Expert Contributors

Meet the experts who have helped put this issue together.


Adrian Hayes is a British record-breaking polar explorer and adventurer. The former British Army Gurkha Officer speaks fluent Arabic and Nepalese. In the past eight years he has climbed Everest, K2, the North Pole, South Pole, travelled the length of Greenland by kite-ski and the Arabian Desert by camel. The Double Guinness World Record holder now inspires others by giving keynote speeches.
Travelling in France

Carolyn Boyd is the award-winning editor of France Magazine, and The Times’ main expert on travelling in France. She has also written for The Independent, The Guardian and several other publications.

Zoologist and former Discovery Channel producer Cat Capon travelled to 12 different countries in 12 months to encourage others to swap their sunlounger for a more adventurous holiday. She is now about to travel to India to visit the Indian rhino and Iceland to photograph the only geothermal cone.

Award-winning travel writer and photographer David Noyes has travelled to some of the most beautiful and exotic places on earth. He recently released a book of his travels called The Photographing Tourist. Here you'll find more than 300 photographs featuring Noyes' adventures that have taken him to places as far away as Peru and Nepal. He is also the founder of the Innocent Eyes Project that supports child education programmes in the developing world.

Ed Stafford is an English explorer. He holds the Guinness World Record for being the first human ever to walk the length of the Amazon River.
Food Writer

Ghillie James a freelance food and travel writer. She was the food editor of Sainsbury's Magazine for five years and now does freelance writing for various magazines including Delicious. James is the author of Asia Light and Amazing Grains (called Rice and Grains in Asia).

Travel writer of the year Jonathan Thompson has visited 60 countries and all seven continents. He has written for The Independent, the Daily Telegraph, the Guardian and Men's Health and has contributed to several Lonely Planet guide books.

Since the age of 18 Laura has been travelling the world. After working in Mexico, she decided to find an alternative route home to the UK and helped crew a 38ft trimaran from Florida to England. With her team mate Cho, who became famous in 2010 after he helped Ed Stafford become the first man to walk the length of the Amazon, she is now cycling from Manta in Ecuador to Buenos Aires in Argentina. They hope to achieve this by September, when Laura is set to marry fellow adventurer Ed Stafford.

Lightfoot Travel is a luxury tour operator with offices in Singapore, Hong Kong and Dubai, specialising in designer holidays to countries spanning seven continents around the world. We take pride in the originality of our trips, and a holiday with Lightfoot is guaranteed to be inspired, inventive, and perfectly tailored to suit your needs.
Train Travel

Monisha Rajesh is author of Around India In 80 Trains. She is now researching and writing her latest book Around The World In 80 Trains which will be published by Bloomsbury in 2017.
Head of America and Antarcticas

With 10 years of experience in the industry, Olie is Lightfoot Travel's Head of America and Antarcticas. If you want to know which are the best hotels, restaurants and activities in this incredible region, contact Olie now.

Indian born, Australian raised, and now living in Hong Kong, Palani Mohan is the author of four books and has just completed his fifth, on the Eagle Hunters of Mongolia. His work is part of the collection of the National Portrait Gallery in London. He has been recognized with awards including World Press Photo, Picture of the Year International, CHIPP, Communication Arts, and Sony International.
Family adventure

Garrett and Jessica Gee from Utah sold their cars, furniture... oh, and company to Snapchat for $54 million... then decided to live out their dreams and travel around the world. They are doing this with their two adorable tots in tow. The four of them are now ticking off their bucket list one by one.. Jessica is diving with dolphins, Garrett is hanging out with whale sharks and Dorothy and Manilla are just having fun discovering sandy beaches and rock pools.

International author Tony Park has just launched his 12th book An Empty Coast. The former newspaper reporter, government press secretary and PR consultant is also a Major in the Australian Army Reserve and served in Afghanistan in 2002. Tony and his wife divide their time between their homes in Sydney and on the border of Kruger National Park.
Road trips

Travel writer and motoring journalist Victoria Macmillan Bell specializes in road trips. During her career she has driven a Jaguar XKSS in the Mille Miglia, traversed the Savannah Way in a pick-up and taken a Rolls-Royce Phantom from Cape Town to Angola. She has written for The Telegraph, the Independent, Condé Nast Traveller and British Vogue, and was a former presenter for BBC Top Gear.