Leon Beckenham

Travel & Lifestyle – Writer & Editor

I'm a writer and editor with extensive experience creating commercial and editorial content for global brands across the travel industry and beyond. As well as various managing editor positions, I have spent much of my working life as a freelance writer, producing everything from destination guides and hotel reviews to marketing copy and newsletter campaigns for the likes of The Telegraph, iNews, Mr & Mrs Smith, Culture Trip, BBC, Google and The Times.

A Londoner born and bred, I have travelled widely around Europe, Latin America and the US, both as a writer and a musician. I am now settled on the Balearic Island of Mallorca, where I also write extensively for the island's leading lifestyle magazine – abcMallorca.

Whether it’s adhering to strict in-house style or bringing a unique voice to creative copy, I pride myself on being a focused and flexible professional who always delivers on brief and on time.

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Travel Articles

On a wide range of topics and formats from news features and listicals to interviews and destination guides.

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Magazine Features

Diverse editorial content from celebrity interviews and restaurant reviews to property pieces and area guides.

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Hotel Reviews

From short-form reviews to in-depth write-ups, I've written about hundreds of hotels around the world.

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Other Services

I also offer a variety of other editorial-related services including content strategy, SEO and editing.

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Mr & Mrs Smith | Regular Contributor

Writing in-depth hotel reviews for the Mr & Mrs Smith portfolio and as well as regular articles for their WordSmith section.


DK Eyewitness Guide | Main Contributor

Fact-checking and updating seminal guide book on the island of Mallorca, including extensive research, rewrites and edits.


abcMallorca | Managing Editor

Overseeing and implementing the editorial output for abcMallorca magazine, including commissioning, writing and editing content for 10 annual publications of Mallorca's top lifestyle magazine.


Culture Trip | Spanish Islands Writer

Responsible for writing and sourcing images for hundreds of features, destination guides, and articles covering the Balearic and Canary Islands.


The Hotel Guru | Expert Hotel Reviewer

Providing recommendations, investigating and writing reviews for top hotel site for properties around the Balearic Islands.


EasyJet | Writer and Sub-editor

Sub-editing large volumes of hotel descriptions as well as writing a selection of destination guides for the EasyJet website.


Oyster.com | Writer and Hotel Reviewer

Writing both remote and in-depth hotel reviews, as well as destination guides and travel-related articles syndicated across a range of other websites.


Google | Content Writer

Researching and writing short-form property descriptions for Google hotel project to strict guidelines and fast turnaround.


Cruise Critic | Writer and Sub-Editor

Writing and sub-editing cruise-related news and features, including in-depth cruise ship reviews and events coverage.


AOL Travel | Managing Editor

Heading up the AOL Travel web channel responsible for the development and implementation of channel proposition including originating and commissioning original and compelling travel features.


Expedia and Hotels.com | Content Editor

Writing and editing SEO-optimised hotel content to tight deadlines, management of freelance pool and in-house editors, overseeing editorial consistency and quality throughout production process.