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Lou Boyd

Deputy Head of Copy & Production at Culture Trip, | Freelance Culture & Lifestyle Feature Writer |

Location icon United Kingdom

Deputy Head of Copy at Culture Trip, I commission and edit a wide range of articles from freelance writers, covering different cities, countries and territories around the world.

Writing about culture, travel and adventure sports on a freelance basis for places like: Red. Bull, The Atlantic, Mpora, The Independent, Forbes, Ink Media, Escapism Magazine, Woman Magazine, Total Women's Cycling, Outdoors Magic, Prowl Magazine and Buzz Mag

Public speaker on women in sport, previously speaking for The North Face + SheExtreme Film Festival.

Previously Editor-in-chief at Cooler Magazine/ Associate Editor at Mpora/ Reporter at The Independent/ Editor at Red Bull

Portfolio
Red Bull
Jen Gurecki Interview

Meet the American adventurer and CEO who's on a mission to make the world a fairer place, one snowboard at a time

The Red Bulletin
04/07/2020
Theresa Ikoko Interview

How this young British playwright found inspiration for her debut screenplay from real friendship and her own sibling

The Red Bulletin
The Ranulph & Joseph Fiennes Interview

Take one world-famous explorer and his soft-living actor cousin, and throw them into a deadly adventure together... Meet the Fiennes boys

The Red Bulletin 02/19 - UK
Maya Gabeira - The Gift Of The Gab

Few could turn a near-death experience into a historic triumph for women’s sport. But, thanks to skill, self-belief and a few thousand signatures, the Brazilian big wave surfer has done just that

The Red Bulletin UK
03/12/2019
Dropping Science - The Jayda G Interview

Jayda G is exciting the club music world right now with her vintage drum-machine funk and her infectious enthusiasm on the decks. But a career as an international DJ isn’t the only thing on her mind: this queen of good vibes wants to use her rising profile to promote a greater good

The Red Bulletin UK
09/09/2019
Solid foundations with So Solid Crew

Following a huge UK show, the founding members of So Solid Crew take a look at the moments that sparked their career

The Red Bulletin
Trick of the eye

Three of the world's best street dancers, one mind-bending performance

Escapism Magazine
01/10/2018
The best adventure camps for 2018

Crete, Greece When did we as humans stop acting like wild animals? This is the question to ask yourself when you head to this unique camp in Milia, an idyllic mountain hamlet on the island of Crete, for a week of wellbeing that focuses on ' rewilding' yourself - or getting back to your 'wild' state.

Red Bull
08/12/2019
This Martian base in the Gobi Desert aims to recreate life on Mars

Mars Base One sits in a dusty arid landscape of endless red rock, with no sign of life in the parched fog that engulfs it. But not everything is as it seems. This is not the surface of the Red Planet, but the Gobi Desert - just 40km from the city of Jinchang in China's northwest Gansu province.

Cooler Lifestyle
02/08/2018
Meet The All Female Skate Crews Of 2018

For women in a male dominated sport, feeling accepted and finding your tribe can be difficult. All female skaters know the feeling of being the only girl stepping on to a busy park, then having all eyes on them to see if they can drop in and kickflip along with the boys.

Mpora
It's Women's Sport Week.... Here's Why That's More Important Than Ever - Mpora

We now know the importance of sport for all areas of life. Being involved with sport not only helps you physically, it also provides you with teamwork skills, self-belief and confidence. It's not a coincidence that 48 per cent of the leading women in business take part in sports, as opposed to only 40 per cent of the average population.

Mpora
Can You Make Yourself Love Snowboarding In Under A Week?

It's an hour and half since I left Geneva airport and I've just woken up in the back of a taxi to find a wintery wonderland on the other side of my window. This might not seem at all remarkable to anyone accustomed to snow holidays, but it's my first visit to the mountains and the most snow I've ever seen.

Outdoors Magic
08/24/2018
Arc'teryx Academy | A Taste Of Life As An Alpine Adventurer

For one long weekend every year, the beautiful town of Chamonix becomes home to the Arc'teryx Academy, a haven for mountaineers, climbers, trail numbers and all other kinds of of alpine adventurers. People come from all over the planet to meet in the French Alps and celebrate a joint passion for the outdoors.

