Destination Guides

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)..."

Southwest Washington Region Vacation Guide

A destination guide for Expedia, June 2017
"Forest-covered mountains and extinct volcanoes form a breathtaking backdrop to lively cities such as Vancouver and Morton, with rich historical and cultural legacies ripe for exploration..."

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..."

Hannover City Vacation Guide

A city guide for Expedia, March 2017
"One of the largest cities in northern Germany, Hannover lies at the heart of modern German culture. Famed as a trading centre, the city also has the world's second largest Oktoberfest..."

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..."

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..."

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..."

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..."

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..."

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 Wales

A destination guide for Oliver's Travels, June 2016
"Wales has its own unique culture, its own distinct language and its own stunning landscapes. The fiercely proud people are also fiercely welcoming, greeting you with a smile and a pint..."

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..."

Oliver’s Travels Guide to Sussex, England

A destination guide for Oliver's Travels, May 2016
"England’s far south is characterised by gentility, which means that the quaint, historic villages possess an appealing old-world atmosphere that’s now all but extinct elsewhere in England..."

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..."

Genoa City Vacation Guide

A city guide for Expedia, April 2016
"Part of Italy’s Riviera, on the northwestern coast, Genoa offers visitors a glimpse of authentic Italian life, where great family-run restaurants dish up the region’s famous speciality: pesto..."

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..."

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..."

London’s Top Coffee Shops

A city guide for Buggl, January 2016
"Monmouth has got quite the glowing reputation among London’s coffee connoisseurs - and deservedly so. Since it opened more than 35 years ago it has built up a die-hard following..."

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..."

Oliver’s Travels Guide to Aquitane, France

A destination guide for Oliver's Travels, January 2016
"With Atlantic beaches, buzzy cities, medieval villages and chateaux-dotted countryside in its armoury, the vast and astonishingly diverse region of Aquitane is a sure-fire crowd-pleaser..."

Oliver’s Travels Guide to the Dordogne, France

A destination guide for Oliver's Travels, December 2015
"This sunny, serene and languorous corner of the country is dotted with pretty chateaux and imposing bastides - entering the Dordogne is like yielding to a pleasant, drifting daydream..."

La Spezia City Vacation Guide

A city guide for Expedia, October 2015
"Hop off the tourist trail and come to experience the lively atmosphere of La Spezia; a packed naval city loved by tourists as a gateway to the picturesque villages of Cinque Terre's coast..."

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..."

Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park Guide

A nature guide for Expedia, August 2015
"Wooded mountain peaks rise over sandy beaches and mangrove swamps, which are home to many rare bird species. It's all part of the spectacular coastal reserve that is Sam Roi Yot..."

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..."

Bremen City Vacation Guide

A city guide for Expedia, April 2015
"Art galleries and antiques give visitors an insight into this historic port city in North Germany. Spend a day or two exploring Bremen’s historic buildings and expertly-preserved districts..."

Kilkenny City Vacation Guide

A city guide for Expedia, March 2015
"Kilkenny is known as the creative heart of Ireland. The small city is more than 400 years old, but today visitors will find a lively town with a reputation as a centre for culture and the arts..."

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..."

St. Louis City Vacation Guide

A city guide for Expedia, January 2015
"A mix of Southern charm and Midwest sensibility, historic neighbourhoods with cobblestone streets balance a modern downtown glistening with sport stadiums and luxury apartments..."

London Photo Ops: The City’s Best Views

A city guide for Buggl, December 2014
"The extremely bland shopping centre One New Change has a fantastic hidden secret. High up on its roof is a public terrace with unbeatable views of St. Paul’s Cathedral and beyond..."

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..."

London’s Best Theatres (Outside the West End)

A city guide for Buggl, November 2014
"Hidden away down an East End alley, the incredible Wiltons Music Hall began its life as an 18th-century alehouse, before it was converted into a stunning theater in the 19th century..."

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..."

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..."

Orlando City Vacation Guide

A city guide for Expedia, August 2014
"Orlando is a compact city known for its year-round family fun and adventure, including world-famous theme parks, pristine golf courses and out-of-this-world space and science centres..."

Livorno City Vacation Guide

A city guide for Expedia, August 2014
"While Livorno is far less famous, and far more industrial, than its Tuscan neighbours, its lack of pretentions is an asset. Start at the 17th-century canals of Piccola Venezia (Little Venice)..."

