Mark Stratton

Offbeat, extraordinary, intense, less-travelled, inspiring, and above all, fertile with stories … these are the attributes found in destinations I love to travel in. Leaving my base on Dartmoor, almost every month for the past 14years, 

I've written, photographed, and more recently recorded for radio, in more than 110 countries. I feel every country, however downtrodden or infrequently visited, possesses experiences and wonderment to entice travellers. I relish my independence when travelling and usually spend longer away than I should so often find myself trying to catch up with work on my laptop at airports, on planes, or sometimes in more inspiring settings … perhaps overlooking the Ganges or under a palm tree on the beach. I'm also terminally indecisive.

I have spells thinking I should specialise in Africa, for all its unfulfilled potential and less-trodden travel opportunities. Then Asia’s colour and great cuisine seduces, before my head is turned again by Latin America’s frontier appeal. Above all, wherever I travel, I want to be a part of my stories, not only a dispassionate observer. 

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Welcome to Papua New Guinea

Soul-sapping humidity, huge crocs, polygamous tribes, 820 languages to learn – travel in Papua New Guinea is tough, surreal but always extraordinary

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Fly without fear

If you were offered a free first-class air-ticket to anywhere, with a five-star hotel on arrival and £50,000 spending money, chances are you’d be delighted... Or would you?

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Know your gorillas!

The third episode of Africa is set to grace our screens this evening on BBC 1. In preparation for the Congo episode here's a handy guide to which gorilla is which...

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Philippines in the sea: 12 watery adventures

We've seen the islands now it's time to dive in: 12 aquatic adventures to get the heart thumping

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Untouched Africa: a trailblazing journey across Angola

Our intrepid reporter discovers a land of striking paradox

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Made in Taiwan: Hi-tech temptations and majestic mountains

From non-stop Taipei city to a majestically mountainous interior, Wanderlust explores the island that's more Chinese than China

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Wild Rwanda: in the garden of good and evil

Wanderlust visited Rwanda 10 years after the genocide ended, and was struck by its rapid transition from brutality to beauty

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Gorillas that I missed

On the search for gorillas in Gabon's untamed jungle

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Cambodia's hidden treasures

Angkor Wat is a true world wonder, but there's far more to Cambodia than its increasingly crowded temples – as a new Mekong discovery trail illustrates

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Dark Secrets: Voodoo in Benin

In the tiny West African nation of Benin, Voodoo remains the state religion. Enter a world of python temples, haystack cults and oozing fetish shrines...

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Falling for Zimbabwe

Despite a decade of notorious misrule, Zimbabwe remains one of Africa's great wildlife and adventure destinations

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Dispatches: the other Iraq

A hidden Iraq lies behind the headlines: a land of vibrant souls, snowy peaks and the warmest of welcomes

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Dominica: the Caribbean's best island for walkers and nature lovers

The Caribbean's long distance walking trail offers a fascinating journey through Dominica’s mango orchards, boiling lakes and ancient Carib culture

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Island hopping in the Philippines

Head to the 7,107 beach-fringed, tourist-free isles of the Philippines for a glimpse of untouched South-East Asia

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Back to Banda Aceh

Indonesia’s Aceh province bore the brunt of the 2004 tsunami. Seven years on, travellers are discovering idyllic islands, rare wildlife and a story of recovery

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At home on the range in Uruguay

Fancy life as a gaucho? The ranches of Uruguay are the place to come over all cowboy, from horseriding to cattle-herding to eating huge amounts of meat…

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Breaking the ice in Greenland

Mark Stratton finds Greenland’s west coast is a glacial wonderland of giant bergs and gritty settlements – perfect for exploring by boat

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Crossing Costa Rica with manpower

12 people, two weeks, 273km by raft, bike and foot: Mark Stratton sets out to traverse Central America

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Gorilla watching in the Congo

The darkness Conrad found in the Congo can still be felt, but as new lodges open for sustainable and incredible gorilla tourism, things look far brighter, says Mark Stratton

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Hoi An: The best city on earth

You voted Vietnam’s Hoi An as your favourite city in the Wanderlust Reader Travel Awards 2016, so we thought we'd see what all the fuss is about...

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St Helena: Last chance to see?

This south-Atlantic isle can only be reached by ship. But with an airport opening in 2016, it’s time to visit before it changes forever...

