Alastair McKenzie

I work freelance at the intersection of Social & Travel Media is a simple landing & distribution page. Here you can see what I do and where to find & connect with me...


Thumbnail Mechtraveller Is my niche blog about 'mechanically minded travel'. It focuses on the mechanical, technical, historical, engineering and military world.
Thumbnail Travel-Lists is a travel news and resources site. The 'lists' are lists/suggestions of companies and organisations that I would send to a friend who has asked be about a travel destination or topic. It is aimed specifically at a British audience.
NB. It has been offline for a while, undergoing a rebuild & platform change. Due back in early 2019.
Thumbnail Traveldudes I write blogger/social media/industry news & editorial for the Traveldudes blog.

Hangouts on Air (Archive)

Thumbnail Travel Coffee Break Youtube Channel The Travel Coffee Break was a regular weekly 'live' Hangout on Air (HOA) for and about the travel & tourism media and industry. It ran for three years until Oct 2015. This is the Youtube channel where those episodes are archived.


Thumbnail Captivate I am a member of the Captivate professional blogger collective, which includes some of the best known and most influential travel bloggers, videographers and digital storytellers in the world. We create digital content aimed at discerning 30-plus travellers in the UK.
Thumbnail British Guild of Travel Writers I have been a pro-active member - on the Board or Vice-Chair (2x) or Chair (1x) - of the BGTW since 2001. The 60 year-old Guild is an association of professional travel journalists, broadcasters, photographers, bloggers and influencers. I am currently the International Liaison Executive, representing the BGTW to our colleagues in North America (SATW) and Australia (ASTW).

Social Media

Thumbnail Facebook I have never liked Facebook, but it's where the rest of the world lives so I'm here too. I also have a page.
Thumbnail Google + What can I say? Way better than FB in every way, but knifed in the back by Google. RIP.
Thumbnail Twitter Love Twitter! Have been active since I joined in June 2008.
Thumbnail LinkedIn I don't use Linked In anything like as much as I should. It's where I put info about my training, consultancy & public speaking activities.
Thumbnail Pinterest I have a couple of boards on Pinterest.
Thumbnail Instagram I really should use Instagram more than I do.

About Me

I'm a travel journalist with one foot in traditional media and the other in social media.

I've been a radio travel journalist since 1989 (Devonair Radio & Classic FM), and an online travel journalist since 1999 (Paprika audio features,,

Since 2010 I have been an active member of the travel blogger & social media community and a regular speaker at social media conferences. I was Strategic Editor for

I've been a member of the British Guild of Travel Writers since 2001 and on committee for most of those years. I have been Vice Chair twice and Chair 2016 - 2019. I am currently the International Liaison Executive, representing the BGTW to our colleagues in North America (SATW) and Australia (ASTW).