Hello, I’m Ben Holbrook, a professional freelance travel writer, photographer, filmmaker and copywriter from the UK (based on the Gower peninsula in South Wales) – available worldwide.
Brands & Publications: I have created content for brands such as National Geographic, Telegraph Travel, Ryanair, easyJet, Avis, Canon, Travelex, Visit Britain, The Post Office, Direct Holidays, Elsewhere, HotelClub, Miniguide, Barcelona.com, Gayot Los Angeles and many more.
I also authored the Barcelona edition (printed book) for The HUNT Guides and the Barcelona edition (printed book) of The Precincts.
I work directly with brands and small travel companies across the globe and also enjoy working with marketing agencies to develop content for their clients.
My Travel Philosophy and Interests
I’m passionate about meaningful and responsible travel, about digging deeper into new worlds and cultures so that I can help celebrate and preserve them.
Because I believe that travel can and should be a force for good. Not only for each of us as individuals, but also for the collective us.
I believe that travel can help us embrace and celebrate our cultural differences and similarities, that our lives and the world as a whole can be enriched by the new experiences and relationships travel affords us.
I believe that a broadened view of the world, and our place within it, can help us appreciate the rare beauty of our planet and inspire us to protect it – not only while travelling, but also once we get back home.
I also believe that travel, for most people in the modern world, is a chance to try new things, to indulge and live the best versions of our lives.
Free from the responsibilities of home, our trips should be about self-discovery and new experiences, both mentally and physically. Active travel, whether it be cycle tours, surf, snow, hiking or diving trips, are my cup of tea.
I’m also passionate about gastronomy and believe it is the perfect way to learn about new cultures and connect with local people.
To hire me to write for your client/website/blog/publication or to discuss any other form of collaboration, please email me at ben @ driftwoodjournals.com.
Voted one of the best blogs about Barcelona by SpottedbyLocals.com
Voted one of the top 20 blogs about Spain by Feedspot.com
To find out how you can be featured on this blog and learn how I can help promote your destination, tour/experience, accommodation, restaurant, bar, tourist attraction or product, please check out my PR page or email me at ben @ driftwoodjournals.com
Need a freelance travel writer / blogger / copywriter ? You can hire me to write:
- Travel, tourism and “foodie” content for your company blog
- Professional photography and video that tells your company’s story
- Destination travel guides (“Listicles” and various “Best of” and “Top 10” formats)
- SEO optimised copy for your website (landing pages, sales and service pages)
- Social media updates (Facebook/Twitter management)
- Hotel/bar/restaurant reviews and promotional copy
- Content about your tour or experience
- Press trips (I’ve taken part in blogger press trips for Visit Cornwall, Valencia Turismo, Turismo Basque Country, Visit Cantabria, Asturias Turismo, Spain in the UK and many more)
- Everything and anything else
To hire me to write for your website/blog/publication or to discuss any other form of collaboration, please email me at ben @ driftwoodjournals.com.
“Just a note to say what an amazing job you did — beautifully written and a pleasure to read.” ~ Kendall Barrow, Editor at National Geographic.
