Ben West

Author, journalist, photographer, editor

I have written extensively for publications in the UK and worldwide, including most UK national newspapers and many magazines, and have written for various corporate clients. I have also edited publications, researched television shows and written a number of books. My photography has appeared in a number of publications, and films broadcast also, and I have appeared on a number of radio and television programmes.

UK NATIONAL NEWSPAPERS   Articles published in The Times, Sunday Times, Guardian, Observer, Daily Telegraph, Sunday Telegraph, Financial Times, Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday, Independent, Independent on Sunday, Daily Express, Sunday Express, Daily Mirror, Sunday Mirror, Daily Star, Sunday Correspondent, Today, The Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday, The Herald

UK REGIONAL NEWSPAPERS   Articles for the Evening Standard (London), Metro, the Aberdeen Press and Journal, Daily News

MAGAZINES   Articles published in The New Statesman, The Spectator, Reader’s Digest, Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, Tatler, GQ, House and Garden, Travel Africa, Prima, Screen International, Midweek, Ms London, Homes Overseas, A Place in the Sun, Coast, The Week, Company, Woman’s Weekly, BUPA 37 Degrees, Junior, Jetaway, Bluewings, Germanwings, Nasair, Morning Calm, P&O Cruises Pacific magazine, B.there!, Voyager, easyJet Traveller, Zing magazine, RAF News, Self Build Homes, Select Traveller, France, Living France, Italia, Completely London, London Homes and Property Magazine, The Resident, Greenwich Visitor, Selling Travel, Black + Green Magazine, Emirates Portfolio magazine and others

WEBSITES, WorldTravelGuide, Britain’sFinest, SimplyLuxuryHolidays, SimonSeeks, Traverati,,,

BOOKS   Cameroon (Bradt), London for Free (Pan), Fun for a Fiver in London (Pan), Fun for a Fiver in Amsterdam (Pan), Rough Guide to Family Fun in Ireland (Rough Guides), Buying a Property Abroad (Cadogan), Retiring Abroad (Cadogan), Buying a Property in Spain (Foulsham), London’s Top 50 Free Museums (Antelope Press).

COLUMNS ETC   Past column in the Sunday Times travel section, ‘Free Time’, weekly English dispatches for Swiss travel website

BLOGGING was website written by travel journalists Ben West and Sonja Huesler, and as well as featuring travel tips, it highlighted many of the culture clashes between the UK and Switzerland. In 2015 it was included in Globesession magazine’s top ten list of Swiss travel blogs.

CORPORATE/COPYWRITING/RESEARCH   Corporate clients have included Mercedes Benz, Credit Suisse, Sutton Young, Spracht Weberei (Switzerland), Banda Property, Bezier, CBS Outdoor, King’s Cross, BUPA, Norwich Union, the NHS. Research for television production companies.


The Times – See the gorillas for under £1000

Daily Telegraph – German wine tour

Financial Times – Kentish micropubs

The Guardian – North Cyprus

High50 – Dubai: hell on earth

Travel Africa – Nyungwe Nziza, Rwanda

Travelnews – How to keep holiday bookers

Woman’s Weekly – The Norfolk Broads

Mail on Sunday – Leeds with Prunella Scales and co

Daily Mail – Barcelona: retracing my grandfather’s steps in the Spanish Civil War – How the shared economy is affecting the travel industry (in German)

Travel Africa – Cycling to Uganda’s stunning lakes – What’s gone wrong with easyJet? – Pop-up airlines

Scotland on Sunday – Plastic fantastic

Travelnews – The return of travel guidebooks

Metro – Culinary Copenhagen – Brexit’s effect on the travel industry – Business travel is changing – The sharing economy explosion

Glasgow Herald – Tunisia

Travelnews – Rwanda, the new luxury destination

Independent on Sunday – Highland safaris – Destinations can become instant no-go areas

Harpers Bazaar – Rwanda

Travelnews – Dealing with bad travel reviews

Independent – Family holidays in Ireland – A new hotel concept

Woman’s Weekly – Northumberland

Travelnews – The reinvention of the British pub – How food put Scandinavia on the food map

Glasgow Herald – Hong Kong – Salmond books in as Captain Kirk (in German)

High50 – Gastropubs with rooms – Aircraft cabins of the future

Independent – Guernsey – London City Airport (in German)

Woman’s Weekly – Kent coast the best family holiday destination – Luxury hotels for pets – What’s new in the Middle East – Major new hotels