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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.

Explore my blog posts

UV Diving

Night diving is a must for any diver wishing to experience all the thrills that you can gain underwater. There is, however, a way to take it to even more extremes that will have you amazed at the sheer beauty the underwater world can bring.

Chuuk Lagoon Wreck Diving: An Insider’s Guide to the Fujikawa Maru

Guest blogger Charlie Munns, instructor on the Odyssey liveaboard vessel in Micronesia for 2½ years, has completed over 1,500 dives in Chuuk Lagoon, the ultimate wreck diving destination. Charlie explains some of the history of the area and takes us on a virtual tour of his favourite wreck.

Marine Animals - Strangers of the Deep

Most of us are familiar with the television programmes exploring the deep blue sea and unearthing strange, often sometimes alien like marine animals such as anglerfish or the deep sea squid. What most of us don't know however is that you don't have to be part of a BBC research team to get up…

Deepwater Horizon Oil Disaster: What Next?

With BP and the authorities still struggling to find a way to stop oil pouring into the Gulf of Mexico, we wanted to look back at what has happened so far and examine the potential long-term implications for the waters and wildlife of the region, and to try and give a jargon-free account of…

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