Wanderlust readies for revamp with new staff

Travel magazine Wanderlust is making several appointments as part of its coming redesign and editorial review.

Editor Lyn Hughes explained the motivation behind the changes: “Travel has changed so much over the past 10 years – people have become more adventurous and sophisticated in the way they travel. They are going on more off-the-beat holidays and are not afraid to do their own research.

“We want to reflect that by adding more practical advice and insider tips, as well as adding more consumer coverage.”

The magazine has taken on Trail magazine’s former features editor Piers Pickard as its new deputy editor.

Pickard has contributed travel stories to The Sunday Times and several travel magazines. Before switching to journalism he worked in the travel industry. Hughes commented: “This is an exciting appointment in an exciting year for Wanderlust. Piers has the mix of experience and passion that we were looking for to complement our existing, very strong team.

“He instinctively understands what makes our readers tick, and is bursting with ideas.”

Pickard commented: “Wanderlust is an inspiration that allows its readers to call themselves travellers. This is a job I have dreamed of doing since I read my first issue in the midNineties.”

In a further appointment, former contributing editor Paul Bloomfield has been made news editor. Before joining Wanderlust, Bloomfield freelanced for the magazine as well as for Lonely Planet. He has also contributed articles to The Times, Maxim and Lonely Planet guide books.

Former editor of Travel Africa magazine, William Gray, becomes contributing editor, as will former editor of Business Traveller, Rachael Jolley, who will be responsible for the consumer pages.

Gray was runner-up Emap New Journalist of the Year in 2003 and 2002, and was shortlisted for the Periodicals Training Council New Journalist of the Year in 2003.

Lonely Planet founder Tony Wheeler will write a regular column.

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