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Cameron Stauch Cookbook author & chef
Since exploring the street food stalls of Ho Chi Minh City, captivated by the steam billowing from a pot of pho patiently stirred by a local, Cameron has adored Vietnam’s flavoursome – and often meat-free – food. He’s compiled his favourite recipes from the area in his new book Vegetarian Viet Nam. It includes one of the country’s most iconic – the banh mi sandwich (p17)
Mountain, desert, ocean or jungle… which are you? Mountain. First great travel experience? Spending time in the kitchen at the Golden Temple in Amritsar, India, where I watched cooks prepare food for over 200,000 people for the Vaisakhi spring festival. Favourite journey? My last family trip, when we went to Sri Lanka. Top five places worldwide? Hue, Vietnam; Kerala, India; Chiang Mai, Thailand; Yunnan, China; Montreal, Canada. Passport stamp you’re proudest of? Bhutan. Passport stamp you’d most like to have? Morocco. Guilty travel pleasure? I have a couple: having a massage upon arrival at my destination and bringing along some Twinings Earl Grey tea for a grounding taste of home while on the road.
Hazel Plush Wanderlust associate website editor
Hazel, Wanderlust’s associate web editor, knows the UAE pretty well – she lived and worked in Dubai for two years. Now, she busts the glitz-ridden myth and shares how diverse the UAE can really be – see p58
Mountain, desert, ocean or jungle… which are you? Mountain. First great travel experience? Heading off solo to travel around Africa for three months, at the tender age of 18. It taught me independence, confidence and opened my eyes to so much. I still dine out on some of those stories! Favourite journey? Driving from the airport to my parents’ house in the mountains of Andalucía, Spain. It’s always full of laughter and fun – I love it. Top five places worldwide? Stone Town, Zanzibar; Eleuthera, Bahamas; El Nido, Philippines; Brecon Beacons, Wales; home. Passport stamp you’re proudest of? Timbuktu. They used to stamp the passports of everyone who visited! I was so fortunate to go 10 years ago. Passport stamp you’d most like to have? Taiwan, for its incredible hiking routes. Guilty travel pleasure? I never travel anywhere without slippers or teabags. You can take the girl out of England...
Axel Gomille Photographer & zoologist
Snapper Axel knows India like the back of his lens, visiting there frequently for more than 25 years. Plus, there’s nowhere better to teach us how to blend culture and wildlife into a single, impressive image – see p80
Mountain, desert, ocean or jungle… which are you? Jungle, especially those found in India. First great travel experience? A trip through some of India’s national parks was my first long-distance journey outside of Europe. It imprinted on me. Favourite journey? Oh, there are many. All those that feature great wildlife encounters. Top five places worldwide? The jungles of central India; Serengeti, Africa; wolf country back home across Germany; Great Rift Valley, Kenya; Namib Desert, Namibia. Passport stamp you’re proudest of? I just received some from the countries in South-east Asia’s Golden Triangle (Myanmar, Laos and Thailand), but I also think Bhutan was really cool. Passport stamp you’d most like to have? I’ve yet to make it to Botswana. There are so many places on the list. One list is not enough... Guilty travel pleasure? I once took a package holiday to the Canary Islands. I needed weeks in India’s jungles to recover...