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The International Copy Agency provides the highest quality copy, from the experts on the ground.
Although we specialise in travel, we are proud to be able to turn our hand to just about any type of copy quite brilliantly. We take on all kinds of projects, across platforms, ranging from SEO-friendly copy to newsletters, guidebooks, features, blog posts or good old-fashioned brochures.

Whatever your needs, drop us a line.
No job too large, no job too small, we cover it all.


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Meet the team


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Rowena Carr-Allinson With a mixed European background, Rowena quickly came to feel home was wherever she lay her hat. Starting out her career at the Financial Times, she moved on to sports reporting and producing interactive content for TV shows and Hollywood movies in London before settling into writing full time. Her travel stories and reviews have appeared everywhere from the UK to South Africa via Australia – in everything from the Toronto Star to London’s Metro, CityAM, Harpers Bazaar, Elle, OK! Magazine and the ‘1001 Escapes’ book. She even blogged her honeymoon for Cntraveller.com! She’s shopped in Istanbul, biked down a volcano in Hawaii, gone unplugged in Nicaragua, driven across the Southern USA, eaten out in Dubai’s finest restaurants, and she still hasn’t had enough. Her two-year-old son is very well travelled, having seen Bangkok, NY, LA, Dubrovnik, Rome, Singapore and more…

Expert in: Travel with baby, spas, honeymoons, luxury travel, France, the USA and the Caribbean
Based in: Paris, France
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Lee Cobaj Lee Cobaj is an experienced freelance travel journalist. She was born in Glasgow, raised in Hong Kong and now lives in Phuket. After nearly two decades working in the aviation industry, Lee studied for a degree and post-graduate diploma in English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Salford, before turning her hand to travel writing. Within twelve months of doing so she had been published in Conde Nast Traveller, National Geographic Traveller and the Sunday Times Travel Magazine.
She is now a regular contributor to the aforementioned magazines, and her work has also appeared in Elle and Red Online, Brides, Tatler, the South China Morning Post, Sphere and others. Lee is a destination expert for The Telegraph and an Asia correspondent for Jetsetter.

Expert in: South East Asia, Hong Kong and Thailand, aviation and consumer news
Based in: Phuket, Thailand
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Cathy Winston In between working her way around the world - 55 countries visited so far - Cathy Winston is a freelance writer based in London, specialising in travel and lifestyle.
She's been published in a string of newspapers, magazines and websites, including the Independent, National Geographic Traveller, Sunday Times Travel magazine, MSN, AOL, Metro, hitched.co.uk, marieclaire.co.uk, Top Sante, and Fabulous and Red magazines.
She also writes the award-winning blog MummyTravels.com.
During the course of her career, she's interviewed royalty, had a lemur leap onto her head in Madagascar, tried the world's fastest zipline across an Italian mountain valley and eaten her way around Little Havana with a toddler.

Expert in: Family travel, weddings and honeymoons, female-friendly travel
Based in: London, UK
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Jane Mountain Jane is a Canadian writer, web designer, and bicycle adventurer who has been copywriting for the web since the word dotcom was coined.
She started her career in London as a copy editor for Radio Times and the NME, before becoming the web producer and content editor for UKTV. After 10 grey-skied years in London, she moved to sunny LA, where she lounged on the beach and started her freelance career, writing about electronics, entertainment, and the environment, while designing websites for Disney, Yahoo!, and other clients.
Since March 2013, she has been travelling the world by bicycle, having logged 10,000 km through 16 countries so far. Stories about her journey can be found on The Huffington Post and My Five Acres, her daily photo-filled blog.

Expert in: The environment, nutrition and eco-friendly food, budget and adventure-travel + SEO-friendly copy.
Based in: Bali, Indonesia
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Dominique Afacan Dominique has been editing magazines for over ten years and by some lucky coincidence, all of them have revolved around travel. This decade of exposure to the world's best hotels, restaurant, spas, bars and more has left her horribly spoilt but equally well qualified to dish out the latest luxury lifestyle news for magazines all over the world. In 2008 she relocated from London to Hong Kong where she headed up the Ink Global offices, publishing in-flight titles across Asia and in 2010 she moved to Info/nation, also in Hong Kong, where she edited two of the city's leading luxury titles, The Reserve and LOFT. Since 2014 she's been dividing her time between London and Mallorca and freelancing for international travel titles. She remains editor-at-large for both of her Hong Kong titles.

