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Rachael Martin

Writer, Editor, Content Producer

I am a digital editor and freelance writer, copywriter, and SEO content producer who specialises in lifestyle and travel writing with a guilt-free streak of celebrity news and musings on Britain’s royal family.

I have written for news sites in the UK and internationally, worked for both monthly and weekly magazines, as well as for a broad spectrum of websites on everything from the future of sustainable travel to the psychology of colour.

As a copywriter I have worked for several high-profile travel companies creating engaging and inspiring copy for their websites, and as a content producer I worked on a range of traffic driving projects from creating and shooting enticing recipes from scratch to hosting a live interview and Q&A with Michelle Keegan following the return of the BBC’s Our Girl.

Christmas gifts to make now in lockdown that will be ready to gift by December

After seven weeks in lockdown, you wouldn't be alone in running out of ideas to keep life interesting, the days fulfilling and your time feeling productive and enjoyable. There are only so many movies one can watch on DisneyPlus, series' to binge on Netflix, cakes to bake, Zoom quizzes to host and, let's face it, if you've cut your hair during lockdown you're probably only doing that once.

The way we discuss Adele's weight loss is a health risk to us all

Rachael Martin examines why now is the time for the 'frenzied' commentary around Adele's weight loss to change. Dramatically. To mark her birthday on May 6th 2020, superstar singer Adele shared a photo and sweet message for her fans on social media.



4 daily wellness habits we should all steal from Switzerland

Switzerland was recently voted the best country in the world for physical and mental wellbeing, beating Canada, Singapore and, yes, Australia. In the rankings, shared by The Spectator Index, Australia came in at number eight in the world, falling behind European countries such as Spain and France.

Hotel review: The Bhutan Spirit Sanctuary, a luxe lesson in self care

Of all of Asia's beautiful and varied countries, Bhutan is probably the most secretive and mysterious, so when I was offered the chance to escape to a 'Spirit Sanctuary' there I jumped at the chance - despite the steep costs associated with visiting the country.

Train journey review: The Ghan Expedition

Hurtling through a country more than 150 million years old whilst riding the same railway track as the pioneers of the 1920s, is to be a part of the great history of railway travel in Australia.

The verdict on Australia's longest train journey

By Rachael Martin| The Indian Pacific train travels between Sydney and Perth and is one of the world's greatest and most iconic rail journeys. Plus, at 4352 kilometers in length, it is one of the world's longest, too.

The country that is giving away empty homes for free

A growing movement of people looking to save money and get on the property ladder by moving into empty homes for free is an interesting property trend in a popular Aussie holiday destination. We've all looked at pictures of large country homes and wondered what it would be like to live there, knowing full well we'll probably never be able to afford it.

The amazing Aussie wine region you've never heard of

By Rachael Martin| One of our southern state's hidden gems, the Coonawarra wine region is located a five hour drive west from Melbourne and four hours from Adelaide. The area may not be the easiest to get to from Australia's major cities, but that's one of the things that makes it so special.

Attend an Indian wedding without ever having met the bride and groom

The opportunity to attend a beautiful Indian wedding, with gorgeous outfits, fabulous food, mesmerising dancing and wonderful music will only ever be a dream for many people. However, what would you say if you could attend an Indian wedding, in India, without ever having met the bride and groom?

This supermodel's travel tip will make your stomach churn

Supermodel Adwoa Aboah is used to travelling all over the world for work. In her time jetting from New York, to Paris, to Milan and beyond the Vogue cover star has picked up a travel hack or two, but her top travel tip is something that we should all get on board with (literally).

The alternative adventure that sees people get 'lost' in Copenhagen

By Rachael Martin| Holidays are about accumulating happy memories - not holiday debt - so here at 9Honey Travel we created the '$100 helpline' for Aussie holidaymakers who know good value when they see it, and want to get the most out of a destination.

