History & Heritage

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..."

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)..."

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..."

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..."

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..."

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..."

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..."

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..."

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..."

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..."

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..."

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..."

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..."

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..."

Vila Vila Parc Website Content

Website copy for Vila Vita Parc, September 2016
"Our accommodation comes in various shapes and sizes, from chic, sea-inspired rooms and suites with ocean-view terraces to gloriously spacious whitewashed villas with private pools..."

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..."

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..."

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..."

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..."

Kuoda Travels Website Content

Website copy for Kuoda Travels, July 2016
"We actively seek out the undiscovered: the hidden-away wonders, the lesser-known locales and the out-of-the-way attractions. In short, things that have yet to make it into a guidebook..."

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..."

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..."

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..."

A Tattoo is for Life at The Siam in Bangkok

A press release for Bacall Associates, May 2016
"A craftsman of the highest order, renowned for the amazing intricacy and beauty of his work, Arjan Boo was trained in the traditional art of Sak Yant tattoos at the Wat Bang Phra temple..."

Hotel Villa Franca Website Content

Website copy for Hotel Villa Franca, May 2016
"With the picturesque cobbled piazzas of Positano and two blissful beaches just steps away, this divine hilltop retreat allows you to soak up the glamour of the enchanting Amalfi Coast..."

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..."

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..."

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..."

On the Literary Trail in Devon

A blog post for Discovery Holiday Homes, November 2015
"Devon is an amazing destination for well-read travellers, thanks to local wordsmiths such as Agatha Christie, Arthur Conan Doyle, Henry Williamson, Ted Hughes and Rudyard Kipling..."

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..."

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..."

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..."

Panama: Where Virgin Jungle Meets Urban Jungle

An article for Luxe Magazine, October 2015
"It is a crucial cog in global trade, the linchpin of the Americas and a valuable link between the Atlantic and Pacific. Yet Panama has so much more to offer than its famous, crosswise canal..."

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..."

Cuba at the Crossroads: A Photo Workshop

A tour itinerary for Photo Xpeditions, August 2015
"Crumbling colonial buildings, thatched fishing villages and palm-slathered peaks that sweep down to the sea: Cuba and its year-round sunshine offers a unique treat for photographers..."

Hidden Puglia: A Cultural Journey

A tour itinerary for Unique Backroad Journeys, July 2015
"Puglia, the heel of Italy’s boot, is a visual and culinary feast, a place to sooth your soul while discovering a new and delightful area of Italy. At every turn there’s another sight to behold..."

Búzios in Brazil is Where Beaches Beckon

An article for Luxe Magazine, May 2015
"When urban-weary cariocas need a breather from Rio’s inexhaustible energy, Buzios is their go-to destination. The peninsula’s seductive shoreline has Rio de Janeiro refugees smitten..."

Tuscany Escapes: An Introduction

Website copy for Tuscany Escapes, March 2015
"There are legions of other alluring Tuscan towns, hilltop hamlets, coast-hugging villages and rural estates to be explored and experienced, each with its own unique identity and flavour..."

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..."

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..."

Where to Invest in London Right Now

An article for Private Air Magazine, November 2014
"Chelsea, Notting Hill and St John’s Wood may roll off the tongue dripping with prestige, but top-end properties are increasingly being built in traditionally less salubrious parts of town..."

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..."

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..."

Magical Morocco: A Cultural Journey

A tour itinerary for Unique Backroad Journeys, October 2014
"Marrakesh's Jma el Fna comes alive at night with the sounds of storytellers, acrobats, snake charmers, and musicians. Soak up the atmosphere and taste the exotic foods on sale here..."

Costa Rica: Luxury Journeys

Multiple tour itineraries for Independent Luxury Travel, August 2014
"Whether whitewater rafting on river rapids, ziplining through the rainforest canopy or getting up close and personal with Capuchin monkeys, Costa Rica means exhilarating experiences..."

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..."

A Luxury Weekend in Cambridge

An article for Private Air Magazine, May 2014
"The historic UK city of Cambridge’s riches are understated - more 'old money' than ‘nouveau riche’ - but if you know where to delve, you can have a sumptuously refined weekend here..."

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..."

Morocco’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites

A blog post for Unique Backroad Journeys, January 2014
"Morocco’s landscape's awash with ancient architectural gems. From fort to fountain, mosque to medina, almost every corner of the country is steeped in bewitching architectural history..."

London’s Secret Silver Mine

An article for Private Air Magazine, November 2013
"London is potted with subterranean surprises, from cavernous wine bars to wartime bunkers. Yet of all the city’s underground revelations, the London Silver Vaults is the most decadent..."

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..."

Fine Design at The Augustine in Prague

An article for Private Air Magazine, September 2013
"The moment the door swings open, guests are reassured they are in for a treat. Beyond the threshold lies a luxurious living room, with an iron staircase spiraling up through the ceiling..."

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..."

Morocco sans Marrakech

An article for Overland Magazine, May 2013
"Despite a recent influx of tourists, there remain many attraction-filled Moroccan destinations tucked off-the-beaten-path. During a 10-day trip, I discovered five of the best hidden gems..."

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..."

Must Be Kachin: Truly Original Burmese People

A blog post for MyanmarBurma,com, February 2013
"Being yourself and standing up for your rights isn’t always easy. The Kachins are determined to hold onto an individuality that has captivated and inspired many in Myanmar and beyond..."

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..."

Jordan’s Luxury Oases in the Desert

An article for Vertu Select, January 2013
"It was 200 years ago that explorer Johann Burckhardt discovered Petra. While trekking the desert between Syria and Egypt, he heard tales of an ancient city carved from sandstone..."

Peru-Bolivia-Chile Tour Itinerary

A tour itinerary for Viventura, January 2013
"Spanning Peru, Bolivia and Chile, the Altiplano region features some of the most spectacular scenery in South America: thermal geysers, tall mountains, and the largest salt flat on earth..."

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..."