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.


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


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.


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

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


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.



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.

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 coreAustralia
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.



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