OUTXE backpack cooler review and giveaway

OUTXE backpack cooler review and giveaway

Are you planning any picnics this summer? I love getting out into the countryside, especially in the South Downs National Park, which is just a 20-minute drive from where I live. I love it so much that I now offer guided walks there. I’ve spent quite a bit of...
Top 10 gifts for outdoor lovers and travel addicts

Top 10 gifts for outdoor lovers and travel addicts

Are you wondering what would make the perfect gift for the outdoor lover or travel enthusiast in your life? From stocking fillers to something more substantial that will inspire the hidden all-weather hiker in you or your loved one, here are some great gift ideas plus...
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...
Samsonite Neopulse Suitcase Review

Samsonite Neopulse Suitcase Review

Once you use a quality product, it’s difficult to go back. This was the case with me and my Samsonite suitcase, which I’ve finally had the chance to replace!

Best travel clothes for women

Best travel clothes for women

I’ve been travelling for over 30 years and I’ve learnt the hard way which brands I can rely on. Here’s my round-up for the best travel clothes for women.

An indulgent 48 hours in Venice

An indulgent 48 hours in Venice

From never having been to Venice to never wanting to leave in just 48 hours – my guide to an indulgent weekend in Venice, Italy.

Boutique Cruising for the Discerning Traveller (OR A Woman’s Prerogative to Change her Mind)

Boutique Cruising for the Discerning Traveller (OR A Woman’s Prerogative to Change her Mind)

When I was invited to join the boutique cruise liner, Azamara Journey, for a long-weekend in the Mediterranean earlier this year, I have to admit I was a little reticent. It’s no secret – I’m no fan of cruise ships. Looking into the company further, however, including their sustainability policy, I began to question my initial reaction and so on a sunny day in spring I stepped aboard the Azamara Journey to find out for myself.

Review: Children of the Mists by Lexa Dudley

Review: Children of the Mists by Lexa Dudley

When I first visited Sardinia I immediately felt at home there. The towns, the people, their traditions and not least the stunning wild landscapes, they all beguiled me. And it is here on this wonderful island in the heart of the Mediterranean, that author Lexa...
Giveaway: The perfect travel orgainiser for him or her

Giveaway: The perfect travel orgainiser for him or her

If like me you rarely fully unpack when you travel, you’ll know how easy it is for your suitcase to end up in a terrible mess with bits and pieces everywhere – each morning your hunting to find what you need from a pair of panties to your GoPro wrist...
My perfect weekend travel bag

My perfect weekend travel bag

Stylish and timeless, this vintage tan leather holdall from Ashwood is the perfect weekend travel bag for the elegant traveller.

A room with a view at the harbourside Greenbank Hotel in Cornwall

A room with a view at the harbourside Greenbank Hotel in Cornwall

I arrived in Falmouth, a lovely Cornish seaside town, ready for a little luxury. I had spent a couple of nights in a cosy but basic, YHA Snoozebox (a snug bedroom converted from a shipping container). While it was perfect for a budget short break, if you are staying...
Review: Snoozebox at the YHA Eden Project

Review: Snoozebox at the YHA Eden Project

Sheets of rain pour down as I walk up to a row of shipping containers. In the dim light I search for the number 108. It’s not long before I find it and as I peep inside I think yes, this will suit me just fine for the next couple of nights. My...
A Trio of Giveaways for Travel Addicts!

A Trio of Giveaways for Travel Addicts!

While I wouldn’t describe myself as a comper (a person who regularly enters competitions as a hobby or career) I do love indulging in the occasional travel giveaway and I’ve won some wonderful things over the years. What’s more I enjoy running them on my blog as much as entering them and I’ve a great little giveaway of my own at the end of this post but first I’d like to introduce you to the Matthews…

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