Richard Mellor

Freelance Travel Writer / Copywriter

JOURNALISM: Regular clients include Metro, The Times, The Guardian, Telegraph Online and The Week. I mostly write about travel and/or food.
COPYWRITING: I frequently fulfil copywriting and editing projects for travel and other brands. This includes websites, accommodation listings and marketing literature.
WRITING: My first book, Foodie City Guide: Europe, is now out (
WORKSHOPS: I plan and run workshops for PR firms about how best to pitch ideas to the media.

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United Kingdom


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What's the appeal of dark tourism?

Dark tourism isn’t just about the thrill of the macabre. Visitors also wish to deepen their understanding of past troubles, and consider the human element.

The Times

Where to get fit on holiday

A round-up of global holidays which will tone your body


The best-value destinations for 2019

Destinations offering much more value than the pricey Eurozone

The Mail on Sunday

Hotels and resorts that have been revamped for 2019

A host of hotels around the world have had multi-million-pound facelifts and are due to reopen next year

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How to be the perfect festive season host

From homes to hotels, partners should go the extra mile to create memorable festive experiences for guests – whether they celebrate or not

The Times

The best new hotels, tours and holidays to book for 2019

From an adventure in Bhutan to anniversary celebrations in Havana, Gemma Bowes and Richard Mellor pick the best trips


Next year's hottest travel happenings

The most exciting new adventures to take in 2019


10 ways to save time at airports

Beyond obvious measures-priority boarding, complying with carry-on regulations, etc-here are some clever ways to save precious minutes before and after plane travel

The Mail on Sunday

The world's hottest new hotels in 2019

Take your pick from a selection of stunning hotels, including the best for foodies, wellness seekers and more

The Times

30 great winter adventures

Go husky sledding in a Finnish forest, sip hot chocolate by a Venetian canal or explore the snowy streets of Krakow — Richard Mellor picks the top trips

The Mail on Sunday

5-star luxury at 3-star prices

The 'lean luxury' hotels that are offering lower rates by championing compact, stripped-down style

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Exploring the Chinese FIT segment

No tourism segment is growing faster than that of independent, millennial Chinese travellers – but how can accommodation providers reach, seduce and sell to this key demographic?

KX Quarterly

Meet the Tastemakers

The opening of historic Coal Drops Yard brings a glut of food and drink producers, from welcoming wine bars to coffee roasters helping to rehabilitate young offenders.

The Times

The best holidays to book for 2019

From a gorilla safari in Rwanda to the best cottage in St Ives, these are the hottest trips and places for 2019

Reader's Digest

Ski season

A range of ski-season trip ideas on my monthly travel page (image:


A rare chance to spend time with Aborigines

Atop Australia's sparsely populated Northern Territory sits East Arnhem Land, a wild region where Aboriginal communities lie scattered among virgin islands, sandbars and...

The Telegraph

The Slipway review

This pub-with-rooms is dreamily located right on Port Isaac’s harbourfront, steps from both the sea and the fictional cottage home of television character Doc Martin.

The Daily Mail

A brew with a view

Comparing flavours on the slopes of a lush Malawian tea estate

The Guardian

A local's guide to Poznań, Poland: 10 top tips

Under the tourist radar and just the right size to explore, Poznań is full of surprises, from cafes in hidden courtyards to riverbank summer pop-ups.

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Delivering a hyperlocal experience

To sate travellers' desire for immersive local experiences, forward-thinking accommodations are championing their own neighbourhoods via experiences, entertainment or decor....