About Meera Dattani

Meera Dattani

Meera Dattani is a freelance travel journalist from London who writes for National Geographic Traveller, Rough Guides, World Travel Guide and other publications.

Armed with her trusty laptop and well-worn backpack, she’s travelled the world from Uruguay and Honduras to South Africa and Cambodia, covering stories such as the fragile ecology of Khao Sok National Park in Thailand and blogging about her travels around Patagonia.

Antarctica - on a budget

It's never going to be cheap to reach the snowy landmass of Antarctica, but there are ways of doing it for a little less. Find out how.

Secret Travel Deals

Flight sales are one thing, but there's another world of secret flight deals. But how do they work and are they worth the saving?


Is it Latin American? Is it Caribbean? Belize is the ultimate fusion of the two, where you don't have to choose between jungle and beach.

Wildlife tourism: dos and don'ts

For many travellers, seeing local wildlife tops the list of reasons to go somewhere. But how do you know that the encounter is ethical?

10 must-try Brazilian Dishes

With the focus on Rio as the Olympics head to sunny Brazil, channel the spirit of the host nation with a taster of their favourite dishes.

Favela tourism: the lowdown

'Slum tours', as they're often called, have become increasingly popular in recent years, but how do you ensure it's not a 'human safari'?

How to Sell Your Photos

It takes skill to take the type of photos people pay for, but many amateur snappers are doing just that. Find out where to sell your images.

Beating Jet Lag

Nothing worse than starting your trip shattered, be it wanting to sleep at 7pm or feeling zapped when you wake up. Minimise the problems of jet lag with a few simple tips.

Solo travelling: tips for the absolute first-timer

Thinking about going away for the first time on your own? Some are confident, others excited but slightly nervous, and some daunted. However you're feeling, some of this might come in useful.

10 Tips and Tricks for Learning Spanish

You're doing a course, you've got an app and you're in a language exchange. Now, speed up your language learning with these simple tips.