About Me

My Story

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.

A well-earned beer after a day of excavating in Nepeña, Peru.

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.

The day of my graduation at the University of Bristol with a friend, Maddie

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.

Beautiful Antibes

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.

My closest work friend, Lubaynah, who got me through the difficult days in the world of recruitment

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 Travel, and am excited for what the future holds.

Achievements

I gained my first client in May 2017, Amazing Wonders, who have engaged me in a three-month contract to help them publish a brand new series of travel guides.

I have published regularly in both online and print format. This includes feature articles in The Travel Magazine, Which Budget, Current Archaeology, World Archaeology and The Guardian.

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.

Taking a sip from Andrew’s beer stein in Munich – I actually hate beer!

Charity Work

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.

Travel

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

Czech Republic – Prague

Denmark – Copenhagen

Egypt – Riverboat from Luxor to Aswan

England – Dorset, Cornwall, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Huddersfield and many more besides.

France – Paris, Normandy, Nice and The French Riviera

Germany – Berlin, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Koln, Munich

Hungary – Budapest

Italy – Rome, Venice and the Dolomites

North Carolina – Outer Banks

Northern Ireland – County Down

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

The Netherlands – Amsterdam

Wales – Snowdonia

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