Four of the best authentic experiences to have in Borneo

There is something unexplainably and wonderfully wild about Borneo. Whether it's the hushed magic of discovering one of the country's rare and incredible species, the overwhelming feeling of being incredibly small whilst immersed in a pocket of the dense, sprawling jungles that cover the landscape from coast to coast, or the exciting and satisfying feeling of being not one of millions, but one of the privileged few to tread the paths and trails of Borneo's most awe-inspiring areas of natural...

Womans Own Magazine
48 hours in Florence

Seven ways to unlock the secrets of this charming Italian city in just 48 hours...

Review: Chewton Glen Hotel & Spa, Hampshire | woman&home

Dappled light cast across a wooden floor, the sound of bird song floating through the open window, the wind rippling through a canopy of tree branches and lush green leaves to greet you when you wake in the morning.

Woman Magazine
9 reasons Cornwall should be your next staycation destination!

One of the southern-most English counties, Cornwall's allure lies not only in its stunning scenery and breathtaking landscape, but the wealth of activities on offer and adventures to be had. Providing the dramatic backdrop for popular TV series Poldark, and a favourite destination of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, if you haven't discovered everything Cornwall has to offer yet, then it's about time you booked your next UK getaway!

Woman Magazine
Weekend break guide: Mont Saint-Michel, France - Woman Magazine

Fairytales may not exist in the real world, but Mont Saint Michel in La Manche, France comes pretty close. Here's why it makes the perfect weekend break destination... The island of Mont Saint-Michel is situated in La Manche, a region in the west of Normandy that spans a peninsula running from Mont Saint-Michel right up to the tip of the Cotentin.

Review: Gaya Island Resort, Borneo

Nestled on an island thick with jungle, just off the coast of the Northern state of Sabah in Borneo, you will find Gaya Island.

Destination Weddings & Honeymoons
Happily Eco After

Is it really possible to have five star luxury travel with an environmental and social conscious?


What happens when the whip is withdrawn in parliament?

As threatened by the Prime Minister earlier this week, the 21 senior Conservative Party MPs who rebelled against Boris Johnson in a bid to block a no-deal Brexit have had the whip removed, but what does that mean?

These common diet mistakes are now killing more people than smoking

According to the World Health Organisation, tobacco kills more than 7 million people each year, however, the new findings published in The Lancet revealed that over 4 million more people die every year as a result of a poor diet consisting of too many salty or sugary foods.

Your fitness tracker might be overestimating calorie burn by 50%

Wearable technology has totally changed the way we exercise and monitor our health, but a new study has revealed that far from helping us keep track of our daily steps and calories, even the best brands could actually be hindering our progress.

This new start-up wants to help you get over your ex

There's nothing worse after a break-up than navigating the emotionally charged maze of having to deal with your ex's stuff. Do you dump it, donate it, or worse -- get them to come round and pick it up? A new US company is helping avoid the conundrum altogether.

Why IKEA's latest collection is important for kids

By Rachael Martin| IKEA Australia have launched a brand new kid's collection with a difference - the two children's ranges are inspired by our planet's engendered species and carry an important message about sustainability. Named DJUNGELSKOG and , the new collections feature colourful jungle-themed textiles with fun prints, soft toys and books all designed to raise awareness about endangered animals.

Living near a supermarket could add over £40,000 to your house price

More than just convenience for your weekly shop, new figures show that living near to a supermarket could increase the price of your home by as much as £43, 571. New research by Lloyds Bank shows that properties in close proximity to a supermarket can go for substantially more than houses located at a further distance from the shops.

It's time to think twice before posting photos of your child online

A new campaign by The Child Rescue Coalition is calling for all parents to act immediately to reclaim their children's right to privacy online. A sweet bath time snap, an innocent picture from a day at the beach, a candid capture of your kids playing in the paddling pool in the garden - in the age of social media and sharing, uploading personal photos to the internet is second nature for most.

GAP praised for new campaign that aims to normalise breastfeeding

GAP clothing have received widespread praise after sharing an image of a breastfeeding mother from their new ad campaign on their Instagram account. The retail giant received over 42,000 'likes' for the image, which shows a mother breastfeeding her child in a campaign photograph advertising the brand's sleep shirts.

