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Solange Hando
TRAVEL WRITER AND PHOTOGRAPHER







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I am a full-time bilingual (English/French) travel writer and photographer, contributing to a range of publications in the UK and worldwide. I edit Eastern Airways' French in-flight magazine.

I have also contributed to a number of travel websites, including suite101.com, as topic editor for South Asia/China.

I am a regular contributor to National Geographic books (Journeys of a Lifetime, Sacred Places, Food Journeys, Secret Journeys), featured in Quintessence 1001 Escapes, and contributed several features to ‘The Best of the Best Places in the World’ (Reader’s Digest).

My book, ‘Be a Travel Writer, Live your Dreams, Sell your Features’ , was published in June 2014, available on Amazon and in major bookstores.

I love the challenge of writing in different styles and take my own images.

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In addition to Travelwriters UK, I am a member of the British Guild of Travel Writers and International Alliance of Travel Writers.

 


 

SPECIALIST TOPICS

Like a butterfly, I enjoy hovering here and there but my love of the Himalayas is ongoing. I have visited Bhutan 4 times and was privileged to attend the Coronation and most recently the 4th king’s 60th birthday. I have trekked in Ladakh, Myanmar and Nepal (16 times to date and planning to return) and travelled on the world’s highest railway from Xian to Tibet.

But don’t get me wrong. I don’t mind roughing it now and then but I can cope with five star luxury. I review luxury hotels, write about culture, food, people, soft adventure and the natural world.

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RECENT DESTINATIONS

Africa
Egypt, Morocco, South Africa (classic tour), Victoria Falls, Chobe National Park (Botswana)

Americas
Argentina (lakes, Iguazu Falls, Buenos Aires), Brasil (Iguazu Falls, Rio), Chile (lakes, Santiago), Costa Rica (Central Pacific), Peru (Machu Picchu), St Lucia, Tobago, Yucatan (Maya trail), Guatemala, Honduras (Copan)

Eastern Mediterranean
Turkey (Lycian Coast, Istanbul, Ankara, Cappadocia)

Middle East
Oman (Muscat and around)

Asia
Myanmar, Bhutan, Cambodia (Phnom Penh, Angkor Wat), China (Beijing, Xian, Chengdu and Hong Kong), India (Agra, Rajasthan, Delhi, Amritsar, Dharamsala, Manali, Ladakh), Laos, Nepal, Taiwan, Thailand (Bangkok, Krabi), Tibet (Lhasa, Tsedang)

Europe
Britain - S.E. England, S. Wales, Scotland
Croatia
Estonia -
Tallinn, Lahemaa
France - southern France, Loire Atlantique, Burgundy, Lorraine
Greece (Corfu, Pelion, Pindus)
Italy - Amalfi, Sicily, Sorrento, Venice, Tuscany including Elba, Rome
Poland - Warsaw, Gdansk
Portugal
- Madeira, Algarve, Lisbon, Porto, Douro river
Spain -  Costa del Sol, Cordoba, Seville,
   
 and Canary islands Tenerife and Lanzarote

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MARKETS

www.activecaribbean.com

World Spa & Travel (Singapore)

Living France

Go Holiday

French Property News

Eastern Airways Magazine

South China Morning post

Princess Cruises
 
Discover Magazines (monthly)

Colombo Magazine

Compass

Holiday Magazine

Central Algarve

Soul and Spirit travel

People’s Friend travel

Writers’ Forum
 



EXAMPLES OF MY PUBLISHED WORK

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PICTURES

My photographs of people and scenery have been widely published, including front covers of in-flight magazines


A SELECTION OF MY PHOTOGRAPHY

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AWARDS

St Lucia Travel Writer of the Year

ABTOP Travel Features Awards, finalist

WWN / Thomas Cook Archives and TNT travel writing competitions.

WN Freelance Journalist of the Year.