New Orleans City Vacation Guide

A city guide for Expedia, July 2014
"New Orleans consistently charms with its high energy and community spirit. It offers a divine blend of Dixieland jazz, laid-back locals, cherished architecture and a colourful French flair..."

Palm Springs City Vacation Guide

A city guide for Expedia, July 2014
"Spend the day on a golf course, go biking or horseback riding in the mountains or hit the ski slopes by Big Bear Lake. In the afternoon, try bowling, or browse galleries and boutiques..."

Istanbul City Vacation Guide

A city guide for Expedia, June 2014
"Istanbul is where East meets West. Experience the comforts of modern Turkey with its malls, galleries and clubs, or else delight in the traditional Turkish bazaars, palaces and mosques..."

Miami City Vacation Guide

A city guide for Expedia, June 2014
"With glorious beaches, art deco architecture and hot nightspots, Miami is really a 'Magic City.' This nickname took hold in the 1920s, as a construction boom transformed Miami overnight...."

Rotorua City Vacation Guide

A city guide for Expedia, June 2014
Rotorua sits squarely on the Volcanic Plateau and the Pacific Rim of Fire, and so visitors flock every year for its numerous geothermal attractions; as well as for its Maori cultural heritage..."

Kitakyushu City Vacation Guide

A city guide for Expedia, May 2014
"Kitakyushu readily celebrates its own past, while also focusing on the future. Modern cultural centers, shopping malls and theme parks stand beside historic castles and idyllic gardens..."

Rome City Vacation Guide

A city guide for Expedia, April 2014
"Epic architecture, classic art and sunny piazzas set the scene in Italy’s divine capital. Rome's many residents are happy to talk about the city’s best pizzeria or their favorite soccer team..."

New Ross City Vacation Guide

A city guide for Expedia, April 2014
"This town, situated in lush, rolling countryside on the banks of the river Barrow, is famous for its links with John F. Kennedy, but also has long maritime traditions and a top piano festival..."

Bilbao City Vacation Guide

A city guide for Expedia, February 2014
"Bilbao, in northern Spain, was once an industrial center, but today is known for its thriving arts scene. Come for world-class museums, sophisticated restaurants and stunning countryside..."

Manchester City Vacation Guide

A city guide for Expedia, February 2014
"This second most-visited city in England, famed for football, nightlife, industry, architecture and art galleries, Manchester is also a thriving centre for sciences, technology and media..."

Killarney City Vacation Guide

A city guide for Expedia, December 2013
"The town’s natural surroundings, including woodland, lakes and high peaks, are top draws - though its 19th-century architecture, narrow cobbled streets and lively pub culture also help..."

Cologne City Vacation Guide

A city guide for Expedia, December 2013
"Cologne''s long and fascinating history has given the city a distinctive charm - the towering cathedral, medieval marketplace and grand old buildings sit alongside new office blocks..."

Christchurch City Vacation Guide

A city guide for Expedia, November 2013
"One of New Zealand’s largest cities and a gateway to the South Island, Christchurch is called the “Garden City” for good reason. Its parklands and gardens are a point of pride for locals..."

Albuquerque City Vacation Guide

A city guide for Expedia, November 2013
"Affectionately nicknamed 'Duke City', Albuquerque beckons visitors with stunning mountain views, an astoundingly rich multicultural heritage and abundant recreational opportunities..."

San Luis Obispo City Vacation Guide

A city guide for Expedia, November 2013
"The city of San Luis Obispo, situated in between San Francisco and Los Angeles, impresses visitors with its scenic setting, heritage sites, thriving arts scene and chic Californian charm..."

Hamburg City Vacation Guide

A city guide for Expedia, October 2013
"Germany’s Gateway to the World, Hamburg is the country's biggest port; the second largest in Europe. It is proud of its mercantile background, which created much of the city's wealth..."

Friedrichshafen City Vacation Guide

A city guide for Expedia, October 2013
"A university town on the northern side of Lake Constance, Friedrichshafen boasts incredibly picturesque surroundings and an ideal location for trips into nearby Switzerland and Austria..."

Express Guide to Dubrovnik

A destination guide for The Express and Monarch Airlines, September 2013
“Dubrovnik's a uniquely beautiful city in a stunning natural setting. 14th century walls enclose an assembly of immaculately-preserved limestone buildings with bright terracotta roof tiles..."

