Fibromyalgia – Life, Travel & Recovery from a Chronic Illness

I have a seashell on a bookcase in my office. It’s pink and cream and curly. Turn it over, and it doubles as a Christmas decoration, with a tiny sprig of holly attached to its seam. I picked it up from a market stall in the Florida Keys, a trip I took with a friend not long after my mum died. March 2019. I think of that trip, and I can barely fathom the person I was back then, the body I stood in, energetic, ready to pull over and bounce out of the car for a picture opp at … Read more

The Safest Places in Mexico For Tourists To Visit

Is Mexico Safe

I love Mexico. And I hate that is has such a bad reputation. I find this reputation is far worse in the USA and Canada compared to Europe. I’m kind of thankful for that because in the UK I’m not flooded by bad news stories that might have scared me off visiting. Instead, I did some specific travel research on safety, as I would for every country I visit. And then I went. Many times. In this article I will share the safest places in Mexico for tourists to visit. This is based on my own experience of the places … Read more

The Best Carry On Luggage For Every Trip Type

Open the storage cupboard in my house and it’s stacked with luggage. As someone who’s a frequent flyer, I’ve gathered a lot of suitcases over the years and I now seem to have one for every kind of trip. From lightweight carry on to hard shell luggage, to soft travel packs that squeeze into airline overhead bins, in this article I’ll share the best carry on luggage for every trip. I don’t have a lot of recommendations because I don’t think you need them. If you’re not sure about switching to carry on, I’ve listed the pros and cons below. … Read more

Your Ultimate Trip Planning Guide – Save Time & Money

Welcome on board! Don’t you love it when you hear those words on a flight? I do, and I guess you do too, which is why you’re here. In this guide I’ll share my best time and money saving travel tips. Here’s what we’ll cover: Taking the pain (and expense) out of trip planning Anybody else hate packing? How to do it properly Destination guides to make your trip great What to do when your trip goes wrong How to make your solo or long term trip happen I send out occasional emails with updates – sometimes personal, sometimes chit-chat, … Read more

Is Dubai Safe? Local Laws & What To Wear

street art in Dubai

You’re probably here because you’re considering a trip to Dubai and, like me, one of the first things you googled was is Dubai safe? And then you were possibly confronted with horror stories of tourists being locked up for eternity because of what seems like a minor infraction – breaking of rules that aren’t serious rules back home (swearing…holding hands). It’s enough to make you cancel your plans before you’ve even made them. I urge you to pause. I had the same concerns. I did my research. I went to Dubai and Abu Dhabi and had one of the best … Read more

On The Road Again – The Path Back To Nomadic Life

My heart is at the beach nomad life

“I don’t think it’s for me,” I say to the estate agent as I poke my head into the en-suite.  She takes it to mean that I don’t want to buy this house. But I can’t help feeling like I’m saying something more profound. That this – the home owing and the fixed location and the routine lifestyle – isn’t for me.  “Don’t worry. You’ll find somewhere,” she says as she hands me her card. I smile to reassure her and wonder if I should be worried. After all, I’ve already agreed to sell my own home. If that goes to plan, … 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 and changes you can make to your packing system to trim down you packing weight and save space in your suitcase without having to agree to wear the same pair of knickers four days in a row. You may find some of these packing hacks … 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 take it’s toll, too. I feel like I’ve written an increasing number of health focused articles on here in the past couple of years making me realise that when we use our bodies often, dragging then around the globe, feeding then curious, sometimes unidentifiable foodstuffs, … Read more

101 Things to Do When It’s Raining on Holiday

101 Things To Do When it Rains on Holiday

I travelled thousands of miles to escape England’s winter weather, yet the rain followed me. When you arrive in a country expecting sun (and the contents of your suitcase reflect exactly that), it can throw you off course. My intended itinerary had been a few weeks travelling up South Africa’s coastline along the famous Garden Route, hitting as many beaches as possible. And in January, all my weather apps predicted it was peak sunshine season. The real weather – the one that exists outside my phone – however, had other ideas. For days I chased the sun up the coast, … 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 little something like this: Prosecco drinker: You can take a Prosecco wine tour from Venice? Me: Yep Prosecco drinker: It’s only an hour away? Me: Yep Prosecco drinker: So, I didn’t need to go on that bl%$dy day trip from Venice to Murano to look … Read more