Anna Hart is a favourite travel writer of mine. With over ten years experience writing for The Guardian, GQ, Grazia, The Telegraph, Sunday Times Travel and Conde Nast Traveller. She is also the contributing travel editor of Stylist Magazine.
My interview with Anna Hart in Margate
I took the train to sunny Margate last week to meet up with Anna to discuss her new travel memoir 'Departures' and to talk about solo travel and what it means to her.
It was my first time in Margate and I can see why Anna has made it her hometown. Of course I couldn't resist popping into retro fairground heaven Dreamland. It's so much fun that I'm seriously considering hosting my next birthday party there (I'm not too old yet, right!?).
Anna and I met up in Cliffs. A welcoming cafe, yoga space and record store. She welcomed me with a warm hug, a cup of tea and a dreamy slice of chocolate courgette cake.
We had such a lot to talk about and Anna is so lovely I could have chatted for hours. We talked about Anna's travels, from her first six month solo trip to Eastern Europe as a 17 year old, to backpacking South East Asia a few years later. We also discussed how travel can change you as a person, and how we can always learn something from every single journey.
We also talked about how solo travel is becoming more and more accessible to women, but how we still have a long way to go.
And of course we got excited about Anna's new book 'Departures' which is an on the road companion for solo female travellers, and where Anna shares her honest accounts of 13 trips spanning 15 years, and the life lessons it has brought along the way.
It was so great to chat to Anna, (and to visit Margate). I hope you enjoy listening!