Europe

The Ginstitute

The Ginstitute: Making Your Own Gin in London

The Ginstitute has been on my radar (gindar?) for a while. In fact, all the way back in 2013 I listed it as one of the things I wanted to try in London. It took me a few years to get around to it (these things can’t be rushed) but with a friend’s big birthday coming up – the kind… Read more →

Thinking of booking the Ginstitute, a gin blending experience in London? Read this honest review about the day including venue, booking & value for money.... Read more →
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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 →

Searching for the superlative, I travelled to Scotland's (Glasgow and the Lochs) to find the 10 best things to do in Scotland on the west coast.... Read more →
Prosecco Tour

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

UPDATE NOVEMBER 2017 – I’ve just returned from a second trip to the region and I’m bursting with more places to visit, vineyards to taste Prosecco, where to stay, where to eat, how to get around without taking a tour or hiring a car. I’ll be updating this post to include all these details but in the meantime, don’t miss… Read more →

Prosecco tours in Italy can cost up to €600 per person but you don't need to spend so big. For under €100 per person here's a self-guided itinerary.... 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… UPDATED FOR 2017 to include new food, drink, accommodation and suggested activities in Venice. OCTOBER 2017 – I’m returning to Venice this month (3rd time lucky?) and I’ll be updating this post when I return.. Sign up… Read more →

Alternative Venice sightseeing. What to do in Venice & how to see the sights without the crowds: try these 10 best things to do in Venice. UPDATED for 2017.... Read more →
Regional Food in Puglia - What and where to eat

Regional Food in Puglia: What And Where to Eat

If 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 to a food… Read more →

Regional food in Puglia is a blend of local produce & slow food traditions with space for gourmet and play - street food and spontaneous vegetables, anyone?... 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 →

Want to know what the best destinations for solo female travelers are? Here are my recommended places after exploring over 50 countries around the globe.... 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 →

Want to know what the best destinations for solo female travelers are? I've traveled to over 50 countries, usually alone. Here are my recommended places.... 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 →

The best sights to see on a London South Bank Walk for free with pictures, route map and food and drink recommendations. See some of London's oldest bits.... Read more →
One day in warsaw

One Day in Warsaw: What to See and Do

Want to find out how to spend on day in Warsaw? Read on… I’d respectfully like to disagree…. No, not just for the sake of it (though I am prone to bouts of that from time to time). I specifically want to disagree with all those articles about Poland that recklessly tell people to skip Warsaw. I’ve fallen into that travel… Read more →

Planning to spend one day in Warsaw? Here's what to see and do as well as recommendation for where to eat and where to stay.... Read more →
How to use the tube in London

How to Use the Tube in London (Without Pissing off the Locals)

Want to find out how to use the Tube in London (without pissing off the locals)? Read on… I’ve been using the Tube in London a lot recently and as I’m no longer living or working in the Capital, I’m starting to see the underground transport network in a whole new light. Sure, the Tube is awesome – it’s one of… Read more →

Want to know how to use the Tube in London, without getting killed by a local? Follow these 10 tips from someone who used to be a local herself.... Read more →