Express Guide to Barcelona

A destination guide for The Express and Monarch Airlines, September 2013
"Set apart from the rest of Espana by its distinctive Catalan culture, this dynamic metropolis manages to seamlessly straddle the divide between the traditional and the contemporary..."

Express Guide to Verona

A destination guide for The Express and Monarch Airlines, September 2013
“Ever since Shakespeare wrote Romeo and Juliet, this Northern Italian city has been etched into the world’s consciousness as a city of love. Yet Verona is often overlooked by tourists..."

Express Guide to Rome

A destination guide for The Express and Monarch Airlines, September 2013
“The Italian capital has always been at the centre of the civilised world, first as the heart of the Roman Empire, and then as the papal seat. So it's a city chock-full of fine cultural attractions..."

Express Guide to Palma de Mallorca

A destination guide for The Express and Monarch Airlines, September 2013
“Many visitors to Majorca will head immediately to the beach resorts. Yet its capital, Palma, is a wonderfully eclectic city that incorporates cosmopolitan vitality with a relaxed island vibe..."

Dortmund City Vacation Guide

A city guide for Expedia, August 2013
"Known throughout Germany as Westphalia’s green metropolis, this thriving city at the west of the country is also famed for its thirst-quenching breweries and its fashionable football club..."

Rarotonga City Vacation Guide

A city guide for Expedia, August 2013
"Commonly known as 'Raro', Rarotonga is the most populated of the Cook Islands and offers palm-fringed beaches, bush walking, colorful festivals and snorkeling in warm, clear waters..."

Amsterdam Waterway Walk

An audio guided tour for Cities Talking, July 2013
“Take a seat on one of the benches directly opposite Anne Frank's House, and let me tell you a little about this brave young girl, whose thoughtful writings captured the world’s attention…”

Prague Castle District Walk

An audio guided tour for Cities Talking, July 2013
“Charles actually started building St. Vitus cathedral at the behest of his father John, who had, by this point, gone blind. If you think John had a peaceful death, however, you'd be wrong…”

Bruges Medieval City Walk

An audio guided tour for Cities Talking, June 2013
“Burg Square symbolises the alliance of religious and civic authorities within Bruges, and it is one of the earliest-inhabited areas of the city, dating back to the second and third centuries…”

Edmonton City Vacation Guide

A city guide for Expedia, June 2013
"Family-friendly Edmonton is a provincial center for culture, government, and education. It is world-renowned for its vast entertainment mall, spacious parklands and thriving arts scene..."

Budapest Castle District Walk

An audio guided tour for Cities Talking, June 2013
"Welcome to the beautiful city of Budapest. Or, more specifically, Buda, as you now stand on the west bank of the river Danube. Look east, over the fine Chain Bridge, and there's Pest…”

Hong Kong City Vacation Guide

A city guide for Expedia, June 2013
"Located on the edge of the South China Sea, Hong Kong is home to vibrant neighborhoods, evergreen city parks, excellent museums and some of the finest shopping on the continent..."

Milwaukee City Vacation Guide

A city guide for Expedia, May 2013
"Milwaukee exudes a laid-back Midwestern vibe. The city of almost 600,000 residents has a reputation as a “City of Festivals”, and Milwaukeeans really know how to enjoy themselves..."

Amsterdam City Vacation Guide

A city guide for Expedia, April 2013
"Amsterdam's renowned museums and trademark coffee shops are popular daytime haunts, while the crowds more commonly flock to the bars and clubs around the squares at night..."

Prague: The Royal Route Walk

An audio walking tour for Prague Tourism, February 2013
“Between the 15th and 19th centuries, Czech monarchs on the way to their coronations would process along the 'Royal Route', which leads from the Royal Court right up to Prague Castle..."

Prague: The Malá Strana Walk

An audio walking tour for Prague Tourism, February 2013
"It might translate as the Lesser Town in English, but Malá Strana is one of Prague’s premier attractions. Initially established as a town in 1257, it flourished during the reign of Charles I..."

Introductory Walk of Prague

An audio walking tour for Prague Tourism, January 2013
“One of the first things you’ll notice about Wenceslas Square is that it isn’t much of a square at all - it is more like a long boulevard. In fact, the square only earned its current name in 1848..."