Unique Experiences

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..."

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..."

The Best Bars with a View in London

A blog post for City Wonders, September 2017
"Sky-high bars rarely have rock-bottom prices, and considering Duck and Waffle's placement bang in the middle of the city, there are plenty of high-earners willing to flash the cash here..."

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)..."

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..."

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..."

The Latest Spa Wellness Trend? Salt Rooms

A blog post for From the Grapevine, April 2017
"It's been around since the time of the Romans, but in recent years the salt therapy trend has gone global. You'll find it used to treat everything from allergies to asthma, colds to eczema..."

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..."

Astrotourism: Five Magical Places to Stargaze

A blog post for From the Grapevine, February 2017
"Dark sky reserves and sanctuaries across the globe are experiencing visitor booms, as city-dwellers descend. They've come in search of fiery stars illuminating the unpolluted night sky..."

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..."

Shooting For the Moon with the Google XPRIZE

A blog post for From the Grapevine, January 2017
"A new space race is underway as the Google Lunar XPRIZE deadline draws closer. The prize was launched in 2007 as a source of inspiration for ambitious, space tech-loving innovators...."

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..."

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..."

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..."

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..."

Seven Yoga Retreats Around the World

A blog post for From the Grapevine, June 2016
"Yoga retreats give you the chance to check out from everyday life and kick back in gorgeous locations, but the wellness breaks also afford you the opportunity to work on your wellbeing..."

Seven Great Under the Radar Cities to Visit

A blog post for From the Grapevine, June 2016
"In any other country, Toulouse would top the tourist agenda. Its old quarter is built with warm pink-hued bricks, so on a sunny day it is as if you're seeing it all through rose-tinted glasses..."

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 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..."

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..."

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..."

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..."

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..."

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..."

A Travel Start-Up That Helps You Give Back

A blog post for From the Grapevine, February 2015
"As travellers grow weary of run-of-the-mill Disney jaunts and cookie-cutter resort getaways, they now strive to travel in a way that is more responsible and, ultimately, more rewarding..."

2015: Five Luxury Events in the Year Ahead

An article for Private Air Magazine, January 2015
"Even for polo lovers, the Cartier Queen’s Cup Final is a special event - a rare chance to see the most elite polo players on form against the backdrop of the impressive Windsor Castle..."

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..."

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..."

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..."

Touring Haiti with a Famous Photographer

An article for Private Air Magazine, July 2014
"Now you can explore the highlights of this Caribbean isle in a luxurious yet meaningful way. A two-day trip to Haiti with photographer Russell James helps Haitians rebuild their nation..."

Camino de Santiago: The Way of St. James

A tour itinerary for Photo Xpeditions, June 2014
"The Way of Saint James is more than just a tempting travelling route - it's a journey through ancient history. Discover religious architectural gems among Spain's most stirring scenery..."

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..."

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..."

How to Blend in with the Palaung

A blog post for MyanmarBurma.com, February 2013
"Women will have a ball dressing up. Traditional female attire for the Palaung people means bright, brash and beautiful, all accessorized with bamboo hoops and thick aluminum belts..."