Where the experts holiday: Lee Thompson, award winning photojournalist and co-founder of The Flash Pack

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Lee Thompson’s work has taken him to over 90 countries from the slums of India to the favelas of Brazil. Earlier this year Lee launched the travel company The Flash Pack – focusing on intrepid explorers aged 30-40 who want to get under the skin of a country but prefer boutique hotels to hostels. Here Thompson talks Brazil, Brixton and Bucket Lists with Just About Travel

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What do you like to do on holiday?
I like a perfect combination of relaxation and adventure. I’m happy to spend the first two days sat by a pool but after that I’m keen to explore. I like to get away from the tourist traps and go where the locals go. I love to try the local food and wine.

Where did you last go?
Vietnam: it’s one of the most amazing places I’ve ever been to.

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Vietnam

Do you know where you’re going this year?
My next holiday will be in Brazil – I’m going for the World Cup. I will also be joining The Flash Pack on trips to Vietnam, Sierra Leone and Chile.

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Beach in Sierra Leone

Of all the places you’ve been to, which was your favourite and why?
Sierra Leone. Where else can you have a beautiful white sandy beach all to yourself?! I felt like I was the first tourist ever to visit. I’ve visited the country four times now and I can’t wait to return.

Which destination do you wish to travel to, but haven’t yet been?
My dream is to visit the Antarctica – it’s high up on my bucket list.

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In your own country, what would you recommend tourists see that isn’t in the travel guides?
I live in London, UK. I’m slightly biased as I live in Brixton but Brixton Market is an incredible place to eat. You can enjoy street food from all over the world.

How do you plan your holiday?
My home is full of travel books and I research things thoroughly before making a decision. I run my own travel company so I speak to our experts around the world for hotel and restaurant tips.

How often do you go away?
At least once a month.

Who do you travel with?
Mostly with my partner and sometimes with friends.

Brixton Market

Brixton Market

Where do you see tourism in your country, in 10 years?
UK tourism is always booming and will continue to grow over the next 10 years. London is one of the most visited cities in the world!

View Lee’s work at www.leethompsonphotography.co.uk

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