Seeing the Tulips in Amsterdam at Keukenhof Gardens

Amsterdam wasn’t on my travel wish list this year but when I realised I had 30,000 bonus air mile points that were due to expire (that will teach me to read the small print more carefully), I was faced with a “use ’em or lose ’em” dilemma. Of course, it wasn’t much of a dilemma – … Read more

Living the Vida Local: Taking a Vacation Apartment in Berlin

Travel can be exhausting. Ok, that complaint it’s hardly up there with toothache in the pain stakes, but after years of roving around the globe, there are times when I just get tired. Bone-wearily tired. It happened to me in Asia last year and I ended up bundling up my things and returning to Europe … Read more

What Does Travel Insurance Cover (and What’s Excluded)?

What does travel insurance cover? It’s a good question that many people don’t ask; a fact that’s surprising when you think about the cost and importance of buying travel insurance. As a former-lawyer, I’ll guide you through what is covered by travel insurance, what is not covered, what level of cover is typically good enough and … Read more

One Day in Venice

Venice is sinking, there is little doubt about it. Which is why it was higher up my travel list than the likes of Naples or Florence when I visited Italy. But even without the clock potentially ticking on the future of the city, Venice has long been one of the country’s top tourist attractions. Appropriately named the … Read more

When in Rome, Eat Like the Romans

We’ve all heard the saying, “When in Rome do as the Romans do.” But considering the amazing Italian cuisine available there, it could be said that, “When in Rome, gain 10 pounds.” I did a touristy trip to Rome back in 2010 as part of my round-the-world adventure (if you want to travel back into … Read more

Tavarnelle val di Pesa: A Place Worth Leaving Florence For

My trip to Florence was fundamentally flawed. It was July and on a whim I’d decided to re-route my ticket from Asia to spend a month in Italy. And, as habit would have it, I didn’t have a single plan to my name. For a style of travel that is theoretically carefree, it can come … Read more

How to Get to Urbino

How to Get to Urbino

“How do you get to Urbino?” It was a good question that came from a good friend when I declared I was off to explore a new part of Italy (new to me, I’m pretty sure Urbino has been on the Italian map for quite some time). I can plan a trip to Rome with my … Read more

A Taste of Urbino: Discovering Passatelli and Crescia

Passatelli and crecia Urbino

I love eating. On a good day, I can manage six meals – and I’m not talking about six small meals, either. In fact, if I could drop everything and eat professionally, I happily would…I’d perhaps need to work on my cutlery ability because, despite more than 30 years of practice with knives, forks and … Read more

Urbino: Italy’s Best Kept Secret

Looking for one of the best secret places in Italy? Meet Urbino… Italy is one of those countries that keeps pulling me back. So much so that I’m starting to lose track of the number of times I’ve visited. My love affair with this elongated part of Europe started over a decade ago with a … Read more

Which Hawaiian Island To Visit?

Hawaii Palm Trees

If you’re not sure which Hawaiian Island to visit, I’m here to help you decide. Having spent three months flitting between the islands, I crammed in as many sights and activities as I could and although I have my personal favourite (more on that below), each island offers different experiences depending on the kind of … Read more