David is an award-winning, full-time freelance writer based in England's Northwest. He writes widely for newspapers and magazines from The Observer to Wanderlust, covering all aspects of travel from green to business via family and likes emerging destinations. He has lived in Japan and South America, travelling extensively in both destinations. More recently he has been contracted as author of the Lonely Planet guide to Wales and judged the National Tourism Awards for Wales. David won the Latin America Travel Association (LATA) Travel Article of the Year 2008 and the ABTOF French Travel Article of the Year 2006. Has a weekly radio travel slot on Liverpool's CityTalk (www.citytalk.fm). Follow his blog or read more at www.atkinsondavid.co.uk.