Hi, I’m Marianne and I am freelance travel writer and mother of two energetic children. I have been based in Hong Kong since early 2014, and before that had the pleasure of calling Singapore home for 7 years. I have also lived in Vanuatu (where I was born), Papua New Guinea (where I grew up), England (where I went to school), Scotland (where I went to university), Costa Rica and Spain (where I studied Spanish) and Portugal (where I studied Portuguese).
As you can tell, I have always had a passion for travel, and thankfully having children hasn’t meant an end to this. Pre-children you would have found me trekking up mountains on the Everest Trail in Nepal or the Inca Trail in Peru; exploring the rainforests of Borneo or Langkawi; whitewater rafting in Chiang Mai or Costa Rica; riding through the paddy fields on the back of a motorbike in Vietnam, or downing sake and belting out a tune at karaoke in Kyoto.
These days things are a little calmer – but not by much. Having kids really doesn’t need to mean the end to adventurous traveling. Already our kids have been bamboo rafting in China, snorkeling in Indonesia, kayaking with fireflies in the Philippines, climbing temples in Myanmar and walking the canopy walkways in Borneo, on top of many more fun family adventures.
As a writer, I specialise in lifestyle topics – particularly travel and food/drink. Recent magazine commissions include Food & Travel, Holidays for Couples, Executive PA, Paradise, Holidays with Kids, Expat Parent and Storm.
I have contributed to many travel and lifestyle websites, and for several years I was the ‘Local Expert’ for Singapore for USA Today 10Best.com, which included managing and editing their Singapore pages, providing insider advice on where to eat, where to stay, what to see and how to enjoy yourself in my home city.
I have two published books. In Singapore: 60 fabulous adventures in the city (2009, Marshall Cavendish) is a travel guidebook, summing up the ‘best of the best’ of things to do in Singapore. Your Scottish Wedding – a modern bride’s guide to planning her big day was published in 2006.