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 Bradt books. 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. Follow her on @HilaryBradt or visit www.hilarybradt.com

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Inside the world’s most secretive nation

Hilary Bradt spent 18 days inside the exhilarating, fascinating and bizarre North Korea. Read on for her account of the trip and her top 15 highlights.

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Women in Travel: a personal view from Hilary Bradt

Women in Travel month has encouraged Hilary Bradt to ponder the changes she's seen over the past half century, not just in travel, but in the way women are seen and see themselves.

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Sri Lankan Safari

Our founder Hilary Bradt took a trip to Sri Lanka and discovered all the ingrediants necessary for a terrific safari. 

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