Shafik Meghji Travel writer, guidebook author and journalist | UK

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About me

Born and brought up in south London, Shafik Meghji co-presented the Channel 4 programme Rookies, before heading to the University of Warwick to study politics and international studies. After graduating in 2001, he won the Guardian’s Scott Trust Bursary, and went on to write for the newspaper and study journalism at City University, London. Shafik then worked as a news and sports reporter for the Evening Standard until wanderlust set in and he left for India and South America, where he wrote for UK and US publications. After returning to London, Shafik worked as a news, features and sports journalist for a wide range of newspapers, magazines and websites, including the Independent and the Mirror, before joining Rough Guides in 2007. Shafik co-authors The Rough Guide to India, The Rough Guide to Nepal, The Rough Guide to Bolivia, The Rough Guide to Chile and the forthcoming The Rough Guide to Argentina. He has also updated The Rough Guide to Egypt, The Rough Guide to Paris, The Rough Guide to Central America on a Budget, The Rough Guide to South America on a Budget and The Rough Guide to the Baltic States. His travel writing has been published in three anthologies: Earthbound: a Rough Guide to the World in Pictures, Make the Most of Your Time on Earth, and Make the Most of Your Time in Britain. When not on the road, Shafik is based in south London, where he works as a journalist, writer and editor. He blogs at, and you can follow him on Twitter: @ShafikMeghji.

Places I've been

Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, Peru, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, United States, Canada, Cuba, Trinidad and Tobago, India, Nepal, Egypt, Syria, Turkey, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Macau, Thailand, Singapore, Dubai - United Arab Emirates, France, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Finland, Slovenia, The Netherlands, Ireland

Places I'd like to visit

Mozambique, Colombia, Laos, Lebanon, Guatemala