William Gray

A contributing editor for Wanderlust, WILLIAM GRAY has been writing regularly for the magazine since 1998. After leaving Durham University with a zoology degree, Will was commissioned to write and illustrate Coral Reefs & Islands – The Natural History of a Threatened Paradise, published in 1993 and commended in the Conservation Book Prize. He went on to specialize in wildlife and adventure travel writing and photography, contributing to a wide range of publications, from The Sunday Times and Sunday Telegraph to National Geographic Traveler and BBC Wildlife.

When his twins were born in 2000, Will also began to focus on family travel, writing the award-winning Travel with Kids guidebook for Footprint, along with Europe with Kids, Britain with Kids and Cornwall with Kids. Will was a family travel presenter for the BBC's Holiday programme and is currently the editor of www.101familyholidays.co.uk and a family travel expert for The Sunday Times Travel magazine. He is also the editor of Msafiri, the inflight magazine for Kenya Airways, and produces Cloud 9 magazine for Discover the World. His worldwide collection of travel photographs can be seen at AWL Images.

Will was voted Travel Writer of the Year in 2002. In 2009, he scooped both Travel Photographer of the Year and runner-up Travel Writer of the Year at the British Guild of Travel Writers’ Awards. The following year he was voted 4th in the Press Gazette’s Top 50 Travel Journalists.

www.william-gray.co.uk

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Small fry meet big fish

Other than actually finding Nemo – Reefworld is possibly the most exciting underwater adventure for any child under 10

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Travel like a Von Trapp

Bursting into song is the last you'd be able to do – a family trip to the Alps means the hills are alive with active children, not music

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Into the labyrinth

Wanderlust's William Gray and his family found that Venice can make a perfect family break

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Taking the kids to New Zealand

Children's long-haul endurance lasts only so far. Thank goodness for brilliant cabin crew, says William Gray

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Brazilian jungle is child's play

A jungle holiday isn't most people's idea of a family trip, but William Gray's children loved every minute of it

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The best way to see New Zealand with a young family

William Gray and his family explore New Zealand in a hired six-berth motorhome - and it proves a big hit

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Five ways to save on family trips

How do you travel more for less with the tribe in tow? William Gray gives you five sound-as-a-pound ways to save cash

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Malaria-free Africa

Fear of malaria shouldn't prevent you enjoying Africa - many places are malaria-free

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Having a whale of a time

Where are the best places for a young family to watch whales? William Gray has the answers, and the memories

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Urban family

City breaks don't have to end just because you have a family; you just need to plan better, writes William Gray

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Land of the little folk

William Gray tells how to wow the kids with hopes of fairies, trolls and lava flows

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The world's best urban playgrounds

Some cities shine when it comes to activities that appeal to, and cater for, both grown-ups and kids, making a trip that’s fun for all the family easy

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New Zealand with children

Long flights and jet lag are enough to put anyone off taking their children to New Zealand - William Gray tells us why it's the perfect family destination

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How to pack light with kids

William Gray reveals how to take everything you need and stay within airline weight limits

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How to get children to eat adventurously while travelling

Satisfying little appetites is difficult at the best of times, but what if it's guinea pig on the menu? Will Gray reveals the tricks to expanding young palates

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Whale watching: who, what, where and what to spot

We've had a lot of questions about whale watching here at Wanderlust, so we've compiled the best ones to help you on your way

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How to capture incredible photos of the northern lights

Find out how to snap fantastic photos of the aurora borealis with William Gray’s insightful guide. Just don't forget to take a step back from the lens to admire the natural phenomenon...

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First-time travel: safari with kids

Inspired by the latest BBC series, but think Africa is out of bounds because you have kids? William Gray beats the drum for family safaris, whatever age your children

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Bushmanland: a journey into north-east Namibia

Can a stay with Namibia's Bushmen help to preserve their fragile culture? One pioneering traveller struggles with his conscience, his malaria pills and some very challenging terrain

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Kayaking adventures in New Zealand

Will Gray splashes out on three of New Zealand's best sea kayaking adventures

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The world's best places to go sea kayaking

Fancy dipping your paddle into the world of sea kayaking? These are the top places to take to the seas – spectacular views and wildlife guaranteed

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The Azores: way out west

William Gray ventures out into the remote Atlantic and stumbles upon the whale-infested waters of the Azores

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Hiking the Inca Trail, Peru

The Inca Trail isn't always easy but the mountain scenery is spectacular and the trek will make your first glimpse of Machu Picchu all the sweeter

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The ultimate safari planner

Our essential guide to tracking down the safari that's right for you

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The wonderful thing about tigers...

William Gray tells of how he fell under the spell of the tiger

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Self-drive along the St Lawrence River, Canada

The road from Quebec to the coast offers French-Canadian history, fog-draped forests and a glimpse of beluga whales

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Discover Greece's ancient ruins

Take a trip back in time on the Peloponnese peninsula

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Catching the rays

Thought Tenerife was all about beach bums and clubbing? Think again...

