Sarah Shuckburgh is a regular contributor to the Telegraph travel pages and has twice been nominated for the Press Association's Travel Writer of the Year Award.

She has written about many of the world’s wildernesses, including the rainforests of Madagascar, North Borneo and Ecuador, the deserts of Namibia and southern California, the swamps of Botswana, the plains of Venezuela, and the Blue Mountains of New South Wales.

For many years Sarah worked for Serenissima and Jules Verne as a tour leader on cultural holidays, and as a guide on walking tours with Alternative Travel Group. At home in London, she also sat a magistrate and taught A level English and Sociology. As a JP and a sociologist she has been fascinated by the diverse customs and traditions of the countries she visits, for instance Seville’s Semana Santa processions, Verona’s well-shod passegiata, Havana’s street musicians, the ritual sacrifices of dogs and chickens made by healers in Arunachal Pradesh, the courtship practices of the hill tribes in North Vietnam, or, in Orissa, the ceremonies surrounding Lord Jagannath, the 10-foot wooden God of the Universe.

Her articles convey a lifelong enthusiasm for travel and a sharp eye for detail, whether she is describing steam baths in Budapest or Helsinki, meadows in northern Romania or Gloucestershire, the coastlines of California, Kerala or Morocco, tea-drinking in Yunnan, coffee-drinking in Seattle, lobster-fishing in Sweden, diamond tiaras in Antwerp, or her father’s memories of the Normandy Landings.