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Marie Barbieri

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Full name Marie Barbieri
Country Australia
Primary language English
Specialist areas

Bushwalking, hiking, cycling, Australia, South Australia, Adelaide, Sydney, the Kimberley, Broome, Tasmania, New Zealand; Canada; Vancouver; Wellington; The Greek Islands, Italy, long-distance rail travel, island-hopping, health, wellbeing, yoga and holistic travel.

Editorial work Features writing, Photography
Last updated 19-06-2017 13:11

Biography

Marie Barbieri is an award-winning travel writer and photographer. She has been country, city, village, national park, mountain, desert, island and coral reef-hopping for over 20 years, during which time she sauntered her itchy-footed passion into a freelance writing and photography career. With several hundred published travel articles under her belt, Marie writes for newsstand travel and health publications, inflight magazines, newspapers and award-winning websites. She left her native UK ten years ago for the otherworldly landscapes of Australia, where she now, as an Australian citizen, bases her freelance business. She continues to hemisphere-hop, writing for UK, European, USA and Australasian publications.

Marie is a member of the Australian Society of Travel Writers and was a winner at the 2016 ASTW Travel Journalism Awards for Excellence.
She was also a finalist at the 2014 ASTW Travel Journalism Awards for Excellence, and a finalist at the SA Media Awards (2016, 2014 and 2013).

Marie has contributed to a diverse range of titles. Australasian clients include: Holidays for Couples; Slow Living; Luxury Travel; Out & About With Kids; Our Planet Travel; Get Up & Go; Asian Geographic; Great Walks; Bicycling Australia; Let's Travel; and Bespoke Magazine. UK titles include: Australia & New Zealand; Destination Weddings & Honeymoons Abroad; Good Things; Italia!; Wild Travel and Wanderlust (SA Supplement). Inflight magazines include: Jetstar; Going Places; Islands; Paradise; Baltic Outlook; Tiger Tales; and Yeahbaby. Newspapers include: The Dallas Morning News; and Vancouver Sun. Marie's work has also featured on websites such as: World Travel Guide; travel2next.com; GoNOMAD.com; flightcentre.com.au; and Westworld.

Marie spent several years living, working and travelling in Australia before becoming naturalised. She has an in-depth knowledge of Sydney, where she lived before settling in Adelaide.

Recent travels have had Marie: marinating in the elemental beauty of South Africa; befriending Christmas Island's wildlife; flying over the swirling pinks and blues of Lake Eyre and the salted crusts of Lake Torrens and Lake Frome; spending a month in Vancouver enjoying waterfront yoga and hiking on snowy peaks; canyon-hopping in Arizona; getting red and dusty crossing the Kimberley; getting sweaty and breathy on guided multi-day hikes of the Great Ocean Road and Tasmania's Maria Island; drinking kava with the locals and watching manta rays barrel roll in Fiji's Yasawa Islands; healing at a Sri Lankan Ayurveda retreat; eyeing up nudibranch on Lady Elliot Island; stalking humpbacks off Fraser Island; and swimming with sea lions and dolphins in the Eyre Peninsula. She explored Canada's Vancouver, Banff and Calgary, and the unique Echo Valley Ranch & Spa, before boarding the sensational Rocky Mountaineer train. Before that, she returned to Europe to enjoy Dorset's charming and historic townships, and to complete a photo-shoot of Santorini's excavated ancient cities and volcanic islets.

Travels before that saw Marie: motu-hopping in the Polynesian splendour of the Cook Islands; latticing Australia's sunburnt terrain on the legendary Ghan and Indian Pacific trains; camel-riding near Alice Springs; wildlife-spotting in Kangaroo Island; cycling the Gold Coast; hiking the Flinders Ranges; burning adrenaline on Hamilton Island; exploring the isolated wilderness of Tasmania's Bay of Fires region; wining and dining in the Barossa and Clare Valleys; getting nose-to-bottlenose with the marine life of Western Australia's Ningaloo Reef and Queensland's Heron Island; and traversing the contrasting landscapes of New Zealand's Bay of Islands and The Coromandel.

Upcoming travel plans include: Samoa; Vanuatu; Hawaii; Tahiti; Macau and the Maldives.

SPECIAL INTERESTS:

Marie loves bushwalking and cycling, and is often commissioned to write outdoor and nature-based activity features. She is passionate about wildlife conservation, holistic health, wellbeing and yoga.

She also enjoys long-distance rail journeys, and has travelled on: Australia's Indian Pacific and The Ghan, Canada's Rocky Mountaineer and South Africa's Blue Train.

Marie is also a fully qualified complementary therapist. Alongside her freelance writing business, she ran her own mobile therapy business in the UK for six years prior to her move to Australia.

Health publications Marie’s work has featured in include: Australian Yoga Journal; Australian Natural Health; Nature & Health; Fitness First; Yoga Magazine (UK); and Massage Magazine (USA). She was also a guest complementary health columnist for Bicycling Australia.

Marie has extensive photography archives (samples can be viewed in the photo gallery on her website) and can provide professional, high-resolution digital images. She is available to discuss feature or photography assignments, including words/pictures packages for any of the above, and on new destinations/subjects.