Annabelle Thorpe has been a travel writer for 10 years, working on the Saturday Times travel desk and as Deputy Travel Editor for Express Newspapers. She currently works for The Observer's Escape section and writes for The Times, the Guardian and The Express. She grew up by the sea in Sussex and continues to return to the coast as often as possible. She lives in Crouch End, London. Liz Bird has more than 15 years' experience in travel journalism and was Deputy Editor of Travel Weekly and worked on The Observer travel desk. She currently writes for The Express, The Observer, The Times and the Daily Express. She grew up in Kent and has a particular love of the South Downs and the Cornish coast. She lives in Southwark, London.