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Christopher P Baker

A veteran adventure traveler, motojournalist and Cuba specialist, Christopher P. Baker—the Lowell Thomas Award 2008 'Travel Journalist of the Year'—has written and photographed almost 30 guidebooks for Lonely Planet, Moon, National Geographic, etc.; been published worldwide, from CNN Travel to National Geographic Traveler and Playboy; and has led more than 100 tours for such companies as Lindblad Expeditions, National Geographic Expeditions, and Edelweiss Bike Travel.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"Cuba foremost. But also Costa Rica, Colombia, and California."

How did you get involved in travel?

"I participated in two Sahara research expeditions and an exchange program in Krakow, Poland, while studying geography at University College London. That gave me the travel bug. I made frequent visits to the Greek Islands and in 1978 taught summer camp in the USA before spending six months hitchhiking around North America. In 1980 I settled in Berkeley, California, and began work in the adventure travel business. Two years later I launched my career as a full-time freelance travel journalist and tour leader."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"In 1996 I shipped my BMW R100GS motorcycle to Cuba and traveled more than 7,000 miles over several months while researching the Moon Cuba handbook. It was my christening in the world of adventure motorcycle touring--now one of my absolute passions. Adventure motorcycling lets you explore parts of the world that are virtually inaccessible by any other means, and with absolute freedom. "

See the Duomo cathedral in Florence on a 3-week tour of Italy
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Thessaly's Monastery of St. Rousanou is part of the Meteora monastery complex
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Lie out on a beautiful beach on Koh Rong
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Enigmatic faces of Bayon Temple, Angkor
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See Cambodians thresh rice
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Monks at the entrance to Angkor Thom
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