Katja Gaskell is a journalist based in London. She started her writing career penning guides for Lonely Planet, co-authoring books on China, Australia and India. Since then her work has appeared in publications including The Telegraph, Lonely Planet, The Independent, Wanderlust and the Mail on Sunday, among others. Katja focuses primarily on adventure travel, skiing and everything French but will happily go wherever a good story takes her.

What does a journey mean to you?
New people, new places, new adventures.

Which country or location most inspires you?
Mexico City is one of the most exciting cities in the world. I was lucky enough to live there for nearly six years and it remains one of my favourite destinations of all time.

Where would you go back to, and why?
The place that I return to time and again is the French Alps. No matter what time of year it is, I love being in the mountains.

What journey would you most like to go on?
Mongolia has been on my wish list for a long time now. I would love to explore the Gobi Desert and the Altai Mountains, to stay in a Ger, get a feel for the vast open spaces, and experience the life of the Mongolian Kazakh eagle hunters and, well, everything else that Mongolia has to offer!

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