Rachel Lees | Intrepid explorer

Traversing the globe as a freelance travel writer

Rachel Lees is a writer, editor and content producer with more than 15 years’ experience in magazines and television, who more recently made a career pivot into travel writing.

She’s an absolute go-getter who’s never been afraid to chase her career dreams or embrace new adventures – from moving cities to moving countries to heading off on assignment to far-flung corners of the globe… usually travelling on her own and with her trusty camera in tow. Rachel only recently returned to Australia after six years of living and working in Singapore, where she navigated expat life with her hubby and their two little dogs.

It was during her time in Singapore that she set out to establish herself as a freelance travel writer, and she’s now in demand with some of the top travel publications in the world.

In this episode, Rachel talks about how she landed her dream career in the magazine industry, the ‘best and worst’ job she ever had in breakfast television, what it takes to succeed as a freelance travel writer and the tougher aspects of the job that you don’t see in glossy Instagram feeds, as well as why we don’t need to achieve everything before 40.

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