Guide’s promise

Monday 9 July 2012

Laura Konkel

A student at the University of St Andrews has launched a young person’s travel guide in aid of children’s charities around the world.

Laura Konkel (21) will donate profits from her new book to a range of children’s charities across the globe.

Wannabee in... London with me! book cover

The book, ‘Wannabee in… London with me!’, is the first in a series of travel guides aimed specifically at children, and published to coincide with the influx of visitors for the 2012 Olympic Games.

Laura, a 4th year International Relations student from Canada, has been involved in charity work with her family since the age of five. The idea is inspired by the time Laura spent as a youngster with Zambian children suffering from AIDS.

She commented, “Helping others is important to my family. It is a wonderful thing to know that small but meaningful things can make such a huge difference in people’s lives.”

When she was 16, Laura travelled to Zambia with her school, and for a month helped build houses for Habitat for Humanity.

She explained, “Most of the village children were orphaned because of AIDS. I will never forget Richard, or Lillian or any of the other children who will no longer be just a statistic but little people who loved to laugh and play.”

The guide book, which is aimed at children and their families, includes trivia, history and entertaining facts about sites including the thinnest house in London. The re-opening of the Cutty Sark Museum was added the day before its publication.

The British High Commission has endorsed the book, while The Lord Mayor of London, David Wotton, supplied the foreword.

Laura continued, “Travelling with my parents as a child, I discovered that there is a need for travel books specifically designed for children and not merely directed toward their parents. The WANNABEE travel series aims to change the concept of family travel by selecting things unique to each featured city that aren’t what they would ordinarily expect to see as a tourist.”

In recognition of Laura’s time at St Andrews, and to coincide with the University’s 600th Anniversary, she will donate designated proceeds from the sale of the book towards the 2012 Class Gift, part of which will go towards scholarships.

She will also make her e-book available for free to any registered children’s charity.


Note to Editors

Laura is available for interview on [email protected] or mobile: 001 416 9251503
‘Wannabee in… London with me!’ is available for sale on Amazon, Kindle, Google play, and Apple iTunes and Air Canada e-boutique.

Note to Picture Editors

Images of Laura and graphics from the book are available from the Press Office – contacts below.

Issued by the Press Office, University of St Andrews.
Contact Gayle Cook on 01334 467227/ 0771 414 0559 or email [email protected]
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