Patrick Horton

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India captured Patrick Horton early on in 1986 when he first ventured there for three months very unsure of what he’d find and experience. It certainly hit a repeat message in his soul and a hunger for more. Since that early adventure he has been back at least once a year from 1998 to the present day. What became travel also became work when he started writing for Lonely Planet with four books and five editions over ten years. This, and his freelance writing and photography, has taken him to every state in India, many several times, something not many Indians have accomplished.

Posts by Patrick Horton

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  • 1
    What's your favorite mode of transportation? Why?

    Train, without a doubt. Seats are reasonably comfortable and leg-roomy, you can get up and walk around at will and there’s a big window you can gaze out of and watch landscapes change by the mile.

  • 2
    What do you do when you encounter an unexpected dead-end?

    Think of plans B, C or even D. A dead end is only a temporary diversion which may well reveal something unexpected. In India I always treat a ‘No you can’t do that/go there’ as a temporary answer because I’ve made an unusual request. With a little persuasion on my part I might then hear the words ‘Let me tell you one thing’ which tells me that an ‘exception’ is being made for me.

  • 3
    What is the most important thing you've learned from traveling?

    Go with the flow, accept delays, treasure diversions, realise that some countries operate to a different concept of time and logic. Always smile and always say thank you in the local language.

  • 4
    Have you ever been somewhere that was so bad you couldn't write about it?

    No. It might be bad to me but usual to the locals.