Every year I buy one thing that I hope I never have to use. Travel insurance. Apart from not wanting to tempt fate and fearing that the first trip I dared to take without it would be the first time I needed it, I couldn’t imagine grabbing my passport without knowing I had a good
“If I had a magic wand and could make any travel dream come true what would you wish for?” When a fellow travel writer asked me this question in Myanmar I was momentarily stumped. A year earlier I would have wished for Antarctica or Machu Picchu but it had been a very special year and
When I heard we’d be staying at a Best Western in the Yarra Valley this was not what I expected. After driving down a little lane on a misty afternoon we’re greeted by the smell of log fires and what looks like a charming guesthouse. Then as we step inside I can feel my spirits
… This is a guest post by Laura Knight of Motormanner … Vietnam is a mix of old and new (as is much of Southeast Asia these days). You can travel to almost any part of the country, even random, ramshackle garages that sell petrol out of water bottles, and find perfect, high speed Wi-Fi.
Sometimes I can’t believe that I missed something really, really obvious. But hey, it happens. And rather than pretend it didn’t I’m now going to dedicate a blog post to one such thing in case I can help other people who missed it too. That embarrassingly obvious thing? That when you connect your phone to
I hadn’t expected Judy Garland to appear at an Alice in Wonderland themed afternoon tea in central London, but here she was. Well, the memory of her, anyway. As I opened a child’s jewellery box to reveal sugar cubes inside a tiny ballerina started turning to the sounds of Somewhere Over The Rainbow. I’d already
I’ll never forget the first time I walked into a Morgans Hotel lobby. It was the late ‘90s in New York, my friend was staying at Paramount, and when I went to meet him I just thought ‘wow’. I’ll admit I wasn’t particularly well travelled at that time but I’d never seen anything like it.
As regular readers know, I’m a big fan of train travel. So when I was considering how to get from Basel to Berlin on my latest European adventures I decided to go train rather than plane. Sure, flying would have been faster, but it wouldn’t have given me the chance to see the German countryside going by
One thing you realise pretty quickly when you travel around Ireland is not only is it very very green, with very friendly people, it also has a lot of castles. Over the years I’ve lost count of how many castles I’ve visited in Ireland but after our Le Boat trip on the Shannon I visited one
“This is like a scene out of Disney’s Jungle Cruise!” Captain Zac was right. As we gently cruised along a narrow stretch of inky water surrounded by lush vegetation that was so very very green it almost looked fake, it did feel like we were on a Disney ride. Or perhaps in a Disney film.