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So here’s me. I’m Jools Stone, Editor in Chief and self appointed Social Media Czar of Trains on the Brain.

Jools Stone

Photo by Dan Marsh, click on it to see his work

I’m a full time freelance journalist, copywriter, blogger and general social media obsessive these days, having quit the ‘cubicle life’ in August 2010. I’m truly living the dream and seeing the world, one train at a  time. Well that’s the long term plan anyway…

For now I’m beavering away here, writing stuff, networking like crazy, faffing about endlessly on twitter and making many new friends in glamorous corners of the world. Very occasionally I even catch some sleep and leave the house for air. Still I’m forever scheming and dreaming of happy trails on rails to come.

Prior to all this I worked in marketing for over a decade for a range of companies in arts, education and publishing sectors. I learned a lot but sometimes if felt like a lifetime. It all feels pleasingly distant now.

Recently I’ve signed up to become an occasional Tripbod too. I’ll be giving tailored travel advice and tours to anyone who fancies visiting Edinburgh. See my Tripbod shop page for some ideas of the personalised local tours I can offer and get in touch through it if you want to render my services.

I have a professional portfolio site, still something of a work in progress, but in the meantime if you like my style and would like to learn more about how I could work with you, please drop me a line via my Contact me page on this blog.

To catch up with me and follow my various social media entities and aliases, visit my About Me page.

I was born and raised in the mean ‘burbs of Bromley, technically Kent, but actually a mere 15 minutes to London Bridge by train of course. I spent most of my twenties in London and  now live in Edinburgh with my rather lovely fiance for the past 9 years. We got engaged on the Orient Express earlier this year. Hey, here’s a post for that.


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  1. George says:


    This is a wonderful blog! It was a very good read.

    I was wondering if you would be interested in guest blogging on my blog. It is a collection of my travels and the travels of my guests. If you scan the site you can see that now almost 100% of the posts are from guests. Lately I’ve been finding many people interested in guest posting.

    My blog ( receives about 2000 visitors a day and that number is steadily growing.

    So if you are interested in being a guest, please let me know.

    Send me an Email:

    Thank you,

    Warm Regards,
    George Christodoulou
    Travel Blogger | OneTravel

    • joolsstone says:

      Thanks George, sure I’d be very happy to do that. I like your blog too. I’ll add you to my links.


      • Brian Butler says:

        Hi Jools, Love the blog. i just subscribed & will be happy to recommend to my contacts and blog readers. If you have a moment, take a look at my site and consider sending a guest post .
        Cheers from the new world,

  2. joolsstone says:

    Thanks Brian,

    Love your strap line – ‘The intersection of travel, books and art’ – surprised that there aren’t more blogs in this niche actually but glad I found yours.

    I’d be delighted to guest post and you’d be welcome to reciprocate. I’ll add you to my blogroll too.


  3. Hey Jools,

    Just came across your blog and was blown away, first by the design & style and then by your posts as well.

    I don’t want to be repetitive, but I wonder if you have time for another guest post?

    And you should check out a trip on the website (that I’m actually going on too) that’s a mad railway challenge around the whole of India. We’re doing it next Feb. Would love to hear your thoughts, or maybe you’d want to join even!

    Talk to you soon,

  4. joolsstone says:

    Thanks Lauren, you’re too kind. I’ll check yours out. Yup, always keen to do guest posts, both ways.

  5. Dan Marsh says:

    Well done, Jools. Some cracking writing, which rattles along merrily very much like the train in question. Was so involved in the picture I was building of your travails, my lesson plan quite went out of the window. Terrific. Really terrific.

  6. Connie says:

    Hi Jools, I love the look of your blog and I LOVE your love of puns! Keep it up, I’m looking forward to hearing more about your travels! Would love to swap some stories sometime! Perhaps a guest blog is in order?

  7. aldo says:

    Hey, I work with the CheapOair travel blog ( and we’re interested in having you guest blog for us. Please contact me if you’re interested. Thanks! Aldo.

  8. Vikk says:

    Looks like a travel blog to me…with a few additions. Nice blog. Saw your request on David’s blog post and thought I’d drop by, take a look, and say hello.

    BTW, I’ve got a cousin who, I believe, still lives in Edinburgh. My family is from New Castle Upon Tyne. Wish I was able to visit and find him again. 🙂 Have fun and good luck!

    • joolsstone says:

      Hi Vikk, you got it in one, thanks! Edinburgh’s a great city, hope you get to visit your cousin one day and let me know if you need any tips beforehand. Have never been to Newcastle believe it or not, even though it’s a mere 90 minutes by train from here! Good nightlife there too, so I hear.

  9. Tom Volpe says:

    Hi Jools. Thanks for the comment on my site, It is a shame that you weren’t involved in the blog carnival, from taking a look at your site the topic is clearly very relevant to you. Perhaps you would be interested in taking part in our next blog carnival? If so, please do drop me a line and I will provide a bit more information.

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  12. Paul says:

    Hey Jools, got your comment on my Night train to Bangalore post on and came by to check you out. We do lots of other travel but trains are always the favorite. Very nice site you’ve got. A bit of inspiration too for someone just trying to get going with the online travel writing. Cheers.

  13. stuart says:

    Your website in inspirational.

    Any tips ?

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