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Abigail King of Inside the Travel Lab

Well, hello there, I'm Abi!

A writer and photographer who swapped a career as a doctor for a life with words and pixels.​

THINK. EXPLORE. TRAVEL. ENJOY.

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Abigail King from Inside the Travel Lab in London

Whatever else, life doesn’t need more meaningless routine. This isn’t a call to quit your job and travel the world (although if you decide that is for you, good luck! Enjoy!)

It’s a call to think about the world, to roll around in its colours, its spices, its senses and its sights, and to find out more about this place we all need to call home. 

Inside the Travel Lab started as a home for the stories I felt deserved to be told but that couldn’t find a place within the mainstream media. 

It is a travel blog but you don’t need to travel to explore, to think and to enjoy. You can do it here in the lab. Or you can pack your bags and hit the road. Either way, I hope you’ll find what you’re looking for. 

Abigail King from Inside the Travel Lab in London

WHO’S BEHIND THE LAB?

That would be me, Abi King. There’s more about me if you scroll on down. 

WHY DID YOU CALL IT INSIDE THE TRAVEL LAB?

These days, I work as a writer and photographer but I took a somewhat unorthodox route. I trained in neuroscience research, headed to medical school and then worked for several years as a doctor in Intensive Care and 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.

A LITTLE ABOUT ME

Abi Travel Collage

Hi, I’m Abi and after all these years I’m still not sure how to start my introductions!

I’m a writer, blogger, photographer, speaker, TV host and explorer. 

I’ve travelled to over 50 countries, though I only keep count when I need to write words like these. 

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.”

I had no idea what I was doing but trusted that if I followed the same path as I did with medicine (read, find experts, study, experience, enjoy and experiment) I’d get there in the end. 

Today I work with Lonely Planet, National Geographic Traveler and Traveller (the spelling’s different on either side of the pond) and many more. I’ve gone swimming with crocodiles, interviewed survivors from the Atom bomb, glided over deserts in hot air balloons and had a hot shower and hit the slick city scene of New York, Paris, Milan and Tokyo.

Life’s usually interesting, sometimes challenging, occasionally painful and always alive. 

Oh, and I also like the TV series Blackadder and marmite toast, buttered just right. 

 

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:

PRESS & AWARDS

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ESSENTIAL READING

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

Inside the Travel Lab on Cosmopolitan

TOP TEN TRAVEL TWEETERS

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

TOP TRAVEL BLOGS ACCORDING TO YAHOO
TOP 15 UK TRAVEL BLOGS
“Her eloquent and quirky posts are less about what she’s been up to and more on what the reader can do in various locations across the globe.”

Abigail King Inside the Travel Lab the Independent

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Contributor: Abigail King of Inside the Travel Lab

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BEST NEW TALENT

Abigail’s clever insights and inpsiring Instagram shots will make you want to ditch the day job for a jaunt to the coast of Costa Rica.

Inside the Travel Lab on Vanity Fair

INFLUENTIAL GLOBETROTTER

“We asked ten influential globetrotter the perfect destination for this year.The result? A round the world, from the forests of the Yukon to the beaches of Bali through Tel Aviv with a horse race in Mongolia.”

Huffington Post describes Inside the Travel Lab as a top travel blog
9 FAVORITE TRAVEL BLOGGERS
“Her writing rocks, she takes great photos and reading about her unusual journeys really makes you feel alive.”

TRAVEL TIPS FROM THE TOP BLOGGERS
“Sassy, globetrotting, female elite.”

Grazia Inside the Travel Lab

HOTTEST EXPLORER

“Grazia quizzes the world’s hottest online experts.”

Lonely Planet Inside the Travel Lab
PATHFINDER
“One of the best travel blogs in the world.”

Best 20 Travel Blogs from MSN Travel feat Inside the Travel Lab

20 BEST TRAVEL BLOGS

“Abigail King is another writer who manages to look beyond the obvious and approach things from a different angle. Her posts are rarely anything less than a quality read.”

Vuelio Top 10 UK Travel Blogs feat @insidetravellab

TOP 10 UK TRAVEL BLOGS

TOP 10 LUXURY TRAVEL BLOG

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.

Sponsorship

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.>

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