Cultural Quirks

Oliver’s Travels Guide to Corfu, Greece

A destination guide for Oliver's Travels, November 2017
"One of the largest of the Ionian Islands, Corfu is far more than its trademark blue-hued seas and sandy coastline. Explore its historic old quarter of ancient churches and scattered ruins..."

Oliver’s Travels Guide to The Italian Lakes

A destination guide for Oliver's Travels, October 2017
"In the Italian Lakes, saffron-infused risottos, fresh-from-the-net lake fish and cheese-topped polenta are the big hitters everywhere from Michelin-starred restaurants to humble trattorias..."

Oliver’s Travels Guide to Sicily, Italy

A destination guide for Oliver's Travels, August 2017
"Sicily is a veritable open-air museum of extraordinary archaeological sites nestled among staggering and oh-so-dramatic nature (we’re talking volcanoes exploding into the night sky)..."

Oliver’s Travels Guide to Umbria, Italy

A destination guide for Oliver's Travels, May 2017
"Rolling hills carpeted in green, interrupted only by rows of pristine vineyards and serene olive groves, picture-perfect towns and fine cobbled-street villages: Umbria is Italy at its very best..."

Oliver’s Travels Guide to Puglia, Italy

A destination guide for Oliver's Travels, March 2017
"There are good reasons why Puglia is the Italian region of the moment. Here are just three of them: the extraordinary cuisine, the exuberant architecture and the picture-perfect coastline..."

Oliver’s Travels Guide to The Midlands, England

A destination guide for Oliver's Travels, January 2017
"While in the Midlands, action addicts can paintball or quad bike, sightseers can tour macabre museums and TV filming locations, and animal lovers can try their hand at medieval falconry..."

Oliver’s Travels Guide to Costa Blanca, Spain

A destination guide for Oliver's Travels, December 2016
"Behind the 'Brits abroad' throngs on touristy beaches lie a wealth of attractions waiting to be unearthed, including stunning mountains, hidden coves, lush vineyards and ancient villages..."

Eight Fantastic Funiculars Around the World

A slideshow blog post for From the Grapevine, December 2016
"Hilly Pittsburgh boasts two funiculars: the Monongahela and Duquesne inclines. Both dating back to the late 19th century, they trundle up the dauntingly steep Mount Washington slope..."

Oliver’s Travels Guide to Crete, Greece

A destination guide for Oliver's Travels, November 2016
"With crystal-clear waters, postcard-worthy seafront towns, history in spades and jaw-dropping landscapes, the idyllic island of Crete is a place to make all your holiday dreams come true..."

Oliver’s Travels Guide to Sicily, Italy

A destination guide for Oliver's Travels, October 2016
"It might be a part of Italy, but Sicily has carved its own individual identity over the centuries. Today, it is an open-air museum of incredible archaeological sites amid staggering scenery..."

Oliver’s Travels Guide to Ireland

A destination guide for Oliver's Travels, September 2016
"A land of literary greatness, folktales, incomparably romantic landscapes and legendary good times, Ireland is an unsung hero when it comes to great European destinations to discover..."

The Best Busking Cities Around the Globe

A blog post for From the Grapevine, September 2016
"Good buskers have the power to stop busy passers-by in their tracks, making them take an impromptu time-out from their daily routine and even convince them to cough up their cash..."

Oliver’s Travels Guide to Devon, England

A destination guide for Oliver's Travels, August 2016
"The Napoleonic fortifications are just one of the reasons to visit Berry Head National Nature Reserve; you'll also find an array of wildlife, fine coastal walking trails and adventure sports..."

Oliver’s Travels Guide to Norfolk, England

A destination guide for Oliver's Travels, July 2016
"Norfolk’s charms are just as broad as the famed network of rivers that run through it. With an abundance of natural beauty and wildlife, it's a county of quintessential English countryside..."

Oliver’s Travels Guide to The Cotswolds, England

A destination guide for Oliver's Travels, April 2016
"Straddling several counties, the Cotswolds boasts undulating hills and farmland, spectacular architecture and monuments and some particularly charming villages made for day trippers..."

Cities Aglow: Light Festivals Around the World

A blog post for From the Grapevine, March 2016
"Holographic creatures racing around urban streets, drab gray buildings rendered in glorious Technicolor and skyscrapers as canvases for international art - the world loves light festivals..."

