Hi there! We’re Megan, Nick and Ezra - The Rural Travel Guides.
Our story began in 2017 when Nick and I had just had our first round of IVF cancelled. I was heartbroken and needed to channel my emotions into something creative. So the Rural Travel Guide was born.
It was something I had wanted to do for a long time. I’m a freelance PR coach and writer specialising in rural tourism and I was getting increasingly frustrated at the lack of opportunities for my clients to tell their stories - the nationals just weren’t interested in rural Britain as a destination. I knew there were so many inspiring stories to be told - from castles to campsites and farm to fork. I had met and spoken to the incredible people starting these businesses, diversifying their land and creating incredible experiences.
And I wanted to be the one to tell their stories to the world.
I started my career in local journalism, hot-footing it to London in 2008 - in the middle of the recession - thinking I could carve a career for myself there. How wrong could I be? A year later I returned to my rural roots, depleted but not defeated, and resumed by journalistic career. At the same time I met my future husband and together, finally, after a second successful round of IVF, we welcomed Ezra to our fold in January 2019.
The Guide was a creative release for me when I needed it most and I now hope that it will become an asset to the rural tourism community as a whole - for our members, for tourists and for visitors to our shores.
We want to create the ultimate guide to rural Britain and we’re glad you’re along for the ride.
- Megan Allen, Founder and Editor