Woman and Home
Martin Lewis Shares His Best State Pension Top Up Tip - Woman And Home

by Rachael Martin on Monday, 24 July 2017 With further government changes to State Pensions currently being considered, Good Morning Britain and This Morning's Money Saving expert Martin Lewis has revealed his best State Pension top up tip to help boost your allowance. The current State Pension age is 65 for men and slowly rising for women.


Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton: How Islands In The Stream began their friendship

American country music legend Kenny Rogers has died at the age of 81 with a family representative stating that he: 'passed away peacefully at home from natural causes.' Kenny's career as a country music singer spanned over six decades and the much-loved star found success through hits such as The Gambler, Lucille, Coward Of The County and his smash hit duet with country music legend Dolly Parton - Islands in the Stream.

Michelle Keegan 2009-2019: The TV star's transformation from Corrie to now

Michelle Keegan has transformed from a fresh-faced newbie making her debut on Coronation Street, to a talented, prime-time telly regular, scooping awards for her performances and making headlines along the way. Over the last decade she's certainly come a long way from those first few scenes shot on the Cobbles.

Greta Gerwig movies: Little Women, Ladybird and her surprising new project

Greta Gerwig is the record-breaking director who became the first woman to be nominated for an Oscar for her directorial debut, Ladybird. Award-winning actress Saoirse Ronan played the lead in that popular coming-of-age tale and is now working with Gerwig again on her latest film, a remake of the 1949 classic, Little Women.

Meghan Markle might not pose for photos after giving birth for this reason

We've all seen the iconic images countless times: the Duchess of Cambridge standing on the steps of the Lindo Wing hospital in London, just as her late mother-in-law Diana did before her, beaming with pride and holding a swaddled bundle that contained first Prince George, then Princess Charlotte and then Prince Louis.

Kourtney Kardashian's new website has some pretty wild recommendations

Just under a decade since Gwyneth Paltrow launched her lifestyle website Goop into the world of health and wellness, Kourtney Kardashian has debuted her own offering for us to ogle at - and it's been met with a similar thinly veiled disdain by critics.

Why this model wants her daughter to embrace natural beauty

She's one of the most successful Australian models working in the world today and counts Dolce and Gabbana, Marc Jacobs and Victoria's Secret as some of the many huge brands she's worked with in her career so far.

Kate Ritchie: 'No one can be more unkind to me than myself'

A lot has changed since Kate Ritchie bid goodbye to Summer Bay. Here, the star shares how her approach to caring for both her mental and physical health has completely transformed since she left the show that changed her life.

The popular furniture item that won't be in Meghan Markle's nursery

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have reportedly already picked out a nanny for their royal baby, but if the professional who landed the prestigious position is who we think it is, there's one item of furniture the Duke and Duchess definitely won't be putting in their nursery.

Princess Charlotte's lesson in royal public appearances from the Queen

Yet more proof that Princess Charlotte is following in her 'Gan Gan's' footsteps. At just three years old, Princess Charlotte still has much to learn about being a member of the royal family. But, while she's still a child, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been firm that Charlotte, like all their children, will live a life as close to normal as possible despite being royalty.

The Queen once broke a huge Royal Ascot rule for Zara Tindall

The Queen once broke one of Royal Ascot's strictest rules so that her granddaughter Zara Phillips could attend the famous races. One of the Queen's favourite dates in her diary every year is undoubtedly Royal Ascot, where Her Majesty can combine her public duties with her love of horses and horse racing.

Marie Claire
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle reveal their wedding cake baker

From the editors of Good To Know Words by Racheal Martin Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have revealed the details of the talented pastry chef who will create a spring-themed wedding cake for the couple for their nuptials in May.

Marie Claire
Prince William and Kate Middleton have reacted to Prince Harry's engagement

Words by Rachael Martin From the Editors of GoodToKnow The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have shared their reaction to the news of Prince Harry's engagement to Meghan Markle. It was announced that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were engaged this morning through a tweet sent by Clarence house on behalf of Prince Charles.

