Coconut Lands owner Carole Edwards pictured in a street in Italy

Carole Edwards is an award-winning freelance travel writer and occasional fiction author. Her successes include first prize in the McKinley Kidd travel writing competition and runner-up in Guardian Public’s essay-writing challenge. Her short stories have been longlisted and shortlisted in Wimbledon Bookfest’s annual competition for authors.

A passionate traveller since the age of 16, Carole was a regular columnist for New Zealand News UK in the early 2000s. She started Coconut Lands Slow Travel Blog in 2020 and has contributed to various other publications and blogs since then, notably A Way Abroad.

Emporio Coco store is a new venture aimed at bringing the colours and relaxed vibe of slow travel and island life into everyday items such as apparel, home goods and accessories. Coming soon is a sister store on Etsy – watch this space!