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First 24 hours: Port Moresby

Port Moresby is the jumping off point for many a Papuan adventure. Mark Stratton helps you navigate safely through the notorious capital, before you explore its wild interior...

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In search of Madagascar's aye-aye

Madagascar is a wonderfully strange biodiversity bonanza. It is home to 105 lemur species, but it’s the incredible – and ugly – aye-aye that proves most mysterious of all

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Falkland Islands: living on the edge of the earth

Island survival doesn’t come much tougher than on the Falklands archipelago, the place to meet a wealth of wonderful wildlife and the equally resilient human residents

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Nagorno-Karabakh: the land that doesn't exist

Ethnically Armenian, annexed to Azerbaijan, unrecognised by almost everyone: Nagorno-Karabakh could be the world's least-known wonder

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Exploring Russia's federal republics

Within the vastness of Russia sits 22 tiny federal republics, enclaves where minority peoples – from meadow redheads to Europe’s last pagans – cling to their traditions. But with what success?

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India's Kumbh Mela: the greatest show on earth

Fancy joining a party of 100 million people? India’s Kumbh Mela is a festival like no other – a mass of ritual bathing, naked sadhus, flashing lights and spiritual cleansing. We enter the fray...

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Travelling across Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore by train

You could travel from Bangkok to Singapore by fast train in two days – but where’s the fun in that? Allow two weeks for tropical islands, mysterious highlands and colonial charm

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Exploring the paradise islands of Micronesia

Tropical good looks. Friendly locals. Fascinating history. Easy living. Far-spread and little-visited Micronesia is one of travel’s most postcard-perfect secrets

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Cruising Vietnam's Mekong Delta

When it hits Vietnam, the Mekong slows to a crawl, creating a spectacular landscape of islands, paddies, stilted villages and unique cultures. And if the river isn’t hurrying, neither should you…

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Alternative funeral rituals in South Sulawesi

A funeral in South Sulawesi is a truly unique experience. Visit the Indonesian island to find out more about its rituals and join locals – both dead and alive

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A wild road trip through Australia's Cape York

Dotted above Australia’s north-eastern tip are its Pacific outposts. We road-trip through rugged Cape York and then indulge in a spot of island-hopping through the Torres Strait for a real Oz adventure

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First 24 hours in Manila, The Philippines

The Philippines' capital, Manila, has never enjoyed the saintliest of reputations, but amid the traffic chaos and commercialism lies an ambitious city rich in history and character, finds Mark Stratton

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Trekking the Kungsleden trail in remote Swedish Lapland

The summer is the perfect time to trek the Kungsleden, one of Europe’s remotest trails. Mark Stratton encounters grazing reindeers, glacial springs and naked locals on a hike across Swedish Lapland

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In search of Shangri La in south China

Mark Stratton explores the perfect peaks, wild treks and hidden cultures of China’s mythical Shangri-La region, taking in hilltop Buddhist temples and opium-infused delicacies along the way

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South East Asia - in two weeks?

If annual leave is tight, don't despair - you can see South East Asia in just a fortnight. Here's how to cram Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam into a two-week trip that won't break the bank

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Lost and Found: Cambodia's Rediscovered Temple

In Cambodia's far north lies a temple that drove two nations to war. But now, visitors seeking to flee the crowds of Angkor can find sanctuary in its ruins...

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Life in the slow lane: Island hopping in Indonesia

East of Bali, Nusa Tenggara is one of Indonesia's most accessible island chains, allowing ferry-hopping travellers a way to slowly soak up its wild shores and diverse cultures

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First 24 hours: Taipei City, Taiwan

Taiwan's capital is a sprawling but intriguing mass of temples and treasures. New transport links and direct flights from the UK make it easier than ever to explore

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Welcome to Pitcairn: the far-flung British island you've (probably) never heard of

Settling into local life is inevitable when 'marooned' on the UK's furthest-flung island among the descendants of the Bounty mutineers – but it's also what makes Pitcairn unique

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How to explore Japan by train – the cheapest (and most adventurous) way to travel

Travel in the shadow of Japan's new luxury rail route and get more bang for your yen in the little-explored region of western Honshu

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Saddle up! How to explore Taiwan by bike

Pedalling Taiwan's National Cycle Route #1 has become a local rite of passage, but also offers a way to connect with this remarkable country like never before...

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