ACL Surgery Recovery – 15 Things I Would Have Done Differently

This might be another side-venture from my usual travel topic but ‘that post’ about my ACL surgery has fast become one of the most popular on this site. Not only have people told me it’s been a huge help, it’s offered a place for people to share their own stories and, in doing that, help … Read more

10 Best Things To Do in Toulouse France

When people think about the South of France, most would picture the beautiful beaches and resort towns of the French Riviera. But did you know there’s so much more to this amazing region? In particular, the beautiful city of Toulouse, the capital of the South West region of France. Toulouse is an intriguing mix of … Read more

Planning a Bombay Sapphire Distillery Tour at Laverstoke Mill

I’ve drunk Bombay Sapphire gin all over the world. Literally.  In that bar in Hong Kong, where the theme was blue, and Bombay Sapphire was the perfect fit.  In that tiny mountain town in the USA, where I came across the white label version (mystery behind that uncovered below). I’ve found it on offer in … Read more

Grief and Travel

travel and grief

My mum died. Christmas day, of all the days. It came as a surprise but really it shouldn’t have. Looking back at my calendar over the previous 18 months, I realise how littered it had become with her doctor’s appointments. I spent so much time at the hospital, the canteen ladies started to ask if … Read more

Taking the Baja Ferry from Topolobampo to La Paz in Mexico

Chances are, if you’re a tourist taking the Baja Ferry from Topolobampo to La Paz, you’ve just rolled off Mexico’s splendid Copper Canyon Train (El Chepe as it’s known locally) and are looking to explore Baja California. In this post, I’ll give you all the information you need to take the Baja ferry from Topolobampo … Read more

11 Best Things to do in Austria in Winter (Besides Skiing)

If I asked you what there was to do in Austria in winter, what would be the first thing that came to mind? For most people, it would probably be skiing or snowboarding in the snowy Alps. And don’t get me wrong, Austria does have many fantastic ski resorts and slopes for skiers of all … Read more

What to Wear in Lapland – A Snow Trip Packing List

I hate the cold, which is why so many of my friends and family were surprised to hear that I was going to Lapland. When I explained that I’d agreed to the trip at a New Year’s eve party, AFTER midnight and a barrel-full of wine, my decision made more sense. But in the cold … Read more

10 Things NOT To Do In Dubai (and 10 TO DO Instead)

things to do in Dubai - burj al arab

“I’m not interested in visiting Dubai.” I’ve heard this a lot. In fact, I’ve even said it. Despite Dubai being a comparatively short hop from the UK, or a good layover en-route to Asia, I’ve spent years almost going out of my way to avoid this Middle Eastern Emirate. However, when I made a wonderful … Read more

Where To Eat in Malaga – Tapas and More

A friend: What are you going to do in Malaga this time? Me: Eat. And eat I did. It was my third trip to Malaga, the Andalucian city that keeps surpassing my every expectation, and having ticked off most of the sights, I was ready to work my way deeper into the city’s culinary scene. … Read more

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