About HomeAway Blog

Our HomeAway blog hopes to be the first word in travel inspiration. We’re a pretty diverse bunch: writers from this side of the pond or the other; writers with young families or yet to grow out of youth; writers who love life in the city or want to spend a week in the middle of nowhere. But one thing remains: we all love travel, and we want to share our experiences with you. Whether you’ve been globetrotting for years or are taking your first tentative steps, we hope you’ll find some inspiration alongside us. Say hello to our little team.

Kerryn du Plessis

Kerryn is a former travel agent with a passion for travelling and writing, and as she’s pretty great at both (and has all that insider info) she’s one of our longest-serving writers at the HomeAway blog. She’s used a long-drop toilet in the middle of Africa, stood on a glacier in Canada, eaten dried mopani worms in Zimbabwe and slept under the stars in Botswana – amongst a few other things that probably wouldn’t make it into the movie Kerryn. When she’s not writing about her travel adventures, she’s usually creating artistic masterpieces with her two young daughters.

Russell Bowes

Originally from leafy and very sleepy Hertfordshire, England, Russell decided to pack up and move to the bright lights of London some years ago. He’s travelled to many parts of Europe and Southeast Asia, but his favourite trip was to Greece in 2012, visiting the capital Athens and the sun-kissed island of Santorini. Since then, he’s been recommending our weekend dinners – and they go down a treat. When not writing and thinking about travel, he can be found working on his cookery blog dreaming up new recipes. Outside cooking and travel, he has a passion for health and fitness (must be all that food!) as well as all things geeky.

Kirsti Banyard

Kirsti is sort of our un-sung hero of UK travel – she’s always out and about with her family, because she believes that a family that plays together stays together. “It seems that it gets more and more difficult to achieve that work/life balance: for my family, choosing to enjoy short breaks throughout the year means not only do we get to discover and explore some pretty cool places, we re-connect and relax together. Sharing those experiences and looking at new and exciting ideas through writing is a real joy – it feels like I get to relive some of my happiest memories and hopefully inspire others to start their own family adventures”.

Kai Sedgwick

As a peripatetic blogger, Kai spends his days writing about travel and travelling about writing. He dreams of discovering the perfect beach, but would settle for finding the perfect café, a place where the wifi is as good as the coffee. Amazing places, unusual sites and natural phenomena inspire his travel blogs for HomeAway – alongside fake buildings, treasure hoards and all things ever-so creepy. He often threatens us with jumping on a postal ship and exploring the globe, but yeah – we know the wifi wouldn’t be up to scratch.

Sophie Gackowski

Often found in a tiny seaside town on the east coast of Scotland, Sophie usually gets itchy feet and books a flight to the first place she fancies. She’s found out the hard way that cheap flights and accommodation don’t mean cheap living costs (she’s eaten her weight in veggie sushi in Oslo), that you can’t always trust recommendations of serene beauty and tranquility (dancing on flaming bars in Olu Deniz), and that flying with a hangover is not something she wants to do again (watch out for Dutch jenever – seriously). She’s also mad about dolls’ house miniatures – but we try to make her keep that out of the blog.

Russ Sanchez

Russ has a love/hate relationship with talking about himself in the third person. He likes the way the ocean smells, but won’t go into it past his waist because sea life is the shadiest of all life. He’s lived in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Portland (OR), Portland (ME), rural Vermont, and Edinburgh – so he’s clocking up the miles (and the flatmates) to say the least. He spent a spring break in Tokyo years ago, too, which probably doesn’t count for anything, but he won’t shut the *&%$ up about it. He has perfect colour vision. He has relative pitch. And he likes semicolons no matter what Vonnegut says.

Ronnie McCluskey

Ronnie caught the travel bug after lugging an oversized backpack around Thailand, and then from coast to coast in Australia, when he was 19. Since his return, he’s not ventured outside of Europe, though a trip to Vegas – to indulge his other passion, boxing, and catch a big fight at the MGM Grand – is long overdue. Well, he says it’s all about the boxing but we’ll not speculate here… When he’s not travelling, planning to travel or writing about travel, he likes to read, watch movies and play tennis. Or y’know, do the above while travelling. Having reviewed music for several years, he’s also our go-to man for gig info.

So there we are in all our glory. Fancy getting involved? You can share your ideas with us, tell us what you think, or even contribute to our blog or website by becoming a local travel expert. We promise we won’t bite.

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Happy travels,

The HomeAway Blog Team