Megan Eaves

Travel & Astro Journalist

United Kingdom

Megan Eaves is a freelance journalist, editor, content pro, comms manager and dark-sky advocate. She formerly served as Lonely Planet's North and Central Asia Destination Editor and is now the editor of Nightscape (the magazine of DarkSky International) and Visit Uzbekistan Magazine.

Her work appears in the BBC, The Times, The Independent, Lonely Planet, CNN, Metro, AFAR, Culture Trip, South China Morning Post, TimeOut, Travel Weekly and others. She has written Lonely Planet guidebooks to China, South Korea, Tibet and London and edited dozens more, as well as DK guides to China, Shanghai, Beijing and Florida, and the Insider's Guide to El Paso. She has strong regional specialisations in China, Central Asia, the former Soviet Union and the Southwest USA, and also regularly covers astronomy, dark skies, space, conservation, sustainability, the environment, the outdoors and beer.

The Narrative Arc
The Color of Yearning

Megan Eaves follows the Turquoise Trail in her homeland, New Mexico, and uncovers challenging histories, a sense of self, and deep time

AFAR Media
10 Hotels Where You Can Sleep Under the World's Darkest, Clearest Skies

Getting away from city lights to sleep under a glimmering night sky can be a transformative experience-few settings offer such a moving reminder of Earth's infinitesimal place in our universe. Since 1988, the Tucson, Arizona-based International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) has worked to certify and protect night skies around the world from light pollution by implementing controls and regulations that preserve the natural nighttime environment.

The Independent
Georgia on my mind: snow, saperavi and solidarity in the Caucasus

At the top of Mount Kokhta, there is silence. The quiet is broken by a sharp, frigid breeze, but otherwise, the stillness is absolute. I stare across a valley ringed by snow-topped mountains. Spruce forests rise partway up, leaving the peaks frosted like cakes. Then, in a sudden rush, I'm off.

Baikonur Cosmodrome: Humanity's unlikely gateway to space

The world's first and most secretive space base, Baikonur Cosmodrome, sits in the middle of a vast Central Asian desert, 2,600km south-east of Moscow and 1,300km from Kazakhstan's two main cities, Nur-Sultan and Almaty. It was from this remote part of the western steppe in 1957 that the Soviet Union successfully launched the first artificial satellite - Sputnik 1 - into orbit around Earth.

Times Travel
Uzbekistan travel guide

Uzbekistan is a beguiling mix of cultures, landscapes and architecture. Here's our guide to what to do, where to stay and why you'll love it.

The Independent
How I decolonised my trip to New Mexico

The sun daubs the sky hot pink and orange over a row of small, undulating mountains, a few puffy white clouds reflecting the palette like a perfect desert painting. Between me and the hills are wide-open pastures of grama grass and chamisa bushes tinted green from recent rain, spindly-armed cholla cactus and fat juniper trees, their 400-year-old branches turning inky in the fading southwest light.

Lonely Planet
Best things to do in China

One of the world's most vast and ancient civilizations, China is not just one region, cuisine or culture. It's a giant and complex patchwork of cultural groups, histories, cuisines and languages. As you might expect, there's a lot to see.