Rhiannon Batten is olive magazine’s travel editor. After a nomadic childhood she studied archaeology and anthropology at Oxford before joining the Independent’s travel desk as an editor and writer, reporting on inspiring tourism projects (and winning Young Travel Writer of the Year along the way). After a decade living in the wilds of Scotland, where she worked as a freelance travel writer for publications including the Guardian, the Independent, ELLE and the Sunday Times (and visited destinations as diverse as Timbuktu, Tokyo, Ladakh and Lapland) Rhiannon wrote a book about green travel before moving south and putting down roots in Somerset, where she lives with her husband and two young sons.
Rhiannon has overseen olive’s travel section since 2012. A keen hiker and kayaker, she has a passion for ancient peoples, wild places, offbeat cities and food produced by communities who are as deep-rooted as the ingredients they cook. Which all feeds in to the authentic, affordable food adventures we like to champion in the magazine. During her time at olive the magazine has been awarded Consumer Travel Section of the Year at the Travel Media awards.