Budget & Shoestring
If You Like Singapore… Try Dubai and Kuala Lumpur
A blog post for HomeAway, November 2017
"Singapore is a shining example of a chic city that combines eye-catching modern design with well-preserved historical sites. Here are two other cities that tick a few of the same boxes..."
Silverkris Guide to Malé, The Maldives
A destination guide for Silverkris (Singapore Airlines in-flight magazine), November 2017
"With over 130,000 people squeezed into two square miles, Malé is a bustling and fast-paced capital - the antithesis of the laid-back island resorts that draw most tourists to The Maldives..."
The World’s Top Bat-Spotting Destinations
A blog post for From the Grapevine, October 2017
"Bats have something of a bad reputation, seen as creepy, disease-carrying pests. But these flying mammals are majestic, especially if you see thousands of them emerging from roosts..."
If You Like Tokyo… Try Osaka and Seoul
A blog post for HomeAway, September 2017
"If you’ve travelled to the Japanese capital and fell hook, line and sinker for its intoxicating charms, but are now searching for the next great city to explore, we've some suggestions..."
The Best Climbing Hotspots Around the World
A blog post for From the Grapevine, August 2017
"Acadia National Park in Maine is a patchwork of lake-studded, mountainous terrain; a place where high peaks and the sea collide, resulting in some of the world’s best climbing terrain..."
If You Like Bali… Try Sri Lanka and Thailand
A blog post for HomeAway, July 2017
"Magical as Bali may be, it is just one of many fantastic destinations in Southeast Asia. If you're looking for a brand new adventure, consider exploring one of these alternative destinations..."
Busan City Rental Guide: Landing Page
Website copy for TravelMob, March 2017
"Busan's vibrant inner-city is populated with chic restaurants, bars and boutiques, yet it is the nearby mountains, beaches and hot springs that give this busy coastal city its hybrid appeal..."
Moscow City Rental Guide: Landing Page
Website copy for TravelMob, February 2017
"The epicentre of Russia’s political and cultural legacy, Moscow is also a city of contradictions, where Byzantine splendour and Soviet-era architecture combine to recall a complex history..."
Taichung City Rental Guide: Landing Page
Website copy for TravelMob, January 2017
"Taichung is like the smaller, hotter and more soulful younger brother to Taipei; it has the same blend of modern high rises and traditional Taiwanese architecture, but without the crowds..."
Isle of Skye Region Vacation Guide
A destination guide for Expedia, December 2016
"From mist-shrouded mountain peaks to plunging sea cliffs, moss-carpeted valleys to ancient fishing villages, this magical yet windswept Scottish island is a place of wild, rugged beauty..."
Osaka Rental Guide: Landing Page
Website copy for TravelMob, November 2016
"Ascend the Umeda Sky Building to see one of the oldest shrines in Japan and an ancient Shogunate palace standing right beside glowing neon lights and ultra-modern architecture..."
Western Nicaragua Region Vacation Guide
A destination guide for Expedia, November 2016
"The variety of dining and nightlife options make San Juan del Sur a pleasant stop. The main draw, however, is the series of spectacular surf spots and sandy beaches within easy reach..."
Kuala Lumpur Rental Guide: Landing Page
Website copy for TravelMob, October 2016
"Step back to Kuala Lumpur's ancient past in the labyrinth of streets that comprise Chinatown. This district pulses all night long with bright lights, thronging shoppers and great street food..."
Seoul Rental Guide: Landing Page
Website copy for TravelMob, September 2016
"Surrounded on all sides by towering ‘guardian mountains’, this vibrant, pulsing city fizzes with life and energy, its deeply traditional roots contrasting with its spectacular modern designs..."
Sydney Rental Guide: Landing Page
Website copy for TravelMob, August 2016
"Venture beyond the iconic harbour to find a city bursting with an active artistic community, a mouth-watering foodie scene and outer limits lined with sandy beaches and stylish suburbs..."
Five Great Rio Escapes During the Olympics
A blog post for HomeAway, August 2016
"If you are lucky enough to be in Rio to watch one of the world's greatest sporting spectacles and need to escape the bustling city crowds in your downtime, here’s where you should go..."
Phuket Rental Guide: Landing Page
Website copy for TravelMob, July 2016
"Before you head for the beach, take time to explore Phuket City, the province's capital. Most tourists rush to their resorts, but this colourful town offers real insight into authentic Thai life..."
