It's hard to get away from news about North Korea. Updates on the secretive state litter our social media feeds and newspaper splashes. But for a country that we talk about so much, very few of us have actually visited.

So in this week's episode of The Rough Guide to Everywhere (iTunesSoundcloud), we turn our attention to the world's most mysterious nation, and hear stories from someone who visited in late 2016.

Legendary travel writer and publisher Hilary Bradt speaks about her trip to North Korea and paints a vivid, candid picture of the tourist's experience in a country where you have to be accompanied at all times.

Hilary also gives tips on travel to North Korea, and shares her opinions on "what's going to happen next" on the Korean peninsula.

We're also very excited to announce that we have been shortlisted for a Lovie Award for best talk show/interview. Help us secure the People's Choice award and vote for The Rough Guide to Everywhere before Thursday 5th October. It takes approximately 24 seconds.

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