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Harry Harlow

Travel Specialist

About Harry

I’m someone that loves all kinds of travel, from classic tourist attractions to far more off-the-beaten-track plans. In a world that is becoming increasingly 'global' in outlook, travel is one of the few things that really offers people authenticity, a fact that I celebrate myself and love to help others see as best I can. I’ve been lucky enough to travel to many fantastic places like India, Egypt and Australia, as well as travelling and finding my own fun in places ranging from the post-soviet to wilderness. I’m always keen to share advice and ideas for those looking to enjoy travel themselves, and love hearing the stories of everyone I help travel.

Talking points

What's your favourite destination?

A recent trip to Kyrgyzstan certainly scored highly. An ideal mixture of natural beauty, cultural difference and abundance of saunas (big fan of a soviet banya) made for an excellent week.

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

I would love to travel in Ethiopia and Eritrea. The horn of Africa has extensive natural beauty, as well as a fascinating political and religious history. Having a proud history of anti-colonialism, Ethiopia has a strong national and cultural identity, as well as its own church of Christianity, something that has produced countless treasures of art and culture. Last but by no means least, the food and coffee are supposedly excellent in Addis Ababa. 

How many languages do you speak?

One (for now, duolingo-ing quickly).

Which five items do you always pack when travelling?

This is a tricky question, but I’ll do my best.

  1. Google translate – a bit of a cheat answer, but it makes border crossings and cab rides a LOT easier 
  2. Coca-cola-branded flip flops – the best six euros I’ve ever spent
  3. Pistachio nuts – they also make border crossings and cab rides a lot easier 
  4. Swimming trunks – always worth the bag space 
  5. Now that’s what I call Eurobeat 2003! – for homesickness 

What's your top travel tip?

Travelling is a virtuous circle. If you travel to new places, you become an interesting person, and if you travel as an interesting person, fun finds you. With travel, you can’t win if you don’t play, so get out there as much as, and wherever, possible.