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

With views like these Shanghai Ritz Carlton's Flair is one of the best rooftop bars in the world

The Seven Best Rooftop Bars in the World

… This is a guest post by Hans Ebenman and Rikard Fredricson of The Rooftop Guide …   If you love to dine and drink with a view then here’s a story for you: the seven best rooftop bars according to the world’s biggest website and guide on the subject, The Rooftop Guide. The RooftopRead More

Flying above clouds

Why Your Credit Cards’ Travel Insurance May Not Be Enough

… This post has been brought to you by Fast Cover travel insurance … 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 IRead More

Venice Simplon Orient Express train in Berlin Hauptbahnhof station for first time

Taking the Venice Simplon Orient Express Train from London to Berlin

“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 andRead More

Tasting sparkling wine at Killara Estate, Yarra Valley Victoria

Yarra Valley Visit with a Surprising Best Western Hotel Stay

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 spiritsRead More

Road trip navigation, image courtesy Magrenta

How to Wipe Your Private Phone Data from a Rental Car

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 toRead More

Eye see you at the Sanderson London's Long Bar

Mad Hatter’s Tea Party at Sanderson London and a Stylish Boutique Hotel Stay

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 alreadyRead More

Rumpus Room Bar Mondrian London with view of St Pauls

Mondrian London, the Luxury London Boutique Hotel with a View

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.Read More

Berlin Hauptbahnhof

Eurail Pass Travels, Seeing Germany by Train with Rail Europe

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 byRead More

Castle Island, Lough Key, Ireland on a LeBoat holiday

Beginner’s Self Drive Le Boat Holiday in Ireland 

“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.Read More