Josh Ferry Woodard

Travel Writer

Location icon United Kingdom

I love to write about inspiring social initiatives, extraordinary cultural destinations and my own travel adventures.

You can find my work on sites such as: Roads & Kingdoms, Reader's Digest, Huffington Post, Spotted By Locals, Slate, Urban Travel Blog, Paste, Billionaires Australia, On A Junket, The Expat Hub, Travel Dudes & more.

I've also written thousands of financial & political articles for TorFX, dozens of currency analysis snippets for The Telegraph and hundreds of social media posts for JOB TODAY.

If you'd like to collaborate in any way, hit me up on joshferrywoodard(at)gmail.com

Portfolio

Travel Stories

Roads & Kingdoms
10/23/2015
Waiting for the Nicaragua Canal

PLAYA GIGANTE, Nicaragua- Each day in Playa Gigante, sometime between noon and 2 p.m., the rhythmic splash of white-tipped Pacific rollers is interrupted by the roar of 20-or-so villagers who congregate on the sand to greet the return of the previous night's fishing trip. Sons, daughters, wives, uncles, aunts, and friends help haul the wooden ...

Reader's Digest
Spiritual worlds collide at Lake Atitlán, Guatemala

A wooden boat zipped across the glassy surface of Lake Atitlán, sending a procession of ripples in my direction: an invitation to dive in, I assumed. The water was cool, rejuvenating and deep. I ducked under the surface and emerged on my back to take in the views.

Urban Travel Blog
Rocking the Kasbah in Rabat, Morocco

Fadir was engaged in an aggressive confrontation with a stacked policeman about half his age and twice his height. They cut a farcical tableau

Tiny Traveller
Food With a View: Anita's Cooking School in San Pedro La Laguna

“It is a shame, but some of our culture, we are losing,” Anita, my Guatemalan cooking instructor for the day, says as she takes me up a hilly cobbled path that connects the traveller-filled lower half of San Pedro La Laguna to the Maya village above.

Communities / Alternative Travel

Reader's Digest
Athens: Responding to the crisis

Athens, the cradle of Western civilisation and birthplace of democracy, is a sweltering basin of a city littered with ancient ruins and flanked by hilltop viewing points. With a history as sparkling and significant as Athens', the city may never lose its charm to international visitors.

FC St Pauli
Hamburg's football heroes

It was as if an aeroplane was taking off over the stadium. I couldn't just hear 29,000 FC St Pauli fans chanting-I could feel their guttural roar. Red, white and brown flags whirled. Banners condemning violence and fascism were proudly raised.

Reader's Digest
Warsaw's Cold War love affair with neon

Neon, along with Warsaw's largest landmark, the Palace of Culture and Science, evokes contrasting emotions among the city's residents. The Palace of Culture and Science, a 231-metre high behemoth in the heart of town, was built as a "gift" from Joseph Stalin in 1952.

Reader's Digest
The secret spies of Berlin's Devil's Mountain

Our intrepid travel writer Josh Ferry Woodard takes time out during a trip to Berlin to explore the imposing Devil's Mountain (or Teufelsberg), a man-made hill that plays host to one of the US National Security Agency (NSA)'s largest listening posts.

London Travel Articles

Urban Travel Blog
10/31/2014
In the Zone: Camden Town

If Cyberdog’s sci-fi vibes leave you feeling like an extra in a dystopian horror movie then head over to Delancey Street to ground yourself back in reality at the Camden Coffee Shop.

Gelio
A Compass of Cheap Eats in London

Never get lost looking for good food again. Let this compass of cheap eats in London guide you to top restaurants in all four corners of the city.

Spotted By Locals
05/20/2014
Parliament Hill - Hampstead Heath

Hampstead Heath is one of those places that can transport you back in time. Sometimes when I walk along its mudded pathways, littered with dog walkers and eccentric characters, it feels more like a chapter from a Thomas Hardy novel than a scene from the life of Josh Ferry...

Travel Listicles

The Huffington Post
01/27/2016
5 Reasons to Visit Honduras: The Murder Capital of the World

Honduras may be known as the murder capital of the world but outside of the big cities, where gang violence and corruption are rife, you can expect to find some of the most lush rainforests, stunning waterfalls, beautiful beaches and friendly people in the whole of Central America.

Tiny Traveller
Beautiful Baths & Trendy Ruin Pubs of Budapest

Budapest is a majestic city; brilliant like an expertly cut diamond and just as edgy. There is as much enjoyment to be found visiting the city’s condemned tenement buildings or abandoned factories (the ruin pub scene) as there is in viewing Budapest’s many striking landmarks.

Gelio
Ten Things to Do on Brick Lane That Don't Involve Curry

Lurid neon lights, pushy waiters, colourful graffiti and a thousand curry houses: that's what comes to mind when most people think of Brick Lane. But look beyond the Bengali restaurants and there is a whole world of culinary and cultural activities available on this iconic East End backstreet.

Travel Dudes
11/14/2014
'Poor but Sexy': 5 of the Best Bars in Berlin

‘Poor but sexy’ was a phrase that stuck. It resonated with the people of Berlin because it spoke at once of their strive for creativity and their distrust of corporate greed.

Financial

The Telegraph
06/01/2012
Forex focus: let's not kid ourselves about the pound

"The sovereign debt crisis is like the raging wolf in the way that it has spooked investors from the stick and straw economies of the PIIGS (Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece and Spain) towards the stone-walled security of the pound. Consequently sterling has experienced considerable appreciation against the euro this year as it benefits from these defensive inflows."

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