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Gary Meynell

Senior Travel Consultant

About Gary

After graduating from art school, I began an early career as an artist and gallery curator. I began to explore Asia on several extended trips, including Indochina and Japan, which led to writing about travel for a living. Some highlights of exploring Asia over the years include hosting art classes in Laos, travelling overland between Hanoi and Singapore for 8 weeks, a sunrise monk blessing inside Angkor Wat on my birthday, and snorkelling in the West Bali National Park. 

Talking points

What's your favourite destination?

Vietnam – the perfect combination of eating delectable street food, riding slowly on the rails, contemplating in serene temple courtyards, and being immersed in the pure beauty of countless natural wonders. 

Which destination is top of your bucket list, and why?

The Spice Islands of Indonesia. Far away from popular Bali, in terms of both geography and heritage, these islands offer a rich history of tradition (as well as the birthplace of nutmeg) and opportunities for superb snorkelling and glimpses of untouched volcanic landscapes.

How many languages do you speak?

One.

Which five items do you always pack when travelling?

Cotton scarf (always versatile), sunglasses, water bottle, camera, and a notebook. 

What's your top travel tip?

Spend plenty of time on foot or on public transport when visiting a new city – it’s the perfect way to explore and discover, whether with a local guide or during your time at leisure.