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.

Mark is also co-founder of the travel inspiration websites, 101 Holidays and 101 Honeymoons, which are edited by a team of award-winning travel journalists.

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

Entries by Mark Hodson

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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10 Best Spa Breaks for January

(1) Comments | Posted December 31, 2013 | 6:00 PM

Once the Christmas party season is over, thoughts inevitably turn to those twin January obsessions: diet and detox. But instead of signing up for an expensive gym membership that you'll never use, why not escape the winter gloom with a few days on a spa break, with nothing more strenuous...

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Is Ras Al Khaimah the Next Dubai?

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2013 | 3:37 AM

Few tourists are familiar with the name, but Ras Al Khaimah is being widely touted as the next Dubai. RAK, as it's known locally, is one of the "other" emirates, along with oil-rich Abu Dhabi, that make up the United Arab Emirates.

RAK is just over an hour's drive north...

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How to Uncover the Best Travel Deals

(2) Comments | Posted November 25, 2013 | 6:00 PM

We all love a deal. Whether we're buying half a dozen eggs or a four-bedroom house, it seems that humans are hard-wired to hunt for bargains. Knowing that the original price of an item has been cut by 10% or 20% seems guaranteed to get the seratonin flowing.

So it...

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Best Foodie Breaks for Autumn

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2013 | 6:52 AM

For lovers of British food or those just interested in the gastro-revolution that has taken place around the country in the last decade, the run up to Christmas is one of the best times for a foodie-themed weekend. Independent producers are busy creating new recipes and products for Christmas shoppers,...

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How to Rent a Private Island

(1) Comments | Posted July 5, 2013 | 4:36 AM

By their nature, private islands tend to be discreet. You only hear about them when they hit the news: when a pregnant Duchess of Cambridge is photographed in a bikini on a beach in Mustique, or when Kate Winslet helps rescue Sir Richard Branson's mother from a fire-ravaged Necker Island....

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Five Exotic Short Break Destinations

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2013 | 6:19 AM

Fancy somewhere out of the ordinary for your next holiday? If you have plenty of time and money you'll find no shortage of exotic far-flung destinations. But if you know where to look, you don't need to cross continents to find exciting, colourful and culturally-rich cities. Here are five exotic...

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15 of the Best Travel Photos Taken With an iPhone

(13) Comments | Posted June 26, 2013 | 2:22 PM

There are many ways that Apple's iPhone has transformed our lives. It has put a previously unimaginable array of technology in our pockets - everything from a global positioning system to a video editor. One of the many industries it has changed in the process is travel photography. As the...

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