I am professional freelance journalist from the UK, with over ten years’ experience. I work mostly for the Guardian, and also Time Out, Reuters, Sunday Times Travel Magazine, National Geographic Traveller and Rough Guides. I’m primarily a travel writer, but I am also a news journalist and editor. I can never decide which side I prefer so I tend to combine the two.

Having spent four years living in Argentina and travelling widely across the continent, I now write mostly about South America.

This five-year-old blog was inspired by a weekly column in the Guardian based on my travel-networking experiment across Central and South America called Going Local (www.guardian.co.uk/goinglocal).

Personally, I am fan of the “human” aspect of travel. I like good stories. I like people. I like to see a two-way benefit. I find that more interesting to experience – and to write about – than visiting a spa or infinity pool. The aim of this blog has always been to explore the clichés and take a closer look at the travel industry, plus travellers’ habits and trends.

I am on Twitter at @vickybaker

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