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TO CONTACT ME

Contact me by email

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BY SOLANGE HANDO -
EXAMPLES OF PUBLISHED WORK

Nepal - Village Trek
Som, my Nepalese guide of many years, knows me well. The lodge is cosy and warm, with flasks glowing on the shelves, salted tea, butter tea, milk tea, lemon tea. I settle for the latter under the inquisitive glare of the resident goat. Blackened pots bubble in the hearth, chicken heads and scraps of buffalo meat hang from the rafters. 'Only five days walk to my native village,’ babbles Som, ‘and we will meet older sister.’
Read full article ...                            (first published: The Holiday Magazine )

Costa Rica crocodile safari
How could I resist a safari on the cool Tarcoles River? After a long day hiking in the nearby National Park, sailing down the estuary sounded like bliss. Crocodiles? Well, as long as you keep arms and legs inside the boat, I was told, you’ll be fine. So I hopped on, as daintily as my aching limbs allowed, just me, guide, captain and as we pushed out, his wife and son joining us for the ride. After all, this was a fifty-seater boat. ...
Read full article ...                            (first published: www.activecaribbean.com )

Tobago - on the Gilpin Trace
‘First things first’, explained the guide, ‘what matters in the rainforest is not how far you walk but how much you see on the way.’ Reassured, I checked the wellies lined up at the gate and hired a pair for 20 TT. We were about to explore the oldest rainforest reserve in the western hemisphere, set up in 1776 under British rule. ...
Read full article ...                            (first published: www.activecaribbean.com )

Train to Tibet
One hour into the journey. Thirty-three to go. ‘Plenty of time to catch up on sleep,’ suggests Pasang, our Tibetan guide, as we clutch the auspicious scarves he has brought to welcome us. It had been a pre-dawn start in Xian and now ‘soft’ couchettes beckon but travelling on the world’s highest railway is far too exciting to warrant sleep. ...
Read full article ...                            (first published: Real Travel)

Bhutan Coronation
Kira, pins, belt, it was all there, beautifully laid out on the bed, but how do you put on a Bhutanese dress? Perhaps the hotel staff could help? ‘Sorry, madam, there are no ladies on duty at this time.’ So I ended up with two men in my room, struggling with metres of fabric, red and gold, folding this way, that way, under the arm over the arm to no avail. ‘I can’t be late for a Coronation,’ I pleaded...
Read full article ...                            (first published: Real Travel)

St Lucia
The last shred of mist drifted across the plantation and the men began their work to the beat of a Creole drum. They sang of mountains and jungle as they sawed through the log perched on a scaffold in age old fashion. A hummingbird landed on a vivid bloom and in the bamboo hut, the first cassava bread sizzled on the open fire. A new day had started in Fond Latisab, the small estate in Sunny Valley...
Read full article ...                            (first published: Holiday Villas)

Bhutan – Fire Blessing
Draped in silk and hand-woven gowns shimmering like rainbows, town folk and farmers came from all directions, women with babies bobbing on their back, old people leaning on bamboo staffs, men in knee-length chequered gho and sweeping white cuffs and sashes, and garlands of children whose dark eyes sparkled with excitement. …
Read full article ...                            (first published: Tashi Delek)

Snowdon – Three Generations to the Top
‘Which one is Snowdon?’ asked my 10 year old grandson.
‘The one you can’t see, up there in the clouds,’ said my daughter.
We’d been waiting for three days but whenever we stepped out of our cottage, Snowdon remained out of sight, teasing us now and then with just the briefest of glimpses.

Read full article ...                            (first published: Holiday Cottages)

Burgundy Canal Cruise
‘We’re being followed,’ said Alan, ‘take a look.’ A pretty blonde in skimpy red shorts was fast catching up with the boat, riding her scooter along the towpath. ‘That’s the lock keeper,’ explained crew member Tiffany

Read full article ...                            (first published: Living France)

Bhutan – Land of the Thunder Dragon
It was festival time and luckily we all had shoes. If you don’t, the policeman at the gate waves a bunch of stinging nettles. ‘
Lack of respect,’ he warns. Draped in their finest clothes and chunky necklaces of turquoise and coral, villagers arrived from afar for five days of merit-making and fun. There were women with babies on their back, old men leaning on bamboo staffs, little girls with their shiny black hair in a bob, monks, farmers, dignitaries. Soon the eerie call of horns made from human thighbones echoed across the mountains and masked dancers pounced on the flagstones to chase away evil…
Read full article ...                            (first published: Spirit & Destiny)

Morocco- Desert Dawn
‘Good morning, wake up call please’. I glance at my watch, four o’clock, time to leave Erfoud and our snug Kasbah-style hotel. Outside the sky is full of stars, the night almost chilly. A mini-convoy stands on the alert, three Land Rovers spluttering in the dark.
  Yawning, unsteady, we squeeze aboard and head for Merzouga on the edge of the desert. As we rattle and swerve over the stones, tumble grass hurtles out of the way like an army of frightened hedgehogs…
Read full article ...                            (first published: Travel Africa)

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