Travel Portfolio

To travel.
To capture landscape in imagery.
To catch glimpses of culture.
To discover the narrative.
And then, to write.

Here’s a random selection of my travel articles.

Nature Writing Prize – shortlisted essay – 2021

Meditation in Stone

 

Antarctica

On First Seeing Antarctica (Travel Story Prize – 2019)
Patagonia, the land of fire and ice, is also the Gateway to Antarctica; the enigmatic seventh continent. That’s where I’m heading. 1,238 kilometres away.

 

Norway

NorwayInto the light fantastic
Marian McGuinness worships the sky by night and snow by day inside the Arctic Circle.

Greece

GreeceBlown away by island beauty
Amid steep cliffs and a moonscape summit, Marian McGuinness finds Santorini’s got a hot reputation.

Pillars to the sky
Marian McGuinness explores orthodox monasteries crowning stony pillars that connect earth and sky.

Soaking up the hospitality
Marian McGuinness gets an intoxicating Greek welcome.

The Siren call of Samos
From Pythagoras to the sanctuary of Hera, Marian McGuinness explores Greece’s eighth largest Hellenic island.

Argentina

ArgentinaLife behind the sights
During a sobering vigil from her hotel window, Marian McGuinness sees a different Buenos Aires.

 

Argentina

From cradle to the saddle
Machismo is no match for a little gaucho in a blue beret, writes Marian McGuinness.

 

Italy

Dig into the terroir of Italy’s famous Chianti wine region in Tuscany
Marian McGuinness explores bread, olive oil and wine. The holy trinity of Tuscany.

 

Pesaro – A Musical Journey
When on the Italian opera trail, Marian McGuinness says, be sure to leave some room for Rossini’s birthplace with its pasta, pizzas and world-class festival dedicated to the portly master of the bel canto.

 

 

Scents and Sensibility
Age-old alchemy at a heritage pharmacy in Florence.

  

 

Genoa – A Musical Journey
Marian McGuinness explores the beautiful, unspoiled Italian city that Wagner believed outshone Paris and London.

 
 

From Italia With Love
Blessed with unending coastlines, romantic landscapes and elegant towns, Marian McGuinness guides you through the temptations of Italy.

  

 

ItalyFloating through a dream
The real Venice unveils itself to Marian McGuinness on a journey along the Grand Canal.

Rugged beauty and home of lost souls
Marian McGuinness hunts down a lost soul in a place of rugged beauty.

Paths to happinessItaly
Marian McGuinness takes in the hamlets of Cinque Terre.

A cloister walk with thee
Marian McGuinness and her nun-wary companion embrace religious life in an Umbrian hillside town.

Where Keats met his maker
Literary ghosts seem to watch her every step, as Marian McGuinness traces a poet’s dying days.

ItalyThe plot deepens
Marian McGuinness descends beneath Rome to where pope, saint and slave alike were laid to rest.

 

Australia

Northern Tasmania in Ten Days
Fly In Fly Out of Tasmania’s northern city and experience the food, history and culture of the northwest and wilderness coasts in a loop.

 

 

The Kingdom of Ironfest
The Blue Mountains fantastical festival of the Wild West, Steampunk, Time Travel and a homage to all things metal.

  

 

Walking in the path of an Ancient Volcano (The New York Times Style Magazine, Australia) 
Just three and a half hours from Cairns lie the oldest standing lava tubes on Earth and the longest lava flow in modern geological time.

 

 

Stromatolites: The Earth’s oldest living lifeforms (launching BBC Travel’s latest series, Nature’s Curiosities)
Blocking out the peripheral surrounds and imagining the sky methane orange from volcanic activity, this is what life looked like at the beginning of time.

 

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Sydney Opera House serves up a little night music on the harbour shore (Winner of the 2017 ASTW Best Australian Story)
One of the most intoxicating views of Sydney Harbour by night is from the northern foyer of the Opera House. And as the Sydney Symphony Orchestra breaks for its mid-concert interval, the audience flows to the foyers within these famous ivory sails.

Australia
Opal Odyssey
(Winner of the 2013 Festival of Australian Travel Writing)
We like Marian’s story most for its warmly heart-felt sense of place. Using accurate descriptions and colourful phrasing, she captures Lightning Ridge during her short visit.

Where cowboys race the clock
Marian McGuinness finds that a little yee-hawing goes a long way.

Generous to the core
In search of the perfect apple pie, Marian McGuinness finds the farmers’ market, orchards and cafes of Bilpin are a pip above the rest.

The bay of no regrets
Marian McGuinness finds the magic is still alive at her quiet childhood haven of Toowoon Bay.

Japan

Suits me to a Tree
Marian McGuinness finds tranquility in Japanese forest bathing.

 

 

 

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Shades of the Shogun
Marian McGuinness takes a walk back through history in the little known Japanese jewel of a town, Sawara.

New Zealand

Best European Travel in New Zealand’s South Island
France, Slovakia, Iceland, Italy, Norway. It’s Europe on a South Island plate.

 

 
 
The Catlins, an end-of-land enigma
Marian McGuinness goes on a road trip in the Catlins to see fossilised forests, caves and waterfalls.

Thailand

Pedalling to the city’s amazing beat
Bicycle, Bangkok, no bell: what could possibly go wrong as Marian McGuinness cycles through the pulse of the city?

 

 

Ireland

Take the Coast Roads
Marian McGuinness wanders the wild and wonderful Dingle peninsula on the Wild Atlantic Way.

 

 

The unlikely charms of a seaweed bath
Marian McGuinness luxuriates in her bathtub broth of briny nourishment.

  

 

Mummy hold my hand
Down, down into the crypts of Dublin’s St Michan’s to see the naturally mummified bodies of the nun, the thief and the crusader.

 

 

France

The Best of Burgundy
Marian McGuinness wines and dines in the charming French town of Beaune.

 

In the wake of an intrepid explorer
La Perouse’s 200 year-old watercolour paintbox draws Marian McGuinness into his life.

 

Driven to despair by online accommodation review
Chateau Camelot turns out to be Chateau Shambles.

 

Tunnel visions of survival
On Easter Sunday 1917, 24,000 soldiers crammed into the netherworld beneath medieval Arras, metres from the German frontline.