An indulgent 48 hours in Venice

An indulgent 48 hours in Venice

As dusk falls and the sky darkens through ever deepening shades of blue, we wind our way through the labyrinth of canals. Turning a corner, the beautiful Rialto Bridge comes into view – it’s my first sight of the Grand Canal. What could be more romantic...
Review: Kobo Aura H2O, the first waterproof eReader

Review: Kobo Aura H2O, the first waterproof eReader

It may be August but it’s pouring with rain outside and the wind is howling. My thoughts drift to curling up on the sofa to continue reading about the adventures of Heather Ellis as she rides a motorbike across Africa (Ubuntu – a great read by the way). I...
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

Have you ever turned up at a really swanky hotel or restaurant and suddenly felt ashamed of your scruffy old luggage or tatty looking cheap purse? I have and I’ve also shamefully lusted over someone else’s stylish tan leather hold all on more...
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...
BLOOD LIONS – Call to ban trophy hunting of captive lions

BLOOD LIONS – Call to ban trophy hunting of captive lions

As the audience rose to give a standing ovation at the UK premiere of Blood Lions at the Royal Geographical Society on Friday, sobbing could be heard around the theatre. My feelings were a mixture of anger, sadness and hope. Anger at the people breeding lions...

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