Budget & Shoestring
Alternative Adventures in Asia
An article for Just You Inspirations Magazine, August 2020
"Venture into the dense forests and grass plains of Nepal's Chitwan National Park and wildlife encounters come thick and fast. Keep your eyes peeled for Asian elephants and wild boar..."
10 Charming Towns in Northern Italy
A blog post for Lux Wellness Traveller, July 2020
“From the snow-capped peaks of the Alps to the wild flower meadows of the Dolomites to the pastel-colored buildings lining the Mediterranean, Northern Italy is a truly diverse landscape..."
What (and Where) to Eat and Drink in Prague
A blog post for Kingsbridge Travel, July 2020
"A hearty, stomach-warming soup is the best thing on a cold Prague day. Kulajda is a creamy potato soup with mushrooms, dill and vinegar, topped with sour cream and a poached egg..."
Cruising… But Not As You Know It
An article for Just You Inspirations Magazine, June 2020
"European river cruises are a different way of travelling - one that's slower and more personal. They also allow access to a blend of Europe’s heavy hitters alongside lesser-known sights..."
India and Nepal: An Intoxicating Travel Pairing
An article for Travelsphere World Magazine, May 2020
"The intensity of urban life in Nepalese and North Indian cities can surprise even experienced travellers; parts of Kathmandu and Delhi make rush-hour London look positively peaceful..."
A Grand Tour of Asia
An article for Just You Inspirations Magazine, April 2020
"From beautiful Bengal tigers and silent Buddhist monks to scrumptious street food in night markets and fine dining in Hong Kong, Asia offers endless adventures for an extended trip..."
Canada: Go East
An article for Travelsphere World Magazine, April 2020
"As vast as it is beautiful, Canada offers gorgeous landscapes of forests, lakes and mountains. But it’s the cities of Eastern Canada, from Quebec to Ottawa, that reveal the nation's history..."
Off the Beaten Track Sicily
An article for Travelsphere World Magazine, March 2020
"From the Valley of the Temples to Neapolis Archaeological Park, Sicily’s historic heavy-hitters are well trodden. But it’s worth visiting some of the island’s more modern constructions too..."
East or West: Exploring Canada
An article for Just You Inspirations Magazine, February 2020
"Canada is big. Really big. Head east to discover vibrant cities and pretty mountain towns, or go west where gargantuan glaciers and mountainous wilderness wow. The choice is yours..."
Strike Gold in Northern California
An article for Travelsphere World Magazine, February 2020
"Gold runs through the veins of Northern California. Venture into its wild heart to discover abounding natural beauty, vast national parks and cities steeped in gold rush history..."
Italy: Walking in Ancient Footsteps
An article for Just You Inspirations Magazine, January 2020
"From South Tyrol and the shores of Lake Garda, to the soft beauty of Tuscany and the Amalfi Coast, ancient routes (once used by Romans, shepherds and pilgrims) weave through Italy..."
Once Upon A Time: Fairytale European Palaces
An article for Travelsphere World Magazine, January 2020
"Nestled in dense forest in Transylvania, the story of Bran Castle is worthy of a tale as famous as the one that draws people here. Bram Stoker's Dracula was inspired by Vlad the Impaler..."
Make Tracks: Rail Travel in Asia
An article for Just You Inspirations Magazine, December 2019
"From vintage steam trains that puff through the Himalayas to state-of-the-art bullet trains that shoot between cosmopolitan cities, rail travel in Asia offers a wide array of epic adventures..."
Chile. Argentina. Brazil.
An article for Travelsphere World Magazine, December 2019
"Chile stretches like a long finger down South America, with its 2,653 miles traversing every imaginable landscape, from stark desert to Antarctic tundra, busy cities to sandy beaches..."
Victours Overview to Spain
A destination guide for Victours, November 2019
"Get lost in the astonishingly beautiful maze of Granada's iconic Alhambra fortress, or discover Gaudi's modernist architecture as it spikes the Barcelona skyline like visions from a dream..."
Victours Overview to Turkey
A destination guide for Victours, October 2019
"This dynamic destination strikes a balance between modernizing forces and tradition, with cosmopolitan cities and high-end coastal resorts contrasting with remote rural settlements..."
Victours Overview to Italy
A destination guide for Victours, September 2019
"The sun-drenched, cypress-tree-dotted landscapes would be enough of a draw themselves, even if they were not so deeply coloured by Italy's storied history and fascinating culture..."
