Holiday Goddess Guide Contributors

Holiday Goddess supports a number of non-profit organisations through its website, including Dogstar, the amazing charity which helps the street dogs of Sri Lanka.

Holiday Goddess editors and Handbag Guide contributors Jessica Adams, Helen Basini, Faith Bleasdale, Imogen Edwards-Jones, Sara Foster, Anna Johnson,  Emma Killick, Helen Lederer, Karen Moline, Freya North, Tyne O’Connell, Tamara Sheward, Rebecca Sparrow, Justin Tabari and James Williams are all involved in the series, or War Child, over its ten-year history.

Alana Hunt

With a long-standing engagement with the north-west of Australia and South Asia. Alana is an award-winning artist and writer.

Andreina Cordani

Writer and journalist with over 15 years’ experience on national newspapers, magazines and websites.

Anna Johnson

Anna is the artist behind the illustrations you see on this website, and our book, The Holiday Goddess Handbag Guide to Paris, London, New York and Rome.

Anneli Knight

Anneli has two decades of writing experience spanning journalistic, legal, academic, corporate, online, fiction and long-form non-fiction forms.

Daria La Valle

Production and project management of MIT Technology Review’s Innovators Under 35 Asia Pacific competition.

Donna Wheeler

Author of several Lonely Planet guidebooks, is a reporter for My Art Guides and the author of the upcoming Paris Precinctstitle for Hardie Grant.

Eleonora Baldwin

Food and lifestyle writer, journalist and culinary/travel TV host based in Rome.

Faith Bleasdale

I turned to my true love, writing. After a lot of blood, sweat and rejection, I published my first novel in 2000. I’ve been pretty much writing ever since.

Felicity Loughrey

Felicity writes, copywrites and ghost-writes for creative agencies, multi-nationals and one Oscar winner.

Freya North

Freya writes from a converted stable in her back garden.

Gillian Anderson-Price

While taking a break from retail, Gillian is exploring other creative projects, and concentrating on interior design.

Harriet Griffey

A freelance print and broadcast journalist who writes regularly for UK national newspapers and magazines.

Helen Basini

Project coordinator of the “Responding to HIV/AIDS in Africa: Connecting public administration, policy and communities” as well as a research Fellow in the Centre for Peace and Development.

Helen Lederer

Helen is probably best known for her role as the dippy ‘Catriona’ in ‘Absolutely Fabulous’ alongside Jennifer Saunders in all six series and more recently in ‘Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie’.

Imogen Edwards-Jones

Author of some 20 books including the well-received travel book – The Taming of Eagles – about the first 100 days of the collapse of Communism, (after which she went on to present the BBC Radio 4 documentary– Bucks in the USSR).

James Williams

James Williams is a technologist, communicator and entrepreneur he uses his experience in technology and WordPress to build high-profile websites.

Jane de Teliga

Jane did what many people long to do – sold the house, left her job and went to try her luck in Paris. Along the way she discovered meditation, yoga

Jane Pirkis

Professor Jane Pirkis (PhD) is the Director of the Centre for Mental Health in the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health.

Jenny Valentish

Jenny Valentish is a regular contributor to the Sydney Morning Herald and the Saturday Paper, and former editor of Time Out Melbourne and Triple J’s Jmag.

Jessica Adams
Jessica Adams

Jessica Adams is the astrologer for international Vogue and Cosmopolitan, along with the Australian Women’s Weekly. She is also a team editor on the Girls’ Night In series in aid of War Child. Her novels include Single White E-mail, Tom Dick and Debbie Harry, I’m a Believer and Cool for Cats.

Julian Venables

Discovered astrology in 1989 and knew I’d found my life’s passion. It wasn’t until 2001 that Julian decided to become a professional astrologer.

Justin North

Justin runs & develops his own restaurants & food outlets evolving into some of Sydney’s premier dining spaces.

Justin Tabari

A photographer, Holiday Goddess content and photo manager, website manager and co partner at Asporea.

Karen Moline

A co-author and ghost-writer, collaborating with many different writers on a diverse range of books.

Kathryn McCusker

A professional opera singer for over twenty years, Kathryn’s background in music and voice gives her a deep connection to the transformative power of mantra and pranayama.

Kathryn Roy
Kathryn Roy

Kathryn Roy is the lead author and photographer for Staying Afloat Blog, a value travel blog, offering inspiration to the world traveler who isn’t quite on a backpacker budget and far from luxurious traveler.

