Nigel Tisdall

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The prolific travel writer’s career began one wet Monday morning in 1985 when he went to London’s Liverpool Street station and caught a train to Hong Kong. Thirty years later he’s still on the road, most recently island-hopping through French Polynesia for this issue’s feature on Paul Gauguin. His most memorable adventure? “Sailing along the Swahili Coast from Lamu to Zanzibar in a 1910 schooner, reeling in yellowfin tuna for dinner and falling asleep on a deck roofed with shooting stars.”