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Hello and welcome to my portfolio page.  I am delighted you enjoy my content and if you would like to work with me on one of your projects please get in touch through the contact form on my site here or email me on clairesturz [@] gmail.com.  

I am available for partnerships with travel brands, destinations and tourist boards, as well as various other working opportunities and freelance writing assignments.

My media kit is available for download here.

Please note that I am committed to promoting diversity in travel and I only take part in campaigns that include diverse content creators such as black, POC, disabled, LGBTQ and plus size creators.  I hope we align on these values and look forward to talking in more detail about working together and how to increase diversity on your campaign if you would like some assistance on that. 

I look forward to working with you soon!

Travel Blogger & Content Creator 

As a content creator, I can write blog posts and produce social media content on my channels to help promote your product or service. I can also create content for your blog or social media channels, including blog posts, photographs, Instagram takeovers and more.

I am available for:

Hotel / Restaurant Reviews           Attraction / Tour Reviews          Product / Service Reviews

Press and Fam Trips                         Sponsored Posts                                Affiliate Partnerships

Social Media Promotion                 Brand Ambassador                            Event Promotion

Brands I have worked with include:

Who I've Worked With

I was the 2019 #wombatsTraveller Ambassador for wombat’s CITY HOSTELS, working with them on a 6 month project over the summer to promote their hostels and destinations to my readers and followers.  As a long-term partner of wombat’s I have been able to create a variety of content for them and help them reach a wide range of potential new customers.

Kay Hyde, Head of Communications, Make It York, said,

“Visit York is one of England’s most respected travel brands and as a top visitor destination it is crucial for us to protect and nurture our brand.

We work with travel writers and travel bloggers who understand the value of our brand and who are interested in working collaboratively with us.  Claire was a pleasure to work with and has generated engaging and inspiring content about the city of York, inspiring a new generation of visitors to the city.  By working with quality Travel Bloggers, we can maximise the impact of all of our social media activity, which forms a core part of our communications strategy.  At every step of the process of working with Tales of A Backpacker, Claire was professional and a joy to work with.  We would very much recommend her to any destination interested in increasing its profile to visitors.”

Freelance Writing Work

I also work as a freelance writer, in particular for travel publications and blogs about South America, Barcelona, backpacking, female solo travel and expat life.  If you would like me to get involved with your project please get in touch through the contact form on my site or email me on clairesturz(@)gmail.com.

Here is a sample of articles I have written for other publications:

Trivago Magazine: How to Have the Perfect Beatles Weekend in Liverpool

St Christopher’s Inns: The Highs and Lows of Solo Travel

Haggis Adventures: Harry Potter Locations in Edinburgh that Muggles will Love

Space Nation Orbit: Space on Earth – The Salar De Uyuni Salt Flats, Bolivia

Matador Network: 7 Ways to Save Money on Your Trip to Barcelona

Matador Network: 12 things I wish I knew before visiting Chichen Itza

Matador Network: 11 unforgettable moments you’ll experience in Birmingham, England

Don’t Forget to Move: An adventure travel & responsible tourism blog, I wrote a chapter for their popular e-book The Authentic Cuba Travel Guide on Solo Female Travel.  Updated in December 2016, this second version of their book is an excellent resource for people visiting Cuba.

The Broke Backpacker : 5 Awesome Inca Sites that Aren’t Machu Picchu

One Modern CoupleTop 10 Foods in Peru You Have to Try

Travel with Pedro: Top 10 Things to do in Mexico City

The Road Affair : Best Things to do in Barcelona

eDreams : An Alternative 48 Hours in Barcelona

Homage to Barcelona: My Perfect Day in Barcelona 

Media Appearances

Featured in Publications

I have also been featured in the following publications:

BBC News: Solo Backpacking Didn’t Kill Grace Millane

Huffington Post: Do You Feel Guidebooks are on the Way Out?

MSN: Worst Case Scenarios You Might Encounter on Your Next Trip

Swedish Radio: Travel Bloggers come to Karlskrona

Tourradar: Two Weeks in Spain for Every Budget

Visit Ecuador & South America: Top 5 Adventure Tourism Spots in South America

Tourradar: What You Need to Take & Know About Trekking to Machu Picchu

Sydostran Swedish News Site: Travel Bloggers Attract Tourists

Interviews, Radio and Podcasts:

Following the BBC article about Grace Millane, I was interviewed on BBC Radio Merseyside about solo female travel and safety:

I contributed to the World Nomads podcast on Mexico, sharing my thoughts about Mexico City (at 26:36):

I took part in Semi-Together’s podcast Turning Setbacks into Comebacks, talking about my experience of turning my life around after getting fired – which was actually the best thing that ever happened to me! 

I chatted to Megsy from the Girls Talk Travel Podcast about my beloved Barcelona, sharing

  1. Why Barcelona is a great place for female travellers to visit. And how to stay safe around the notorious pickpockets!
  2. Must-See Attractions…there’s so many to choose from!!!
  3. The BEST food to try in Barcelona 
  4. and some extra insider tips to make sure you have the perfect trip to this incredible city

I chatted with Stefan from Every Passport Stamp about travelling, Instagram and Mabel the Motorhome:

Speaking Engagements

I spoke at the inaugural Travel Stories event in January 2019 hosted by Euroventure, World Nomads and The Dragon Trip, sharing my personal travel story with the aim of inspiring other people to travel:

Awards Nominations

I have been nominated for the following awards:

If you would like to get in touch about working on a project together please email me at clairesturz (@) gmail.com.  I look forward to hearing from you!

2 thoughts on “Portfolio

  1. vicky gutierrez says:

    Hello Claire,
    My name is Vicky and I am about to take my first solo trip for 3 months to Antigua Guatemala.
    I am a bit worry about security for a woman to travel solo.
    What do you recommend ?

    • Claire says:

      Hi Vicky, thanks so much for getting in touch! Have you read this post? https://talesofabackpacker.com/what-to-do-in-antigua-guatemala-the-ultimate-antigua-city-guide/ I really enjoyed Antigua, I spent about 3 months there too and loved it! There is a large ex-pat community, there is a lot to do in Antigua and in general it is very safe. Still be careful about walking around alone at night, some streets are very quiet and of course bad things could happen anywhere but I didn’t have any problems here, everyone I met was really friendly. You’re going to love it! A note about transport; I was recommended not to take the colourful Chicken Buses which locals use as there are some robberies; ask your accommodation about a tourist shuttle from the airport (assuming you’re arriving by air) which is more expensive but safer. Enjoy!

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