Expert in: Luxury travel, profiles and interviews, design and architecture
Based in: Mallorca, Spain
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Jessica Gliddon Originally from Northern California, An early wanderlust sent Jessica straight out of university to Edinburgh and London, before moving to Dubai to pursue a career in lifestyle journalism. She started at Etihad Airway's Etihad Inflight, working her way up to editor while travelling the world. After five years and 40 countries, she traded the Dubai deserts for the windy slopes of Table Mountain. She's spent the past three years in Cape Town freelancing for Etihad's inflight magazines and others, such as South African Express' Indwe and Korean Air's Morning Calm, working as a custom publication editor for boutique digital agency Pure Publishing, writing and editing copy for a wide range of clients in advertising and digital media, and volunteering with African wildlife in her spare time. Penguins are her current passion.

Expert in: Inflight magazines, customer publishing, food, art, design, culture, environmental issues, the Middle East and Africa.
Based in: Cape Town, South Africa
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Christina Valhouli Christina Valhouli was born in Massachusetts to Greek parents and was quickly hit by a case of wanderlust. After graduating with a master's degree from Columbia University's School of Journalism, she held staff positions at Town & Country and George magazine in New York, and was the staff travel writer at Forbes.com for many years. While living in London, she worked as a travel editor at Rough Guides. Christina now contributes travel, beauty and lifestyle stories to publications including The New York Times, The New York Post, Fodor's and Departures.com. Her travels have taken her to over 30 countries and some of the world's best hotels including Parrot Cay, Gleneagles, Claridges and the Amanyara. Her passion for travel inspired her to launch her own blog, named one of the Top Travel Sites by the Times of London twice.

Expert in: USA, Caribbean, fine dining, spa, fitness, wellness
Based in: New York, USA
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John Oates A former literary agent, John's career took a sharp turn after he won the Guardian newspaper's Young Travel Writer of the Year award in 2002. After a year spent travelling solo from Uzbekistan to Nepal, with little more than a shaky grasp of Russian to get him through Central Asia, John returned to London intent on pursuing travel writing to legitimise his wanderlust.Particularly drawn to out-of-the-way places and off-beat topics, but with a soft spot for occasional luxury, John considers photography to be an integral part of his work. He has contributed to numerous magazines in the UK and beyond, from Get Lost (an Australian magazine for independent travellers) to Upward Curve (distributed on private and corporate charter flights). John has also researched and written guidebook material for Rough Guides, Dorling Kindersley and Footprint, as well as web and app content for clients such as World Travel Guides, Frommer's Unlimited, Vertu and Insight.

Expert in: Myanmar, Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Macau, guidebooks, budget travel, food and drink, disabled-accessible travel.
Based in: London, UK
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Lara Brunt Aussie-born, Lara spent 12 years living in London and started her career in marketing working for top agencies. In 2010, she retrained as a journalist and was selected as a finalist in The Guardian International Development Journalism competition, before taking up a role as features editor working across the Parenting group for one of the UK's biggest magazine publishers. She then worked freelance, writing for publications such as Lonely Planet, CNN, South China Morning Post, Sydney Morning Herald and Luxury Travel magazine, before moving to the Middle East to write for World Traveller andAIR, an inflight magazine for private jet passengers. Lara regularly teams up with her husband Glen Pearson who is a professional photographer. Together,they've globetrotted to every continent except Antarctica (top of the wish list!) and travelled by plane, train, automobile and even dog sledge.

Expert in: Luxury travel, food and drink
Based in: Dubai, UAE
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    — Fiona Miller, EU RTC, Yahoo!, London —
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Testimonials


We are really easy to work with, always deliver on time and keep our sense of humour, whatever the situation.
Don't just believe us, believe them.



our clients
"Jane is a consummate professional, and is able to produce great work, on schedule, in spite of often challenging timelines and subject matters. I would recommend Jane without hesitation for any writing or editing opportunities."
Tristan Jutras TV/Web/Radio Producer & Host

"Jane completely spoiled us with her work, which means no one after her measures up. "
Stephen Chappell Director of Product Management, Consumer/YP at AT&T Interactive

"Cathy is an excellent journalist and a first-rate copywriter with a very strong work ethic."
Linda Aitchison, Managing director at The Marketing Room UK

