My work

As well as working on the in-house editorial team at Rough Guides for five years, and writing for both the guidebooks and website, I’ve been a freelance writer since 2018. Just a few of the companies and publications I’ve written for include Wanderlust, Britain Magazine, Dorling Kindersley, Raconteur/Sunday Times, loveEXPLORING, loveFOOD, Culture Trip and TouchStay. More details on some of those below…

As an intern, editorial assistant and then editor at Rough Guides (2013–2018), I worked on more books than I can count. I specialised in the UK and Latin America, but worked across all of our lists.

Costa Rica Rough Guides Rebecca Hallett
Devon & Cornwall Rough Guides Rebecca Hallett

For a few titles, I even got to write some of my own words as well as editing other people’s. As well as a section in The Rough Guide to England, I’ve got several pieces in Make the Most of Your Time on Earth.

England Rough Guides Rebecca Hallett
Make the Most of Your Time on Earth Rough Guides Rebecca Hallett

I also proofread all new Japanese text in The Rough Guide to Japan and The Rough Guide to Tokyo (sixth and seventh editions of each). And at the moment, I’m working on an update of several chapters of The Rough Guide to Japan (eighth edition).

Tokyo Rough Guides Rebecca Hallett
Japan Rough Guides Rebecca Hallett

For The Telegraph, I visited Gifu and wrote about the lives of traditional craftspeople. I also stayed in an onsen hotel, visited beautiful villages and held a very sharp sword.

Gifu Telegraph Rebecca Hallett

As well as my work on the print side for Rough Guides, I’ve written articles on Japan, the UK, South Africa, Denmark, the US, Iceland and plenty of other places for roughguides.com. You can view my work here, but I’ve put some samples below to save you the horror of my earlier pieces.

Tokyo roughguides.com Rebecca Hallett
Johannesburg roughguides.com Rebecca Hallett
Reykjavik roughguides.com Rebecca Hallett
Tribal tourism roughguides.com Rebecca Hallett

As well as their Tokyo destination page, I’ve written several articles and galleries for loveexploring.com and lovefood.com.

Tokyo loveEXPLORING Rebecca Hallett

Cambridge loveEXPLORING Rebecca Hallett

For Britain Magazine’s 2019 London Guide, I wrote a piece on the city’s best afternoon teas. Then, for the March/April 2019 issue of the magazine, I did the arduous work of drinking delicious English wine and writing about it…

Afternoon tea Britain Magazine Rebecca Hallett

British wine Britain Magazine Rebecca Hallett

Outside of travel, I’ve written two pieces for Raconteur, one on art in the digital age and another on the importance of inclusive language. The latter was for a D&I special report for the Sunday Times.

Digital art Raconteur Rebecca Hallett

Diversity & inclusion Raconteur/Sunday Times Rebecca Hallett

I’ve been quoted as a travel expert (very fancy) in StylistThe Telegraph and Wanderlust as well as featuring in a Publishers Weekly piece on podcasts in the travel publishing industry.

I co-hosted, -researched and -wrote season three of award-winning podcast The Rough Guide to Everywhere. I’m pretty proud of everything we did, but my labour of love was the DNA travel episode.