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Dougie Cunningham Photographer
Sometimes the best places to explore – and snap – are right on your doorstep. It is something Scottish photographer Dougie Cunningham knows all too well from roaming his homeland of Scotland. On page 86, he revisits one of his favourite locations to share tips on how to bring your shots to life and capture the majesty of a mountain stream…
Mountain, desert, ocean or jungle… which are you? Mountain. First great travel experience? Travelling with a kayak around Scotland, then later the Alps and further afield. It gave me a unique perspective of a country. Favourite journey? A solo trekking trip to Patagonia. It was a place I’d lusted after for years and it lived up to every expectation and more. Top five places worldwide? Torres del Paine National Park, Chile; Victoria Falls, Zambia/zimbabwe; the Dolomites, Italy; the Alps range; and of course, Assynt in Scotland. Passport stamp you’re proudest of? Entering Chile at Puerto Williams, south of the Beagle Channel. Passport stamp you’d most like to have? Namibia. Guilty travel pleasure? A glass of good Scottish whisky somewhere far from home.
Basil George St Helena guide
Basil has lived in St Helena for most of his life, working as an audit clerk, teacher and policeman among other things. Now in his ninth decade, this published poet offers informative tours, and introduced Wanderlust co-founder Lyn Hughes to the wonders of this quirky British outpost – see p48
Mountain, desert, ocean or jungle… which are you? Ocean, mainly because I grew up on St Helena. First great travel experience? Visiting the Etosha Pan in Namibia – I loved the extraordinary wildlife and contrasting landscapes. Favourite journey? A ten-day boat trip with people from all walks of life, visiting Tristan da Cunha and experiencing the lifestyle and resourcefulness of the people who live there. Top five places worldwide? Tristan da Cunha, UK; Namibia; South Africa; Canada; Scotland. Passport stamp you’re proudest of? The final voyage of the RMS St Helena to Tristan da Cunha. Passport stamp you’d most like to have? Madagascar, as that’s where some of our ancestors are from. Guilty travel pleasure? When I delivered a large parcel – a cake – on my lap on a military flight from Ascension Island to Brize Norton in England. There was nowhere else to put it!
Will Millard Adventurer
Explorer Will Millard has just spent a year in Papua New Guinea for his new TV series. He tells us about his time there, his fishing adventure across Britain and why his next trip is closer to home – see p18
Mountain, desert, ocean or jungle… which are you? Jungle. First great travel experience? I did the standard gap year in Australia and New Zealand, but the most important part was visiting Indonesia – it changed my life. My first-ever trip was to Dorset, aged four, where I fell in a stream and caught my first fish. Favourite journey? My honeymoon. Travelling through Zambia and Malawi with my wife was amazing. Seeing animals we’ve only ever seen on documentaries with our own two eyes was an amazing thing. Top five places worldwide? Indonesia; Wales; Sierra Leone; Mozambique; Isle of Skye, Scotland. Passport stamp you’re proudest of? One that says, ‘entrance by train’. I visited Malaysia a lot when I was studying in Singapore, but one time I forgot to hop off the train to get my visa and they ended up writing it on my passport in biro. Passport stamp you’d most like to have? The Congo. Guilty travel pleasure? Baked beans – I’m properly addicted!