Marie Claire
Prince George And Princess Charlotte May Never Live In Buckingham Palace

From the Editors of GoodToKnow Words by Rachael Martin Although they are no stranger to the grand halls of Buckingham Palace, the royal siblings have never actually lived in the palatial home of their great-grandmother - and if new reports are to be believed, they never will.

Marie Claire
Kate And Wills Reveal The Unexpected Skills They Want George And Charlotte To Learn

From the Editors of Woman Magazine Words by Rachael Martin Prince William and Kate's love of sport is clearly influencing their two children, as the couple revealed during an event yesterday that they have intentions for Prince George and Princess Charlotte to learn to swim, play tennis and take an interest in football!

Marie Claire
Does This Mean We Already Know The Gender Of The New Royal Baby?

A scarily accurate birth predictor, that guessed the gender of both George and Charlotte correctly, might have let the royal secret slip From the editors of Good To Know By Rachael Martin The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who announced that Kate was pregnant with her third child back in September, and recently revealed that her due date is April next year, have kept characteristically tight-lipped about whether or not they know the gender of the baby yet.

Marie Claire
What Will Happen If The Queen Decides To Retire?

According to reports, the Queen plans to abdicate and 'make Charles king in all but name' as part of a grand plan by the Palace for a 'seamless transition' between monarchs Words - Rachael Martin From the editors of Woman and Home At 91-years old, it's no wonder that Queen Elizabeth may be considering plans for her retirement.

Marie Claire
The Duke and Duchess Of Cambridge have been asked to consider not having any more children |...

From the editors of Women & Home An open letter has been written to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge urging them to 'lead by example' and not have anymore children. The letter, from an organisation called 'Having Kids', lists reasons such as 'climate change' and 'economic inequalities' as major factors that should affect the couple's decision to extend their family.

Woman Magazine
Why did Kate and Prince William split up before getting married? - Woman Magazine

They are now one of the most photographed couples in the world, their love and their happy family on constant show. So, why did Kate and Prince William split up before getting married? We found out... Kate Middleton and Prince William met whilst they were studying at the University of St.Andrews.


Can you recycle wrapping paper in the UK?

As we turn our attention to how to be more sustainable in the UK, the question of how to have a more eco-friendly Christmas - especially when it comes to sustainable wrapping paper and if you can even recycle wrapping paper in the UK - is on people's minds.

What do the different coloured poppies for Remembrance Day mean?

Armistice Day, also known as Remembrance Day, is next Monday, 11 November and marks the day that World War One ended. As well as a two minute silence held at 11am on the day to remember and commemorate those who have died in wars, people also wear poppies to remember those who lost their lives in the war.

'I tried the Dubrow Diet and it's converted me away from Keto'

Now, I know you've heard of Keto. The diet, which restricts your carbohydrate intake to less than 50 grams a day, is the go-to for celebs and fast weight loss seekers and hasn't stopped rising in popularity over the last few years.

'I went star sign speed dating, and this is what happened'

I love reading my horoscope. I love reading other people's. I love the thrill of seeing a prediction from a perfect stranger align with something that has happened that week or that month for me and wondering if the universe really is in control of, well, everything.

'I followed my heart and it ruined my 3-year relationship'

Just over three years ago, someone walked back into my life who I thought I would never see again. My first love, he and I had first met at university and after a rocky two years of on-again-off-again dating between two different cities, we broke up in a tidal wave of heartbreak and anger after he graduated.

'I skipped breakfast every day for a month, and you won't believe what happened'

Avocado on toast, fluffy American-style pancakes with a slightly melted honeycomb butter, deliciously tomatoey Shakshuka with freshly baked sourdough. I love brunch. Like, really, really love brunch. Breakfast though - not so much. I know you could argue they're very similar meals just eaten at different times of day, but that is almost exactly the point for me.

What is the climate diet and should we all be doing it?

