Steph Dyson freelance adventure travel writer

I’m an experienced travel journalist based in Manchester, UK after close to six years living across South America, in destinations include Santiago, Chile, Sucre, Bolivia, Cusco, Peru and Medellin, Colombia. I craft compelling articles that inspires readers to venture to some of the furthest corners of this continent.

I specialise in SEO content strategies that enable businesses to drive and convert organic traffic from Google, as well as writing about adventure travel, off-the-beaten-path destinations, beer, wine and food trends in Chile and Patagonia, as well as more broadly in South America and beyond.

Since winning the Rough Guide’s “Passport to Write” competition in 2015, I have been published and become a regular contributor for a number of online travel publications. I’ve also been placed second in both the Transitions Abroad 2016 Narrative Travel Writing Competition and their Expatriate and Word Abroad Travel Writing Competition, finding myself in the company of a number of well-established travel writers. I’m the author of the first-edition guidebook Moon Chile and contributing author to various publications, including the Rough Guide to Peru, Rough Guide to South America on a Budget and various titles by DK Eyewitness.

I also manage and edit my own travel website, WorldlyAdventurer.com about beyond the beaten path adventures in South America. It’s one of the largest websites about travel in South America in the world and receives close to a million annual visitors.

My background

My professional qualifications include a first class honours degree in English and Related Literature from the University of York and a Masters’ in Education from the University of Manchester, both in the United Kingdom.

Prior to becoming a freelance travel writer, I taught for five years as an English teacher and Assistant Head of Department in secondary schools in the Greater Manchester Region, leading a team of 16 teachers and developing excellent project management and analytical skills.

Leaving the classroom in 2014, I moved to South America where I volunteered for a number of social organisations in an educational and social media capacity, living and travelling in Bolivia for a period of eleven months, in Peru for six months and more recently based in Patagonia and Chile for three years as I researched and wrote Moon Chile. Since then, I’ve spent four months living in Medellin, Colombia as well as various extended trips back to Peru, Chile, Argentina, Guyana and Suriname.

Most recently, I’ve worked as an SEO Content Manager for digital marketing agency Dark Horse and helped clients increase their revenue by everything from 100% to 1,000%, using my wide understanding of on- and off-page SEO and how it can be tailored to those within the travel industry and beyond.

I speak fluent Spanish and have visited and worked with communities in some of the most inaccessible parts of South America. As a writer, I’m driven to document places where few others venture.