“Ben was tasked with travelling to Ryanair destinations within Europe and the Middle East to produce compelling travel articles and photography for Ryanair’s website and travel content hub. As a content producer, Ben was innovative, creative and conscientious and was regarded as one of our most talented and reliable team members. On every project in which we collaborated, Ben was a joy to work with, consistently delivering to the highest of standards.” ~ Fiona Hilliard, Digital Content Manager at Ryanair
“Ben is a talented copywriter and excels at creating highly engaging content. His work is outstanding. He’s approachable and is able to adapt to different editorial styles without any problem. Give Ben a call!” ~ Gustavo Martin-Dupre, Search Marketing Manager at Canon Australia
“Helping us craft our onsite web copy, Ben demonstrates a real panache with words and can tackle a brief with true expertise. He instantly mastered our brand tone of voice and continues to be a pleasure to work with, regularly delivering ahead of schedule to an exceptionally high standard.” ~ Josephine Sampson, Lead Copywriter at Travelex UK
“I cannot recommend Ben enough, and would work with him again in a heartbeat! My company, Devour Tours, hired him to shoot a promotional video and photos of a team gathering and we were blown away by the results. First of all, he was a joy to work with—really flexible and communicative before, during and after the event, and he got on so well with the group that we’re still talking about him months later! Then, he got the edited photos and video back to us earlier than planned and the whole team was floored by the results. He captured magical moments of emotion in the photos, even in the challenging environment of people sitting and watching presentations—when we look at them alongside photos of the same event from the previous year, there’s no comparison. And for the video, we weren’t even sure how to express to him what we wanted, but he completely delivered. It conveys exactly what we weren’t able to put into words, and is both a great memory for the team, and a perfect sales tool for future customers! Oh and the price/quality ratio can’t be beat!” ~ Ashley Duncan, Devour Tours
“It’s been a blast working with Ben on the interactive Barcelona guide for our client Avis Inspires. So easy to work with, producing great content and always going that extra mile to deliver everything we needed, and always on time. I highly recommend Ben and hope to work with him again on future projects.” ~ Eilen Aalerud, Content Manager at Unique Digital (London)
“Thanks so much for this, it’s a really great piece! The client is really happy!” ~ Milly Bellotti, Account Manager at OMD (London)
“Ben has been a pleasure to work with from start to finish. He delivered an engaging and well-written article ahead of schedule and to the brief. Very pleased and hope to have the opportunity to work with Ben again.” ~ Leanne Coombes, Account Manager at Viral Seeding (London)
“Over the past year I worked with Ben on a number of digital content projects for a range of travel clients and would highly recommend him. Ben was an asset to each project and was extremely easy to work with. He really dives into the work, delivers on time and is open to discussing new ideas and approaches to the content he produces.” ~ Emma Krstic, Editor at Quad Digital (London)
“Really I wanted to thank you for your post about our tour. SO many people who come on the tour tell us they found out about it through your blog, and then were sold after reading the post. It’s incredible to see this working! I kid you not, I’d say close to a third of the people who’ve come through thus far read about it on Driftwood Journals, and as far as finding out through blogs, yours is almost exclusive.” ~ Renée Christensen, Devour Spain Food Tours
“Ben was lovely to work with, always on the ball and to the point. I would welcome the opportunity to partner with him again in the future.” ~ Chelsea Blacker, Digital Account Director, BlueGlass (London)
“Ben is a brilliant content manager with a truly creative brain.” ~ Lisa Myers, CEO at Verve Search (London)
“We are thrilled with the final outcome as well as Ben’s punctuality and the level of communication received. Wouldn’t hesitate to work with Ben again in the near future!” ~ Direct Holidays
“Thank you for all the work you have done with us, it has been an absolute pleasure working with you and reading your posts.” ~ Ben Dickens, CEO at DVO Agency (London)
“It’s been such a pleasure working with you on The HUNT Barcelona guide book! We’re so happy with the finished copy and hope you are thrilled with it as well. Congratulations on a great guide!” ~ Bethany Larson, Editor at Gatehouse Publishing (Singapore)
“It’s been a pleasure to work with Ben on our Routes to Discovery project. We hope your tips on what to see and do in Barcelona will continue to inspire our travelers to visit this wonderful city.” ~ Julia Wong, Tully Luxury Travel
“It has been great working with Ben. He really shares our passion for travel and discovering unique places. It was great to see this reflected in his high quality and professional work.” ~ Augusto Abarca, TripUniq
“I hired Ben to write articles for one of my clients. He was very creative, communicated well and always delivered on time. We were very satisfied with his work and hope to work together again in the future.” ~ Delphine Kamoun, Digital Marketing Manager for Barcelona.com
Contact/hire me ~ ben @ driftwoodjournals.com
To find out how you can be featured on this blog and learn how I can help promote your destination, accommodation, restaurant, tourist attraction or product, check out my PR page.
I have been working professionally with travel and tourism companies for a number of years now and am always excited about working on travel copywriting/content projects.
I’m from the UK but work with companies all over the world.
Email me at Ben@DriftwoodJournals.com for more info.