Carolyn has been writing Lonely Planet guidebooks to various corners of the globe for 17 years, as well as regular restaurant and cafe reviews for publications such as The Age newspaper. Her work has featured in coffee-table books, magazines, newspapers and online outlets.
Since 2001, Carolyn has authored or co-authored more than 50 guidebooks for Lonely Planet, covering destinations as diverse as Iceland, the Greek Islands, Texas, outback Australia, Malta and Sweden. Click on each cover to read details of Carolyn’s work.
Lonely Planet Iceland (9th edition, published May 2015)
For this book, perhaps her favourite guidebook assignment ever, Carolyn had the task of updating the north, east, southeast and highland regions of magnificent Iceland (regions she also covered for the 8th edition). Highlights could run for pages, and include midnight soaks in geothermal waters, spelunking in an ice cave, playing with an orphan baby Arctic fox, hanging out at superb music festivals, nonstop jaw-dropping scenery and outstandingly friendly locals.
Lonely Planet Denmark (7th edition, published May 2015)
Carolyn worked on the 5th, 6th and 7th editions of the Lonely Planet guide to Denmark. For all three editions she covered her old stomping ground – the Jutland region, where she lived as an exchange student in the late 1980s. For the 7th edition, Carolyn added Funen and its gorgeous archipelago to her repertoire, and found a new island love: Ærø.
Lonely Planet Europe on a Shoestring (8th edition, published October 2013)
Carolyn has been involved with this title from the very beginning. She worked as an editor on its inaugural edition in 1999, and has been listed as a contributing author on the seven editions since. Destinations covered over the years include Greece, Malta, Sweden and Estonia. For the 6th, 7th and 8th editions, Carolyn researched and wrote the Estonia chapter.
Lonely Planet Scandinavia (12th edition, published June 2015)
Carolyn waxed lyrical about Sweden for the 6th and 7th editions of this book, before turning her attention to Tallinn, the Estonian capital, for the 9th, 10th and 11th editions. (Tallinn in Scandinavia, I hear you ask? Not quite – but it is only 85km and an easy ferry ride from Helsinki.) For the most recent (12th) edition, Carolyn wrote the Iceland chapter and contributed to Denmark coverage.
Lonely Planet Eastern Europe (12th edition, published October 2013)
For the 10th, 11th and 12th editions of this guidebook, Carolyn covered Estonia, a country that combines the best of Eastern European and Nordic charms.
Lonely Planet Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania (5th edition, published May 2009)
This underrated Baltic trio received a thorough going-over by Carolyn and her co-authors. Carolyn was lead author for this guide (writing the front and back chapters) and researched Estonia, but also used the research trip as an excuse to visit Riga, Vilnius, intriguing Kaliningrad and majestic St Petersburg.
Lonely Planet Malta & Gozo (2nd edition, published August 2004)
This wee speck of sunny, history-filled islands has lured Carolyn twice on guidebook assignment, for the 2nd and 3rd (2007) editions of this book. She can report that swimming in the Mediterranean in December is not only possible, but it’s downright enjoyable!
Lonely Planet New Zealand (13th edition, published September 2006)
Always up for paying the neighbours a visit, Carolyn has crossed the Tasman to work on the New Zealand guide twice, for the 11th and 13th editions. She has covered most corners of the glorious South Island, and the lovable capital, windy Wellington.
Lonely Planet Tasmania (4th edition, published October 2005)
Carolyn loudly sings the praises of Australia’s island state to anyone who will listen – she covered all corners of the Apple Isle for two editions of the Lonely Planet Australia guide, plus this dedicated tome. She is also a regular visitor to the Taste of Tasmania food festival, to eat (more than) her fill of Tassie cheeses, wines and seafood.
Lonely Planet Sweden (2nd edition, published April 2003)
An epic three months of on-the-road research went into this guidebook, and Carolyn drove some 15,000km in that time (from the southern tip to the northern top, way north of the Arctic Circle). She got her fill of Abba, meatballs and Ikea, but found there’s a whole lot more to love beyond the Swedish stereotypes.
Lonely Planet Greek Islands (3rd edition, published March 2004)
Carolyn’s very first Lonely Planet authoring job involved island-hopping around 20 Greek islands in a criminally short amount of time. She returned a few times after that, setting a deliberately slower pace in order to enjoy the breathtaking beaches. She covered Corfu and the Ionian group of islands for the 2nd and 3rd editions of this book, plus authored a dedicated guide entitled Corfu & the Ionians (published February 2002).
Lonely Planet Texas (2nd edition, published March 2002)
An aberration of sorts in this list of European and Oz-NZ titles, but what a fun one! Carolyn covered Houston and the Gulf Coast for this title, visiting rodeos, ranches, beaches and barbecue joints and coming back with stories of bigger-than-Texas hospitality (and a custom-fitted Stetson hat).
As well as its straightforward destination guidebooks, Lonely Planet also publishes full-colour pictorial and reference guides to inspire, educate and entertain. Carolyn has contributed to a number of them; click on each cover to read details of her work.
1000 Ultimate Experiences (published October 2009)
This fun book brings together 1000 ideas, places and activities, in list form. Carolyn contributed 10 themed lists, including Dreamiest Fairy-Tale Destinations, Most Beautiful Town Squares, and Ultimate Art Lovers’ Pilgrimages.
Read examples of Carolyn’s lists, published online on Lonely Planet’s website:
1000 Ultimate Sights (published September 2011)
Travel publishers clearly have a penchant for lists, and this book covers themed sights. Carolyn penned six lists under headings that included Sights from British Childhood Literature, Opera Houses with Impact, and Best Music Pilgrimage Sites.
The Europe Book (published September 2008)
Part of Lonely Planet’s impressive Continents series, The Europe Book contains glossy pics and essays on every country in Europe. Carolyn wrote the section on Malta.
The Travel Book (2nd edition, published September 2010)
Definitely the heaviest tome in the LP repertoire (and with more than a million copies sold), The Travel Book is an ambitious catalogue of every country in the word, with beautiful photography accompanying each country’s profile. Carolyn wrote nine profiles for her area of expertise: Scandinavia and Baltic Europe.
Food Lover’s Guide to the World (published October 2012)
Food is Carolyn’s favourite part of travel, and contributing to this book was a joy. Carolyn wrote about New Nordic cuisine, kooky Icelandic midwinter feasts, Swedish smorgasbord traditions and all her favourite Scandi flavours for the essay on the food of Northern Europe.
Newspapers & magazines
As well as writing articles and web features that combine food and travel content, Carolyn has been a contributor to the following Melbourne-based titles, which reviewed cafes and budget eats and were published annually by the city’s leading newspaper, The Age.