Hilary Bradt co-founded Bradt Travel Guides in 1974 with her then-husband George; the company now has over 180 books in print, including narrative travel books. Hilary is the author of several travel guides and two narrative books. She is a regular contributor to the broadsheet newspapers and writes a monthly column for Wanderlust magazine. She is one of the judges for the annual Bradt Travel-Writing Competition which she launched in 1996, and is also on the panel of judges for the BBC Wildlife Travel-Writing Competition. She has won awards for her writing from the British Guild of Travel Writers and was Africa Geographic’s Travel Writer of the Year in 2001.

Jonathan Lorie is director of the UK’s leading training agency for travel writers, Travellers’ Tales, and a regular travel writer for national newspapers and magazines. He has written recently for National Geographic TravellerCondé Nast TravellerThe TimesThe GuardianThe Independent on Sunday and Country Life, and was previously the editor of Traveller magazine. He has judged numerous travel-writing competitions and book awards. His book – The Travel Writer’s Way: Turning Your Travels into Stories – will be published by Bradt in January 2019.

Adrian Phillips is Bradt’s managing director and also writes and broadcasts regularly for a variety of media (including National Geographic Traveller, The Telegraph and BBC Radio 5 Live). In 2018, he has been voted LATA’s Magazine Writer of the Year; the Travel Media Awards Consumer Writer of the Year; and AITO’s Travel Writer of the Year (runner-up). He is a regular judge of travel-writing competitions, including Bradt’s annual New Travel Writer of the Year. 

Ben Ross is Telegraph Travel's Head of Print. He began writing about travel in 2001, joined The Telegraph in 2014, and now edits the travel sections published on Saturdays and Sundays. His favourite city is Rome; his favourite holidays involve cycling very slowly towards nice restaurants.

Alastair McKenzie is a travel journalist and 'influencer' with one foot in traditional media and the other in social media. A local and national (Classic FM) radio travel presenter since 1989, he moved online just before the millennium and has been a freelance digital travel journalist ever since. He has been Webmaster and a regular committee member of the British Guild of Travel Writers since 2002, and an active member of the travel blogger community since 2010, speaking or moderating at travel related social media events, and advising the travel and tourism industry on blogging and social media developments. His own longstanding travel site and blog is Alastair McKenzie's Travel Lists, and he hosts a regular weekly 'live' Hangout on Air, The Travel Coffee Break.