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Get the inside knowledge on Alaska

Will Gray travels to Alaska to discover why, after all the hysteria of the Gold Rush, the pull of the north is as strong as ever

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Kayak through Florida's Everglades

Travel writer William Gray paddles and camps along Florida's Wilderness Waterway, battling mosquitoes, alligators and mites along the way

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Explore Cape Town and its surroundings

Join travel writer William Gray as he explores South Africa's colourful capital, Cape Town, and its surrounding areas

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Zanzibar: Spice world

Its name is associated with everything exotic and timeless, romantic and aromatic; William Gray gets stirred up in Zanzibar

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Honduras: a Central American beauty

A journey down Honduras' Mosquito Coast

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Naples: pizzas & piazzas

Busy Naples is fantastic and frustrating in equal measures, says William Gray, and should be on your hit-list of cities to see

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Spotting nature on the Falkland Islands

Amid the still-potent legacy of war, these South Atlantic islands offer vibrant and varied wildlife and many, many stories to tell

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Hunting for icebergs in Canada

It may have been a trip to the see nature's floating giants in Newfoundland, but the charms of the Canadian coast proved irresistible in a very different way

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Exploring Malaysian Borneo

Drinking coconut wine, diving among the glimmer of shark fins or braving a red-hot curry at 3,272m up a mountain; Will Gray discovers Borneo has strange charms

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South Africa Travel Blueprint: 5 unmissable trips

With its chic cities, magnificent landscapes and teeming wildlife, it can be difficult to decide how to spend our time in South Africa. Fear no longer - our guide will help you choose...

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Travel Icon: Namib Desert, Namibia

It’s official: Namibia is your favourite country on earth. To celebrate, we swoop into the Namib Desert to explore the extraordinary dunes of Sossusvlei

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Tracking tigers on foot in India

Tracking tigers on foot is a thrilling new twist on the usual Indian safari – whether or not you actually see stripes

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Adventure on the Lofoten Islands

Norway’s Lofoten Islands are a spellbinding mix of fjords, whales and Viking legend – and the drive there’s not bad either…

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Escape to the Isles of Scilly

William Gray discovers coral-fringed reefs and flirtatious seals off the Cornish coast

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Tracking down brown bears, Estonia

For European travellers, there’s no need to travel far for close bear encounters: the wild, prehistoric woods of eastern Estonia, easily accessible from Tallinn, are rich in atmosphere and enormous creatures

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Wildlife watching in winter Iceland

Icelandic winters might be chilly but they’re far from lifeless – indeed, it’s the best season to spot feeding orcas and, with luck, the northern lights says William Gray

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Adventures in East Iceland – is this the new Golden Circle?

Accessing Iceland’s wild Eastern Fjords has always required a long drive, internal flight or long sea voyage. But this wild realm will soon be within easy reach...

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Inland adventures in Queensland, Australia

Most people heading to Queensland opt to drive the well-known Sunshine Coast, but you should head inland to find ancient landscapes, remote gorges and some of Australia’s rarest wildlife...

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10 of the world's wildest cities

Want lions under the skyscrapers and bat battalions over the business district? Here are 10 real urban jungles

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Great Migration calendar: 12 months, 12 ways

Not many people realise that the Great Migration is a year-round spectacle – not just a one-time annual occurrence. Here's how to time your trip for the best wildlife viewing...

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Tips on snapping a family trip

Will Gray explains how to banish the static images in front of landmarks and make your family photos as much fun as the trip itself.

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12 last-minute Christmas family trips

It’s not too late to wrap up a last-minute family holiday, says Family Man, Wanderlust contributing editor and the editor of 101familyholidays.co.uk

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20 new trips for families in 2012

Bored of the same old trips? William Gray, Wanderlust contributing editor and editor of 101familyholidays.co.uk, looks at new ideas for travelling with kids

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5 things to do in Cornwall when it rains

Don’t let the fickle British weather dampen your spirits. William Gray picks five unusual activities for rainy days in Cornwall

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Top 5 Northern Lights experiences

Have you seen the light? William Gray, author of 'The Northern Lights Travel Guide', picks five bright ideas for witnessing the aurora borealis

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10 last-minute family trips for Easter

William Gray of 101familyholidays.co.uk picks 10 free-ranging, free spirited and free-of-chocolate family holidays still available this Easter

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8 of East Iceland's best bits

Puffin watching, arty villages, vast glaciers and volcanic plains: Venture east to discover Iceland at its most magical

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Before it's too late: Saving the Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is in trouble, but travellers can play their part in offering a lifeline to Queensland's coral kingdom. Find out the ongoing conservation efforts to save this underwater world...

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