Category: Travel

A local’s guide to ten of Galway’s best-kept secrets

Top place to visit in Galway, according to a local! From a cup of tea to kicking walls, this is what the City of the Tribes is all about. It’s the only city on the Wild Atlantic Way and next year it’s set to become the European Capital of Culture. Galway is a small city […]

6 top Valentine hot spots chosen by our writers

1Africa: Safari at Pinnon Lodges Pinnon Lodges I’ve always been in love with Asia, but recently Africa has started to catch my eye: the landscapes, the wildlife, and the sense of space and peace is supremely romantic. This Valentine’s Day, my pick is the Pinnon Safari Lodge in Kafue National Park in Zambia, run by British couple […]

9 hotel rooms around the world with amazing views

1-Oliver’s Travels, Tamarind House, St Lucia   Oliver’s Travels, Tamarind House, St Lucia   Made from local stone with high greenheart ceilings, and Barbados tiled floors, this exceptionally large Caribbean house offers the rare luxury of space, privacy and sensational views of the Pitons. The 640sqft master bedroom is furnished with a beautiful antique king size four-poster […]

In search of the Northern Lights in Iceland and Scotland

In a world full of man-made creations and a fast pace of life, sometimes we need to step back, slow down and marvel at some of the world’s breathtaking natural wonders. The Northern Lights – also known as the Aurora Borealis – are the epitome of natural wonders and 2012 is one of the best years to […]

Guadeloupe – Caribbean with the extra je ne sais quoi

Guadeloupe is an intoxicating mix of Caribbean cool and French chic. The French influence gives it a very different dynamic to that of West Indies islands such as Barbados, Antigua and Jamaica which are more familiar to British travellers. As an overseas department of France, French is spoken and its currency is the Euro. Visitors entering the country via […]

Abergavenny Food Festival, Wales

My three year old son is in the back of the car patting his tummy and licking his lips and saying “Abergavenny, Abergavenny, Abergavenny” over and over again. He can he possibly remember our previous visit to this mecca of epicurean delights? He asks when we will be having lunch. “I want gnocchi” he demands. […]

City break in Tunis – an overlapping of cultures, religions and history

Think of a city break and one thinks of Paris, Prague or Rome. Point your compass further south and the Tunisian Capital of Tunis comes sharply into focus. A chance to flirt with the continent of Africa is a mere 2.5 hours flying time from the UK, yet seems a world away from the traditional […]

Top Cyprus towns: Ayia Napa, Limassol, Paphos, Nicosia

This island of Cyprus in the Med is somewhat of a seductress, able to entice with a sensory experience tailored to suit. Sunshine, jasmine-scented air, shimmering seas and superb beaches are the ideal conventional fun-in-the-sun holiday. Yet her Byzantine heritage beckons the inner tourist to actually brush off the sand and go touring, not to […]

The Challenges of Ferry Crossing with Children

When I first booked a ferry crossing between Spain and England with my two little boys in October 2009, it seemed a daunting task. First, there was the 10-hour drive from Andalucia to reach the port of Bilbao (cue constant child squabbles on the back seat combined with “are we nearly there yet”); a pre-booked […]