Rupert Parker is writer, photographer, cameraman and TV Producer. Although his special interest is food and travel, he writes about everything from wilderness adventure to gourmet spa tours. His articles appear, not only in national newspapers and magazines, but also on global websites and appeal to young and old alike. He's made ground breaking TV series for the BBC, Discovery and National Geographic, among others, and has been nominated for an Emmy. Despite having over 100 countries under his belt, he's still looking forward to the next destination. Follow his adventures at Planet Appetite.
Rupert was kind enough to answer our travel questions below.
Rupert: I started traveling seriously over 40 years ago when I started making documentary films all over the world.
Rupert: Food, wine and hiking with some luxury thrown in
Rupert: I travelled on the bus across South America from Rio to Lima, then back down the Amazon into Brasil.
Rupert: My kindle, perfect for passing the time during delays.
Rupert: Travel only with hand baggage, pack light and take the minimum. You can always buy anything you're missing.
Rupert: I stayed in a monastery in Mount Athos, an ecclesiastical state off the coast of Greece.
Rupert: Sweet and Sour Bat in a chinese restaurant in Madagascar.
Rupert: Go as far as you can with public transport then walk for a few hours and you'll discover places untouched by tourism.
Rupert: Poisonous snakes and spiders - they're usually more afraid of you so always get out of the way.
Rupert: Walking down the street and someone points out that there's dirt on your pack. When you take it off to examine their accomplice suddenly whisks it away from you and runs off.
Rupert: Bangladesh - it's a watery country so the fish and vegetables are excellent.
Rupert: Get off the boat and arrange your own excursions, either on foot, local bus or taxi. It's usually far cheaper than what the cruise company offers and you're going to experience far more local colour.
Rupert: Japan as it's completely safe and people are anxious to help.
Rupert: Language classes are always useful and far cheaper than you can get at home. South America is good for Spanish and the Alliance Francaise in France has a high standard and doesn't cost much.
Rupert: Snapping away with their camera from a moving vehicle - pictures will be rubbish.
Rupert: Keep on getting on the bus.