Hi, I’m Jo, The Wandering Wordsmith. I’m a freelance writer and proofreader, travel blogger, full-time traveller and digital nomad from the UK. This has led me to establish my dream business as a freelance travel, tourism and destination copywriter.
That’s quite a mouthful, right? Essentially I’m a professional writer who lives and breathes travel.
I use my love of travel, knowledge of the travel industry, and experience as a writing and editing professional to create sharp, engaging copy for travel agencies, tourism offices, hotels, airlines, and destination brands. My carefully crafted words are designed to bring destinations to life using all five senses and engage your audience, attracting new customers, encouraging more bookings and helping to build your following.
How can I help you?
If you’re seeking a travel copywriter who knows how to evoke beautiful images of your destination while providing all the practical information needed to turn dreamers into buyers, head over to my services page to see what I can do for you. Alternatively, if you want to get straight down to business, contact me now to discuss your travel project.
I’m Joanne Amos, and I could have been a professional archaeologist.
Surprised you there, didn’t I?
I studied for a BA at the University of Liverpool, specialising in Classical Studies and History of Art. Then I read for an MA in Greek Archaeology at the University of Birmingham, where I got to hang out at archaeological digs in Greece and work as a research assistant on sunny Crete. It’s a hard life, eh?
Inspired by a love for the academic environment, I worked for a few years at the University of Sussex, but something was missing in my life.
I left to work in Greece for a season, where I lived on a tiny unspoilt island in the Dodecanese called Tilos, with a resident population of around 280 people. My love for Greece and the Greek people, deepened during that sun-soaked summer where I learnt to be a tour guide, island manager, organiser-extraordinaire, AND I drank far too much retsina and developed a fantastic tan! I also had a taste of what life could be like. And I wanted more of that!
Returning to the UK, my work as a library manager sparked another passion in me, reminding me of my love for words, literature, writing, and creativity. (Apparently, I also developed a tendency to gently caress books I love while recommending them to others!)
Itchy feet got the better of me again and I headed to New Zealand with my sister, where we roamed North and South Island for 14 months in our trusty white car, Shadowfax, mixing work on vineyards and in holiday parks with grand tours around the spectacular landscape. We headed home via Southeast Asia, where we met monks on temple mountains in Cambodia, drank silkwormpoo tea in a weaving and dyeing centre in Luang Prabang, and made mouthwatering food in a cookery school in Chiang Mai. And I definitely wanted more of that!
I returned home with a blog stuffed full of photos and adventures, determined to build a life based around my passions. I attended travel writing seminars, wrote travel stories, studied proofreading and copy-editing with Chapterhouse, and slowly plotted my future plans.
In 2013, I created The Wandering Wordsmith, building a business on my passion for words and travel. At the start of 2015, I became a full-time traveller and digital nomad, which I blog about on The Road to Wanderland. Now I’m completely location independent and can work from wherever my itchy feet take me. So I can continue to work for you, while indulging in my own passions for travelling, writing, photography, and experiencing everything this wonderful world has to offer. Because life’s too short not to follow your heart.
Not all those who wander are lost – J. R. R. Tolkien