Is Naples Safe? – The Answer From Someone Who Has Been

Is Naples Safe?

Beyond stupid in Naples yet strangely safe It was 3 a.m. and I was wandering the streets of Naples, lost, alone, under the influence of alcohol and with little choice but to check my location on my iPhone. I was breaking every rule on my travel safety list and a few besides. I was stupid … Read more

Is Being A Freelance Writer Online Really A Dream Job?

    “You’re a freelance writer, that’s amazing!!” I hear this a lot but there came a point in 2012, after a year of being a freelance writer for various online websites, all I could muster was a disenchanted shrug. I’d quit law, travelled the world and decided to try my hand at a new … Read more

Clink78 Hostel London: A Night in A Prison Cell

    Last weekend I spent a night in a prison cell. Fortunately, I walked free the following day without any (criminal) record of my stay. How? I booked a night at Clink78 hostel in London. Clink78: History If you’re not familiar with Clink78, it is a hostel near Kings Cross train station in London … Read more

Afternoon Tea at the Langham Hotel London

Afternoon Tea At The Langham Hotel London

I’m not much of a planner these days but last weekend has been marked in my diary for months – a much-needed catch up with my old college room-mate, co-conspirator and long-term friend. Of course, we see each other when we can but between her adorable children (note to the eldest: you should be a … Read more

Travel Comedy: Indiana Jo Strikes Again..And Again

    Have you ever felt like the Travel Gods are mocking you? You know, one of those trips where you have become more of a travel comedy than a travel pro, where you can’t seem to do right for doing wrong and you go to sleep each night wondering whether to laugh or cry…or … Read more

Is it Worth Getting the Firenze Card?

duomo of florence with red roof

UPDATE JUNE 2015: I recently returned to Florence, armed with another Firenze Card and I’ve updated this post accordingly: I’ve updated the comparison prices and I’ve updated the details on how easy it is to get into each sight.  I haven’t, however, deleted the old information (from 2013) so you can see the difference in the … Read more

10 Best Sights in Florence (And 10 Alternatives)

3 days in Florence Duomo

It’s very easy to stand in the heart of Italy’s most famous Renaissance city and wonder where to start your exploration and the idea of picking the best 10 sights in Florence can be as daunting as the sightseeing itself. Having just visited for the third time, here’s my suggested top 10. For those who … Read more

One Day in Lucca: What to See and Do in the Home of Puccini

One Day in Lucca

If you’re planning a trip to Tuscany, then you should spend one day in Lucca. A small city that sits just north of Pisa (and is incredibly easy to reach by train), Lucca lacks the crowds that throng the leaning tower, the coach and cruise loads that plague Florence, and offers an all-round gentler pace … Read more

Best Things To Do in Pisa in One Day

One Day in Pisa

I’ve spent one day in Pisa…on three occasions, and there’s a good reason for that. The most obvious reason is to see the leaning tower of Pisa, but the second and perhaps more compelling reason is that, for any person wanting to explore Tuscany, it is often cheaper to fly into Pisa rather than the … Read more

How to Make the Most of the Tailors in Hoi An

Hoi An is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in central Vietnam that offers a curious combination of colonial France coupled with Oriental charm. However, Hoi An’s UNESCO status is not the only reason this beautiful location is pinned to the travel map. Once a major port on the silk route the town’s perfectly preserved 15th century trading … Read more