Len Coates was born in Cambois, Northumberland, England in Apri1 1939.
From a very early age he had a passionate interest in travel.
First of all it was within the UK. After that travel widened to Europe, then he was off to Zambia in Africa for two years.
Transatlantic travel followed and he has now been to North America, thirty times. In subsequent years his travels has taken him several times to the Far East, Australia and the sub-continent of India.
He has been married since 1967 and with his wife Pauline, has visited over seventy countries/islands spanning five continents.
Since his retirement in 1997 has written travel items for newspapers and magazines.