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 flight-free travel opportunities and ideas.

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 over 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 stunning 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 stunning 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’s 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 and accolades
2021 Travel Media Awards: finalist
2021 National Geographic Traveller Readers’ Awards: finalist
2020 British Guild of Travel Writers Awards: finalist
2019 AITO Travel Writer of the Year Awards: winner
2019 BGTW Awards:
finalist • 2018-19 Atta Awards: finalist
2018 BGTW Awards: highly commended
2017 BGTW Awards: winner • 2017 Atta Awards: finalist
2016 AITO Awards: finalist • 2016 Travel Media Awards: finalist
2015 Kenneth Westcott Jones Memorial Award: winner
2015 AITO Travel Writer of the Year Awards: winner
2014 LATA Consumer Magazine Travel Writer of the Year:
More details

THE FLIGHTLESS TRAVELLER: 50 modern adventures by land, river and sea
First edition, October 2020
Greenfinch (Quercus Books)

Recent features
ZIMBABWE: Victoria Falls (Travel Africa, July 2021)
Ultimate adventures (National Geographic Traveller, July 2021)
ETHICAL TRAVEL: Whale-watching (NGT, April 2021)
GREENER TRAVEL: Sustainable trips to iconic destinations (NGT, April 2021)
SOUTH AFRICA: Meet the Black Mambas (NGT, April 2021)
GREENER TRAVEL: 52 flight-free weekend escapes (NGT, April 2021)
GREENER TRAVEL: Antarctica and South Georgia (NGT, April 2021)
AFRICA: Safari is set to bounce back (NGT The Africa Collection, March 2021)
AFRICA & INDIAN OCEAN: 25 trips of a lifetime (i, February 2021)
NAMIBIA: Discovering indigenous bush traditions (NGT, February 2021)
NAMIBIA: Living Museums (NGT, February 2021)
NAMIBIA: Eight ultimate adventures (NGT, February 2021)
RWANDA: Could mountain gorillas help save the planet? (Travel Africa, January 2021)
KENYA & TANZANIA: Sustainable safaris in the Serengeti-Mara (Travel Africa, September 2020)
 To fly or not to fly? (Travel Africa, September 2020)
 What is a flightless traveller? (Adventure Uncovered, September 2020)

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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 informal settlement of Imizamo Yethu, 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.”