Hilary Bradt

Hilary Bradt

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Hilary Bradt’s career as an occupational therapist ended when potential employers noticed that the time taken off for travel exceeded the periods of employment. With her former husband George, she self-published her first guidebook in 1974 during an extended journey through South America, thus founding Bradt Travel Guides. A backpacking guide to Africa followed. For the first 25 years she combined writing guide books and running the company with leading adventure and natural history tours to South America, Africa and Madagascar. Her in-depth knowledge of these places has brought her lecture engagements at the Royal Geographical Society, the Smithsonian Institution and on board expedition cruise ships, as well as numerous commissions for travel articles. She now lives in semi-retirement in Devon, indulging her interest in sculpting as well as writing regular press articles and the three Slow guides to Devon. In 2008 she received an MBE for her contribution to the tourism industry, and in 2009 the Lifetime Achievement Award from the British Guild of Travel Writers. In 2018 she was made an Officer of the National Order of Madagascar in recognition of her work promoting tourism to the island. Follow her on @HilaryBradt or visit www.hilarybradt.com.

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International Women's Day - celebrating Dervla Murphy

Hilary Bradt celebrates International Women's Day with this piece about her friend Dervla Murphy, who is being awarded the highest accolade from the British Guild of Travel Writers, the Lifetime Achievement Award.

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What have we done?

Hilary Bradt, founder of Bradt Travel Guides, reflects on the pros, cons and ultimate ambiguity surrounding cultural tourism.

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A holiday in North Korea

So what was it actually like, being in the country generally defined as the most dangerous in the world? All I can say is that it confounded all expectations and I now see North Korea in a new light. 

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