Zahra Pettican Follow Twitter Zahra Pettican Zahra is a U.K.-based lifestyle and travel writer. She caught the travel bug (and a few less friendly ones) when she backpacked in three continents for a year in 2003. She’s written for Lonely Planet, Bon Appetit, Reader’s Digest, Fodor’s, and Matador Network. Experience Zahra has lived abroad and traveled to numerous countries around the world, particularly in Europe and Southeast Asia. Between travels, she’s worked in communications and marketing. In 2007, she went to Turkey to teach English and ended up staying for seven years. Her writing has been published in Lonely Planet, Reader’s Digest, Bon Appetit, and Fodor’s. She’s also a copywriter and has written content for hundreds of brands and websites. Since returning to the UK, Zahra has been rediscovering the sights, culture, and history of London and her home region, East Anglia. Education Zahra has a B.A. with Honors in International Studies from the University of Leeds. She also has a Trinity TESOL certificate in teaching English as a foreign language. About TripSavvy and Dotdash Meredith TripSavvy, a Dotdash Meredith brand, is a travel site written by real experts, not anonymous reviewers. You’ll find that our 20-year-strong library of more than 30,000 articles will make you a savvy traveler—showing you how to book a hotel the whole family will love, where to find the best bagel in New York City, and how to skip the lines at theme parks. We give you the confidence to spend your vacation actually vacationing, not fumbling with a guidebook or second-guessing yourself. Learn more about us and our editorial guidelines.