See the world through new eyes
Hi there, I'm Abi. I'm a writer and photographer who swapped working as a doctor for a life on the road.
Join me, as we seek out unusual travel, thoughtful luxury and making the most of our one and only lives.
Welcome to Inside the Travel Lab, a travel blog, or magazine if you will, on thoughtful luxury travel.
This isn't a call to quit your job and travel the world (although if 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.
It's a call to make you think, make you smile, inspire you, tempt you and show you.
Because, whatever else, life doesn't need more meaningless routine.
NOT YOUR USUAL TRAVEL BLOG
Eco-travel doesn’t need to be miserably bare. Luxury travel doesn’t need to be soulless. Inside the Travel Lab brings you the best of the world while also striving to make the world a better place.
History helps us understand the world and our place in it better. Adventure keeps us alive. There’s no need to decide between stuffy museums and pulse-racing fear. Inside the Travel Lab covers both history and adventure without the boring or barren bits.
Hey, I live in the real world. I worked as a hospital doctor after all. Bad things come to us all, frequently for no reason. People cheat and inspirational quotes can be nauseating. But also… Inspiration and purpose is the only thing that matters in this world. It’s not a race to the bottom but a challenge to rise to the top.
Because “Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.” Marc Riboud.
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:
50 BEST TRAVEL WEBSITES
Contributor: Abigail King of Inside the Travel Lab
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.
TRAVEL TIPS FROM THE TOP BLOGGERS
“Sassy, globetrotting, female elite.”
TOP 10 UK TRAVEL BLOGS
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.
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.
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.