Matt Phillips

Matt Phillips - Editor

London, UK

A professional editor with global publishers since 2007, I have a successful record shaping inspiring content for readers around the world.

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Overview

I have an intense passion for travel, health, food and sport, and have a proven 17-year track record on bringing titles to print. Between 2007 and 2013 I was in charge of ‘Travel Africa’ magazine, and since then I’ve been at the editorial helm of many Lonely Planet titles, including ‘The Best Moment of Your Life’, ‘Big Trip’, ‘Volunteer’, ‘National Parks of Europe’, ‘The World’s Best Superfoods’, ‘The Perfect Shot’ and more than 20 guidebooks.

I like to work collaboratively with writers, asking them for their input, expectations and experiences, regardless of whether at the developmental or copy editing stage. My ultimate goal, besides shaping ideas, text and stories into professional bodies of work, is to make the writer excited and happy with the finished product. This can only happen if their voice still rings true in the copy after the editing process.
Languages
English (UK)
Fiction
Action & Adventure
Non-Fiction
Health & Wellbeing
Inspirational
Nature
Photography
Sports & Outdoors
Travel

Work experience

Digital Editor

Lonely Planet
May, 2019 – Present (almost 2 years)

As part of the Digital Content team, I am responsible for taking user-centred content from concept to publication. Brainstorming, commissioning, creating, producing, editing and publication are all part of this role across destination content and specific interests content as dictated by data on user behaviour. I continue to provide regional expertise and editorial oversight to other Lonely Planet departments, such as Trade and Reference, Social Media, Business Development, Marketing and Lonely Planet magazine.

Freelance Commissioning Editor

Lonely Planet
January, 2016 – May, 2020 (over 4 years)

As part of a six-month secondment in 2016, and on a freelance basis since, I worked with the Associate Publisher to develop and deliver numerous non-guidebook titles for publication globally. I was responsible for budgeting and commissioning all content (text, images, illustrations and maps). I performed the day-to-day project management required to deliver these books – on time and on budget – from creation of the business case through product design, commissioning, production, pre-press and post-production. I also worked with Sales and Marketing colleagues to ensure the successful creation and execution of sales and marketing strategies.

Destination Editor

Lonely Planet
November, 2013 – May, 2019 (over 5 years)

As part of the global content team, I was in charge of ensuring the editorial integrity of all sub-Saharan Africa material online and within the content management system (CMS) – this material fed guidebooks and the company’s digital platforms. The role also provided regional expertise to the company as a whole.

Editor

Travel Africa magazine
January, 2007 – September, 2013 (over 6 years)

Responsible for procuring all editorial content for this quarterly consumer magazine (print, web and app), I ensured that it was informative and inspiring for tens of thousands of readers in some thirty countries, and kept production on time and on budget.

Portfolio (18 selected works)

The Best Moment Of Your Life

Lonely Planet

Discover 100 life-changing travel experiences. Familiar faces from the world of travel, plus Lonely Planet writers, share their most remarkable, poignant and memorable experiences from the road - moments that changed them as individuals and reshaped their perspective on the world. Tales includes a Rwandan gorilla encounter, reincarnation on the Ganges, horse riding with Patagonian gauchos, wit... read more

Discover 100 life-changing travel experiences. Familiar faces from the world of travel, plus Lonely Planet writers, share their most remarkable, poignant and memorable experiences from the road - moments that changed them as individuals and reshaped their perspective on the world. Tales includes a Rwandan gorilla encounter, reincarnation on the Ganges, horse riding with Patagonian gauchos, wit... read more

The Big Trip

Lonely Planet

So, you want to experience the ultimate overseas adventure? Whether you're a gap year student or young traveller, taking a sabbatical or career break, a parent or guardian wanting to travel with your children, or in retirement and looking for your next adventure - The Big Trip is for you. Advice and information in this comprehensive companion, now in its 4th edition, has been thoroughly revise... read more

So, you want to experience the ultimate overseas adventure? Whether you're a gap year student or young traveller, taking a sabbatical or career break, a parent or guardian wanting to travel with your children, or in retirement and looking for your next adventure - The Big Trip is for you. Advice and information in this comprehensive companion, now in its 4th edition, has been thoroughly revise... read more

The World's Best Superfoods

Lonely Planet Food

Dive into the world of superfoods with Lonely Planet Food, the world's leading travel publisher's new food imprint. Unlock the long-held secrets of health-boosting diets from every culture of the globe. Discover which super ingredients will boost your energy, stave off illness, reduce your chance of diseases, make your hair shine, your skin glow and turbocharge your brain power. Better still, ... read more

Dive into the world of superfoods with Lonely Planet Food, the world's leading travel publisher's new food imprint. Unlock the long-held secrets of health-boosting diets from every culture of the globe. Discover which super ingredients will boost your energy, stave off illness, reduce your chance of diseases, make your hair shine, your skin glow and turbocharge your brain power. Better still, ... read more

