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Mark Hodson
Mark Hodson has been a travel journalist for the best part of two decades. After quitting a desk job at a newspaper in the 1990s, he spent three consecutive winters backpacking around India, Central America and South East Asia. He then settled down for 12 years, working as a full-time freelance travel writer at The Sunday Times in London.

During that time he visited more than 70 countries and had more than 500 articles published. In 2010, he was voted by fellow journalists as one of the Top 50 Travel Writers in the UK. In 2014, he was named Aito Travel Blogger of the Year.

Mark is co-founder of the travel inspiration websites, 101 Holidays and 101 Honeymoons.

Mark Hodson lives in London with his wife and two children and also writes travel for The Times and The Sunday Times Travel magazine.

Entries by Mark Hodson

The Best Day's Skiing of My Life (So Far)

(0) Comments | Posted January 26, 2016 | 2:38 PM

Don't beat yourself up if you've never heard of the Austrian ski resort of Fieberbrunn. It's a small village hidden amongst the picturesque limestone mountains of the eastern Tyrol about 90 minutes drive from Innsbruck airport.

Nothing special, you might...

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How to Ski Like a Billionaire

(2) Comments | Posted January 13, 2016 | 3:44 AM


There's something wonderfully egalitarian about skiing. It doesn't matter whether you're a billionaire in a super-luxe chalet, or a ski bum in borrowed boots surfing couches: you're all riding the same lifts, carving the same snow.

Nowhere is this more evident than in...

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Where The Smart Set Are Travelling in 2016

(0) Comments | Posted January 11, 2016 | 5:32 AM

I'm not crazy about the idea of travel destinations being "in" this year and "out" the next. As well as pandering to the kind of people who see travel as a way of collecting status points, it also means we are in danger of neglecting so many wonderful places that...

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12 Secret Hideaway Islands in Europe

(3) Comments | Posted October 6, 2015 | 4:54 PM

Whether you arrive by plane, ferry or a little taxi boat, there's something particularly romantic about marooning yourself on an island. Europe's most popular vacation islands - including Mallorca, Corfu and Ibiza - are well known, but there are hundreds of other smaller, less developed islands that offer a real...

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Greek Islands: No Crisis, No Worries

(1) Comments | Posted September 3, 2015 | 10:26 AM


Just back from a week at a villa on the island of Paxos and I can report on the latest crisis in Greece: a small blockage in the filtration system of our private swimming pool. It seems that leaves from the ancient olive...

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Why You Shouldn't Miss The Turquoise Coast of Turkey

(0) Comments | Posted May 28, 2015 | 2:17 PM


What is the most beautiful stretch of Mediterranean coastline? Many a fruitful evening can be spent debating this subject, preferably over a bottle of rosé as the sun dips into a cobalt sea. The French might vote for the Côte d'Azur, or perhaps...

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Heli-skiing Costs £300. Is It Worth It?

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2015 | 6:21 AM


Antoine's instructions were very clear. "When the helicopter lands, remove your seatbelt and wait. I will go around and open the door. I will take your rucksack and put it on the snow. You get out and crouch over the rucksack. DON'T stand...

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Charm and Glamour in the Austrian Tyrol

(1) Comments | Posted January 27, 2015 | 12:48 PM

Kitzbühel has vast areas of wide open pistes

It's lunchtime in the Austrian ski resort of Kitzbühel. I'm polishing off a bowl of goulash, soaking up the sun on the terrace of a traditional wood-built gasthaus at the bottom of a long...

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Why You Should Book a Holiday Now to The Gambia

(5) Comments | Posted January 16, 2015 | 7:19 AM

How would you feel about taking a holiday in West Africa right now? Given the news coverage of the Ebola outbreak over the past few months, most people would say "No thanks". But having just returned from The Gambia with my wife and daughter, I'd heartily recommend it.


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What's New in Hong Kong: Creative Happenings, Portable Wifi and Hedgehog-Shaped Dim Sum

(0) Comments | Posted December 3, 2014 | 5:20 AM

Photo: Mark Hodson

According to my own brief and entirely unscientific survey, every single person in Hong Kong carries a smartphone. But I've gone one better: I'm carrying two. One is my iPhone - with wallet-draining data roaming switched off - and...

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Why You Should Book Next Year's Family Holiday Now

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2014 | 11:24 AM

If you have school-age kids there are some good arguments for booking your holidays well in advance. For a start, it's rare to find late deals during the school holidays - and who wants the stress of waiting until the last minute and hoping that something suitable and affordable shows...

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Best Early Booking Deals for 2015

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2014 | 8:05 AM

Most people know it's possible to bag cut-price travel bargains if you wait until the last minute, but you can also make considerable savings by taking advantage of early booking discounts. It's better for your peace of mind and gives you plenty of time to look forward to your trip,...

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Best Places to View Autumn Leaves in Britain

(0) Comments | Posted October 8, 2014 | 5:30 AM


The autumn months are when the British countryside is at its most beautiful, and traditional pleasures - cosy pub lunches, woodland walks and lazy afternoons by a fire with the papers and a pint - are at their most, well, pleasing. Regions that...

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How to Be a Tourist In Your Home City

(1) Comments | Posted September 25, 2014 | 11:31 AM


I'm lucky enough to live in London, which in my view is one of the world's most exciting cities. At the risk of coming over all Ralph McTell, I like to spend time wandering its streets - sometimes aimlessly, sometimes with purpose -...

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Glasgow for Kids: Let the Games Begin

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2014 | 11:54 AM


Taking the family to Glasgow to see the Commonwealth Games in July? Here's the inside track on three fun things to do with the kids while you're there.

Glasgow Science Centre

There's more to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games than...

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Is This the Best Way to Cruise the Greek Islands?

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2014 | 1:33 PM


The Greek island of Tilos is firmly off the tourist map. With a year-round population of less than 200, its biggest settlement consists of a few dozen whitewashed buildings huddled around the tiny port. Outside one of its few shops was a rack...

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Five Family Adventure Holidays in Europe

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 4:39 PM

If you want to take the kids to Europe this summer, but don't fancy the idea of spending all day at a crowded noisy pool, how about trying something different? These new and exciting family adventures are packed with action and at the time of publication were all available to...

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Why Spring Sunshine Means Slump in Holiday Prices

(0) Comments | Posted March 14, 2014 | 8:28 AM


The warm spring sunshine that has arrived across most of Britain is dividing opinion amongst the travel industry. Companies selling holidays in the UK are breathing a huge sigh of relief. Some were wondering if coverage of the floods in the...

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Best Holiday Deals in Spring

(0) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 6:30 AM


This is a great time of year for getting a deal on a holiday. The peak January booking period has passed, and the early summer rush is still a long way off, so travel companies are looking to boost their cash flows by...

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Five Best Eco Hotels in Asia

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2014 | 8:41 AM

South East Asia is one of the world's most beautiful regions, with its spectacular coral reefs, abundant wildlife and rainforests dating back 130 million years. Unfortunately, it's also a part of the world developing fast under the pressures of consumerism, rising populations and intensive farming.

Arguably the best way...

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