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Working on a campaign with Festivals Edinburgh

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Hello! I’m so glad you’ve landed on this page. I work with tourism businesses that want to make the world a better place, and give people incredible and unique experiences in Scotland.

ABOUT ME

I’m originally from New Zealand but travelled the world before settling down in Scotland. I live in West Lothian with my husband and our dog, Angus. 

My first love is adventure, and a very close second is travel- and these are at the heart of Wayfaring Kiwi. Over the years some of my adventures have included:

+ Learning to snowboard and completing 2 ski seasons in Canada
+ Living and travelling in a van in the Canadian Rockies
+ Horse riding for over 20 years
+ Hiking the length of Scotland solo
+ White water rafting, caving, bungy jumping, via ferrata and much more!

BRANDS I’VE WORKED WITH

edinburgh festivals logo
hostelling scotland logo
jet2 logo
komoot logo
exploring north berwick beach with our dog angus
Me, my husband Craig, and our dog Angus

I’ve been on a few adventures but I don’t classify myself as an athlete or a badass with nerves of steel. In fact, I consider myself to be the average female traveller, and if I can do something, anyone else can. 

Making memories and having a good story to tell is more valuble to me than spending my money on objects, which is why I push myself to always try something new.

For the last 10 years I have worked hard to develop myself as a travel writer and marketing guru in the travel and tourism industry. Before I became a full time professional travel blogger I worked in the following roles:

+ Journalist
+ Editor
+ International Travel Agent
+ Website Designer
+ Digital Marketing Manager [in tourism]

So you can see I have an understanding of the travel and tourism industry on both the inside and outside! During this time I have won several awards (as you’ll see below) and worked with many businesses to achieve their visibility goals. 

How I can help your business: 

  • Blog posts on Wayfaring Kiwi or your website (written with SEO in mind)
  • Copywriting
  • Photography (I shoot with my Sony A6500)
  • Videography
  • Social Media campaigns on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter
  • Instagram takeovers/ promotions
  • Interviews in any medium (print, radio, online) 
  • Public Speaking 
  • Press Trips

I write on topics about Scotland such as: 

  • hiking and adventure travel
  • sustainable travel
  • travelling with a dog
  • couples travel
  • solo travel
  • staycations
  • general travel in Scotland
  • and more

If you’d like to know more, email me at yvette@wayfaringkiwi.com and I can provide you with my media kit and rate card. 

QUALIFICATIONS & AWARDS

Bachelor of Communications in Journalism (Major) and Media Studies (Minor) from Massey University, New Zealand

2019 – Scottish Women in Tourism Influencer of the Year (Highly Commended)

2014 – Best Paid News Writer at the Aotearoa Student Press Awards (Winner)

2013 – Best Paid News Writer at the Aotearoa Student Press Awards (Highly Commended)

Shooting a video at The Lost Valley in Glencoe

RECENT EXAMPLES OF MY WORK

Here are samples from just a few of the brands I’ve worked with: 

Festivals Edinburgh
How to Spend One Day at the Edinburgh festivals in August

Hostelling Scotland
North Coast 500 campaign 
How to Spend 2 Days in the Isle of Skye
A Girls Hiking Weekend at Loch Ossian Youth Hostel

Jet2CityBreaks
The perfect 4 days in Budapest itinerary

JustB Edinburgh
Website Design
Women’s Wellness Retreats in Edinburgh

Big White Ski Resort
4 Activities you need to try at Big White Ski Resort
Guide to working a ski season at Big White

hiking in new zealand
Hiking in New Zealand

IN THE MEDIA

Why young Scots are looking to the skies under lockdown – Edinburgh News

Why Scotland’s women hikers still find themselves on unequal footing – The Scotsman

New Zealander hikes 864km Scottish National Trail – Daily Mail

Woman gives up rat race to live and travel in a van in Canada – Daily Mail

The Kiwi who sold everything to live out of a van in Canada – Stuff.co.nz

Women living the #vanlife – Shes Wanderful