"Cathy's attention to detail is tremendous and she always personally approaches the topic of the copy she is going to work on. Very quick turnover and sticking to deadlines is a major plus as well."
Jakub Kosiec, FX7 Solutions

"Cathy’s work was of an incredibly high standard, copy was filed early (early!) and she was a genuine pleasure to work with."
Johanna Payton, Content Manager, Guardian News & Media

"Cathy is a consummate pro who gives 100% to everything she does. Her writing is a joy to read, and she is fabulous to deal with - businesslike and professional but also totally fun and sparky. It's a pleasure to recommend her and her work."
Kelly Rose Bradford, Founder and editor, Parenting Solo

"Jessica's been great to work with. As an editor, it was a pleasure to align myself with a freelancer who always went the extra mile to submit quality work on time."
Michelle Marais, Editor, Pure Publishing

"Jessica is a great freelancer to work with. Not only is her copy well-written, engaging and well-researched, it also very well adapted to the tone and target audience of the publication. Her work is always submitted on time, with images – which an editor always appreciates – and her writing is interesting and accurate. I will definitely be working with her again ! "
Nora Elias, Editor, Professional Spa & Wellness

"I have been working with Rowena for several months, and to say that she is one of the best writers I have worked with is an understatement. We have worked on different types of projects for various reasons, and throughout our work she never ceased to amaze me with her creativity and professionalism. Her work always hits the point, on time, and very unique."
Mohammed Alassaf, Business Development and Marketing Manager FlyIn, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

"Whether she's offering the lowdown on the hippest luggage to set off for the airport with, or delving into the psyche of TV adventurer Bear Grylls, Rowena can always be relied upon to supply fresh, lively, engaging copy.
And always on deadline!
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Danielle Green, Editor, Med Life inflight Magazine

"Rowena is everything I could ask for from a freelancer. She has a great, easy-to-read style, her research skills and contact list
are second to none, and she never fails to meet her deadlines. Perhaps not so important, but a distinct bonus, is that she's a really nice person.
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Rachel Southwood, Director and Founder, Giraffe Media

"We have worked with Rowena Carr-Allinson for a number of years and find her completely focussed, committed and pro-active. She is definitely an A-lister in our opinion and we greatly enjoy working with her."
Sue Lowry, Managing Director, Magellan PR, London

"Rowena was a pleasure to work with from the word go! I was impressed by her extremely flexible and versatile writing styles. I also appreciated the timely and diligent delivery of excellent quality copy (especially given the tight timescales). She grasped the concept of the project immediately and helped us create a very successful online viral creative."
Fiona Miller, EU RTC Marketing Manager at Yahoo!

Creative. Professional. Honest.

About us


Our Story

After a decade of freelancing for everything from consumer magazines to trade titles, and corporate clients, taking on projects large and small, and sometimes recruiting fellow freelancers, Rowena Carr-Allinson founded The International Copy Agency after spotting a gap in the market for a professional team of writers located all over the world to join forces.

Whatever your requirements, the International Copy Agency can provide the highest quality copy, from the experts on the ground.

We specialise in travel, with experts in areas varying from cycling to family travel, budget to bling, spas to ski and, of course, specific destinations.

Our team of stringers is spread around the globe and has worked for everyone from The Telegraph to The Times, The Independent, National Geographic Traveller, Sunday Times Travel magazine, ELLE, OK!, Harpers Bazaar, a rainbow of in-flights, bridals and guidebooks to name but a few!

Between us, we've visited 104 countries - from Turkmenistan to Tanzania, Morocco to Malaysia, the USA to the UAE, Estonia to Egypt, Jordan to Jamaica, Brazil to the Bahamas and beyond. We’ve cycled across China, segwayed around Singapore, snorkelled in the British Virgin Islands, spa-ed in Bali, toured California by RV, mooched around Madagascar, shopped in Bangkok, partied in Beirut, learned to shoot in Texas and so much more…

Although travel is our bag, we also have experience in everything from Quiz writing to Food & Drink or Interviews & Profiles and are proud to be able to turn our hand to just about any type of copy.

Whatever your needs, drop us a line.
No job too large, no job too small. We cover it all.

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Print or online, one-off projects or ongoing work? We provide brilliant content.
No project too large or too small. We are flexible enough to cover it all.
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