I have been a freelance travel writer for 15 years, working mainly for The Sunday Times in London. During that time I've been lucky enough to have visited more than 80 countries, had more than 500 articles published and picked up a few writing awards. These days I focus primarily on the web, where I believe the future of travel writing lies. I am co-founder and editor of www.101holidays.co.uk which was named by The Times as one of the Hot 10 Travel Websites of 2009.
I've written a lot of destination guides and first-person travelogues, but I've also been heavily involved in consumer journalism, running campaigns and offering travel advice. I was the first travel journalist to report back from the Maldives after the tsunami in 2005. In the following weeks, I filed on-the-spot reports from stricken areas of Sri Lanka and Thailand.
In 2006, I set up www.travel-seo.co.uk (this website is shocking. I haven't updated it in months, I'm afraid, too busy working on other more exciting projects). I also have a personal website, www.markhodson.net, which is a little out of date now and focusses more on my career as a travel journalist.
Clients include www.kirkerholidays.com, http://snowbizz.co.uk, www.inspa-retreats.com, http://oljogi.org and www.thehealthyholidaycompany.co.uk. I also run a number of personal sites such as www.whentobookflights.co.uk and www.cheapholidays2014.com.