How To Do Your Own Panda Tour in Chengdu (And Why You Should)

Want to find out how to do your own panda tour in Chengdu, China and why you absolutely should do your own panda tour, read on… This story started on the Great Wall of China. Stick with me. I was showing my dad around China in a whirlwind two week trip that involved moving location … Read more

Things To Do In Sainte-Maxime – French Riviera

Sainte Maxime villa on the French Riviera

When you think of the ‘French Riviera’ what do you imagine? For most people, it would probably be the glamorous beach resorts of Cannes, the super yachts lining the Port of St Tropez and the prestigious upscale casinos of the micro-state of Monaco. It’s fair to say that the Mediterranean coast of Southeastern France, or … Read more

How to Travel Light: 25 Quick Swaps for Packing Light

Packing light can seem like a herculean challenge if you’re the kind of person who’s regularly paying excess baggage rates. Yet many of the how to travel light tips will have packing two weeks’ luggage into a palm-sized rucksack. Don’t worry, there is a middle ground. What I have for you is 25 quick swaps … Read more

10 Best Cities with Beaches

I recently got told that I have a vitamin D deficiency – I know, right? How on earth can that happen to someone who travels as much as I do. Well, moving to the UK after years of chasing the sun is one possibility. Being a bit too proficient with the factor 50 sun cream … Read more

10 Things NOT To Do in Porto (and 10 To Do Instead)

Alternative things to do in porto - the yeatman spa

Porto is the city of queues. I didn’t expect that to be the opening line of this post. Before I visited Porto, everything I’d read about the city was described using a list of superlatives. Historic. Medieval. Rich. Romantic. Grand. Tick. Tick. Tick. Tick. Tick. Porto is absolutely all of those things. And then some. … Read more

10 Times Travel Made Me Sick

Travel is by far the best way I spend my time. Apart from the obvious excitement that comes with exploring a new destination (or returning to a favourite spot), travel has so many health and happiness benefits, the internet is riddled with articles about it – here, here and here, for example. But travel can … Read more

Safari Packing List – What You Need To Take On Safari

Perhaps it was because I flew to South Africa just after New Year, and my brain was still addled with sherry, but I didn’t give a great deal of thought to my safari packing list. I just threw a handful of ‘adventure’ items into my bag and pointed myself towards Johannesburg for my month long … Read more

Should You Take The Baz Bus in South Africa? A Baz Bus Review

The Garden Route South Africa Baz Bus review

“It’s dangerous.” “Especially for a woman on her own.” “You definitely shouldn’t drive the garden route by yourself.” If there was one piece of consistent advice I received when I was in South Africa it was that driving the garden route – the famous stretch of road from Cape Town up to Port Elizabeth – … Read more

Italy’s Prosecco Region is Just One Hour from Venice

Wine tour from Venice Prosecco Region Visit Prosecco Italy Views

I conducted an entirely unscientific survey over the festive fizz period of December – I asked everybody with a glass of Prosecco in their hand if they knew that the Prosecco region was just one hour from Venice in Italy. Results: 10o/10o people didn’t know (or some number like that). The ensuing conversations went a … Read more

10 Travel Gifts for Yourself

10 Travel Gifts for Yourself

With the gift giving season right around the corner, why not add a little gift for yourself to your shopping list? Perhaps you’re still receiving gifts from your oh-so-brief but still not forgotten Bieber phase? Perhaps you have a generous benefactor who’s landed a pot of Christmas cash in your lap. Or perhaps you just … Read more