Coffee culture in Vietnam, image courtesy Hoi An Now

Bean Me Up: Discovering Coffee Culture in Vietnam

… This is a guest post by Mike Zacks from Hoi An Now … With all the motorbike and bicycle tours available in Vietnam, you’ll want to find some way to relax afterwards. This is where coffee comes into play – something that the Vietnamese are rightly famous for. “That was the best coffee we’veRead More

Le Monastere des Augustines is one of the more unusual Quebec City Hotels

Three (very) Different Quebec City Hotels to Stay In

Quebec City is one of the oldest and most beautiful settlements in North America.  That’s the definition of North America that also includes Canada, of course. But you got that. The Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage site, with narrow cobblestone streets, 17th and 18th-century houses and charming sidewalk cafes. The Old Town areaRead More

Visiting the Wellington waterfront, New Zealand

A Short Break in Windy, Wonderful Wellington

“I just blew in from the windy city, the windy city is mighty pretty….” Doris Day’s voice fills my head and puts a smile on my face as I find myself bracing against gusts of wind in Wellington. Even though I’d heard New Zealand’s capital can be very windy, I hadn’t really taken the adviceRead More

View from a tent at Dunton Hot Springs Glamping holidays, image Dunton Hot Springs

The Best Glamping Holidays Resorts in America

… This is a Guest Post by Rich Brown from Rolling Fox  … If you love camping, but you don’t want to give up on luxury, then glamping holidays may be a great choice for you. While the idea of glamping dates back to the 1300s when Turkish Ottomans built luxurious tent cities, the modernRead More

The Byward Market area is a great place to explore and a top thing to do in Ottawa

Delicious and Fun Things to Do in Ottawa, the Cool Capital of Canada

When I told people I was going to visit Ottawa back in 1998 most of them looked confused. Not about the where so much as the why. As I was to discover, back then it was easy to appreciate the ‘city that never wakes’ jokes, but I still had a soft spot for Ottawa andRead More

All aboard Eurostar Business Premier class to Paris

Eurostar Business Premier Class: Doing London to Paris in e320 Style

Full disclosure: I love train travel. And I hate Charles de Gaulle airport. So I’ve long been a firm believer that the only way to travel between London and Paris is by train. Even if both airports were as wonderful as Changi, to fly you’d still have to go through the hassle and time gettingRead More

Hotel Mansart, a boutique luxury hotel in Paris

An Affordable Boutique Luxury Hotel Stay in the Heart of Paris

In the heart of Paris’ 1st arrondissement you will find one of France’s most beautiful squares, a square that gives my own heart a little lift whenever I walk through it. The Place Vendôme is filled with charm and elegance, not to mention some rather prestigious brands. Considered by many to be the world centreRead More

European Waterways' L'Impressionniste barge holiday starts or ends at Escommes

A Canal Barge Holiday in Burgundy on European Waterways’ L’Impressionniste

It was decadent and felt slightly ridiculous but it had to be done. After all, when else would I have the chance to sip Kir Royale in a hot tub on a luxury barge slowly making its way through Burgundy? As I sat in the warm bubbles sipping bubbles and crème de cassis from theRead More

An Amsterdam Cycling holiday is a great idea for beginners

The Best Cycling Holiday for Beginners: The Netherlands

… This is a guest post by Mike McLeish of the bicycle blog Pinch-Flat …   A phrase that struggles to strum up images of adventure is “health and safety.” Instead, the words conjure up images of rules, regulations and high visibility. None of that sounds particularly inspiring, except when talking about cycling. A countryRead More

Luxury cruising down the Rhine River on Uniworld's SS Antoinette

The Romance of a Rhine River Cruise with Uniworld’s SS Antoinette

As one of the most popular European rivers to holiday on, the Rhine has its fair share of river cruise ships. Which means there are times when ships need to tie up next to one another so passengers can pass through or over another ship to reach the riverbank. At these times it’s hard notRead More