National Parks of Europe

Lonely Planet, Alexis Averbuck, Carolyn Bain, Joe Bindloss, Abigail Blasi, Kerry Christiani, Marc Di Duca, Emilie Filou, Anthony Ham, Vesna Maric, Tom Masters, Etain O'Carroll, Brandon Presser, Regis St Louis, Luke Waterson, Neil Wilson, Anita Isalska, Clifton Wilkinson

A celebration of and practical guide to Europe's areas of incredible natural beauty. Step into a world boasting hilltop coastal villages, frozen Arctic landscapes and sweeping mountain ranges - and discover the 60 most breathtaking national parks, as well as itineraries for experiencing their top sights and activities. The beautiful hardback includes: Suggested itineraries for long and short v... read more

A celebration of and practical guide to Europe's areas of incredible natural beauty. Step into a world boasting hilltop coastal villages, frozen Arctic landscapes and sweeping mountain ranges - and discover the 60 most breathtaking national parks, as well as itineraries for experiencing their top sights and activities. The beautiful hardback includes: Suggested itineraries for long and short v... read more

Volunteer

Lonely Planet

Are you looking for a more meaningful travel experience? Do you want to give back to the communities you visit, make a genuine connection with locals, meet like-minded travellers and build your skills? International volunteering opens up all these opportunities and this book has all the advice you need to get there. Much more than just a resource directory, Volunteer is packed with invaluable ... read more

Are you looking for a more meaningful travel experience? Do you want to give back to the communities you visit, make a genuine connection with locals, meet like-minded travellers and build your skills? International volunteering opens up all these opportunities and this book has all the advice you need to get there. Much more than just a resource directory, Volunteer is packed with invaluable ... read more

Lonely Planet Africa

Lonely Planet, Anthony Ham, Brett Atkinson, James Bainbridge, Stuart Butler, Jean-Bernard Carillet, Paul Clammer, Lucy Corne, Emilie Filou, Mary Fitzpatrick, Michael Grosberg, Trent Holden, Jessica Lee, Nana Luckham, Vesna Maric, Tom Masters, Virginia Maxwell, Helen Ranger, Brendan Sainsbury, Caroline Sieg, Helena Smith, Regis St Louis, Paul Stiles, Stephen Lioy, Lorna Parkes

Lonely Planet Africa is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Wander the cobbled streets and graceful pracas rimmed by once grand churches and stately colonial-era buildings, against a backdrop of turquoise seas, on the Unesco-listed Mozambique Island; drink your way around whitewashed Cape Dutch architecture and t... read more

Lonely Planet Africa is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Wander the cobbled streets and graceful pracas rimmed by once grand churches and stately colonial-era buildings, against a backdrop of turquoise seas, on the Unesco-listed Mozambique Island; drink your way around whitewashed Cape Dutch architecture and t... read more

Lonely Planet South Africa, Lesotho & Swaziland

Lonely Planet, James Bainbridge, Jean-Bernard Carillet, Lucy Corne, Anthony Ham, Simon Richmond, Ashley Harrell, Robert Balkovich, Shawn Duthie

Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet's South Africa, Lesotho & Swaziland is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Fill your days with beaches and wineries in Cape Town, spot wildlife galore in Kruger National Park, and hike past majestic mountains in the Drakensberg region - all w... read more

Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet's South Africa, Lesotho & Swaziland is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Fill your days with beaches and wineries in Cape Town, spot wildlife galore in Kruger National Park, and hike past majestic mountains in the Drakensberg region - all w... read more

Lonely Planet Southern Africa

Lonely Planet, Anthony Ham, James Bainbridge, Lucy Corne, Mary Fitzpatrick, Trent Holden, Brendan Sainsbury

Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet Southern Africa is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Clamber up the world's oldest sand dunes in Sossusvlei, step back in time on Mozambique Island, or enjoy world-class wildlife-watching in Etosha National Park -all with your trusted trave... read more

Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet Southern Africa is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Clamber up the world's oldest sand dunes in Sossusvlei, step back in time on Mozambique Island, or enjoy world-class wildlife-watching in Etosha National Park -all with your trusted trave... read more

Lonely Planet West Africa

Lonely Planet, Anthony Ham, Michael Grosberg, Nana Luckham, Vesna Maric, Helen Ranger, Caroline Sieg, Helena Smith, Regis St Louis, Paul Stiles, Stuart Butler

Lonely Planet West Africa is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Explore the Senegalese music scene in Dakar, sun yourself in the coastal paradise of Freetown, or hike through lush highlands in Kpalime -all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of West Africa and begin your journey now! Inside Lone... read more

Lonely Planet West Africa is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Explore the Senegalese music scene in Dakar, sun yourself in the coastal paradise of Freetown, or hike through lush highlands in Kpalime -all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of West Africa and begin your journey now! Inside Lone... read more

Lonely Planet East Africa

Lonely Planet, Anthony Ham, Ray Bartlett, Stuart Butler, Jean-Bernard Carillet, David Else, Mary Fitzpatrick, Anna Kaminski, Tom Masters, Carolyn McCarthy, Helena Smith, Shawn Duthie

Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet's East Africa is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Feel the pounding of hooves as wildebeest stampede across the plains of the Serengeti; get close to gorillas in Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda; and hike on the slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro. Al... read more

Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet's East Africa is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Feel the pounding of hooves as wildebeest stampede across the plains of the Serengeti; get close to gorillas in Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda; and hike on the slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro. Al... read more

Lonely Planet Madagascar

Lonely Planet, Emilie Filou, Anthony Ham, Helen Ranger

Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet Madagascar is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Watch chameleons and lemurs in mountainous national parks, haggle like a local at the Marche Artisanal de la Digue, or snorkel incredible coral reefs -all with your trusted travel companion. G... read more

Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet Madagascar is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Watch chameleons and lemurs in mountainous national parks, haggle like a local at the Marche Artisanal de la Digue, or snorkel incredible coral reefs -all with your trusted travel companion. G... read more

Lonely Planet Kenya

Lonely Planet, Anthony Ham, Anna Kaminski, Shawn Duthie

Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet Kenya is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Gaze at a million wildebeest migrating across the rolling savannah of the Masai Mara; try to calm your breath as you get close to big cats and mighty elephants; take your pick from national parks f... read more

Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet Kenya is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Gaze at a million wildebeest migrating across the rolling savannah of the Masai Mara; try to calm your breath as you get close to big cats and mighty elephants; take your pick from national parks f... read more

Lonely Planet Botswana & Namibia

Lonely Planet, Anthony Ham, Trent Holden

Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet Botswana & Namibia is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Spot jackals and black rhinos in Etosha National Park, explore the German colonial town of Luederitz; or marvel at mighty Victoria Falls -all with your trusted travel companion. Get to... read more

Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet Botswana & Namibia is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Spot jackals and black rhinos in Etosha National Park, explore the German colonial town of Luederitz; or marvel at mighty Victoria Falls -all with your trusted travel companion. Get to... read more

Lonely Planet Ethiopia & Djibouti

Lonely Planet, Jean-Bernard Carillet, Anthony Ham

Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet Ethiopia & Djibouti is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Explore underground churches in Lalibela, spot rare and beautiful animals in the Bale Mountains, or get to know Ethiopian cuisine in Addis Ababa -all with your trusted travel companio... read more

Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet Ethiopia & Djibouti is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Explore underground churches in Lalibela, spot rare and beautiful animals in the Bale Mountains, or get to know Ethiopian cuisine in Addis Ababa -all with your trusted travel companio... read more

Lonely Planet Mauritius, Reunion & Seychelles

Lonely Planet, Matt Phillips, Jean-Bernard Carillet, Anthony Ham

Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet Mauritius, Reunion & Seychelles is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Hike through the wild and remote Cirque de Mafate on Reunion, relax amid tropical waters on the coral island of Denis Island on Seychelles, and dive to the underwater rock... read more

Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet Mauritius, Reunion & Seychelles is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Hike through the wild and remote Cirque de Mafate on Reunion, relax amid tropical waters on the coral island of Denis Island on Seychelles, and dive to the underwater rock... read more

Lonely Planet Zambia, Mozambique & Malawi

Lonely Planet, Mary Fitzpatrick, James Bainbridge, Trent Holden, Brendan Sainsbury

Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet Zambia, Mozambique & Malawi is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Visit the largest waterfalls on earth at Victoria Falls, canoe past swimming elephants in Lower Zambezi, or hike the dramatic scenery of Mt Mulanje -all with your trusted trav... read more

Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet Zambia, Mozambique & Malawi is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Visit the largest waterfalls on earth at Victoria Falls, canoe past swimming elephants in Lower Zambezi, or hike the dramatic scenery of Mt Mulanje -all with your trusted trav... read more

Lonely Planet Tanzania

Lonely Planet, Mary Fitzpatrick, Ray Bartlett, David Else, Anthony Ham, Helena Smith

Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet Tanzania is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Listen to the sound of pounding hooves as wildebeest stampede across the Serengeti, pick your beach from over 100 km of Indian Ocean coastline, and track chimpanzees in Tanzania's remote western... read more

Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet Tanzania is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Listen to the sound of pounding hooves as wildebeest stampede across the Serengeti, pick your beach from over 100 km of Indian Ocean coastline, and track chimpanzees in Tanzania's remote western... read more

Lonely Planet Cape Town & the Garden Route

Lonely Planet, Simon Richmond, James Bainbridge, Jean-Bernard Carillet, Lucy Corne

Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet's Cape Town & the Garden Route is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Soak in the view from the summit of Table Mountain, take a boat to Robben Island for an insight into the country's history, and explore the beaches, forests and verdant mou... read more

Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet's Cape Town & the Garden Route is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Soak in the view from the summit of Table Mountain, take a boat to Robben Island for an insight into the country's history, and explore the beaches, forests and verdant mou... read more

Matt has 2 reviews

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Communication & Punctuality

Jeff Lester
Top Draw. I really enjoyed working with Matt. His laid back but engaged approach put me at ease and I am very happy with my first book. Super Super guy... Thanks Matt appreciated!

Jeff Lester, February 2021


Rachel Cossar
It was a pleasure working with Matt. He was very communicative and personable. I felt comfortable handing my work over for Matt's review and he made both insightful edits and comments that helped me further hone my work.

Rachel Cossar, June 2020

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