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Thank you for your interest in partnering with Books and Bao, or in working with us as writers.

Born while we were living in South Korea, Books and Bao is a travel, literature, and culture website which explores the books, bookish places, food, history, art, and politics of a country. We work alongside publishers, brands, hotels, and local tour agencies to bring our readers the most intimate local experiences possible. Ethical tourism is always at the forefront of our mind and we always prefer that anyone we partner with feels the same.

We were the Arts and Culture finalists in the UK Blog Awards 2019 and have experienced rapid growth since we started at the outset of 2018. We were also London Book Blog awards finalists and are in Velio’s top ten literature blogs in the UK.

We wholly believe in learning as much about a culture as possible before travelling, and this feeds into our writing. Above all, we believe in storytelling, and you’ll notice that all of our articles are brimming with intimate detail and personal experiences. We’re native English speakers and have spent significant time in the places we write about. We’re also both freelance journalists (you can view our portfolios here) meaning we’re used to working to deadline and producing consistently high-quality work.

Our readers are primarily interested in art, culture, and literature, and are all travellers at heart. For detailed information on the brands, tourism boards, and publishers we’ve already worked with, just get in touch at [email protected]

We currently receive 80,000 page views per month and grow in numbers monthly. Between us we have around 20k social media subscribers and a email list with a weekly 50% open rate. Our audience are primarily based in the US and the UK aged between 21- 45 and are an equal ratio of men and women.

What We Do

Immerse yourself in a culture, then travel there.

Travel is one of the best ways to learn but only if you fully engage with a culture. We believe firmly that one of the best ways to understand a culture is through its words and its food, and then seeing it for yourself. We’re ethical travellers and we always try to give back to the communities we visit in some way, often by celebrating and promoting their literature.

We’re particularly interested in brands which our readers will love, including:

  • Travel tours and great activities
  • Translated fiction or travel writing for review
  • Unique and themed accommodation
  • Travelling like a local
  • Practical travel products

Brands which we work with can expect from us the height of professionalism. We are quick to produce content after the sponsored event, and we will provide quality articles and photography, as well as several posts across all of our social media sites. We are highly flexible and will always work to your needs.

A small selection brands we’ve worked with (contact for a full list):

Semarah Hotels

Japan National Tourism Organisarion

Ambassade Hotel

Visit Myanmar Tourism Board

Books That Matter, Queer Book Box, and Secondhand Bookshelf


Imagine Your Korea



Most Major UK/US Book Publishers

My Taiwan Tour

Visit Berlin

Write for us

Have you read a great translated book, know all about street food, or had an amazing travel experience you’d love to share? We love slow travel, spending time in a place and getting to know it. We write about anything in the food and drink, art and culture, LGBTQ, and travel areas. All writers are paid, get their own bios and receive links back to their own work.

Get in touch: [email protected]