to explore more, embrace sustainability and, ultimately, become the best version of themselves.

CAROLINE CRICK is English by birth but has lived in New Zealand since the mid 1980s. Her varied career has taken her from dairy farming in some remote corners of New Zealand to staff writer and photographer for a Nelson media company.  She now works as a freelance writer and photographer for local and national clients. She has experience in writing about business, farming, travel, tourism, architecture and interiors. Recent work has been published by AA Directions, Wild Tomato, Resene Habitat magazine and Fairfax publications. She is a member of the AIPA.
Caroline can be contacted on 027 545 8534 or by email . Her photography work can be seen at

I am an Aucklander who lives in Ventimiglia on the Italian-French Mediterranean border.  I enjoy writing about intriguing and unusual destinations and am the author of “Portraits of the Riveriera” (NZ).  My travel articles have appeared in various magazines. As well as travel, my interests include local history, environmental issues, organic vegetable gardening and genealogy.  My ebook titles include 

"Triora - not only witches" , "How the British came to Bordighera on the Italian Riviera" , "Several slightly spooky short stories set on and around the Italian Riviera" , "How to explore Ventimiglia Alta on the Italian Riviera" , and "An A-Z of Italian street names and the stories they tell of Italian history"

I am a qualified and experienced proofreader and copy editor, translator (from Italian to English) and English teacher. 

 I am always happy to hear from Travcom members who are visiting my corner of Europe. I can provide articles on destinations in western Liguria and suggestions for exploration and accommodation in Ventimiglia Alta and surroundings.


Getting Lost is a social space that perfectly combines the beauty of travelling around New Zealand, the stunning photography of Cat Macnaughtan and the intense, funny and helpful realities of being a blended family. So, who are we? Our family was born in May 2015 after James and Cat rekindled their childhood romance and blended their two families together. I met James when I was 12 years old in Stillwater – he lived up the road and I was staying at the camping ground. It was love at first sight and he became (as much as someone can at 12) my boyfriend. Somewhat unsurprisingly we broke up 4 weeks later and instead of boyfriend/girlfriend he became my best friend. We stayed friends for 25 years – each of us getting in and out of relationships, getting married and having children – but never together, until newly single in our late 30’s everything just kind of fell together in the most unexpected way and here we are – me and my best friend and our 3 daughters – all living together in one big messy, loud house in Auckland. I work in an inner city advertising agency in Auckland and run a successful photography business as a sideline. Up until falling back in love with me 2 years ago, James was working as a Joiner and lived with his daughter in a cottage on the Hauraki Plains. We couldn’t really have been more different (our favourite song around that is Leather and Lace – “my city or mountains”). Despite our different backgrounds, or maybe because of them our lives seemed to come together. James took me to places I never knew existed out of Auckland and I showed him Auckland like he had never seen before. Our first ever tradition as a newly formed family was to get lost. Both literally on Sophia’s birthday and metaphorically as we muddled our way through the murky waters of blending families. As parents in a blended families one of the hardest things is sending your children off to the other parent – you miss them. On the other hand, one of the nicest things about being a parent in a blended family is sending your children off to the other parent – it’s like being young and dating all over again – but with money this time! On here you will find some of the places that me and James have got lost together once a fortnight when we have no children. Then there are the places we all get lost together with the kids – the adventures we plan and the ones we sometimes unwittingly find ourselves on. We hope you like getting lost with us.

CATHERINE BELL is an Auckland-based cook and independent food and culinary writer.  Apart from food, which has been a consuming passion and the focus of my career for more than 30 years, I live to travel.  My (now grown) children have been heard to suggest that I spend more time traveling than at home as they were growing up.  This is, sadly, not quite true.  For the past eight years I have travelled widely on behalf of Dish magazine, which I co-founded in 2004.  Now though I am happily free to contribute to any publication.  My other job, as an importer and distributor of culinary related products from as far –afield as Spain, Morocco and Bangladesh, also takes me to some interesting destinations each year.  Already on the agenda for the first half of 2012 are Istanbul, Copenhagen, South Australia, Melbourne and New York.  As a hopeless Francophile I confess France is my favourite country but I will go wherever the wind takes me – there’s still a lot of the world to see.  In addition to my regular blog posts I contribute to on a variety of subjects and am often heard on National Radio, with Kathryn Ryan, discussing my latest travels and the culinary discoveries made on them.

P O Box 9255, Newmarket, Auckland 1149.  Ph: (09) 377 8925  Mob:  021 471 973  Fax (09) 377 8927  email: 

CATHERINE HOWARD Although I have eighteen years in the Travel Industry, having been involved in the retail and wholesale fields, my love of travel started 29 years ago with the obligatory trip to Australia.  More recently I rediscovered my affinity for writing when I commenced an English Degree with Massey on a distance learning basis.  No awards, no published article but now just a desire to combine travel and writing and to see where it takes me.

24 Walmer Road, Point Chevalier, Auckland 1022.  Ph:  (09) 845 1587  Mob:  021 613 795  email: 

CATHERINE MASTERS is an award-winning journalist who loves to travel.  She has recently stepped into the world of freelancing after 20 years with the New Zealand Herald.  For ten of those years she worked mainly on the Weekend Herald concentrating on feature writing.  She undertook various assignments abroad, including the trial of Sir Peter Blake’s killers in Macapa, Brazil and the Boxing Day Tsunami in Thailand.  She has written numerous travel stories for the Herald’s travel magazine, including on Africa, outback Australia, Germany, Las Vegas and India.  Prior to the Herald her travel highlight was sitting down with mountain gorillas in the Congo, then settling and working in London.  She has a degree in anthropology and can be contacted at or on 021 665 262