With her interest in travel piqued after a school trip to Nepal, which included nine days trekking the Annapurna Circuit, Jayne spent her first post-school years spending every cent she made on travel. She then realised that she could possibly make money from it, too, and her first travel article – about the hilarity of driving Ireland’s roads – was published in The Age in 2000. Since then, she’s completed a Diploma of Professional Writing & Editing and a Bachelor of Arts (Journalism).
Jayne continues to travel, and write about it, for a variety of publications including Lonely Planet. An article Jayne wrote on walking RAW Travel’s Kumano Kodo in Japan won the Australian Society of Travel Writers Award for Excellence for Best Adventure Travel Story in 2017. The trip reignited her love of walking, and she’s enjoyed hiking sections of the E4 in Greece, the Grampians Peaks Trail and Great Ocean Walk.
A new interest in endurance events means Jayne often participates in marathons and day-long cycling events, then finds herself at the start line wondering why on earth she signed up. She’s passionate about plogging (picking up rubbish while running).
One of Jayne’s fondest memories is completing a sample guide as part of her Lonely Planet writer application while in Irun, Spain, and noticing all the pilgrims wearing scallop shell necklaces. She can’t wait to return and earn her own on the Camino de Santiago. Thanks to her time walking the Kumano, she’ll become a dual pilgrim in the process!