AS a travel writer and editor, I have been to more than 100 countries and lived for long spells in Yemen, Hong Kong and North America.
Born in Northern Ireland, I worked in Belfast and Derry before first going to Africa as a printer, graphic designer and editor. After a decade in Southern Africa, based in Swaziland and Mozambique during its civil war, I returned to London where I joined the Daily Mirror.
I was Features Editor of Metro – the world’s largest free newspaper – for ten years. I then spent five years as Editor-in-Chief of TRVL, the largest travel magazine on iPad, with 1.7 million subscribers.
Currently living between Canada, UK, Spain and Ireland, I have been everywhere from Armenia to Zambia. I have, of course, spent the night in a hotel that turned out to be a brothel, as any travel writer has to once in their career. Fortunately, I am the author of the Rough Guide to Safer Travel.
I also run the Secret London website, www.secret-london.co.uk
I was born in Ballycastle, County Antrim, and you can find my Rathlin Ireland website at www.raghery.com
I hold a car, motorbike, racing and reindeer driving licence, as well as sailing, motorboating and PADI certificates. I am a qualified UK Hill & Moorland Leader.