Travel Journalist

Writer • Editor • Author • Photographer

About Emma Gregg

I’m an award-winning travel journalist, editor, author and photographer, specialising in responsible and ethical tourism.

I regularly report from Africa’s safari heartlands. I also cover sustainable travel and eco-adventures in the Americas, Australia, the UK and elsewhere, including low-carbon, flight-free holidays and journeys.

My features and news stories appear in National Geographic Traveller, The Guardian, The Times, The Independent, Rough Guides, Travel Africa magazine and numerous other publications in the UK and worldwide, in print and online. Over the years, I’ve interviewed leading conservationists, naturalists and guides, including Sir David Attenborough and Dr Jane Goodall. Much of my published work is illustrated with my own photography, shot on location.

As an editor, I handle commissioning, sub-editing, picture editing and project management for books, magazines, websites, e-books and apps.

At this critical time, it feels more important than ever that we make travel more sustainable. With this in mind, I focus on tourism initiatives and holiday activities that have a positive impact on habitats, biodiversity and fragile communities. I have a particular interest in eco-friendly independent travel, including wildlife-watching and cultural experiences. I’ve also turned my attention to travel opportunities and ideas that involve crossing countries and seas by electric vehicle, bus, train and ferry instead of by plane.

Many, many things draw me to Africa

Many, many things draw me to Africa: the diverse cultures and rich ecology, of course, but also the fact that it’s an ancient continent poised on the brink of change. African lifestyles have already altered a great deal in the twenty-plus years I’ve been visiting.

From my base in the UK, I have so far visited more than 30 countries in North, West, East and southern Africa, sampling everything from obscure music festivals to high-end conservation safaris. I have also covered many of the islands around Africa, including the Canary Islands, Madeira, Cape Verde, São Tomé & Príncipe, Zanzibar, Madagascar and Mauritius.

Epic overland journeys through some of Australia’s most exciting locations

My work as lead author of the Rough Guide to East Coast Australia and co-author of the Rough Guide to Australia has taken me on epic overland journeys through some of Australia’s most exciting locations.

I have explored Australia’s beautiful East Coast in depth, from the lush tropical rainforest and coral cays of Far North Queensland, to the cosmopolitan cities of Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne - making plenty of side-trips to dive the Great Barrier Reef along the way.

Why it is time to fly less, and make every flight count

Responsible tourism can bring many benefits, from addressing global inequality to safeguarding rare and endangered species. But – and it’s a big but – until the aviation industry succeeds in reducing its carbon footprint, we can no longer call ourselves responsible travellers if we take inessential flights.

So what counts as essential? And what are the alternatives? Recently, I’ve been researching this from every angle. We have a fascinating future ahead.

Emma Gregg
Travel Journalist, Editor, Author and Photographer

Recent awards
Inspire Global Media Awards Positive Impact Storyteller of the Year (2023)
Inspire Global Media Awards Consumer Feature of the Year, Africa & Indian Ocean (2023)
Other accolades
AITO Travel Writer of the Year Awards Winner (2015, 2019), Silver (2016, 2021), Finalist (2023) • ATTA Media Awards Finalist (2017, 2019) • BGTW Awards Winner (2015, 2017), Highly Commended (2017, 2018), Finalist (2019, 2020, 2022) • LATA Travel Writer of the Year Winner (2014) • National Geographic Traveller Reader Awards Shortlisted (2021) • Travel Media Awards Finalist (2016, 2021, 2023) • TravMedia Awards Finalist (2023)
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Latest books
The flightless traveller: 50 modern adventures by land, river and sea
First edition, October 2020
Greenfinch (Quercus Books)
Brighton, Sussex & the South Downs
First edition, October 2021 Rough Guides (APA)

Recent features


AFRICA: Affordable safaris (National Geographic Traveller, July 2023)
WALES: Unlock the secrets of our native woodlands (Wales.com, May 2023)
WALES: Feel close to nature on a Celtic Rainforest walk (Visit Wales, April 2023)
AFRICA: Dawn and dusk on safari (Travel Africa, February 2023)
AFRICA: Everything you need to know before booking your first African safari (NGT, November 2023)
NAMIBIA: The low-impact desert safari (Travel Africa, October 2022)
: Feel-good trips (Woman, September 2022)
NAMIBIA: Windhoek (Travel Africa, July 2022)
Cool Cape Town (Woman’s Own, July 2022)
 The new African safari (NGT, July 2022)
SENEGAL: Drumbeats, heartstrings (NGT, May 2022)
MOROCCO: Sand, song & stars (NGT, April 2022)
UGANDA: Go wild (Wanderlust, February 2022)
SOUTH AFRICA: Authentic experiences (Wanderlust, November 2021)
SPAIN: Green adventures in the Canary Islands (World Nomads, October 2021)
SPAIN: Finding tranquility in the Balearic Islands (World Nomads, August 2021)
ZIMBABWE: Victoria Falls (Travel Africa, July 2021)
Ultimate adventures (NGT, July 2021)
ANTARCTICA & SOUTH GEORGIA: Leave no trace (NGT, April 2021)
AFRICA: Safari is set to bounce back (NGT Africa Collection, March 2021)
AFRICA & INDIAN OCEAN: 25 trips of a lifetime (i, February 2021)
NAMIBIA: Indigenous traditions & Living Museums (NGT, February 2021)
NAMIBIA: Ultimate adventures (NGT, February 2021)


FLIGHT-FREE: Europe By Train (Dorling Kindersley, May 2023)
FLIGHT-FREE: Unforgettable Journeys Europe: Discover the joys of slow travel (Dorling Kindersley, Mar 2023)
AFRICA: Farm-to-fork safaris (Travel Africa, February 2023)
CONSERVATION: Is reintroducing wildlife species always wise? (National Geographic Traveller, January 2023)
Booking a safari (NGT Luxury Collection, November 2022)
The green cuisine revolution (Adventure.com, October 2022)
Expeditions and adventures (NGT, September 2022)
FLIGHT-FREE: Flight-free adventures you'll never forget (Hush, August 2022)
AFRICA: Best new eco safaris (NGT, July 2022)
Rewilding the Zambezi (Travel Africa, July 2022)
Green escapes (NGT, January 2022)
ECO: What’s the carbon footprint of my safari? (Travel Africa, January 2022)
ETHICAL TRAVEL: Community-friendly trips (Vacations, Fall 2021)
Wildlife-watching expeditions (Extraordinary Experiences, Summer 2021)
ECO: Responsible whale-watching (NGT, April 2021)
ETHICAL TRAVEL: Sustainable trips to iconic destinations (NGT, April 2021)
CONSERVATION: Meet South Africa’s Black Mambas (NGT, April 2021)
FLIGHT-FREE: 52 flight-free weekend escapes (NGT, April 2021)

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About the artwork
The image at the top of this page is a detail of a work by Original T-Bag Designs, a craft collective of previously disadvantaged people from the townships and informal settlements around Hout Bay, near Cape Town, South Africa. They hand-decorate recycled tea bags to create original art and gifts.
Their favourite quote, thought to be from Eleanor Roosevelt, is this:
“A woman is like a tea bag. You only know how strong she is when she’s put in hot water.”