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.

 
Inside the Travel Lab one of the best travel blogs featured by Nat Geo Traveller, BBC, Stylist

Let's think and dream as we travel the world:

on the road or in our minds

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

Responsible Travel Yet Luxury Travel

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.

Historic Travel Yet Active Travel

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.

Inspirational Travel Yet Cynical Travel

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.

Plus, plenty of travel photography tips

Because “Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.” Marc Riboud.

LET'S GET SOCIAL!

Plus, there's periscope and snapchat now too!

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. 

 

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.”

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50 BEST TRAVEL WEBSITES

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.”

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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.”

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HOTTEST EXPLORER

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

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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

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 & Freedom

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.

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.
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