We already know that meat-heavy diets aren't good for our health and there is overwhelming evidence now to suggest that following a vegetarian diet - or at least a flexitarian diet - is incredibly beneficial to our health and wellbeing. But what about the health of our planet?

Could the Jane Austen diet be the modern day answer to weight loss?

Written by Bryan Kozlowski, The Jane Austen Diet: Austen's Secrets to Food, Health, and Incandescent Happiness delves into the storylines of Austen's most famous stories to unearth the advice for a happy and healthy life that the prolific author hid between the lines of her books.

Are food delivery boxes the no-diet answer to weight loss? We tried it.

Something you should know about me from the start here is that I absolutely hate doing a weekly supermarket shop. Pushing a half empty shopping trolley down aisles crowded with fellow stressed out shoppers who would sooner mow you down in their haste to get to the cherry tomatoes than spend one second longer than they have to inside the store.

Have we been approaching juice cleansing all wrong?

Juices have been getting a pretty bad rep recently, with the popularity of juice detoxes and cleanses diminishing after countless stories about their sugar content, negative effects on our stomachs and productivity all started to put people off the celeb go-to diet.

An expert reveals the science of why we can't lose weight and keep it off.

"We have a cultural obsession with weight loss," says Dr Nick Fuller, an Industry Program Leader at The University of Sydney in the Faculty of Medicine and Health. According to Dr Fuller, we go on between four and five diets every year, 61 diets by the time we reach the age 45, and therefore spend approximately 31 years of our life dieting.

What the new series of Game of Thrones could tell you about your partner

Whether you've watched (and re-watched) every single episode to date or you've never laid eyes on Westeros in your entire life, you've probably heard that the new, and final, season of Game of Thrones (GoT) is only weeks away from airing. If you don't watch the show, this information alone will mean very little to you.

Why the humble potato could become the next superfood

With the ever increasing popularity of the Keto diet over the last few years, you'd have thought that the last wellness trend we'd see surfacing in 2019 would be one focussed on a white, starchy carb. However, times are changing.

How we'll be finding love in 2030, according to a futurist

Tinder, Happn, Hinge, ghosting, curving, breadcrumbing; the modern dating world can be confusing enough - so what about the landscape of dating stretching out before us in the future? We struggle to know what our love life is going to look like next month, let alone over the next two decades, but luckily for us there are futurists out there who are already predicting this for us...(unsettling or comforting?

'HIIPA' is the new high-intensity workout for busy people

Have you recently carried heavy shopping bags up a few flights of stairs? Or run the last 100 metres to the station to catch your train? If you have, you may have unknowingly been doing a style of exercise called high-intensity incidental physical activity.

Is dessert actually the secret to losing weight?

It's the diet hack that we genuinely never saw coming, but new research has suggested that actually indulging in an unbelievably 'naughty' dessert could be the key to weight loss. Swapping fruit for a chocolately treat when you crave a sweet fix could result in the consumption of less calories overall if the new research published by the American Psychological Association is anything to go by.

'I cancelled my gym membership and guess what, it feels great'

January is traditionally a month of health kicks, new diets and weight loss resolutions with thousands of people ditching junk food, digging out their NutriBullets and putting payments down on gym memberships or fitness classes.

Does the 'buddy system' actually help us lose weight - or hinder us?

Holding your friends and peers to account if they skip a scheduled gym session or you catch them gorging on cookies after they swore they were cutting out sugar is an effective weight loss tool, a new study reveals - but not in the way you might think.

Why does everybody on Instagram suddenly have perfect teeth?

Obtaining the perfect smile with the help of porcelain veneers has exploded in popularity in the past 10 years, with procedures that were once the go-to for the rich and famous now being sought out by the people around us every day.

Why now is the best time to buy in Melbourne

New data released by CoreLogic in their latest Property Pulse report shows that buyers looking to negotiate to get the best possible price for their new home may have more luck in Melbourne now than ever before.

What to use instead of plastic bags to line your bin

It's now July, which means for most major supermarkets across Australia, the state-wide plastic bag ban is firmly in place and the single-use plastic bags that were readily available at checkouts have all but disappeared. But what does that mean for our rubbish at home?