Off the Map Travels Website Content

Website copy for Off the Map Travels, March 2016
"Some travel to discover new destinations, others to engage with the locals. Many travelers will require rest, relaxation and rejuvenation; many crave color, challenges and complexity..."

Oliver’s Travels Guide to Scotland

A destination guide for Oliver's Travels, March 2016
"The Scots are fiercely proud of their nation - and rightly so. This compact country has two of the UK’s most exciting cities and one of Europe's last remaining patches of true wilderness..."

Immersive Accommodation for Adventure Travelers

A blog post for From the Grapevine, February 2016
"Leave your comfort zone and high-thread-count sheets behind to experience an Amazonian lodge, a real Bedouin hut or another of these culturally-immersive accommodation options..."

Oliver’s Travels Guide to the Algarve, Portugal

A destination guide for Oliver's Travels, February 2016
"Away from those high-rise resorts is a natural, unspoiled coastline; wide sandy stretches and rocky coves, edged by clear-as-glass sea one side and distinctive red-hued cliffs the other..."

Oliver’s Travels Guide to Languedoc, France

A destination guide for Oliver's Travels, January 2016
"With its cultural idiosyncrasies and independent identity, Languedoc has long marched to the beat of its own drum. Yet, from Romans to Moors to Cathars, it wears its long history proudly..."

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..."

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..."

Totally Thames: Riverside Revelry in London

A blog post for Samsung Live, October 2015
"Centered around the River Thames and running throughout September, this annual festival has an eclectic line-up, from art shows to cultural walks, sporting races to community days..."

Oliver’s Travels Guide to Ibiza, Spain

A destination guide for Oliver's Travels, October 2015
"It may be renowned as the clubbing capital of the world, but after-dark adventures are just a part of Ibiza’s charm. In fact, the majority of the White Isle is far more low-key and laid-back..."

Female Artists Using the Streets As Their Studios

A blog post for From the Grapevine, July 2015
"The anonymous aliases adopted by street artists reveal no hints of gender - and yet popular opinion has the scene pegged as a man’s world. In reality, female artists control the streets..."

American Blues Dancing Swings Into Tel Aviv

A blog post for From the Grapevine, January 2015
"Tel Aviv's flourishing dance scene, with its active contemporary, ballet and hip-hop troupes, is well-known. Now, there is a new dance that is fast becoming the talk of the town. Blues..."

Top Xmas Activities in Shaldon & Teignmouth

A blog post for Discovery Holiday Homes, November 2014
"See stalls piled high with local crafts and Christmas goodies, heat up frosty hands with cups of warming mulled wine and enjoy the singalong soundtrack of carols and seasonal ditties..."

Top 10 Festive Activities in the South East

Newsletter content for Discovery Holiday Homes, November 2014
"Few things can produce that warm and fuzzy festive feeling more than ice-skating, and the Brighton Royal Pavilion is by far the prettiest ice rink in South East England this Christmas..."

East China to Kyrgyzstan

An article for Overland Magazine, March 2013
"The driver swerved violently to avoid it, but as we skidded on the snow-covered road, this lump bounced off the bonnet. My blood ran cold as I realised what it was. A human being..."

Are You Sure You Want to Wear That Longyi?

A blog post for MyanmarBurma.com, February 2013
"It’s the tourists who try to blend in who end up being the most conspicuous. Case in point: a Western man wearing a Burmese longyi (a sheet of cotton wrapped around the lower half)..."

Chin Women Are Proud of their Tattooed Faces

A blog post for MyanmarBurma.com, February 2013
"Burmese women do some implausible things to their bodies, and those from Chin province up in the northwest have a unusual method of beautification. They tattoo their entire faces..."

Giraffe Women: Kooky Custom or Human Zoo?

A blog post for MyanmarBurma.com, February 2013
"Let's dispel a long-established myth immediately - the woman in this picture does not have an elongated neck. In fact, the brass coils on her neck are pushing down her collarbones..."

Is Thanaka the Coolest Cosmetic?

A blog post for MyanmarBurma.com, February 2013
"Thanaka is a multi-purpose cosmetic, serving as a sun protector, an anti-acne agent and a moisturizer. No wonder women apply the paste so thickly to their cheeks and foreheads..."