Rupert Parker
Rupert Parker is writer, photographer, cameraman and TV Producer. Although his special interest is food and travel, he writes about everything from wilderness adventure to gourmet spa tours. His articles appear, not only in national newspapers and magazines, but also on global websites and appeal to young and old alike. He’s made ground breaking TV series for the BBC, Discovery and National Geographic, among others, and has been nominated for an Emmy. His most recent series for Discovery US was filmed across 5 continents and, despite having over 70 countries under his belt, he’s still hungry for travel. Read his latest adventures on Planet Appetite and follow him on Twitter @planetappetite

Entries by Rupert Parker

Planet Appetite: Food Routes in Virginia, USA

(0) Comments | Posted 17 April 2014 | (10:35)

Just across the river from Washington DC, Virginia boasts brilliant oysters, interesting wines and seed-to-plate eating.


Mention Virginia and you might think of the first British settlers arriving in America, or Golden Virginia tobacco, both concerned with farming. Soils...

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Planet Appetite: Packing Light for Air Travel - Clothing

(0) Comments | Posted 15 April 2014 | (10:27)

It's not enough to have a case with the correct dimensions for carry-on as nowadays many airlines specify maximum weight, around 10kg or less, so packing light is essential


In the course of my job as travel journalist,...

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Planet Appetite: A Capital Taste of Washington DC and its Region

(0) Comments | Posted 9 April 2014 | (11:13)

Tourists flock to Washington DC, the US capital, to view the monuments and museums but they can also dine well, particularly on the seafood coming from Chesapeake Bay.


It's blowing a blizzard outside, and the windows on the bus have...

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Planet Appetite: Packing Light - Essential Gadgets

(2) Comments | Posted 8 April 2014 | (08:30)

The trick with packing light is never to leave anything behind and these gadgets all have their uses, some more essential than others.


Read my list of recommended rain jackets here.

Goodnight Snoring Ring

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Planet Appetite: Packing Light - Rain Jackets

(0) Comments | Posted 7 April 2014 | (08:12)

A rain jacket is essential in most parts of the world so, when packing light, it's a balance of weight against waterproof qualities - here's a roundup of the latest contenders.


Faced with keeping weight down, you can always...

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Planet Appetite: Ski Adventures in Davos and Klosters, Switzerland

(0) Comments | Posted 14 March 2014 | (13:16)

If you been awed by news reports from the World Economic Forum in Davos, then you might not immediately think of it as a holiday destination. The twin villages of Davos and Klosters are magnets for both royals and world leaders but they're also attractive ski destinations with a literary...

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Planet Appetite: Good News From Bangladesh

(5) Comments | Posted 13 March 2014 | (09:48)

Bangladesh gets more than its share of bad news stories, usually floods and famines, but the country is now opening up for tourism and is well worth a visit.


On my first morning in Dhaka, the busy capital of...

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Planet Appetite: Zooming Around Zimbabwe - More Than Just Safari

(0) Comments | Posted 5 March 2014 | (08:46)

Most tourists who visit Zimbabwe never get further than Victoria Falls, but breathtaking game reserves, monumental ruins and the sheer warmth of the people, mean that it's worth exploring further.


Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe is a surprisingly leafy...

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Planet Appetite: Hotel Mar i Vent, Banyalbufar, Mallorca, Spain

(0) Comments | Posted 4 March 2014 | (09:33)

Mallorca is synonymous with mass tourism, but the family-run Mar i Vent Hotel, nestling between mountains and sea, on the island's West coast, delights with its personal touch.


The story goes that these were once two houses, and a romance blossomed...

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Planet Appetite: Hotel Illa d'Or, Puerto Pollença, Mallorca, Spain

(0) Comments | Posted 28 February 2014 | (15:21)

Founded in 1929, Illa d'Or has hosted a host of celebrities including Winston Churchill and Agatha Christie on their visits to Puerto Pollença, Mallorca - it's just been refurbished to a very high standard indeed.


Hotel Illa d'Or celebrates its 85th...

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Planet Appetite: Tourism Returns to Bohol, Philippines, After Earthquake and Typhoon

(0) Comments | Posted 11 February 2014 | (10:28)

The Philippine island of Bohol is recovering from a double whammy - a 7.2 earthquake in October and then Typhoon Hainan 3 weeks later, but now they're keen to welcome tourists.


I'm still worried that my house will slip into the...

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Planet Appetite: A New World of Food in the Philippines

(0) Comments | Posted 10 February 2014 | (12:02)

Compared to its South Asian neighbours, Filipino cuisine is relatively unknown but the regional food of the Philippines is well worth exploring with its distinctive sour, salty and sweet flavours.


It's Christmas Eve in Manila and the people are flocking...

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Planet Appetite: On the Road in Colombia - Bogota and Beyond

(0) Comments | Posted 6 February 2014 | (12:08)

Colombia has been off the international travel map for some time, but recent political developments mean it's now safe to travel and ripe for discovery.


I'm standing in the Plaza de Bolivar in Bogota and there are hundreds of riot police...

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Planet Appetite: Eighth Cartagena International Festival of Music, Colombia

(0) Comments | Posted 6 February 2014 | (07:39)

Over eight days in January, the beautiful colonial city of Cartagena in Colombia, stages its annual music festival with stunning performances by international artists such as the Labèque Sisters and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.


There's something magical about this...

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Planet Appetite: Sofitel Bogota Victoria Regia - Luxury Hotel in the Capital of Colombia

(0) Comments | Posted 3 February 2014 | (14:33)

Bogota is a huge sprawling city, with some areas slightly dodgy, but the Sofitel Victoria Regia, located in the northern Zona Rosa, offers safe access to restaurants, bars, designer stores and art galleries, as well as all round comfort.



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Planet Appetite: A Taste of the Eastern Townships, Quebec, Canada

(0) Comments | Posted 22 December 2013 | (13:57)

Farmers of the Eastern Townships, a fertile land of forests and rolling hills, on Quebec's border with the USA, are coaxing the best out of their soil and restaurants are working wonders with their produce


It's around a 2 hour drive...

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Planet Appetite: Wine, Cheese and César Manrique in Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain

(0) Comments | Posted 18 December 2013 | (09:03)

Architect César Manrique championed, and helped preserve, Lanzarote's unique landscape and farmers are now producing distinctive wines and cheeses from its volcanic soil.


Lanzarote is a haunting island of dormant volcanoes, its surface covered in ash from centuries of eruptions although...

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Planet Appetite: Tourism and Gastronomy in Mallorca, Spain

(0) Comments | Posted 16 December 2013 | (09:51)

Around 2 hours flying time from the UK, Mallorca is not normally recognised for its food but the island is keen to serve local dishes and wash them down with home grown wine.


Mallorca was one of the first...

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Planet Appetite: Restaurant Week in Valencia, Spain

(0) Comments | Posted 11 December 2013 | (06:47)

Valencia is rightly famous for its Paella but, for one week only, many of the city's restaurants offer menus at just €20 for lunch and €30 for dinner, using the best of local ingredients.


The city is an easy hop from...

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Planet Appetite: Baku FIA GT World Challenge in Azerbaijan

(0) Comments | Posted 2 December 2013 | (18:01)

Sandwiched between Russia and Iran, at the crossroads of East and West, Azerbaijan has taken advantage of its oil and is transforming its capital Baku into an attractive modern city, a great venue for a motor race.



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