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Bringing You Unusual Things To Do Around the World From a writer who swapped a career as a doctor for a life with suitcases and screens

Well, hello! I’m Abi, a writer and photographer who swapped a career as a doctor for a life on the road. Inside the Travel Lab started as a home for the places I loved and the people I’d met that didn’t fit into the world of mainstream media. It pretty much still is.

If you’re brand new to this site, and blogs in general, you might like to start here. 

A Little About Me, A Lot About Travel

Traditionally, here’s where I show you a photo of my good self. So, here you go:

Abigail King Inside the Travel Lab

That’s the first photo I chose for this site, all these years ago. And as many of you have pointed out, you can’t actually see my face. Over time, I progressed to this:

Underwater Video - Abigail King




Abi floating in the Dead Sea

And finally, this:

Abi in Dead Sea Mud

It’s not yet clear whether the progression has been a good one. Particularly to the person in the background of that last photo.

But overcoming my camera-shyness wasn’t the only thing that changed.

In 2007, after five and a half years of working as a hospital doctor, I began to follow a different dream. The dream to “become a writer.”

Looking back now, I both laugh at my naivety and yet amaze myself when I realise just how far I’ve come (I’m British, by the way, in case that “s” in realise really annoyed you.) I’ve been published in National Geographic Traveler (US version, only one “L”), been approached by the BBC, turned down book deals and, yes, even managed to earn a living through my love of words and pictures. I’ve also been lucky enough to travel the world.

It feels strange to read through that last paragraph. Somehow, I’m not quite sure how I pulled it off.

Most of this blog is about the world out there, not the goings on inside my own little life but if you are interested in such things then these are the posts to read:

The Unusual, The Heartwarming, The Forgotten And The Beautiful

Ultimately, this is a blog about finding unusual journeys. About asking questions and feeling alive.


A Little Housekeeping (and if you know me, you’ll understand the “little”)

Press Releases

Please don’t send them to me, I won’t publish them here. I only write about places or products I’ve experienced myself unless, you know, you really are trying to save the world. And even then, there’s every chance they’ll get caught in the gremlin-gobbling spam filter by mistake.


If it was good enough for Shakespeare and Michelangelo, it’s good enough for me! If you have or represent a brand or product that values integrity, responsibility, beauty and luxury then please get in touch. Find out more here.

Disclosure and Freedom, Freedom I Say!

I always keep the right to write whatever I want here on Inside the Travel Lab, that’s the whole point of having a blog. And I always disclose. You can read more here if you like but there isn’t really much more to say.

Freelance Work

Looking for a writer or photographer? You can find my portfolio over here. I’ve worked for the BBC, Lonely Planet, National Geographic Traveler, Red, CNN and more and I’m always on the lookout for more work (which is, perhaps, a remnant from my doctoring days!)

Need Help With Social Media, Photography or Travel Writing?

I can help. I offer online courses, bespoke training sessions and individual consultancy. Find out more here. 

Need A Speaker?

Let me help you with that too. From England to Spain to the UAE I’ve spoken about travel, social media, writing and finding your passion in life. I’m a bit of  a chatterbox, really, and will happily talk about almost anything.

Need A Blogger?

Are you sure you know what you’re letting yourself in for? Only kidding. It’ll all work out fine as long as you do your homework first. And yes, I can help with that.

Giving Back

I give 10% of the money I make each year, in whatever guise it finds me, to what I feel to be a good cause. This year it’s the Red Cross & Crescent.

Competitions & Giveaways

Ye-es…so long as they’re good. Good means that the prize is really worthwhile and the effort taken to win it isn’t exploitative. I won’t run contests where readers are expected to sign up to a gazillion and one marketing lists or hand over oodles of their own creative work for very slim reward. I’m also not a fan of those projects where people are expected to spam, sorry, approach everyone they know and beg for votes. Who decides where to draw the line? I do, because it’s on my blog and I’m clearly drunk with power. Mwahahahahahah etc etc <insert sinister laugh.>


Why Inside the Travel Lab?

These days, I work as a journalist and photographer but like all good writers, I trained in neuroscience research, headed to medical school and then worked for several years as a doctor in Emergency Medicine.

It’s that scientific background that explains the name Inside the Travel Lab. To me, a lab is a place for insight and discovery, for inspiration and for looking at a “problem” in a whole new way. To be inside that, is to be right where the action is.

So that’s where we are. Inside the Travel Lab, exploring the world.

Thanks for stopping by.

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Press & Awards

National Geographic's Intelligent Travel Blog mentions Abi King's Inside the Travel Lab


Abigail King has an uncanny knack for showing a location from a new perspective.


Top Ten Luxury Travel Blogs

Cision rank Inside the Travel Lab 4th

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“One of the Hottest Online Explorers”


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“Clever insights and inspiring Instagram shots”


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Top 10 Travel Tweeters

Why we love her:
 She makes us feel a little bit more intelligent just by reading her posts.

Vanity Fair Conde Nast Traveler“Influential”

MSN Travel Superblogger Abigail King

The 20 Best Travel Blogs – MSN

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“King changed her life and you can do the same.”

Lonely Planet

“One of the best travel blogs in the world.”

“One of the world’s leading travel bloggers”

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Yahoo Best Travel Blog Top 15 UK Travel Blogs – according to Yahoo!


CTO Photojournalism Award 2012

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British Travel Press Award Finalist

TBU Travel Writing Award


Top Luxury Travel Bloggers – FlipKey