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Samantha Coomber
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About me

Travel has been my passion both professionally and personally for much of my life! After 14 years working in the UK travel industry, I relocated to Australia in 1998 and morphed into a full-time freelance travel and lifestyle writer / editor, with 19 straight years based in Southeast Asia - 12-plus years in Vietnam and eight years in Bali, Indonesia. I’ve written for countless international magazines, newspapers and websites and updated numerous travel guidebooks - I'm author of two, first edition travel guides on Vietnam. I've been personally selected to contribute to several travel anthologies, as a guest lecturer for a Vietnam CEO lecture series, Asia Spa Awards judge and guest speaker on two podcasts.

I've undertaken extensive copywriting work for a diverse portfolio of companies across Asia Pacific and held positions as chief writer / editor in Southeast Asia offices. These include helping set-up, launch and jointly run a new English-language tourist magazine for the state-run V.N.A.T in Hanoi and senior marketing content writer / editor for a tour operator in Ho Chi Minh City - in Vietnam. My niche genre is luxury travel and specialist destinations, Vietnam and Indonesia.

I relocated from Vietnam back to Sydney, Australia in 2021. I'm currently employed as Manager, Copy and Product Content (Emerald Cruises), for Scenic Luxury Cruises and Tours. I'm open to new opportunities and aim to write a book about my two decades as a luxury travel writer in Southeast Asia.

Why did you join the community?

Networking, seek new career opportunities and keep up-to-date in the Asia Pacific travel industry

What is your favorite travel destination?

Indonesia, Vietnam & Greece

Where do you dream of traveling to?

Greek & Indonesian archipelagoes

What was your first travel job?

Holiday resort representative in Spain, for a UK tour operator

What do you want to learn more about?

SEO updates, blogging, how to publish my travel memoirs

Three words that describe why we should travel?

inspire explore passion