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Articles by Michael Pedley

An unscratchable itch for seeing new places has pushed me around the planet, visiting 90-odd countries (and counting..)in a career where I’ve always worked in travel one way or another. I’ve been a full-time travel writer since 1996, and left behind the cosy world of a staff writer in 2008 to work freelance. Before writing for a living I lived an ex-pat life for 10 years as an overseas manager for UK tour operators, so I know the ins and outs and murky backwaters of the holiday industry pretty well. My specialist subject is France and North Africa (Morocco and Tunisia) as I lived in these places for years after doing my degree in French and German. But that’s not my only area of expertise: I’ve got a pretty sound knowledge of much of Spain, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Australia and India, among other countries that I have lived in and written about. Over the years I’ve also done reports on dozens of destinations worldwide, including Argentina, Vietnam, Oman, Costa Rica, the Silk Route from Xi’an to Samarkand - the list goes on! As well as writing travel features, I also have plenty of experience of writing for guidebooks, having worked on various Which? guides including the Which? Guide to Good hotels, Buying Property Abroad, Which? Guide to Worldwide Destinations, and the Good Food Guide. Since I started working freelance I have become a member of the British Guild of Travel writers, written for VisitBritain and the AA Restaurant Guides 2010/2011.

Argentina, South America – highlights, landscapes, tango for two and the best lamb you’ll ever eat!

19/11/2012 – 13:23

By Mike Pedley
Be prepared for a head-spinning whirl of spectacular sensual contrasts on a journey through the highlights of Argentina. You can ricochet from cattle-herding cowboy gauchos in the plunging terracotta canyons of the High …

A Quick Introduction to Buenos Aires, Argentina

19/11/2012 – 12:58
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By Mike Pedley
If you’re expecting South American chaos, the broad European-style boulevards and belle époque architecture come as a real surprise. This could be Barcelonaor Paris. And you will search in vain in the faces …

Puglia, Italy – Down at the heel…but far from well-trodden

19/11/2012 – 12:34

By Mike Pedley
Whitewashed medieval towns, beautiful beaches, Romanesque churches and sublime food and wine. There’s a whole load of reasons to head south to Italy’s new frontier. Unlike the well-beaten paths of Tuscany and Umbria, you …

An introduction to Kerala – A backwater bliss in India

19/11/2012 – 11:26

By Mike Pedley
Kerala offers a gentle introduction to India. Meander through its soothing backwaters to the tea gardens and spice plantations of the hill country and wind up on idyllic palm-fringed beaches
Have you ever longed …

Oman Muscat City Guide – An Essential Read

13/11/2012 – 10:09
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By Mike Pedley
Frankincense sellers and chic café culture sit side by side in the Gulf’s most fascinating city. The ancient kingdom of Oman has come a long way in a very short time. The unruly …

A hot time to visit Reykjavik and Iceland

19/04/2010 – 09:44

By Mike Pedley
Iceland’s economy may have hit the rocks but its pocket-sized capital still knows how to throw a party.
Reykjavik must be one of the world’s smallest capitals : on a global scale it hardly …

Iceland volcano eruption provides hot tickets for tourists

19/04/2010 – 09:13

By Mike Pedley
Iceland’s  volcanic eruption is turning out to be a hot ticket for tourism. Perhaps the best thing that has happened to Iceland’s moribund economy in the last couple of years is the recent …