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10 Best Things To Do In Scotland on the West Coast

I was in my 30’s by the time I took my first trip to Scotland – quite an embarrassing confession given: a) Scotland is the neighbour of my native England; b) I didn’t need a passport (or even a flight) to get there; and c) I’d otherwise managed to take myself literally half way around the world (to Hong Kong,… Read more →

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Indiana Jo: Now Accepting Guest Posts

THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO CONTACTED ME. I NOW HAVE WHAT I NEED SO WON’T BE ACCEPTING ANY MORE GUEST POSTS AT THIS STAGE. I’m going on holiday! Yeah, yeah, I know…my whole life is a holiday (or so my family and friends think) but while I finish up exploring Madrid and then go off exploring the Greek Islands, I thought it might be… Read more →

Prosecco Tour

How to Plan your own Prosecco Tour in Italy (for a sip of the cost)

It was quite by accident that I found myself searching for a Prosecco tour in Italy. I planned to visit Venice, but I hadn’t really made the connection that this northern part of Italy is where Prosecco is from. Duh! It was just a few weeks before I flew to Venice when an email fell into my inbox – a regular round-up of… Read more →

Alternative Venice

Alternative Venice: 10 Things NOT To Do (and 10 To Do Instead)

If you’re looking for alternative Venice – a way to escape the crowds and make the most of this over-visited city, read on… I hated Venice the first time I visited. I felt cheated, hustled, robbed (some of Venice’s prices should be criminal) and utterly underwhelmed. I couldn’t get close to the sights I wanted to see thanks to the… Read more →

Regional Food in Puglia - What and where to eat

Regional Food in Puglia: What And Where to Eat

If you’re here because you’re searching for information about regional food in Puglia, you’re already steps ahead of most of the millions of foreign visitors who arrive in Italy each year. Just recently, strolling down a side-street in Florence I had a waiter holler at me across the street: “pizza, pasta, spaghetti”. It was as though he were enlightening me… Read more →

Best Destinations for solo female travelers part 2

Best Destinations for Solo Female Travelers (Part 2)

Want to know what are the best destinations for solo female travelers? In this two-part article I share my top 10 recommendations. You can find 1 to 5 in part 1 here. 6. Mexico If you’ve visited my blog before, you’ll know that I’m fanatical about Mexico and, like Italy, it’s a country that keeps drawing me back. It upsets me… Read more →

Best Destinations for Solo Female Travelers

Best Destinations for Solo Female Travelers (Part 1)

What are the best destinations for solo female travelers? It’s a good question and one I’ve given a lot of thought to. I travel as a solo female traveler about 98% of the time. I travel around 9 months per year. And I’ve been doing that for over four years. Oh, and I’ve visited over 50 countries. I’m not telling… Read more →

London South Bank Walk

London South Bank Walk: The Best Sights to See

Once upon a time, South London wasn’t a very desirable place. It was the part of London that was the home of asylums, prisons and taverns of ill repute. Little did our medieval ancestors know that with these ‘features’ they were laying the foundations for one of London’s most exciting tourist enclaves. Think of London’s attractions and the South Bank is… Read more →

How much does it cost to travel

How Much Does it Cost to Travel? The Answer…

“How much does it cost to travel to [Spain/Japan/for 3 months in Mexico/Around the World*]” *insert trip plans as appropriate I get asked this question a lot. After three dull head thumps on my desk, I have to start my response with, “It depends…” Do you want to stay at 5-star hotels? Are you going low-cost carrier or first class… Read more →