A magical Christmas at Château Vaux-le-Vicomte

As the door opened everyone gasped in unison. A bright blue life-size hot air balloon filled the adjacent room, rising up out of a glistening snow-covered forest. A big brown bear in the basket waved down at us. These enchanting festive displays made me feel like a...

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Win a Christmas gift from the outdoor specialists, Rohan

Throughout 2018, I’ve been putting Rohan’s range of clothing through its paces to see if it lives up to their claims. Every item I’ve tested has indeed proven to be lightweight, high wicking, quick drying, crease resistant, durable, easily packable and where claimed,...

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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...

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How to make the perfect Christmas pudding

Christmas pudding traditions date back over one hundred years at the medieval hotel, The Spread Eagle in Midhurst, West Sussex. I recently spent a fabulous day there learning how to make the perfect Christmas pudding.

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Why it is never too late to travel

Now is the era of the silver traveller, the over fifty-somethings. They’re richer in both time and money, as children leave the nest and mortgages are paid off. A whole new world of travel possibilities are there for the taking.

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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.

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25 Top Travel Tips: How to get the most out of your next great adventure

Whether you’re planning a long weekend in an exciting city with your partner, a week in the sun with friends or a solo round-the-world-adventure, here are my top travel tips that I’ve picked up over thirty-plus years of travelling and more than twenty years working in the travel industry. These simple hacks will help you get the most out of your travels, from how to prepare before you go, what to pack, where to find the best places to eat and how to make the most of your time while you are away.

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10 wonderful places to visit in October

One of my favourite times of year for travel is October, as the days grow shorter and the weather becomes cooler. Both in the UK and throughout the rest of Europe there’s less demand for holiday packages and hotel rooms, so prices drop and popular locations are less crowded than in the summer months. Here are my top 10 choices for October holidays in the UK, Europe and beyond and my tips for getting the most out of your travels.

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Autumn walks around Pagham Harbour Nature Reserve

Each autumn across the English countryside, there’s a soft light that’s particularly lovely early in the morning or late in the afternoon, casting long shadows and an ethereal glow across the landscape. One of my favourite places to enjoy autumn walks in this ‘golden hour’ is around Pagham Harbour in West Sussex.

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Photographing Canada in the spring (when Mother Nature thinks it’s still winter)

An icy wind clawed at my face as I rushed from the car to the water’s edge. I was glad of the layers of clothes I had on, including two pairs of gloves. Through the blizzard my eyes searched for the spectacular sight I had waited to see for many years, but I could only see a tiny section of water immediately in front of me. The falling snow obliterated the rest. This was not the first sight of Niagara Falls I had hoped for.

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Keep discovering – 15 exotic places to visit in the UK

This summer I‘ve taken a break from travelling overseas to spend more time with my family and friends. I’m also using the opportunity to explore local places, which I’m excited to share with you  – my 15 favourite exotic locations -  some of which I’ve known well for...

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How to visit Game of Thrones filming locations in Northern Ireland

I had a fabulous time exploring Northern Ireland for the third time earlier this year. Here’s my comprehensive guide to the various Game of Thrones tours that are available and numerous filming locations in Northern Ireland including the pros and cons of a self-guided tour using the Game of Thrones app, a coach tour or a helicopter tour.

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How to become a responsible whale watching guide

My experience of training to be a responsible whale watching guide with the World Cetacean Alliance. Though stressful at times – the course was pretty intensive – it was a fabulous week, with a wonderful group of people.

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Great London Restaurants: Social Wine and Tapas

Stylish, sleek and atmospheric, I immediately loved the vibe at Social Wine and Tapas. Being part of the Michelin-starred chef Jason’s Atherton’s group of restaurants (which can be found around the world, including 9 eateries in London alone), I was expecting good...

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The Happiest Places In The World

Hands up who would like more happiness in their lives? Me too! One way I like to do this is through my travels. But which places from my travels have I found to be the happiest?

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Hello, I’m Kathryn, a travel photographer and blogger. This is my corner of the world-wide web where I write about my passion for travel, from stylish city breaks to off-the-grid wildlife encounters. I am equally happy zip-lining through a rainforest in the Caribbean as I am unwinding in a luxury European spa or learning to cook fish benachin in Africa. Join me as I discover new countries, cultures and cuisines.

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