About JRNY

Helping freelancers tell their travel stories

JRNY travel magazine is a quality printed coffee-table magazine, featuring travel stories, essays and photography from some of the world’s most talented travel writers and photographers.

The unprecedented pandemic brought the world of travel to its knees; some of the most famous brands disappeared into the abyss. This obviously had a knock-on effect on the thousands of freelancers out there who contributed to the many publications and brands in the industry.

JRNY aims to give some of these amazingly talented travel writers and photographers an opportunity to get back to doing their jobs and getting paid for their time. It is a collaboration between freelancers who design, write, edit and produce the magazine.

From stunning photos to captivating stories, journey with us to some of the most amazing places on Earth.

Who are we?

JRNY travel magazine was conceived by Kav Dadfar and Jordan Banks. We are both full-time freelance professional photographers and writers based in the UK. Through our company That Wild Idea, we share our passion for photography and travel with others wanting to learn in the form of photography holidays and workshops around the world.

Emma Gibbs edited our award-winning first issue and Si Willmore and Jo Dovey completed the JRNY team for the second issue onwards.

Jordan Banks
Founding Editor

Jordan is as an accomplished travel and lifestyle photographer. His 20-year career has seen him shooting assignments and high-end content for travel, tourism and lifestyle brands such as British Airways, Kuoni, Lonely Planet and National Geographic.

Kav Dadfar
Founding Editor

Kav is a freelance writer and photographer, based in the southeast of the UK. Over the years his work has appeared in Condé Nast, National Geographic, Wanderlust, Lonely Planet, Rough Guides, Daily Mail, The Express, The Guardian and many more.

Emma Gibbs

A freelance writer and editor with over fifteen years’ experience, Emma has worked with some of the biggest names in publishing – including Lonely Planet, Rough Guides and Bradt Guides. She wrote North Coast 500: Britain’s Ultimate Road Trip for Collins, and is writing a new guide to northwest Scotland for Bradt’s Slow Travel series, to be published in 2024.

Simon Willmore

Si is a travel writer and editor, with words in Wanderlust, National Geographic and more. He’s written for Rough Guides, Bradt and Frommer’s, made video for Times Travel and hosts the JRNY podcast. He’s an editor of The Best British Travel Writing of the 21st Century, the youngest-ever chair of the British Guild of Travel Writers, and speaks regularly at events.

Jo Dovey
Art Direction

An award-winning art director, Jo has worked on news-stand titles such as Stylist and The Sunday Mirror, but her passion is making beautiful travel publications. She’s relaunched magazines for Thomas Cook and Tui and created books for Lonely Planet. She has zip-lined over the sea in Haiti and learned golf with the pros in Spain – all in the name of the job.