JULIA BUCKLEY

freelance journalist

Monument Valley, Utah. Image: Julia Buckley

I grew up in Cornwall, then moved to London (via Oxford and Essex) to join the launch team of thelondonpaper, where I was features writer. I stayed there on staff (moving up to travel editor) until its closure in September 2009.

I mainly concentrate on travel features these days, and specialise in two places I've spent a lot of time in: America and Italy. I spent a year in Italy as part of my degree, speak Italian (though not as fluently as I used to) and go back regularly - specialities include the Marche, Tuscany, Calabria and Puglia as well as the major cities (particularly Milan, Venice, Bologna, Florence and Rome).

I've also spent a lot of time in America, particularly the West Coast - I lived for 18 months in Vegas, while I edited Condé Nast's VegasChatter site, and know LA, San Diego and Palm Springs like the back of my hand. I love the Deep South (my heart rests somewhere between Georgia and Mississippi), and am pretty au fait with the rest of the country, having covered 40 states in the last couple of years.

I specialise in hotels - I write the monthly Hotels Under £100 column for National Geographic Traveller, was assistant editor at Condé Nast's HotelChatter, launched Jetsetter's UK site and have written about hotels for the Independent, Condé Nast Traveler, Sunday Times Travel Magazine, GQ, Globe and Mail and i-escape.

Having suffered from a chronic pain condition for the last few years, I also write about health, disability (and disabled travel) and the placebo effect in western and alternative medicine. My first book, Heal Me - an investigation into alternative medicine, faith healing and the global pain industry - will be published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson in 2017. More info here.

My agent is Ed Wilson at Johnson & Alcock.

As you may be able to tell from the above, I'm not the Julia Buckley who writes about fitness and doubles as a personal trainer.