James Ellis (Editor)

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About me

I make a mean cup of tea but I'm also a journalist, photographer, trainer and consultant who specialises in the travel industry.

Born in a pub in South Yorkshire mining town in the late Sixties, I caught the travel bug at an early age when my mother, Audrey, decided to pre-empt Shirley Valentine by moving to Greece when I was ten.

She did this by buying a car and caravan and driving the length of Europe with James and his sister plus her 20-year-old niece in tow. Thanks to a crash in France, an aborted attempt to drive up the Wurzon Pass in Austria (where caravans are banned) and deciding to navigate the-pock marked roads of what was Yugoslavia rather than getting a ferry from Italy, the four-day journey took four weeks.

I have now travelled to more than 80 countries and am the former travel editor and deputy features editor of Metro. I have also written for a number of national newspapers in the UK and have co-authored a number of travel guides.