Lee is a multimedia content producer at The Sun newspaper. He’s also editor and founder of Lads Holiday Guide, a part-time travel and lifestyle blogger, freelance graphic designer, video editor, web developer and SEO geek. Wow! Lee also likes to eat a lot, meet new people and try new things. Check out his IQPlanner profile here.
Why did you start travel writing?
The real question is, why didn't I start sooner?! Storytelling has always been one of my greatest passions, so to combine that with travelling the world and building new experiences is pretty much living the dream.
How long have you been doing it?
I wrote my first travel piece for The Sun when I was 22, and was flown first class (with Hollywood A-lister Nicolas Cage) to the Bahamas and was taught how to scuba dive, play golf and swim with pigs.
My personal travel blog, Lads Holiday Guide, has been running for almost 3 years now.
Name your top 3 most memorable places?
Eindhoven Red Light District: A horny pal was looking for some fun in Holland, so we visited Baekelandplein (Eindhoven’s red-light district) and…well, I’ve never felt so intimidated in my life. It’s something I won’t be forgetting anytime soon.
Pig Beach: Bahamas. You'll never forget your first time swimming with a dozen of porkers in the Caribbean Sea. I heard sad news recently, that the bacon-flavoured oinkers have all died :(
Blue Lagoon: There's something special about laying in a huge, bubbling hot tub (it’s a geothermal spa really) in the snow.
What’s the best thing about being a travel writer?
The best thing in life — and the only thing that will ever matter — is the making of moments.
Travel Blogging has given me the opportunity to make so many wonderful, unforgettable moments — from the filthiest to the most frightening.
Variety is everything. It’s so much more than a job, it’s a passion. And that’s what it’s all about.
And the worst?! (if there is one)
It’s tough finding a partner who’s as flexible as you are. Travel blogging can be quite an expensive hobby too.
Give your top tip to a travel writer starting out
Paid travel blogging is one of the most desired jobs on the planet.
Everybody wants to travel the world and get paid for it — so you need to make sure you offer your readers / followers something different.
What’s your unique selling point (USP)? Who’s reading your content? Why are they reading it? But of course, the most important question is why are YOU writing it?
If you’re driven by passion, then you’re on the right road. If money is your motivation, it will only be a matter of time before you run out of gas and give up. Persistence isn’t a chore if you love what you’re doing.
Think out the box, don’t just write content — bring it to life! Follow trends and in time, learn to lead them. You can never develop too many skills.
Sponsored trips: take ‘em’ or leave ‘em’?
I’ll take anything…well, as long as it doesn't come with olives…I hate olives.
What’s at the top of your list for destinations this year?
Ayahuasca retreat, Peru. There’s a reason people pay big bucks to puke their brains out for a week in the Amazon Rainforest.
My spiritual curiosity has been crying out for this trip for far too long. It’s my next BIG ONE.
Why should people subscribe to your page or group?
Whether you’re looking for cheap deals for an unadulterated 18 to 30s holiday, or tips on where to take your girlfriend (or bachelor party) — we’ve got years of experience in travel and banter.
From red-light districts to starry night skies, we’re not shy about ANY topic and are proud to be a part of the lad culture.
We’re working on a couple of projects this year which we promise you won’t find on any travel blog.
What’s the most unusual thing you’ve eaten on your travels?
Camel. I mean, I've eaten most of the 'standard' weird stuff like cockroaches, snails, crocodile and kangaroo...but after riding some poor camel's back for an hour in some baking hot, Moroccan town — it felt pretty unusual / guilty to be eating his brother in a couscous dish an hour or two later!
Name a place, city, or country where you feel happiest?
USA. I love the energy and enthusiasm you get from American people — and of course the attention you get from the women!
The food is also sooo much bigger and better (I'm not happy when I'm hungry).
Where’s your next adventure?
Miami. But one of the many great things about doing what I do is that ANYTHING can come up, so who knows.
One thing for sure though, with the 18 to 30s season just around the corner, CARNAGE is inevitably close. #Summer2017
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