Hi! I’m Courtney! I’m a historian, travel writer, and tourism & heritage professional. I have two postgraduate degrees in Heritage Management, and have spent decades working for tourism & heritage organisations such as Historic Royal Palaces and the National Trust.
I created this blog because I love travelling, but very rarely saw travel blogs I felt I could relate to. If you’re wondering about the name ‘Her Grand Tour’ – click here to learn about my inspiration.
I am not your typical ‘travel blogger’ Insta-girl who spends her entire time on holiday trying to capture the best photo in an enormous cupcake princess dress while spamming you with tooth whitening sponsorships.
Instead, think of me as your own personal liability of a best friend… the marginally inappropriate one who gives it to you straight, who isn’t afraid of carbs, and who talks you into going to that bar down the creepy alley in Russia (whoops).
I’m a ‘young’ traveller (hello, mid-thirties, where did you come from?), but I’m not a backpacker. In fact… the idea of lugging all that crap around on my back and sharing rooms with total strangers makes me want to literally die. I’m also not a billionaire who can afford to splash out £500 a night on the leading hotels of the world – although I do love a bit of luxury!
What I am is an adventurous, curious woman – here to encourage authenticity in travel, supporting local culture & businesses, learning, leaning into adventure, and yeah – let’s be honest – a lot of eating and drinking. Care to join me?
Shout out to my explorer heroes – Bill Bryson with his hilarious and brutally honest travel books, and Simon Reeve (non-Brits, look him up!) with his unquestionable ability to truly understand the cultures of the places he visits.
If you’ve learned a lot or enjoyed your time here on my blog and want to say thanks, feel free to buy me a glass of wine (my favourite currency).