My wife Andy and I first mooted the idea of moving to another country over a bottle of retsina in a taverna on the Greek Island of Samos. The fires were fuelled by numerous other local, and sometimes disgusting, concoctions in far flung places around the globe until we decided it was time to stop talking and do something completely out of character-throw caution to the wind. We swapped Manchester for an island that at one time we wouldn’t have thought exotic or different enough to have made it onto our holiday list, Tenerife.
Yet the island we have spent the last few years learning to love and to live in, isn’t the same one that we used to read about and turn our noses up at. So now we’re on a continuing mission to spread the word that Tenerife is much more than a sun, sand and sea resort for weather weary Europeans.
After a four year stint as the main feature writers for Living Tenerife Magazine we published the guidebook Real Tenerife Island Drives which led to a commission to write another travel guide, Going Native in Tenerife. We also produce walking guides for Tenerife, write copy and travel articles and guides which have been used by Ling Magazine, Frommer’s, DK Guides, The Independent and Simonseeks and we’re Tenerife ‘insiders” for Tenerife.co.uk for whom we also manage a blog.
Additionally we’re trying to bring Tenerife kicking and screaming into the 21st century via the online Tenerife Magazine which we co-founded at the end of 2009 with a couple of great guys, SEO missionary John Beckley of Sorted Sites and Colin Kirby who writes about anything that moves.
Our latest venture is the travel website Buzz Trips which is aimed at people like ourselves; people who like to find a bit of adventure wherever they go.
Although most of my work is writing travel related pieces, I enjoy the freedom of more creative writing, so this blog gives me the opportunity to indulge some of these impulses and have a bit of fun.
Despite being born and brought up on a Scottish island, I spent most of my adult life living near Manchester, England and during that time developed a passion for Man Utd. Ironically, living here has meant that I’m able to watch nearly every match they as Spanish TV more or less screens all of them. The down side of this unexpected pleasure has been that I regularly have to watch games in the company of a strange creature called ABUs (anyone but United) whose sad lives seem to revolve around watching Man Utd matches purely on the off chance that they’ll see us being defeated.