Cooler Lifestyle
07/02/2018
"Running Is The Ultimate Freedom, It Gets You Back To Being A Wild Woman" | The Anna McNuff...

Anna McNuff is a born adventurer. The daughter of two Olympians and with roots in competitive rowing, she chose to leave competitive sport behind to pursue a life in the outdoors. Exploring the world through her long human powered journeys, she spreads her passion to every person she meets through her infectious happiness and and excitable personality.

Cooler Lifestyle
07/18/2018
"Young Girls Will Watch And Realise They Can Be Anything They Want To Be" | The Lacey Baker...

In a sport filled with trendsetters, non conformists and rule breakers, it can be surprisingly hard for athletes to stand out among the crowd. US skater Lacey Baker however, has always followed her own path. She's an artist, a musician, a poster child for androgyny, a fighter against corporate misogyny, oh, and one of the best skateboarders on the planet.

Mpora
01/20/2017
The CEO Of Burton Snowboards Is Paying For Employees To Go To Women's March On Washington

If you want an example of a head of a company looking to support women in business, look towards Burton Snowboards. In the last few years, Burton CEO Donna Carpenter has overseen the implementation of the company's mentorship program, its Women's Leadership Initiative and its bi-annual Women's Leadership Day in Vermont, as well as the launch of BurtonGirls.com, an online community "for girls by girls."

Mpora
01/23/2017
8 Of The Best Surf Schools In The UK And Abroad

It doesn't matter how old you are, everyone can learn the sport of surfing in the UK, just like skiing and snowboarding , surfing is a sport that many people learn after in life.

Cooler Lifestyle
06/30/2015
In Defence Of Being A Woman With Tattoos

It's official. One in five people in the UK now have a tattoo and more and more of them are women. These statistics, found in a survey by Experia, show that getting inked is now officially a mainstream beauty choice, but does that mean it's no longer a taboo?

Mpora
01/20/2017
The CEO Of Burton Snowboards Is Paying For Employees To Go To Women's March On Washington

If you want an example of a head of a company looking to support women in business, look towards Burton Snowboards. In the last few years, Burton CEO Donna Carpenter has overseen the implementation of the company's mentorship program, its Women's Leadership Initiative and its bi-annual Women's Leadership Day in Vermont, as well as the launch of BurtonGirls.com, an online community "for girls by girls."

Cooler
Wild At Heart | Meet The People Who Want You To Find Your Inner Animal - Cooler

Over the next two hours, I get a workout like none I've ever experienced before, but it never feels like a workout, we're just playing. We run with our eyes closed, putting trust in total strangers, we play in the forest, jumping from tree roots, balancing on branches, crawling in the dirt and getting our hands working on both the ground and on the trees around us.

The Atlantic
01/26/2016
For a Week, I Scavanged All My Meals From Dumpsters

Here's what I learned about food waste after sorting through scraps in London. It's 8 p.m. on a Tuesday night, and I'm face-first in a supermarket dumpster after trespassing down an alleyway in central London. I'm not penniless or living on the street, and I'm not sifting through trash out of hunger or desperation.

Mpora
Could You Eat Out Of Bins For A Week? This Journalist Gave It A Go...

I'm standing in a dark car park in west London with a man I met 40 minutes ago, holding a large plastic bag and a torch. "Here," he says, handing me a black wool beanie, "it might seem like overkill, but loads of shops have much better security now and we don't really want to get caught."

Total Women's Cycling
Bikes Made For Women Who Race: We Went To Italy To Join A Female Cycling Revolution....

We travelled to Italy last month to check out Langma, Liv's new women's-specific road bike. A lightweight, the top-of-the-line spec model which features a full carbon frame and fork and SRAM Red eTap drivetrain. Liv Explain: Why female specific bikes suit the average woman A few years ago, the road bike offering at a top female level was a very different place to today.

Cooler
5 Kickass Female Eco Warriors Who Are Fighting To Save The Planet - Cooler

These women are amazing, yet most people don't know their names. There's nothing better than being inspired by your fellow woman to do something good in the world. This is why we were so happy this International Women's Day, when Greenpeace gave the spotlight to the amazing women, working every day to protect our planet.

