James Taylor is a freelance travel writer from Canberra, Australia. Residing in Europe for several years, his writing interests – particularly focused on culture and adventure – have taken him to some unexpected places: in Spain, he has discovered the complex secrets of olive oil in Spain, while in Iceland, he has trekked across glaciers to reach remote ice caves. Taylor is keen to make his mark on the travel industry, sharing his experience of 21st-century travel through thoughtful guides, well-researched articles, and evocative stories. Living in Iceland for three years enabled him to complete the entire update for the fifth edition of Bradt’s award-winning guide to the country. He currently lives in Barcelona, Spain, which has provided a convenient base from which to provide updated material for Bradt’s guide to Gascony and the Pyrenees.