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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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 see North Korea now in a new light. 

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Hilary Bradt - reluctant solo traveller

Our founder, Hilary Bradt, recalls her first experiences of travelling solo. 

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Hilary’s story – the birth of Bradt

How did it happen? How and why was my life completely changed by one evening in London? I know exactly.

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