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Lynn Houghton in the Spotlight

Lynn_baobab_small._jpg_thumb.jpgWhat are you working on at the moment? Any future plans?

I have started a guide book on hidden California. Also stay busy writing travel stories for newspapers and a couple of specialist cruise magazines. Quite involved with social media, with tweeting and blogging. Next year, plan to sail across the Pacific and then cruise to Japan, China and Korea.

What's your earliest memory of travel?

My two earliest memories of travel involve high places. One was being at the top of the Space Needle in Seattle at age 3 and the other is travelling up to the top of Mount Rainier by car at about the same age. I remember loving the sensation of heights.

What's your most bizarre memory of travel?

Seeing a ‘secret religious dance ceremony’ being performed right out in the open when crossing the boarder between Zambia and Malawi.

Which is the place you haven't been to yet but would
most like to visit?

Patagonia and the Chilean Ice Cap.

Where would you never want to go again?

The cheap cinder block hotel I had to stay in when my car broke down in Flagstaff, Arizona. It was snowing, freezing cold and I can still remember the awful fluorescent lighting in the room.

If you could take a day trip back in time to any point in history, when and where would you visit?

When Charles Darwin first arrived at and explored the Galapagos Islands.

How did you get involved in photography?

My young first husband got me involved in photography but, usually, I had to be the model. But it sparked my interest. When we divorced, I kept my car and the camera. Nothing else.

How did you get involved in travel writing?

I had worked as a press officer for Thomson Holidays for 5 years and decided I wanted to try the journalism side of things.

Favourite museum or gallery?

La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles

Most memorable hotel?

A little eco-friendly complex on the beach in Calabria. We stayed in a luxury hut.

Everyone gets it wrong sometimes, so what's the biggest travel blunder you've ever made?

Not being careful enough with what I ate my first visit to India.

Which travel destination has taken you most by surprise and why?

Calcutta. At first the crowds, noise and culture shock were overwhelming; but after 4 days there I loved it.

If you had one tip to share with other travel writers what would it be?

Experience everything to the full and trust strangers (within reason).

A favourite travel book to pass the journey?

The Natural Navigator by Tristan Gooley.
 

 
 
     

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Underground, we hold candles to light our way through a labyrinthine approach to the rock-hewn monolithic churches. Suddenly the sunlight floods in through arched windows illuminating colourful murals depicting stories from the Bible. Angels, devils and saints observe us shuffling on the cobbles on bare feet. A priest appears, dressed in sumptuous crimson robes and holding aloft one of the silver crosses of Lalibela. He dons sunglasses to protect his eyes as our cameras start to flash, and he grins like a Hollywood A lister caught by the paparazzi.


Judith Baker, Ethiopia,Hedge magazine, January 2010
 

 

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