Taking the Risk: My Adventures in Travel and Publishing

by Hilary Bradt


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    Non Fiction - Travel



    Published by Bradt Travel Guides

    Published May 2024

    Taking the Risk is Hilary Bradt’s engaging, amusing and sometimes alarming memoir about her adventures in travel and publishing. A travel industry trail-blazer who co-founded Bradt Guides, Hilary looks back on 50 years of escapades, surprises, mishaps, disasters and success.

    Her memoir revisits six decades of hitchhiking, feeding the travel habit by working abroad, and starting a successful travel publishing company – where knowing nothing proved a surprising asset. Hilary Bradt has travelled around the Middle East, the US, South America and Africa, often journeying through literally uncharted territory in a quest to find new hiking routes.

    The keen observations Hilary and her husband George made during their long journeys together became vivid letters home, and the discovery of an ancient trail to Machu Picchu inspired the first self-published guidebook. More followed, and now Bradt Guides are known and loved by keen adventurers and armchair travellers everywhere. Through her wanderings and guidebooks, Hilary Bradt’s exploration of the world has informed and enriched the lives of hundreds of thousands of people.

    Today, at 82 and still hitchhiking, Hilary reflects: “I’ve been lucky in so many ways, but to have been born with an adventurous spirit and parents who never said ‘Take care’ feels like a special gift. In recent years more and more people seem to be risk averse, denying themselves the joy of the unknown and of serendipitous happenings. Travel can never be without risk – that’s part of its attraction.”

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