The travel editor of Vanity Fair UK, Michelle Jana Chan, won the Consumer Travel Writer of the Year Award at the Travel Media Awards 2019. We find out what inspires her

1. How did you get into travel writing?
I was a news journalist, and somehow from there I shifted into features, and then into travel writing.

2. What makes a destination a great place to write about?
Always the people – who live there, pass through there, belong there, work there, dream there, who love the destination. They’re my sources.

3. What’s your favourite destination?
Sorry — I couldn’t bear to choose one destination. I think it’s more about favourite trips than favourite destinations. This year, the River Makay in Madagascar was very special. The last few months: Lisbon, Salalah, the Carpathians, Rome, Watamu.

4. What’s on your travel hit list for 2020?
Brazil; Paris, always; Sri Lanka; the Scottish Highlands.

5. Do you have any advice to anyone looking to get into travel writing?
Travel alone.

6. Where are you going to keep your award?
On a high shelf, above all the work detritus in my study.

7. If you could win any other type of award, what would it be?
The Booker Prize.

Read Michelle’s work on her website: michellejanachan.com

Follow @michellejchan on Twitter

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