Amsterdam canals, image Veronica Lopez

Choosing a Boutique Hotel in Amsterdam with a Story to Tell

“There are cat cities and dog cities. In dog cities, you throw a stick and it comes back with its tail wagging. Cat cities are reticent and harder to judge. Amsterdam seems to be a dog city at first, until you discover that it’s really a cat city pretending to be a dog.” As IRead More

Having a Priscilla moment at Sydney's Madame Tussauds

Five Things To Do in Sydney on a Rainy Day

Sydney is at its sparkly best when the sun is shining, but of course not every day can be filled with blue skies. So what can you do when the grey clouds set in and the rain starts to fall?  Here are five ideas to help snap you out of a rainy day funk andRead More

Bure frontyard and hammock with a view at Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort

Why you’ll want to get out of Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort

The stamp in my passport may have said that I had been to Fiji before, but as far as I was concerned this was my first trip. The official first time had involved flying into Fiji to join a Holland America Cruise around the South Pacific, when I had spent one night in a resortRead More

Butterfly Garden, Changi Airport

Changi Airport Singapore: Ten Top Things to Do

Of all of the “I love Changi airport” stories I’ve heard in the past week my favourite comes from my friend Gary. Despite the fact that he lives in Singapore, he confessed “I love Changi so much I checked into the Crowne Plaza when I landed once because I didn’t want to leave the airport.”Read More

Sydney NYE fireworks as seen from Shangri-La Hotel, image credit by Paul Reiffer

Best Hotels for Sydney New Year’s Eve Fireworks

They’re the fireworks that are seen around the world and mark the start of so many New Year’s Eve celebrations. Australia’s biggest public event, Sydney’s New Year’s Eve fireworks bring more than one and a half million people to the harbour foreshore and are watched by more than a billion people around the world. WhenRead More

Sea Baskets at Wadden Sea Cuxhaven, Lower Saxony Germany

Lower Saxony’s Seaside Spa Town and the Wadden Sea

It takes a little while to get used to the gooey feeling of mud squishing between my toes. I realise I must have been a child the last time I’ve enjoyed rather than recoiled from it but my adult brain is soothed by the knowledge that there’s nothing in this mud that can hurt me.Read More

Ljubljana Castle, Slovenia

Lovely Ljubljana: Top things to do in Slovenia’s capital

… This is a Guest Post by Anna Kay from Med Cruise Guide … Imagine living three hours from Venice, one hour from the Adriatic Sea, one hour from spectacular skiing in Austrian Alps and half an hour from one of the most beautiful lakes in the Slovenian Alps. Well, Ljubljana, the tiny capital ofRead More

The 'Barkenhoff' in Worpswede is next door to the Buchenhof Hotel

Wandering Worpswede, the artist community in Germany’s Lower Saxony

Some places have a special energy that draws a certain kind of person to them. Worpswede in Germany’s Lower Saxony is one such place, and in this case the people it draws in are artists. When I told friends in Berlin I was going to Worpswede most of them admitted they had never been, despiteRead More

Visiting Yosemite in winter has its advantages, image Andrew Lowen

Why Visit Yosemite in Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall

… This is a guest post by Andrew Lowen from the Yosemite Gateway Chalet … Yosemite National Park was the first area of land in America that the government preserved for the sake of the public, and it was instrumental in the creation of the national parks system as it exists today. The park isRead More

The Train de Charlevoix crosses Saint-Lawrence's shore to travel between Quebec City and La Balbaie

Baie-Saint-Paul and beyond in Charlevoix, Quebec’s charming holiday destination

It starts at a small train station looking out at a magnificent waterfall. When I arrive at the station 12 kilometres outside of Quebec City I smile when I see Canada’s Montmorency Falls. Just a few days earlier I was on a zip line crossing the face of those falls, which at 30 metres higherRead More