As a journalist, Andrew Lovesey has written for The Globe and Mail, National Post, and ELLE Canada, and has worked as an editor at magazines like Canadian Geographic and Canadian Geographic Travel, as well as FLARE. Currently working at Siren Communications, Canada’s leading travel and tourism public relations firm, Lovesey is also working with a team of talented writers and editors to launch a multi-platform digital magazine called Travel About. The first run of the website is now live, and the premiere issue is about to venture into production, so stay tuned!
What are some of the most amazing travel experiences you’ve had already because of your job?
I’m very lucky. I’ve seen some amazing places through my work, like Mexico, the US, and Europe. I’m writing this from London, England. It’s hard to pick out just a couple. I have a weak spot for Barbados, which was sort of nirvana for me as it combined an ideal climate and natural beauty with duty-free designer shopping! I like the charming canals of Amsterdam, have stayed at a Beat Generation hotel, and met some famous actors in London. As I say, it’s tough to name just a few experiences; it’s the diversity of what’s out there that excites me as a journalist and as someone now working in travel PR.
Favourite hotel in the world and why?
Well, I have to get off the fence for this one. How about Auberge Saint-Antoine in Quebec City. Abroad, I would say it is a toss-up between Imanta (in Riviera Nayarit, Mexico) and Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC.
Favourite vacation spot in the world and why?
This one is easy: the UK. London is the capital of the world – it has literally everything, anything you could want. Great history and pageantry, great designer shops, an edgy and world-beating arts scene, theatres, you name it – but also history. The center of western civilization shifted from Rome to London at some point and never left. Then you get outside London, and in a day you can see the Roman structures in Bath, and the great port of Bristol, and the ancient cathedral of Salisbury, and Stonehenge, and the lesser-known monoliths at Avebury and the scene for The Hounds of the Baskervilles. All in a day! (Well, a busy day…)
What’s your favourite restaurant in the world and why?
I just discovered Jamie Oliver’s Pop-up Diner in London’s West End. Not only is the food affordable but it might just be the best diner food – and the best damned burger – I have ever tasted. So it’s my current haunt.
What’s your favourite spa or service?
I’m going to stay close to home for this one! I really do enjoy the Miraj Hammam Spa at the Shangri-La in Toronto. I recommend the Hammam, Gommage & Rhassoul Clay Body Masque treatment. I’d have it weekly if I could.
What trip are you planning next and what will you do on it?
Next? I’m hoping Whitehorse – a bit random, I know – but I want to see the North. In the end it will likely be a return trip to London, though, for business.
Let’s get social for a mo’. How can people stay up-to-date with your busy life?
I am a social media addict so, naturally, I am on: Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, travel-about.com, sirencommunications.com/blog.