When the going gets weird the weird turn pro...
In 1992 Mark Eveleigh spent six hours reviewing his life while swinging from the end of a fraying cable in the world’s highest cable-car, in Venezuela. The psychological shock of this experience was enough to send him plummeting down the slippery slope into the shadowy world of freelance travel journalism.
Mark led the first expedition by foreigners into Central Borneo’s ‘valley of the spirit world,’ (researching his book Fever Trees of Borneo) and has since returned to those unexplored valleys on several occasions. He grew up in Africa, and returned in 1999 to trek through northern Madagascar with a zebu pack-bull. The full story was told in Maverick in Madagascar (published by National Geographic).
He has travelled the world on assignments for more than 80 titles, including Esquire, Geographical, The Guardian, CNN Traveller, Sunday Times Travel, New York Times, Travel Africa, Sports Illustrated, National Geographic Traveller and Africa Geographic. He also writes for numerous inflight magazines: if you are flying KLM, Emirates, Malaysian Airlines, Qatar or Garuda you will often find his work right next to the sick-bags.
Undercover assignments have taken him from Zimbabwean farms to Bolivian prisons, but charging elephants and a randy Peruvian llama taught him the real importance of journalistic footwork.
Mark blogs @ www.kitbaggers.com
His own site is www.markeveleigh.com