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I’m half Danish and love winter in Copenhagen for the city's welcoming sense of hygge - the nearest translation would be cosiness.

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Nick Newbury

Original Travel Expert

I have extensive travel experience throughout Europe, South America and Africa.

My travels

Travel Things I Want To Do Before I Die

  • Dive with a whale shark
  • Heli-ski the Harris Mountains in New Zealand
  • Explore the Aleutian Islands by seaplane
  • See wild dog working their magic in East Africa
  • Beat my wife in a ski race
  • But above all I'd like to do as many family holidays with my children as I can; or at least until they can't face it any more

Best Moments

  • My wife and I went to the Fitzroy National Park in southern Chile and walked for five days without seeing another soul. Lying at the base of the 3,000m, sheer granite face of Cerro Torre with the Patagonian winds lifting our tent off the ground, was about as close to the power of nature as I have ever been.
  • My favourite places (it's hard to pin down just one) would have to be at the start of the Cresta Run (reserves.recipients.superhero - rather fitting, I think), the place I've been going on holiday to since I was seven - Corfu (curious.aprons.unifier) and where I got married, in Portofino (awoken.giggle.astronomer).

Toughest Travel Moment

  • I crossed the border into Peru a few days before the leader of the Shining Path terrorist group was caught. Within 100 metres of the border, we were pulled over by a group of gun-touting bandidos, bandanas across their faces. Coming out of that experience with all vital organs intact despite being relieved of most of our possessions turned one of my worst moments into one of the best.

Weirdest Travel Moment

  • Celebrating a friend's 30th birthday in black tie on the top of a mountain in Jordan. We lugged duck à l'orange, claret and tablecloths up the sheer sandstone face of Jebel Rum.

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After having my reservations about the place - I was pleasantly impressed with what Dubai has to offer.

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Thanksgiving London Style

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This recipe for cheese and chilli pupusas was picked up by Hero from our Lat Am team whilst travelling in El Salvador in South America!

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A Selection of Boutique Hotels in the UK

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Luxury Roast Pork Recipe from New Zealand

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Oxford

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New York Oreo Cupcake Recipe

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Halloween in the UK: The Ultimate (Trick or) Treat

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Oxford cityscape

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Enjoy an Egg-Tastic Easter Holiday with the Family

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Travel tips

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For the technophobe or technophile, smartphone apps can make the complicated easier, and the simple more fun. There is a vast and ever increasing number of travel related apps available today, so take our travel advice and read our favourite top ten travel apps specifically for iPhone.

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Once again thank you for your attentive & professional assistance with our last 2 holidays.

David

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