Kris McIntyre

Freelance writer, editor and strategic communications consultant.

Leonie Edwards-Jones

Co-founder and producer, Leonie uses her advertising background in Europe and decades of experience in the industry to stamp her unique mark on virtually every project.

Liz Challis

Liz was encouraged to paint and draw from an early age by her Art Teacher father, Richard Goulding who was trained at the Hornsey College of Art in London.

Louise Hawson

Louise fors a variety of clients around Australia as a lifestyle, documentary and travel photographer.

Mia Freeman

Freedman began her career at Cleo, doing work experience at the age of 19. Her first paid job in media was as Cleo’s Beauty Editor and she stayed at Cleo for five years working her way up to the position of Features Editor

Noah Taylor

Worked in that garish world known as showbiz most of his adult life, best known for his acting roles he has also been making music and painting since his teens

Peter Clarke

Lighting Cameraman and Director, Peter shoots everything from Docos to corporates, Reality and Lifestyle

Pia Jane Bijkerk

Visual storyteller exploring life’s lessons, experiences, and ideas through each of her senses.

Pip Cummings

Pip Cummings has lived in New York since 2011, having fallen hopelessly in love with the vibrant city during a visit in 1998.

Rachel Johnson

A British editor, journalist, television presenter, and author based in London. Johnson has appeared frequently on panels, including Question Time and Sky News’s the Pledge.

Rachel Wells

A mother, writer and cat lover who lives in North Devon with her son, Xavier and her cat Lady A.

Rebecca Sparrow

These days I feel like my purpose is to help teenage girls traverse that tricky path from childhood to adulthood.

Rosie Mullender

Over 15 years’ experience as a writer and editor on national consumer and branded titles and websites

Sara Foster

Sara lives Perth, Western Australia, with her husband and two young daughters.

Before she was a writer, Sara worked as a book editor, at first in-house at HarperCollins UK and then freelance.

Susan Wyndham

She has been a reporter, feature writer, Good Weekend editor and a Herald deputy editor. Her books include Life in His Hands: The True Story of a Neurosurgeon and a Pianist (2008) and My Mother, My Father: On Losing a Parent (2013).

Tamara Pitelen

Tamara’s two loves are writing and alternative health/spirituality, and has published four books on Amazon via CreateSpace and have a fifth almost ready to publish called How to Heal Your Weight.

Tamara Sheward

A ludicrously versatile wordsmith, occasional television presenter and slightly unhinged mother of a three-year-old smartypants.

Tyne O’Connell

O’Connell is a Mayfair Author and Historian, Author of thirteen international bestselling published novels, translated into 26 languages.

Vicki Arkoff

Co-author of the bestselling Holiday Goddess books (HarperCollins and iTunes) including ‘The Holiday Goddess Guide to Paris, London, New York, Rome’.

Victoria Aitken

A London based songwriter and singer -– has performed to audiences in London, Manhattan, Berlin, Dubai and Paris.

Wendy Holden

Wendy’s first job was on the art magazine Apollo; after this she went to work on a mag for foreign diplomats in London.


Follow in the footsteps of Jackie O and Carrie Bradshaw to discover the magic of New York, from shopping up a storm at Century 21 and hunting down Jimmy Choos for a song, to cocktails on top of staggering skyscrapers. Find out where to eat the best soul food, hot dogs or red velvet cupcakes, then fall in love … and eat some more.


Follow Vivienne Westwood’s footsteps through the city in your fast flats, delve into the secret diaries of shopaholics, from Marks and Sparks to Portobello Markets and Notting Hill, learn chiconomical secrets like glampacking and how to ‘smirt’, enjoy London’s hottest night out, and discover the best places to eat, love and eat some more.


Follow Coco Chanel’s footsteps through Paris, delve into the secret diaries of shopaholics, from the OMG floor at Galeries Lafayette to Laduree’s heavenly macaroons, discover priceless chiconomical secrets for enjoying the most romantic city in the world, find the best nightlife and where to eat, love and eat some more.


Follow Audrey Hepburn’s footsteps or hop on a Vespa to soak up her beloved Rome after a heart-starting coffee, delve into the secret diaries of shopaholics to hunt out Prada or rock some retro Roma chic, find the most romantic spots to enjoy an apperitivo or moonlight picnic, and discover where to eat the best pasta, love and eat some more.

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