My work

For five years I worked on the in-house editorial team at Rough Guides, alongside writing for the guidebooks, website and podcast. I became a freelance writer in 2018, after which I’ve worked in editorial, commercial and some B2B across print and digital media.

Among the companies and publications I’ve written for are Wanderlust, The Telegraph, The i newspaper, Britain Magazine, Michelin, DK Eyewitness Guides, Raconteur/The Sunday Times, loveEXPLORING, Culture Trip and TouchStay. My Amazon author page lists some of the print titles to which I’ve contributed, and there’s more detail on some of my projects below.

As an intern, editorial assistant and then editor at Rough Guides (2013–2018), I edited more books than I can count. I specialized 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

As well as editing other people’s words, I’ve written a few of my own in Rough Guides titles, from The Rough Guide to England to Make the Most of Your Time on Earth. 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), then updated several chapters of The Rough Guide to Japan (eighth edition) in 2019.

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

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

For The i newspaper, I created an insider’s guide to Japan, suggesting how to plan your first trip, and explaining why you should make a beeline for Tohoku on your return.

Japan inews 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

I’ve written several articles about Japan and Canada for Culture Trip, including a piece on Kyoto’s New Year traditions for the print magazine.

Noh Culture Trip Rebecca Hallett
New Year Kyoto Culture Trip Rebecca Hallett

As well as their Tokyo destination page, I’ve written several articles and galleries for loveexploring.com and lovefood.com, covering the UK, Japan, Canada and Denmark.

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

I’ve also worked with Raconteur several times, writing on technology in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics for a Sunday Times special report on the Internet of Things.

Tokyo Olympics Raconteur Sunday Times Rebecca Hallett

Outside of travel, I’ve written for Raconteur about art in the digital age and 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.