Catherine Mack is a travel writer specialising in responsible travel. She graduated with a Masters degree in Responsible Tourism Management in 2007. She is currently working full time as Editor-in-chief at train booking website Rail Europe UK (formerly Loco2), following four years as writer at Responsible Travel, where she wrote an array of travel guides. Her Masters research project was a detailed study of the UK travel media, analysing the role travel journalists have in making tourism more sustainable. She was the winner of the Virgin Holidays Best Travel Writer in Responsible Tourism Award 2011, presented at the World Travel Market. She also got the chance to talk about this award, and about responsible tourism in general, on BBC Radio 4 Excess Baggage.
Following her studies, Catherine went on to write articles for leading UK newspapers and magazines, including The Daily Telegraph, The Independent, The Guardian, The Observer, Metro, Coast Magazine, Adventure Travel Magazine and Countryfile Magazine. She has also been a green travel columnist for National Geographical Traveller UK and The Green Parent magazine. Although based in London, UK, Catherine is an Irish national. She was a regular ‘Ethical Traveller’ columnist for The Irish Times for four years, and still writes regular destination features for The Irish Times, all of which take an ethical or responsible angle.
Catherine still accepts freelance commissions, and is currently writing a book about Ireland. Catherine also writes for the travel industry, having authored the Tourism for Tomorrow newsletter for the World Tourism and Trade Council (WTTC), Ireland’s first ever Ecotourism Handbook for Failte Ireland, and she wrote 9 Reasons to be Green for Visit England. She has spoken at many conferences on the subject of responsible tourism. Catherine is Irish, but lives in London with her two teenage boys.