How many calories can you burn breastfeeding? The answer may surprise you...

How many calories can you burn breastfeeding? Well, the answer from the American Pregnancy Association may well surprise you. There are many benefits to breastfeeding, but we bet you never thought it would be burning off that third chocolate biscuit you treated yourself to without even standing up.

Is Duty Free A Good Deal? Why Duty Free Buys Could Actually End Up Costing You More Money

You've checked-in, hustled your way through the security checks and grabbed a much needed coffee. Next stop? The Duty Free beauty aisles. For many of us, browsing the appealingly scented shelves of Duty Free is more than an enjoyable way to kill time while we're waiting to catch a flight, it's an opportunity to dig out some seriously good beauty bargains.

Ascot Fashion: Everything You Need To Know And Our Pick Of The Best Dresses For Ascot

Royal Ascot is not only a serious annual sporting fixture in the calendar, but an important fashion fixture too. With the style stakes rising each year, Ascot continues to be an event to see and 'be seen', with everyone from the Queen and the royal family to A-list celebrities and society's elite stepping a well heeled foot onto the luscious lawns of the racecourse grounds in Berkshire.

Old Tat magazine
Colour Me Happy

An exploration of the psychology of colour

More work from Rachael Martin

Woman Magazine
Afternoon tea in the UK - the best places to enjoy this British tradition!

An afternoon tea not to be missed, the Conrad London Love Knot Afternoon Tea is a deliciously decadent delight. Seated in the beautiful setting of Emmeline's lounge, you can enjoy the pleasure of live music, whilst chatting to your loved one and sipping on the finest of teas or enjoying bottomless glasses of champagne.

Woman Magazine
Camping for those that hate canvas!

In the past, a holiday in the great outdoors would mean you needed a tent or a caravan in tow - but no more! The days of huddling under canvas in a cold sleeping bag, whilst someone tries to make a cuppa on a wobbly Trangia can now be a thing of the past thanks to the many UK 'glamping' destinations.

Gay Star News
REVIEW: The Toren, Amsterdam

Cozy yet austere, lavish yet understated; opposites attract in this inviting and romantic boutique hotel The Toren, Amsterdam - like staying in the world's most decadent and over the top chocolate box What do you expect when staying in The Toren, Amsterdam - a hotel voted the best in all of city by over 2,000 people on TripAdvisor?

Gay Star News
REVIEW: Le Saint Sulpice, Montreal

In the heart of a vibrant metropolis, this stylish home from home provides the perfect launch pad for exploring one of Canada's most exciting cities Le Saint Sulpice, Montreal - a fantastic base for exploring Montreal You can easily lose yourself in the magic of Montreal, and Le Saint Sulpice want you to start your journey of discovery with them.

Woman Magazine
Get walking! The Best British walks in autumn - Woman Magazine

There are lots of things you might dread about the arrival of autumn. Shorter days, longer nights, colder weather, and the inevitable arrival of the sniffles at some point. But the winter months also bring with them many small pleasures - delicious roast dinners, cosy nights in watching TV, snuggly socks, wood burning fires, fireworks, festive celebrations...the list goes on and on!

Gay Star News
REVIEW: Klaus K, Helsinki

A hotel that champions all things chic, stylish, and modern in Finnish design, a stay at the Klaus K isn't just an experience in modern Nordic luxury - it's an education Championing homegrown talent, some of the rooms at Klaus K have been designed by famous Finnish artists Found in an ideal location just 10 minutes walk from the pretty waterfront and the center of town, Klaus K is the first design hotel in Helsinki, and lives up to its name in both style and substance.

Gay Star News
REVIEW: The Hospital Club, London

A stay in one of these sumptuously-designed bedrooms grants access to the Club's seven floors of bars, restaurants and lounges... A center of creativity in central London, you'd struggle to find a more comfortable - or well-designed - place to rest your head than this This private members club was once as difficult to get inside as the social circles of its highly esteemed, eccentrically creative clients.

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