London’s Best Parks (For A Great Escape)
A city guide for Buggl, June 2016
"This East End park, opened in 1845 and subject to a recent multimillion pound makeover, is far less prim and proper than the capital's Royal Parks, affording it a more laid-back charm..."
London’s Best New Restaurants
A blog post for Samsung Live, March 2016
"London is the best city in the world for foodies, but the sheer choice of dining options can be overwhelming. To make things simpler we've picked some of our favourite recent openings..."
Run in the Dark: Exploring Edinburgh at Night
A blog post for Samsung Live, January 2016
"Since starting in 2012, the Run in the Dark event has expanded from its initial five locations to take place in over 50 cities globally. And Edinburgh is one of the UK's most popular venues..."
MERGE: Festival Fun on London’s Artistic Bankside
A blog post for Samsung Live, December 2015
"Everyone in London knows that the Southbank is where all the city's artists hang out. So it's no surprise that it is also home one of the wackiest and most inventive festivals anywhere..."
Museums at Night: London’s After Dark Exhibitions
Newsletter content for Samsung Live, December 2015
"As the Night at the Museum films attest, there is something that sparks the imagination about what happens to exhibitions after the visitors leave, the doors are shut and the lights go out..."
Three Restaurants With Only One Item On the Menu
A blog post for From the Grapevine, November 2015
"From grilled cheese to peanut butter, restaurants with variations on a single dish are now big hits worldwide. Novel byproducts of an overcrowded restaurant scene, or something more?..."
Open House: Unlocking London
A blog post for Samsung Live, November 2015
"Curiosity is part of the human condition. So it's little surprise that Open House, during which hundreds of private buildings in London fling open their doors to the public, has been a hit..."
Five Fantastic Urban Cycling Events
A blog post for From the Grapevine, October 2015
"Love a bike-centric event where you can celebrate cycling with like-minded pedallers? Then oil your gears, pack up your tire repair kit and roll on down to one of these urban bike fests..."
Open House: Inside Architectural Treasures
A blog post for From the Grapevine, October 2015
"Open House, which allows the public into buildings that are usually closed, began in London in 1992 and has since spread to more than 30 cities globally - from Tel Aviv to Thessaloniki..."
Only in Scotland: Six Uniquely Scottish Experiences
A blog post for VisitScotland, September 2015
"From scuba diving among German warships to hiking between curious Highland Cows, from gigantic viaducts to deep vaults, here are six of my favourite uniquely Scottish experiences..."
Baskets at the Ready: Devon’s Top Picnic Spots
A blog post for Discovery Holiday Homes, July 2015
"In life, there are what we call ‘simple pleasures’ – things that cost next to nothing, but make your day. And few simple pleasures can ever compare to eating outdoors on a sunny day..."
Artsy and Affordable: The Boutique Hostel Boom
A blog post for From the Grapevine, June 2015
"What springs to mind when you think of a hostel? Creaky beds, a loose interpretation of the health code and random roomies with no volume control? Those old rules no longer apply..."
The Best Curry Houses in East London
A city guide for Buggl, April 2015
"Brick Lane may be synonymous with curry, but with so many similar restaurants on a single stretch, it can be hard to tell the good from the bad. Our advice? Head around the corner..."
Best London Markets For Bagging a Bargain
A city guide for Buggl, February 2015
"The rough and ready Petticoat Lane market has been on the go since the 1750s; merchants and traders still crowd this narrow street every Sunday and sell all sorts of cut-price wares..."
Thrift Shopping in the East End of London
A city guide for Buggl, December 2014
"Taking up a cluttered space off Brick Lane, Absolute Vintage stocks the good alongside the bad; it's up to you to sift through to determine what’s what. Prices start low but quickly rise..."
A Literary Walk Through Bloomsbury, London
A city guide for Buggl, November 2014
"The Bloomsbury Set, the clique of renowned writers, artists and intellectuals that included Virginia Woolf and E.M. Forster, lived their Bohemian lives here in the early 20th century..."
Dead Sea Electro Rave Hosts Paul Oakenfold
A blog post for From the Grapevine, October 2014
"The -424 Dead Sea Rave, a 12-hour electro festival on the east coast of Israel, sees 20,000 glowstick-waving ravers descend on the Judean Desert for a party from sunset to sunrise..."
London’s Best Lesser-Known Museums
A city guide for Buggl, October 2014
"This guide will tell you all about the London museums you've never heard of, from an oft-overlooked bell foundry in the East End to an eclectic gem hidden south of the Thames..."