Stuart has been writing for Lonely Planet for a decade and during this time he’s come eye to eye with gorillas in the Congolese jungles, met a man with horns on his head who could lie in fire, huffed and puffed over snow bound Himalayan mountain passes, interviewed a king who could turn into a tree, and had his fortune told by a parrot. Oh, and he’s met more than his fair share of self-proclaimed Gods. When not on the road for Lonely Planet he lives on the beautiful beaches of Southwest France with his wife and two young children.
Stuart’s earliest travel writing was all based around surfing and exploring little known coastlines for waves. Today, as well as guidebook writing work, Stuart writes often about conservation and environmental issues (mainly in eastern and southern Africa), wildlife watching and hiking. He also works as a photographer and was a finalist in both the 2015 and 2016 Travel Photographer of the Year Awards. In 2015 he walked for six weeks with a Maasai friend across a part of Kenya’s Maasai lands in order to gather material for a book he is writing (see: www.walkingwiththemaasai.com). His website is www.stuartbutlerjournalist.com
Southwest France - it's home! Also Spain, Africa (all of it really but mainly the east) and the Himalayan regions.