Petra Shepherd
Petra Shepherd is a freelance travel writer with 30 years experience in television, 19 of which have been with Travel Channel International, the leading global travel broadcaster. There, she was responsible for everything from award winning documentary style travel programmes to studio based phone-ins with travel experts and journalists. She has provided online content and features for and contributes extensively to other websites.

She's visited over 80 countries, specialising in off the beaten track destinations. Petra has lived in Italy and Hong Kong but now divides her time between London and visiting her 12 god-children around the UK.

Entries by Petra Shepherd

Day Treks From Dibba - The Musandam, Oman

(0) Comments | Posted 5 April 2016 | (09:48)


A quick "where in the world am I?" quiz. Looking at the photo above, perhaps you're thinking Grand, Copper or Fish River Canyon, maybe Kenya's Rift Valley or somewhere remote in South America ? Not, I imagine a two hour drive away from...

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Tenerife Surprises

(0) Comments | Posted 28 January 2016 | (14:42)


This month I'm travelling once more, leaving behind the UK's mildest, wettest Winter on record for Tenerife, a volcanic island in the Atlantic ocean where Winter thankfully seems like Spring. Tenerife probably needs no introduction as thousands come every year to bask in...

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Highlights of North Sumatra

(0) Comments | Posted 27 October 2015 | (12:31)


Swimming with dolphins tick, witnessing the Serengeti's great migration tick, both ultimate travel bucket list things to do and I can now add another one, swinging with the apes. Not literally, but trekking deep into the Sumatran jungle to see orang-utangs in the...

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Hornbaek, Helsingor and Hamlet's Castle

(0) Comments | Posted 25 August 2015 | (14:43)

Benedict Cumberbatch as Hamlet has taken over from Bradley Walsh in The Elephant Man as the hottest theatre ticket in London. Although critics and fans have been divided in their reviews of this roll of rolls (and we're not talking sandwiches here), Cumberbatch has firmly put Hamlet back on the...

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Caribbean Island Hopping - St Kitts, Nevis and St Maarten

(0) Comments | Posted 5 August 2015 | (10:28)


I was out of my depth in more ways than one! I was swimming from the Caribbean island of Nevis to nearby St Kitts on Easter Sunday, a day when typically I'd expect to be gorging on chocolate eggs and not trying out...

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Hurghada and St Anthony's Monastery

(0) Comments | Posted 20 March 2015 | (15:39)


The view from the plane was encouraging. Forget Fifty Shades of Grey, who knew there could be so many different blues, a whole 'Farrow and Ball' range from cornflower blue to teal and turquoise, deep navy to Barclays Bank blue. The Red Sea...

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Montenegro - The Pearl of the Adriatic

(3) Comments | Posted 21 August 2014 | (20:23)


A destination often has an iconic building or place that one instantly associates with it. Think Taj Mahal for India, The Eiffel Tower for France. However, the photo often used to promote the tiny Balkan country of Montenegro is in fact...

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Bonn and Rhine in Flames

(0) Comments | Posted 19 May 2014 | (09:33)


The Rhine in Flames is a fireworks spectacular that takes place along the most scenic stretches of the Rhine (Germany's longest river) every year between May and September. Bonn's Rheinaue Park is the venue for the biggest single Rhine in Flames event, a...

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Water, Water Everywhere - From Lake Michigan to the Hudson River

(0) Comments | Posted 23 April 2014 | (15:04)


Having experienced the UK's wettest winter for years, endured floods and gone through literally countless umbrellas you'd have thought the least appealing trip to take would be one entitled "Water, Water, Everywhere". However, I'm a Piscean and love water in seas, lakes and...

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Wonderful Weimar - the Cultural Heart of Germany

(0) Comments | Posted 20 February 2014 | (18:50)


The British Guild of Travel Writers has for over 50 years been the leading organisation for travel media professionals. I've been a member for over 10 years and have been fortunate to attend the guild's AGM in places as far a field as...

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Exploring Western Australia - Day Trips From Perth

(0) Comments | Posted 24 January 2014 | (09:46)


With more hours of sunshine than any other capital city in Australia, it's no wonder that Perth has been voted as one of the world's most liveable cities. However, if you've travelled all the way to Western Australia and let's be honest, it's...

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The Petra Trail - Pucon

(0) Comments | Posted 30 December 2013 | (20:01)


As my friends and I approach out half century, there's been lots of competitive challenges set to celebrate this milestone birthday from running the London Marathon, walking the coast to coast path and canoeing topless down the Zambezi (OK, I made the last...

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The Petra Trail - Patagonia

(0) Comments | Posted 13 December 2013 | (12:09)


Patagonia is in the bottom half of Argentina but in my mind it's a fabled land at the end of the earth synonymous with wildness, wind and adventure. Having seen horses galore from the Gaucho Festival in San Antonio de Areco, to polo...

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The Petra Trail - Highlights of Argentina

(0) Comments | Posted 30 November 2013 | (16:00)


Smug travellers will regale you with tales of how they got off the beaten track and how they avoided the major sites and discovered a part of a city or country other tourists never got to see. I on the other hand hardly...

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The Petra Trail - Gauchos Galore

(0) Comments | Posted 13 November 2013 | (22:49)


The Petra Trail followers will now know of my love of indigenous cultures and particularly their dress and hats. After a brief stop in Chile, (where I'll be heading to again later in the month), Argentina was my next port of call. I...

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The Petra Trail - Atacama and Valparaiso

(0) Comments | Posted 28 October 2013 | (13:56)


From the highest place I'm ever likely to go at 5000 metres, I head for the driest place in the world the Atacama Desert and a new country on The Petra Trail, Chile. Although, it didn't live up it's name. Arriving in a...

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The Petra Trail - Bolivia

(0) Comments | Posted 21 October 2013 | (16:06)


Bolivia is big on "The Gringo Trail" with back packers wanting the adrenaline rush of cycling down the world's most dangerous road along with the surreal experience of a tour through the salt flats of Uyuni. However, for the older more sophisticated traveller (I'm...

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The Petra Trail - Lake Titicaca

(0) Comments | Posted 11 October 2013 | (16:01)


A trip to Lake Titicaca is a must on most people's South American itineraries and it was possibly the place I was most looking forward to visit. Located between Peru and Bolivia at 3908 m, the 8400 sq metre lake is the...

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The Petra Trail - Highlights of Peru

(0) Comments | Posted 9 October 2013 | (21:39)


After three weeks in Peru and the main iconic sites - Macchu Picchu, Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca all ticked of, it's time now to share my initial impressions.


Whilst others might be overawed by the sheer majesty...

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The Petra Trail - Lima

(0) Comments | Posted 19 September 2013 | (17:44)

I spent 19 years crisscrossing the globe with the world's leading travel broadcaster, Travel Channel International. I visited over 80 countries. But amazingly, apart from a brief stint in Ecuador, I seem to have missed out the whole of South America. Admittedly, I don't speak Spanish but I'm never one...

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