Travel, news and lifestyle journalist and blogger roaming the Indian Ocean, Europe and beyond. I've written for publications including the Los Angeles Times, CNN, Fodor's and the Financial Times; traveled to more than 40 countries and lived in the UK, Australia, the Maldives, Sri Lanka, France and Spain - with many more countries on the bucket list! I'm considered one of the foremost authorities on writing about the Maldives and I'm driven by a combination of natural curiosity and a journalistic mission to find the truth. I don't believe you can truly get to know a country in weeks or months; the best way is to embed yourself in the local culture, share knowledge and experiences, and open your mind. I'm happiest when I'm out of my comfort zone and being challenged! Being a PADI Advanced scuba diver also helps me to explore the world even further and report back on environmental issues. I also make an excellent cup of tea and am very efficient at falling off surfboards.