Born and bred in Dorset, England, I spent 18 happy years living in a village so small there wasn’t even a shop (there is a pub though, which is obviously more important).
I then moved to the comparative bright lights of Bristol to study Archaeology and Anthropology, where I developed a fascination for all things ancient. This led me to Peru (twice) and North Carolina where I took part in several archaeological excavations, igniting a passion for travel and adventure.
More importantly though, I realised through my studies in anthropology, and my experience of being a student at the University of Bristol, that I am passionate about people. Archaeology and anthropology go so well together because together they attempt to tell the story of humanity, past and present. I love to meet new people and learn about their hopes, interests, passions, and faiths. I was determined to work in industries that allowed me to spend time with people from all walks of life.
As I also love to write, I decided to qualify as a journalist. I moved to Bournemouth after graduating with a First degree and completed an NCTJ-accredited magazine journalism course at the Bournemouth Echo. I then spent 6 months interning at Current Archaeology and The Travel Magazine, which is based in the South of France. Living and working abroad in Antibes was a fantastic experience, and something I hope to do again in the future.
Given that I couldn’t live off unpaid internships for long, I packed my bags for London and got myself a job at an executive search firm. Though not my dream job at a travel publication, I was able to speak with people from all corners of the globe and gain some much-needed commercial experience. I lasted almost four years at the same headhunting company, something I am very proud of given the average recruiter lasts 7 months in their first job.
Despite my relative success in executive search (I was promoted three times in three years), I knew my future wasn’t in recruitment. I had never stopped writing, and I was determined to forge a career in travel journalism. So I started my own business in May 2017, Lucy Woods Travels.
As well as my freelance work, I am now the Assistant Editor at The Travel Magazine – a job that a truly love.
I gained my first client in May 2017, Amazing Wonders, who engaged me in a three-month contract to help them publish a brand new series of travel guides.
I have also written several travel blogs of varying quality, including How to Travel Around Europe, chronicling my inter-railing trip around Western and Central Europe in 2012.
I spent three years from winter 2013 volunteering for The Global Heritage Fund, a fantastic charity helping to preserve and protect archaeological sites and getting local communities involved. I also helped to establish a charity partner, Tomorrow’s People, at my headhunting firm in Spring 2017, something that had been missing in our business for far too long.
I have been fortunate enough to travel to several continents as an adult, although there are an infinite number of places I am yet to explore. So far I have travelled to:
Austria – Salzberg and Innsbruck
Belgium – Antwerp and Bruges
China – Beijing, Shanghai and Xi’an
Czech Republic – Prague
Denmark – Copenhagen
Egypt – Riverboat from Luxor to Aswan
England – Dorset, Cornwall, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Huddersfield and many more besides.
Finland – Lapland
France – Paris, Normandy, Nice and The French Riviera
Germany – Berlin, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Koln, Munich
Hungary – Budapest
Italy – Rome, Venice and the Dolomites
North America – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Outer Banks, North Carolina
Northern Ireland – County Down
Noway – Vesteralen and the Lofoten Islands
Peru – Lima, Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Nazca, Cusco, Nepena, Trujillo, Chiclayo
Portugal – Lagos
Republic of Ireland – Dublin, County Mayo
Scotland – Edinburgh and Islay
Slovakia – Bratislava
South Korea – Seoul, Sokcho, Daegu, Busan, Jeju Island
Spain – Alicante
Sweden – Jukkasjärvi
Switzerland – St. Moritz
The Netherlands – Amsterdam
Wales – Snowdonia