Christian Williams

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A freelance travel writer since 1998, Christian has written or co-written some twenty guidebooks, two travel apps and a host of related articles for magazines, travel websites and UK newspapers. Clients have included Rough Guides, Dorling Kindersley, AOL, Tripadvisor, Ink Media and UK newspapers The Telegraph, The Independent and The Sunday Times. In North America he's covered much of Canada (particularly the Rockies) and Colorado; in Europe he has focused mainly on Germany (particularly Berlin), Austria, Scotland and Tenerife. Even when not working he likes explore, usually on one of his ten bicycles.

Posts by Christian Williams

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  • 1
    What's your most exciting or surprising travel experience?

    In travel the greatest surprises and excitement generally lie in the unknown, so places that I knew little about or had the lowest expectations of were often the most remarkable.

    A week long stay in a Tanzanian village stands out: the accommodation ended up being a solo stay in an old missionary house looked after by a maid who cooked amazing dishes over an open fire and seemed determined to seduce me. Better still, two locals who took me under their wings to show me around: a monkey colony; various waterfalls; the country’s oldest man (124!); a cow being slaughtered by hand; and the questionable delights of banana beer. They also helped stop me falling through a wooden bridge at night, which was every bit as unexpected as the rest!

  • 2
    What's the most underrated destination in your opinion?

    Many underrated places are less than a day trip away. Often finding a new activity in them is enough for a fresh perspective and experience. In terms of countries, Germany’s the most underrated: travel is easy and there’s a little of everything there.

  • 3
    What's your favorite mode of transportation? Why?

    Bicycles travel at the right speed to fully appreciate everything: every breeze, hill and sight. You can to stop for photos at a moment’s notice; easily get off the beaten track; enjoy justifiably pouring over maps and earn a sense of achievement. And by the end of the day you’ll deserve a big meal and probably have a good night’s sleep waiting too.

  • 4
    What is the most important thing you've learned from traveling?

    It’s me that’s foreign.