Meera Dattani
Meera Dattani Editor London

What does adventure mean to you?

“The unusual? Exhilarating? Dangerous?

Perhaps, but what it isn’t is one-upmanship, the hardest journey, the longest hike, or obsessing over ‘likes’ on a social media post.

Adventure is whatever excites you. And that means it could be anything at all. As big as your first solo trip or as small as seeing locals barter over bananas at a street market.

Its memory makes you smile, think deeper, or want more— or all three. The tough hike in Dominica that made me cry, kayaking along Cambodia’s impossibly serene Tatai River, over-eating in Macedonia and witnessing an excitable hippo during his morning mud bath in South Africa. These are adventures.”

Hanavave harbour or Bay of Virgins on the island of Fatu Hiva in the Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia, sunset stop for Aranui 3 cargo cruise ship
Aranui cargo cruise ship stops at the island of Ua Huka in the Marquesas Islands
Cargo cruising in French Polynesia Photos: Meera Dattani

Meera has been a freelance travel writer for over 15 years, writing about ecotourism, wildlife travel, adventure and solo travel. She spends most winters exploring a part of the world new to her; past trips include Patagonia and Uruguay, Indonesia, Laos and, as a fluent Italian and Spanish speaker, extended stays in Spain and Italy.

In another life, she worked at Virgin Media for three years, devising homepage headlines, overseeing micro-sites and writing about everything from film to food. She has since written for a number of travel publications including Rough Guides, National Geographic Traveller, Telegraph, Travel Weekly and Bloomberg.

Meera is now the UK editor of and continues to freelance for various outlets, her most recent job taking her to Cambodia for four months for guidebook research. Memorable travel moments include kayaking on a lake home to crocodiles and hippos, washing an elephant’s ‘undercarriage’ in Thailand, cycling through the traffic of Phnom Penh, and sailing on a cargo ship around remote islands in French Polynesia.

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