Summer in Alpbach, the prettiest village in Austria

Summer in Alpbach, the prettiest village in Austria

As I pass one picturesque wooden chalet after another, each one overflowing with red geraniums, I feel as if I’ve been transported into the pages of a fairy-tale picture book. Alpbach is said to be the prettiest village in Austria but, as I discovered on a recent trip...
Top 20 plus things to do in the Algarve

Top 20 plus things to do in the Algarve

Dramatic coastal walks, never-ending sandy beaches, fabulous food and wine, friendly locals, historic towns and villages, not to mention reasonable prices, it’s small wonder that Portugal, and in particular the Algarve, is a favourite holiday destination with us...
Top 10 things to do in London at Christmas

Top 10 things to do in London at Christmas

Famous department stores decorated in festive bling, twinkling lights draped above the streets as bright red double-decker buses pass by and sparkling Christmas trees of every size are plentiful. Wine is mulling, chestnuts are roasting and a rosy-cheeked, white-bearded Santa seems to be everywhere at once — how does he do that? — there really is no place like London at Christmas.

Top 12 things to do in The Gambia on a budget

Top 12 things to do in The Gambia on a budget

This wonderful West African country is a fascinating place to explore with golden sandy beaches, year-round hot weather, colourful culture and friendly English speaking locals. Here’s my guide of the best things to do, plus my tips for how to get around, what to pack and more.

24 hours in the New Forest and a stay at the historic Bell Inn

24 hours in the New Forest and a stay at the historic Bell Inn

As a small herd of donkeys cross the road in front of us we stop the car. I wind down my window and as the group wanders by, one sticks it head in to say hello. We’re nose-to-nose. He’s completely unfazed by our giggling and cooing but soon moves on when he realises...
38 top tips for first-time visitors to Japan

38 top tips for first-time visitors to Japan

From translating Japanese menus to using public transport, never blowing your nose in public to navigating your way around a high-tech toilet, here are 37 top tips that I’m sure will be invaluable to anyone travelling to Japan for the first time.

Where and what to eat in Italy

Where and what to eat in Italy

From artisan gelato to fresh homemade pasta, Italian cuisine is renowned the world over, but beyond the pizza, pasta, and ice cream, there’s a never-ending gastronomic journey to discover including superb cheeses, succulent roasts and legendary desserts. Here’s my top ten favourite things to eat in Italy.

Where and What to Eat and Drink in Aruba

Where and What to Eat and Drink in Aruba

The food in Aruba caught me a little by surprise. It wasn’t simply good, it was superb, with a wide range of cultural influences. I was lucky enough to be there in October when the island celebrates ‘Eat Local Aruba Restaurant Month’ and many places...
Top 15 things to see, do and eat in Eastbourne

Top 15 things to see, do and eat in Eastbourne

From its stunning Victorian pier and art deco bandstand to the cosmopolitan marina complex, an award winning contemporary art gallery or fabulous cliff top walks, there’s no end of things to see and do in Eastbourne.

The Best Things to See and Do, Eat and Drink in Belfast

The Best Things to See and Do, Eat and Drink in Belfast

From the magnificent Titanic Experience to fabulous traditional live music and some seriously good food, beer, whiskey and of course Guinness, there are plenty of reasons to visit Belfast, one of my favourite European cities.

The Magic of Paris at Christmas

The Magic of Paris at Christmas

Christmas markets a plenty, department stores dripping in festive bling and avenues of trees sparkling with fairy lights – these images and more swam in my head as I boarded the Eurostar train at St Pancras Station in London. A little more than two hours later I was in Paris. Why? To photograph the City of Lights at Christmas.

Top 15 Things to See, Do and Eat on Santorini

Top 15 Things to See, Do and Eat on Santorini

For many years I had dreamed of going to Santorini, from what I had seen it seemed like the most photogenic island in the world. I too wanted to capture iconic ‘picture postcard’ images of Santorini, the kind that would look at home in a travel magazine or...
Photographing the Red Squirrels of Brownsea Island

Photographing the Red Squirrels of Brownsea Island

Sitting on a log in the dappled sunshine I catch a glimpse of rust dashing passed out the corner of my eye. The next moment he’s right there beside me, just a foot or so away. It’s such a joy to finally see one of the many red squirrels that Brownsea Island is famous for.

A memorable night glamping by Lake Bled

A memorable night glamping by Lake Bled

Glamping by Lake Bled at the foot of the Julian Alps, in cosy wooden huts, each with their own hot tub. The perfect setting for a romantic break for two and my favourite place to stay in Slovenia.

Where and what to eat in Victoria, British Columbia

Where and what to eat in Victoria, British Columbia

Giant waffles, served with bacon, berries and lashings of maple syrup. Just the thought of it now has me nearly dribbling over my laptop (sorry). Sadly I had food envy as my eggs faded in comparison to the delight on a plate that my fellow blogger was devouring. A week of eating like this though would really flummox my fight against the pounds. The food in Canada, however, was so very good throughout that the battle was lost before it had begun. And I indulged… a lot.

The best hotels in Goa, from the finest in luxury to old world charm

The best hotels in Goa, from the finest in luxury to old world charm

A riot of colour. A gentle pace of life. Palm trees, tumbling bourgainvillea and white sandy beaches that stretch for miles. Temples and churches. Jungles to explore. And not forgetting some of the most delicious food I’ve ever tasted. Goa is a perfect holiday destination for me. Having spent a wonderful week here visiting hotels with The Goa Experience here’s my pick of my favourite 5 places to stay in this magical corner of India.

A taste of Sicily

A taste of Sicily

From the sun dried tomatoes of Ispica to the chilli chocolate of Modica, I recently spent a fabulous week discovering new flavours and meeting the wonderful people behind a delicious assortment of food in Sicily.