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Mark Hodson

London-based travel writer

Mark Hodson has been a travel journalist for more than two decades. After quitting a desk job at a newspaper in the 1990s, he spent three consecutive winters backpacking around India, Central America and South East Asia. He then settled down for 12 years, working as a full-time freelance travel writer at The Sunday Times in London. During that time he visited more than 70 countries and had more than 500 articles published. In 2010, he was voted by fellow journalists as one of the Top 50 Travel Writers in the UK. In 2014, he was named Aito Travel Blogger of the Year. Mark is co-founder of the travel inspiration websites, 101 Holidays and 101 Honeymoons.

Heli-skiing Costs £300. Is It Worth It?

Heli-skiing is the ultimate indulgence for the adventurous skier. It's potentially dangerous, it can be hard work and it's expensive: £300 per person for a single drop. It's also banned in most European countries. Switzerland is an exception.
08/04/2015 14:30 BST

Charm and Glamour in the Austrian Tyrol

Apart from the high-tech ski clothing draped over the backs of the wooden chairs, it's a timeless scene. There is no traffic noise and not a modern building in sight, only the schuss of passing skiers, twitching their noses at the glorious smells wafting out from the kitchen.
28/01/2015 14:50 GMT

Why You Should Book a Holiday Now to The Gambia

How would you feel about taking a holiday in West Africa right now? Given the news coverage of the Ebola outbreak over the past few months, most people would say "No thanks". But having just returned from The Gambia with my wife and daughter, I'd heartily recommend it.
19/01/2015 11:20 GMT

Why You Should Book Next Year's Family Holiday Now

If you have school-age kids there are some good arguments for booking your holidays well in advance. For a start, it's rare to find late deals during the school holidays - and who wants the stress of waiting until the last minute and hoping that something suitable and affordable shows up?
07/11/2014 13:08 GMT

Best Early Booking Deals for 2015

Most people know it's possible to bag cut-price travel bargains if you wait until the last minute, but you can also make considerable savings by taking advantage of early booking discounts. It's better for your peace of mind and gives you plenty of time to look forward to your trip, savouring the delicious expectation of getting away.
28/10/2014 13:23 GMT

Best Places to View Autumn Leaves in Britain

The autumn months are when the British countryside is at its most beautiful, and traditional pleasures - cosy pub lunches, woodland walks and lazy afternoons by a fire with the papers and a pint - are at their most, well, pleasing.
08/10/2014 12:02 BST

How to Be a Tourist In Your Home City

I'm lucky enough to live in London, which in my view is one of the world's most exciting cities. At the risk of coming over all Ralph McTell, I like to spend time wandering its streets - sometimes aimlessly, sometimes with purpose - and notice things.
26/09/2014 15:14 BST

Glasgow for Kids: Let the Games Begin

Taking the family to Glasgow to see the Commonwealth Games in July? Here's the inside track on three fun things to do with the kids while you're there.
03/06/2014 09:20 BST

Is This the Best Way to Cruise the Greek Islands?

He pointed to the postcards. "This is how the island used to look." We peered at the sun-bleached images, their corners bending with age, then gazed back at the tiny square where half a dozen men nursed glasses of raki. The only sound was the slap of waves on the small fishing boats in the harbour.
23/05/2014 10:45 BST

Five Family Adventure Holidays in Europe

If you want to take the kids to Europe this summer, but don't fancy the idea of spending all day at a crowded noisy pool, how about trying something different? These new and exciting family adventures are packed with action and at the time of publication were all available to book during the school summer holidays.
07/05/2014 12:29 BST

Why Spring Sunshine Means Slump in Holiday Prices

The warm spring sunshine that has arrived across most of Britain is dividing opinion amongst the travel industry. Companies selling holidays in the UK are breathing a huge sigh of relief. Some were wondering if coverage of the floods in the West Country would kill off bookings for the season. How quickly we forget.
17/03/2014 11:46 GMT

Best Holiday Deals in Spring

This is a great time of year for getting a deal on a holiday. The peak January booking period has passed, and the early summer rush is still a long way off, so travel companies are looking to boost their cash flows by landing some bookings, even if that means offering some juicy discounts.
28/02/2014 13:37 GMT

Five Best Eco Hotels in Asia

South East Asia is one of the world's most beautiful regions, with its spectacular coral reefs, abundant wildlife and rainforests dating back 130 million years. Unfortunately, it's also a part of the world developing fast under the pressures of consumerism, rising populations and intensive farming.
24/01/2014 11:36 GMT

10 Best Spa Breaks for January

Once the Christmas party season is over, thoughts inevitably turn to those twin January obsessions: diet and detox. But instead of signing up for an expensive gym membership that you'll never use, why not escape the winter gloom with a few days on a spa break, with nothing more strenuous to do than choose your treatments and splash in a pool?
31/12/2013 17:06 GMT

Is Ras Al Khaimah the Next Dubai?

Few tourists are familiar with the name, but Ras Al Khaimah is being widely touted as the next Dubai. RAK, as it's known locally, is one of the "other" emirates, along with oil-rich Abu Dhabi, that make up the United Arab Emirates.Few tourists are familiar with the name, but Ras Al Khaimah is being widely touted as the next Dubai. RAK, as it's known locally, is one of the "other" emirates, along with oil-rich Abu Dhabi, that make up the United Arab Emirates.
13/12/2013 11:35 GMT

How to Uncover the Best Travel Deals

Discounting has been an important selling tool for the travel industry for the past 30 years or more and consumers have come to expect bargains... The result is a plethora of different types of deals and discounts, not all of which are as good as they might appear at first sight. Here's a guide to the various offers and how to get the most out of them.
25/11/2013 17:24 GMT

Best Foodie Breaks for Autumn

For lovers of British food or those just interested in the gastro-revolution that has taken place around the country in the last decade, the run up to Christmas is one of the best times for a foodie-themed weekend.
07/10/2013 15:07 BST

How to Rent a Private Island

By their nature, private islands tend to be discreet. You only hear about them when they hit the news: when a pregnant Duchess of Cambridge is photographed in a bikini on a beach in Mustique, or when Kate Winslet helps rescue Sir Richard Branson's mother from a fire-ravaged Necker Island.
05/07/2013 11:48 BST

Five Exotic Short Break Destinations

Fancy somewhere out of the ordinary for your next holiday? If you have plenty of time and money you'll find no shortage of exotic far-flung destinations. But if you know where to look, you don't need to cross continents to find exciting, colourful and culturally-rich cities. Here are five exotic short breaks all within five hours flying time of the UK.
01/07/2013 13:04 BST