The Memo
06/16/2017
9 camping gadgets to crown you the camping champion

Oh the great outdoors. There is no greater joy in life than sleeping in the wild, with the stars above you and no traffic around for miles. While we spend thousands each year on jetting off to boutique destinations, the best of times can be had here in the UK, with a group of your mates and a quiet spot of countryside.

The Memo
06/09/2017
Cycling fanatic? 8 fly ways to supercharge your ride | The Memo

With kit like this, there's no excuse not to get your bike out. Cycling is one of the best ways to get fit and enjoy the great outdoors - as well as one of the least expensive. It doesn't matter if you're an avid cyclist or if you only get on the saddle once a year, everyone can benefit from pedal power.

Cooler
What's It Like To Surf After You've Had A Boob Job? - Cooler

There are many surfing queries specific to being a woman that rips, from surfing during the time of the month to finding swimsuits built for action and not sunbathing. Here's one we bet you've not considered before however, can you surf with fake boobs?

Cooler
Should You Surf When You're Pregnant? - Cooler

Bethany Hamilton, one of our favourite female surfers, has been all over the internet this week after being snapped surfing while six months pregnant. We love that Bethany is out there letting it rip and proving that you don't need to spend a pregnancy putting your feet up and wrapping yourself in cotton wool, but not everyone as sure about seeing a pregnant women on a surfboard.

IN:PRINT
The Cost Of Success

Hundreds of graduates in London are landing their rst jobs in the a uent creative industry. So why is it they still can’t a ord to pay their bills?

Eastlondonlines
04/26/2014
London artists: how to find affordable studios

With 3,500 artists and designers on waiting lists for studio space, London's creative practitioners currently face a particularly threatening crisis. One of: rising rents, property development, and constant upheaval. East London, which has long been a centre for creative industries in the capital, is the main battleground for this struggle.

Eastlondonlines
11/21/2013
No More Page Three founder rallies Shoreditch Sisters

"What view on women and sex are we giving the generation that's coming after us?" asked Lucy Holmes, founder of the No More Page Three Campaign, during a speech in Hackney earlier this week. Holmes started her campaign in September 2012, as a fight against the convention of female nudity on the page three of "family newspaper," The Sun.

Mpora
Meet The Real Mermaid Who Can Hold Her Breath For 6 Minutes - Mpora

"We all have a little seal inside us, somewhere our body remembers that we have spent time under water. Our body is perfectly designed to dive, we just have to trust it." Hanli Prinsloo, the award-winning freediver, ocean conservationist and executive director of the trust , is talking at the Finisterre shop in Covent Garden on a spring Thursday night.

Independent
05/11/2014
Pfizer boss Ian Read flies in to put AstraZeneca takeover case to MPs

Concern has been raised that what would be the biggest ever corporate takeover in the UK could result in the loss of thousands of skilled jobs and damage British research. The Government can block such deals in exceptional circumstances if the public interest is at risk, although lawyers have said intervention in this case is unlikely to comply with European trade laws.

Eastlondonlines
New Hoxton independent publisher goes to press

Home " News " Arts " New Hoxton independent publisher goes to press In light of his debut book 'I've Lived in East London for 86 ½ years,' ELL talks to London photographer Martin Usborne about his work with Hackney local Joseph Markovitch, and how it led to the Hoxton Mini Press.

Eastlondonlines
The Button Up Rebellion: where style and class clash

Home " Features " The Button Up Rebellion: where style and class clash A few years ago young men all over east London ditched the trainers, threw away the hoodies and reached for the suit. A neatly pressed shirt and shiny boots became a postcode signifier and was a look summed up through its most important aspect: the done up top button with no tie.

Buzzmag
TROYFEST | EVENT PREVIEW

TROYFEST | EVENT PREVIEW Baskerville Hall, Hay-On-Wye Fri 3-Mon 6 Apr Tickets: £72. Seven years ago at Glastonbury after a few too many ciders, a group of friends decided to give the whole festival thing a go for themselves and came up with the idea of "a field somewhere, a marquee and a couple of DJs".

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