Travelspinner is the brainchild of James Henderson and Edward Reeves, two London-based travel writers who (over a pint or two) came to the conclusion that searching for holidays online is a time-consuming pain. Travelspinner is their solution.
James Henderson has been a travel writer since 1988, when he was asked if he would like to write a guidebook to the Caribbean (‘Twist my arm’, he said…). Two years and 300,000 words later, his Cadogan Guide to the Caribbean and the Bahamas appeared, the first of six editions. Over the years he has travelled to more than 100 countries and written for most of the major British national publications, including The Telegraph, The Times, The Independent, Condé Nast Traveller and Harpers & Queen. But most of all he has written for the Financial Times, in its weekend sections and magazines, including How to Spend It. He has won a fistful of awards for his writing.
To stop himself going soft, he has taken part in some of the world’s most extreme races, week-long non-stop desert runs and multi-sport races (kayaking, mountain biking, horse-riding and hiking) in countries as far flung as Argentina, Australia and Canada. His team came seventh in a world championship field in Eco-Challenge 2000 in Borneo. He was stalked by a vulture while running across the Mauritanian Sahara in the Trans 333. These races are among his most memorable experiences, but he also treasures memories of galloping in (causing, in fact) a panic stampede in the Okavango Delta in Botswana, alongside zebras, warthogs and giraffes, parachuting onto a frozen lake in Norway and attending voodoo pilgrimages in Haiti.
Edward Reeves began his career as a motoring journalist (an ill-advised move for a man who passed his driving test only at the sixth attempt). After countless scrapes and crashes, and a stint as editor of Ford’s pan-European customer magazine, he moved to the rather more civilised world of travel journalism.
During his time at Condé Nast Publications, where he worked on House & Garden’s Gourmet Travel supplement and Brides magazine’s Honeymoon Guide, Edward first became aware of the thriving sub-culture of specialist tour operators, many of whom kindly sent him on honeymoon by himself.
Since taking the plunge as a freelance, Edward has written features for The Sunday Telegraph, The Observer, Wall St Journal Europe, CNN Traveller and Men’s Health, among other titles. He has also found time to indulge his first passion, crashing cars, in England, Morocco, Italy and France.
Francisco Yeo, for his time, hard work and patience, and Nick Paterson, for his help creating an initial ‘look-and-feel’.