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Kate Joynes-Burgess

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The Cotswolds are in the blood of author, Kate Joynes-Burgess. Her family has lived among these rolling hills for at least five generations. Travel writing for the BBC, Time Out, The Spectator and Travel Leisure has honed her instinct for unforgettable places to stay, excellent eats, perfect pubs, and fabulous farmers markets, showcasing the best produce this unashamedly foodie region has to offer. Growing up in Cheltenham, Kate resettled in Oxford in 2013 - on the eastern fringes of the Cotswolds - after stints in Latin America as a journalist and political analyst. She's applied her sense of adventure to her home turf making her perfectly placed to give you the lowdown on the Cotswolds' finest while illuminating its atypical adventures - from visits to vineyards to hot air balloon rides over the breathtaking Stroud valleys. Always on the hunt for hidden gems, Kate shares her fascination with the region's rich history which stands proud in the form of stately homes, castles, carefully conserved cottages and the occasional Roman ruin. But it's Kate's love of nature and the great outdoors that's really called her back home - and once you've experienced the Cotswolds countryside for yourself, you can expect to find it strangely magnetic too.

Posts by Kate Joynes-Burgess

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  • 1
    What's your favorite mode of transportation? Why?

    I love travelling by train. Maybe it’s in my DNA. On my mum’s side I come from a long line of railway workers back in India where my grandfather was born. There’s nothing more relaxing than the blend of watching the landscape roll by while knowing I’m free to bury my head in a book without having to keep my eye on anything in particular. Not even daily commuting to my day job in London could kill my affection for the humble choo-choo.

  • 2
    What is the most important thing you've learned from traveling?

    WB Yeats once said “There are no strangers, only friends you have not met yet.” It’s the conviction I try to hold onto when on the road. Yes, travel can be daunting and scary (okay – The Cotswolds is neither) but travel experiences that stay with me – beyond the unforgettable sunsets and local flavours – are those where I chanced upon the kindness of strangers. I’ve made friends for life through chance encounters in a pub, by connecting with a friend of an old friend, and even through B&B hosts. Travel has taught me to be open when away – and welcoming when I’m back home to others who are seeking adventures on my home turf.

  • 3
    Who would you choose as a seatmate on a cross-continential road trip?

    My best friend (who is also called Kate) because we can be blissfully silent in each other’s company, she speaks an enviable number of languages and she knows how to make the best of hairy situations having worked for a decade as a journalist in conflict zones.

  • 4
    What do you do when you encounter an unexpected dead-end?

    Initially, I’d probably get cross at the enforced change in plan. I might have a little meditate before finding a local spot to eat, drink and stay – while trying to remember that bumps in the road are part of the adventure. Sometimes it’s about giving yourself the chance to remember the joy of being still.