Award-winning wildlife photographer and guide, Paul Goldstein, has been described by The Sunday Times as “preposterously vivacious, a guide of almost psychotic gusto.” Here Goldstein, who lectures throughout the year about wildlife, photography and conservation and owns four camps in Kenya, talks travel with yours truly
What do you like to do on holiday? Be among wildlife.
Where did you last go? I last guided earlier this year in Kenya. My last holiday was also in the Masai Mara.
Do you know where you’re going this year? I will be guiding wildlife safaris and expeditions in Kenya, India, Spitsbergen, Brazil and Norway.
Of all the places you’ve been to, what was your favourite and why? I’d have to say Spitsbergen and the Masai Mara – proper wilderness, proper predators.
Which destination do you wish to travel to, but haven’t yet been? I would like to do the Kalahari properly and really have a go at the grizzlies!
In your own country, what would you recommend tourists see that isn’t in the travel guides? I would suggest that tourists visit Dorset and/or Norfolk – my two favourite counties and walk for a week along the coastlines. Just avoid visiting in summer.
How do you plan your holiday? I have been working in the travel industry for 30 years, so I generally have a fair idea of what I want just through my work. Also I always check the FCO website and automatically warm to the places they have invariably banned for pathetic political reasons.
How often do you go away? Usually around eight to 10 times a year.
Who do you travel with? I either travel with clients or with my family.
Where do you see tourism in your country, in 10 years? I can’t see that tourism will change much in the UK – not unless our currency collapses.
Thanks Paul! To view Paul’s portfolio, please visit www.paulgoldstein.co.uk