Irreverent responses from our favourite travel ninjas.
Title/bio: Publisher and founder of the travel guide series Hg2 | A Hedonist’s Guide
Twitter/website: @thehedonist |www.hg2.com
Born in: London
Currently living in: London
would you rather be right now?
On a boat heading up the Congo, heading into the heart of darkness.
person (dead or alive, real or fictional) you’d most like to go on a trip with:
My great-grandfather was a general in the British
Army and he fought campaigns in the Boer War, Burma and Afghanistan. I would
have loved to have travelled with him back then, when the world was a totally
must-see you think is actually a “must skip”:
Almost all of them. Seeing a place is not about looking at monuments; it’s
about living the city and breathing the culture. Checklisting a bunch of
buildings alongside a bunch of other tourists is soul destroying.
asks what’s #1 on your list of places you want to go before you die. But what’s
There are several places that I am desperate to visit – heli-skiing in
Kamchatka, Russia; the Djenne
mosque in Mali; Mobutu’s
palaces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo town of Gbadolite; Burning Man festival in Nevada; ice skating
around the archipelago in Stockholm – they could be in any order.
A cobra was killed in front of me in Vietnam. Its heart was cut out and put it
in a glass with its blood and some rice wine to drink. Then the snake was
stir-fried for lunch. It was surprisingly good.
mode of transport you’ve taken:
There have been some interesting river crossings. In Sierra Leone we had to
load our jeep onto a hand-pulled ferry, and later traded 20 gallons of gasoline
with the army for a ride out to one of the islands in one of their boats. In
Sumatra we used a dug-out canoe that we had to pull across a raging river.
travel story you’ll never stop bragging about:
The long weekend with the Liberian warlord, [Joshua Milton Blahyi, known
as] General Butt Naked. I went out to potentially publish a book on him and
ended up having a surreal weekend surrounded by religion, politics and ju-ju (black magic).