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Bryony Dunn

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I’ve recently started at Travel Nation after spending 3.5 years as a freelance travel copywriter and working all over the world – from Cambodia to Colombia. Before that, I was a Senior Manager at Travel Nation’s sister company, Rickshaw Travel, and, around 10 years ago, I started my career in travel as a specialist South Africa safari consultant. Outside the office, I’m a salsa dancer, messy cake-baker, writer and hiker.

Originally from:


Where did you spend your "student days"? 

I studied a BA and MA in English Literature at York, and studied for a PhD at Cambridge in Shakespeare… before suddenly doing a massive about-turn and realising that academia was not for me.

Travel industry experience:

One year working as a specialist in tailor-made Southern Africa safaris, almost 6 years working at Rickshaw Travel, eventually becoming Senior Manager, and 3.5 years on the road as a nomadic freelance copywriter for travel.

Bryony has visited:

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    Antigua & Barbuda

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    Costa Rica

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    New Zealand

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    Puerto Rico

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    St. Lucia

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    South Africa

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Mother and baby gorilla

Last trip:

Watch the local fisherman at sunset on Mirissa Beach, Sri Lanka | Travel Nation

Next trip:

Sri Lanka

About Bryony

When I’m, not at work or travelling I’m…

Salsa dancing. I started learning to dance in Colombia and I’ve been completely hooked ever since. From time to time, you might even catch me on a stage in a small glittery outfit…

My favourite film is…

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. 

I don’t often admit this but…

I have struggled with a panic disorder for my entire life and, not so long ago, I never believed I could – or would - travel anywhere. But look at me now! I feel incredibly lucky and I’m living proof that pretty much anything is possible.

On my RTW trip I spent longer than expected in:

Colombia. After arriving in Colombia not-so-fresh from a bumpy 4-day speedboat trip through the San Blas Islands, my (vague) plan was to spend a couple of months travelling through the country before crossing into Ecuador and continuing south to Rio. Famous last words! I got as far as Cali, just a one-day bus journey from the border with Ecuador, where I took a free salsa lesson at my hostel. And it ended up changing my life. Before I knew it, I was dancing for six hours a day, renting an apartment in the city and performing on stage in skimpy little costumes. I’ve now been back three times and spent, in total, nearly a year flinging myself across Colombian dancefloors. Magic.

What are your top 5 must-pack items?

Headtorch, extra passport photos, a little roll of plastic sandwich bags, a jar of pesto and a pink wig (you would be surprised at just how useful it’s been!)

What are your top 3 places in the world?

Colombia, Nepal and Namibia

What is your favourite hotel, why and where is it?

Sossusvlei Desert Camp in the Namib-Nauklaft National Park. There’s nothing but desert scrub and giant orange sand dunes for miles around, so you feel completely hidden in the African wilderness. A cosy tented hut, a cold beer, some sausages on the BBQ and a blazing sunset – life doesn’t get any better.

Which is your favourite beach, where is it and why?

Such a tricky question! I think the Caribbean is pretty hard to beat for beaches and the water is always warm. Playa Ancon, near Trinidad in Cuba, is one of my favourites, as well as Arrecifes Beach in Tayrona National Park, Colombia and Tulum in Mexico.

Which passport stamp are you proudest of?

Probably Colombia. It’s closest to my heart and somewhere that really changed my life.

Do you have any ‘pet hates’ whilst travelling?

Wheelie cases! I take my backpack pretty much everywhere. I tried a wheelie case for a weekend in Berlin recently, and I’ve vowed never to do it again because a) dragging it over cobbles was STUPIDLY NOISY and b) the hard case made it impossible to stuff into sneaky places on buses and planes. Nope. I’ll stick to my beat-up old backpack.

Where/what would you really like to visit?

The Tiger’s Nest temple in Bhutan, the Alaskan wilderness, the Great Migration in Kenya and Tanzania, Mardi Gras in New Orleans, the cherry blossom in Japan… so many places!

What is the weirdest thing you have eaten whilst abroad?

I’ve tried a crunchy and not-too-tasty mix of spiders, scorpions, maggots and crickets in my time. I’m pretty sure my stomach can digest anything by now…

What’s the best/worst thing you’ve eaten on your travels?

One of my favourite things in the world is banana blossom salad in Cambodia. It’s fiery and peanutty with lots of lime and shredded chicken. There’s a place called the Old House Restaurant, just off Pub Street in Siem Reap, that serves the best banana blossom salad I’ve ever eaten (and – trust me - I’ve tried a few). Don’t miss it!

Have you ever worked abroad? If so explain.

I have just spent 3.5 years freelancing whilst travelling, living everywhere from Vietnam to Colombia. After living out of my backpack for a few years, I figured it was high time to unpack and put down some roots. I also spent a brief spell selling jam on the streets of Colombia, but that’s another story.

Have you experienced culture-shock, if so where/where was the place you found to be most different from home?

India – hands down. India was a real shock to my system. There’s just so much going on! It’s proper sensory overload. It takes a little time to relax into travelling in India, but if you stick with it a while, you’ll soon be won over. I spent 4 months backpacking through India alone and it surprised me every single day. There really is nowhere quite like it.

Where is the most depressing place you’ve found yourself?

Downtown Reno. Glitzy casinos with supersize all-you-can-eat buffets and rows of one-armed-bandits, with clusters of homeless people sleeping on the streets outside. The contrast felt so sad. 

What’s the funniest/strangest thing that’s happened to you abroad?

Once, I got my hand stuck in an ATM and some friendly locals had to help me get it out – using a tub of Vaseline. Yes really. 

If you had just 24 hours in a big city which one would it be?

Buenos Aires - for Malbec, steak and tango.

What’s the best party you have been to whilst travelling?

Diwali in Delhi was bonkers. I was deaf from the firecrackers for days!

What do you miss most from home whilst you are away?

Hobnobs and roast chicken dinners.