I'm a versatile writer contributing a wide-ranging variety of travel articles to newspapers, magazines and websites; scroll to the bottom of the page for a full list. These may be straightforward destination pieces, food and restaurant reviews, light-hearted and informative round-ups or more evocative personal narratives.

Literature, museums, architecture and history are often recurring themes in my culture-based stories. I'll give just about any activity a go, but I'm particularly happy when writing about hiking and skiing. I first strapped on a pair of skis in the Swiss Alps at the age of two, and haven't stopped (or even broken a bone) since. I'm also something of an expert on river, expedition and luxury cruising. For more, click on the CRUISE WRITING tab on the menu above.

The destinations with which I'm most familiar? As a 20-year resident of Sydney, I know Australia well, and make frequent domestic trips. I spent another 20 years living in Switzerland, speak fluent French, and return to Switzerland and other European destinations at least twice a year.​ And lastly, I also lived in Chengdu in China for three years and return to China regularly.​ I'm a committed sinophile, wish I spoke better Mandarin, but draw the line at eating chicken's feet in dim-sum restaurants.

Incidentally, I don't just confine myself to travel writing. I also write other feature

articles on a wide variety of topics, including health and wellbeing, history, culture

and food.



I regularly contributes full-length cover and leading travel features (1,500-1,800 words) to major broadsheet newspapers, including Australia's highest circulation publications.


I contribute full-length cover stories of up to 2,500 words and leading travel features of between 1,100 and 2,400 words to major broadsheet and tabloid newspapers, including Australia's highest circulation publications. These include both round-ups and destination stories.


I also frequently turn my hand – or rather my keyboard – to travel features in a wide range of styles, of between 500 and 1,500 words in length, for newspapers, magazines, corporate publications and digital platforms.​


Regularly recurring columns on a weekly or monthly basis demonstrate my ability to produce reliable, ongoing copy. For the last five years I've written a weekly cruise column for Traveller, the Sunday travel section of The Age and Sydney Morning Herald newspapers in Australia. I also provide monthly Diary, Select City and Top 10 pages to various inflight magazines.


Below is a select list of the publications to which I've contributed in the past, or contribute to currently. Please refer to the CRUISE WRITING tab in the menu above for information about cruise-related publishing.


Currently my most frequent outlet is the shared Traveller section of The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age newspapers in Australia; stories are further sydnicated in numerous regional and New Zealand newspapers and published online at, which has 2.6 million unique monthly views.


Australian Caravan + RV (Australia)

Australian Gourmet Traveller (Australia)

Business Traveller Middle East (UAE)
CEO Magazine (Australia)

DestinAsian (Singapore)
Discerning Traveller (Australia)

Dubai Voyager (UAE)
Frequent Traveller (Singapore)
Get Lost! (Australia)
Get Up & Go (Australia)
Holidays with Kids (Australia)
International Traveller (Australia)

National Geographic Traveller (Australia)

Signature Magazine (Australia)
Trailfinder (Australia)

Travel Bulletin (Australia)

Travel Ideas (South Africa)
Travel Talk (Australia)
Vacations & Travel (Australia)


I also contribute frequently to the shared Escape section of five News Ltd newspapers in Australia; articles are also published online at With a combined national audience across print and digital assets of 4.7 million, Escape is Australia's top media travel brand.


Canberra Times (Australia)

Body + Soul (Australia) (Australia)

Destination NSW (Australia)

Expedia (USA)
Expedia (UK)
Flightcentre (Australia)

Holidays with Kids (Australia)

La Vie (Australia)

My Discoveries (Australia) (Australia)
Nine MSN (Australia) (New Zealand) (Australia)

Travel Intelligence (UK)

Yahoo! NZ (New Zealand)

Your Life Choices (Australia)

The Guardian (UK)

The Age (Australia)
The Australian (Australia)

Australian Financial Review (Australia)
Christchurch Press (New Zealand)

Courier-Mail (Australia)
Daily Telegraph (Australia)
Herald Sun (Australia)

Southland Times (New Zealand)

Sunday Herald Sun (Australia)
Sunday Mail (Australia)
Sunday Telegraph (Australia)
Sunday Times (Australia)
Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)

Cedar Wings (Lebanon)

Colours Magazine (Indonesia)
Jetstar Magazine (Australia)
Mabuhay (Philippines)
Morning Calm (Korea)
Msafiri (Kenya)
Open Skies (UAE)
Oryx (Qatar)
Out There (Australia)
Paradise (Papua New Guinea)

Portfolio (UAE)
Qantas: The Australian Way (Australia)
Royal Wings (Jordan)
Selamta (Ethiopia)
Serendib (Sri Lanka)
Silhouette (Seychelles)
Silver Kris (Singapore)

En Voyage (Taiwan)
Virgin Voyeur (Australia)

BRIAN JOHNSTON. Thoughtful, useful and honest travel advice. Always.

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