Bradley Mayhew has been exploring remoter parts of Asia since studying Chinese at Oxford University. A university wager saw him race three classmates to Lhasa in 1990, winning him a crate of Lhasa Beer for his endeavours. Conversant in Chinese, Bradley has explored most corners of China, especially the Tibetan border regions of Sichuan and the Muslim parts of Northwest China.
Bradley has worked on over 20 guides for Lonely Planet, including Tibet, Central Asia, Shanghai, Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, China, Nepal, Jordan, Southwest China, Mongolia, Morocco, Middle East, The Gap Year Book, Pakistan, Karakorum Hwy and Indian Himalaya. He has also had his photographs published in a wide variety of publications. Personal travels have taken him from Ethiopia to Mt Everest.
He is also the co-author and photographer of the Odyssey Guide to Uzbekistan, contributed a chapter on Travelling the Silk Road to the book Silk Road: Monks, Warriors and Merchants on the Silk Road and has lectured on Central Asia to the Royal Geographical Society.
When not travelling, Bradley lives an expat life in Billings, Montana and grabs every opportunity to go hiking and backpacking in the nearby Beartooth Mountains and Yellowstone National Park. A big fan of world music, his is probably the only stereo in Montana regularly playing anything from Saharan blues to Tibetan chants.
His favourite destination is Tibet, most underrated destination is Kyrgyzstan, and his favourite city is Bukhara in Uzbekistan. He best travel tip: always travel with a heating element and instant coffee.