About 101 Holidays

Welcome to 101 Holidays, the UK’s leading travel inspiration site. More than 4 million people use this site to research their holidays, tapping into the expertise of our team of award-winning travel writers.

We do not sell holidays. Instead, we work independently to recommend the best places to go, and where to book.

Founded in 2009, we have won numerous industry awards and been recommended by media outlets including The Guardian, The Times, The Independent and The Sunday Times. See a selection of our press coverage and find out how we work. You can also Contact us or Ask the Experts for individual travel advice.

Meet the team

mark hodson

Mark Hodson, Group Editor

Mark is a co-founder of 101 Holidays and is responsible for editorial. He has more than 12 years experience as a travel writer for The Sunday Times and has written for many publications including The Times, The Daily Telegraph and The FT. He was voted one of the Top 50 Travel Writers in the UK in a poll of fellow journalists for Press Gazette magazine and has won the prestigious Aito Travel Blogger of the Year award. More about Mark Hodson.

David Wickers

David Wickers, Co-founder

David is a co-founder of 101 Holidays and served as Chief Travel Correspondent at The Sunday Times for 17 years. On three occasions he was voted Travel Writer of the Year, and in 2009 he received the Award for Outstanding Contribution at the Travel Press Awards in London. He has written for magazines, authored guide books and children’s books and was co-founder of the long-haul tour operator, Bridge & Wickers.More about David Wickers.


Jane Anderson

Jane is Editor of 101 Honeymoons. She was immersed in honeymoons for 10 years during her time as Travel Editor at You & Your Wedding magazine, and is the author of A Place to Wed, a book about getting married overseas. She is Travel Editor at women’s lifestyle magazine Prima, and freelances for national newspapers including The Telegraph and the iPaper. She also edits Companion magazine for 25hours hotels. Find out more about Jane Anderson or visit her LinkedIn page.

Annabelle Thorpe

Annabelle Thorpe

Annabelle is Editor of 101 Short Breaks. One of the UK’s leading travel writers and editors, Annabelle spent six years at The Times, before moving to Express newspapers as Deputy Travel Editor then to The Observer. She now writes regularly for the Observer/Guardian and Mail on Sunday and is author of two travel books, 52 Great British Weekends and Britain’s Best Seaside Escapes, along with two novels. More about Annabelle Thorpe.

Amanda Statham

Amanda is Editor of 101 Family Holidays. She has been a leading travel writer for two decades and has spent the last eight years globetrotting with husband Mason and boys Sonny, 8, and Sol, 4. Amanda has been style editor on a wedding magazine, travel editor at Cosmopolitan, and a contributor to The Telegraph, The Guardian, The Times and Family Traveller. She is the author of seven travel books, including The Globetrotters Guide and Brits Guide to New York. She is a judge for the annual Travel Media awards and Australian Society of Travel Writers awards, has made numerous media appearances and is an occasional lecturer and panellist. More about Amanda Statham.

Cathy Winston

Cathy Winston

Cathy is Editor of 101 Singles Holidays. Cathy has been a travel journalist since 2001, writing for National Geographic Traveller, the Independent, The Sunday Times Travel Magazine, MSN, Metro, Family Traveller Magazine, ABTA. She is Travel Editor at the Jewish Chronicle and has won numerous awards including the Brilliance in Blogging award for travel (2016) and the Caribbean Tourism Award (2014). Her blog is MummyTravels.com. More about Cathy Winston.

Mike Gerrard

Mike Gerrard

Mike is a contributing editor. He has been a full-time travel writer since 1994 and has written for numerous publications including The Times, Daily Telegraph and BBC Travel. The author of more than 30 guide books, he has won many awards including AITO Online Travel Writer of the Year, the Travelex Award for Best Travel Consumer Magazine Feature and a British Guild of Travel Writers Award. He and his wife Donna Dailey divide their time between Cambridgeshire and Tucson, Arizona. Find Mike on LinkedIn.


Mary Novakovich

An award-winning journalist for more than 30 years, Mary has written travel for The Independent, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, Evening Standard and The Times, and has reported for the BBC’s From Our Own Correspondent. Her travelogue/memoir, My Family and Other Enemies – Life and Travels in Croatia’s Hinterland, is published by Bradt Guides in August 2022. She has also written guidebooks for Insight Guides, Berlitz and Frommer’s. Her awards include Abtof French Travel Writer of the Year (2010), Italian Media Awards (2014) and French Travel Media Awards (2017). Visit Mary’s LinkedIn page.

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Catherine Leech, Director

Catherine is director and co-founder of 101 Holidays. In the 1990s she left a successful career in travel PR and destination marketing to become managing director of the luxury Caribbean tour operator, Caribtours. After the tsunami in 2005, she relocated to Sri Lanka and spent two years working, initially as a volunteer, for Sarvodaya, a local development agency. Catherine is also a non-executive director of Visit Jersey and a presenter at TravelGuru.tv. More about Catherine Leech.

How we make our choices

Between them, our editors have written for just about every major newspaper and travel magazine in the UK, and visited every country in the world. They know their stuff.

Putting together all that priceless knowledge, each editor has selected 101 of their all-time favourite travel experiences, and suggested how best to book. The travel companies featured are charged an annual fee to appear on the site, but they all appear by invitation only and each has been carefully selected for its proven expertise and excellent customer service. You won’t find any holiday on this site that our founders would not personally recommend. Contact us.

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