Where to Eat and Drink in Paris
A blog post for Kingsbridge Travel, September 2019
"Paris is known for dishes flavored with pungent garlic and fragrant herbs, dripping in creamy buttery sauces, smothered in strong cheese, and served with a glass of famed French wine..."
Travel Solo No More Website Content
Website copy for Travel Solo No More, July 2019
"Travel Solo No More exists to bring solo travelers together, to take down the barriers that can stop you getting the most out of travel, and to help you discover your dream destination..."
Victours Overview to France
A destination guide for Victours, June 2019
"Dining al fresco in the courtyard of a rustic chateau, you can wash down your home-grown meal with a glass of wine made from the same grapes ripening on the vines around you..."
Island EcoVentures Website Content
Website copy for Island EcoVentures, May 2019
"Take a personalized trip with Island EcoVentures and the wonders of the most astounding habitats on earth, from giant glaciers to dense rainforests, will open up before your eyes..."
Victours Overview to Greece
A destination guide for Victours, May 2019
"The bright white streets of Santorini’s coastal towns perfectly complement the azure waters of the sea, while over on Mykonos, high-end parties and luxury resorts are defining the vibe..."
Steele Away Website Content
Website copy for Steele Away, April 2019
"I eat, sleep and breathe travel, and as a long-established travel agent, I have years of wide-ranging experience in organizing all kinds of travel adventures for all kinds of customers..."
Victours Overview to Iceland
A destination guide for Victours, March 2019
"Gushing waterfalls, steaming geysers and breathtakingly empty landscapes sculpted by ice make this volcanic island one of the most impressive nature destinations anywhere on earth..."
Victours Overview to Scotland
A destination guide for Victours, February 2019
"Rivers filled with leaping salmon, distilleries filled with smoky malt whiskies, heather-covered Highland hillsides – Scotland is certainly a country that offers up rich bounty to the visitor..."
Why Is River Cruising So Popular Now?
A blog post for Kingsbridge Travel, January 2019
"From Russia to Zimbabwe, river cruises are the fastest and most cost-effective way of visiting several destinations in one journey – with the travel itself becoming part of the adventure..."
Traviguide Website Content
Website copy for Traviguide, December 2018
"Traviguide exists for one reason: to get you the lowest price for every hotel room you need to book, whether you are travelling for business or leisure, or organising travel for your staff..."
What Makes Sydney So Popular Right Now?
A blog post for Kingsbridge Travel, November 2018
"Just when it seems that new restaurant openings must have peaked, Sydney keeps on giving its foodie visitors more. For some of the most lavish places to dine out, head to Harbour City..."
Five Great Places to Visit in Northern Italy
A blog post for Kingsbridge Travel, October 2018
"From the lip-smacking cuisine to the jaw-dropping landscapes, the awe-inspiring art to the world-famous architecture, Italy's attraction-packed north has a surprising amount to offer..."
Best of Venice Tour with Gondola Ride
A tour itinerary for City Wonders, September 2018
"Nowhere else on earth is quite like Venice, and our unique land-and-sea tour shows off the grandeur and mystique of this once-powerful republic from two very different perspectives..."
Five Not-to-be-Missed Sights in Prague
A blog post for Kingsbridge Travel, August 2018
"Prague's beautiful red-roofed houses sprawl across both banks of the snaking Vltava River; as photo-ready when they are smothered in snow as when they are bathed in summer sun..."
TravelSupermarket Guide to Sardinia, Italy
A destination guide for TravelSupermarket, August 2018
"Sardinia is a brilliantly kept secret. It may be the second biggest island in the Med, blessed with some of Europe’s best beaches, but it's relatively unknown and delightfully crowd-free..."
Thomas Exclusive Travel Website Content
Website copy for Thomas Exclusive Travel, July 2018
"We believe that every travel adventure should be as unique as the person embarking on it. So we take great pleasure in crafting completely bespoke itineraries that fit you like a glove..."
A Tour of Rome’s Beautiful Fountains
A blog post for City Wonders, July 2018
"In the days of ancient Rome, fountains were the ultimate endpoint for the famous aqueducts, the masterpieces of engineering that brought clean water to the city from many miles away..."
TravelSupermarket Guide to Palma, Mallorca
A destination guide for TravelSupermarket, June 2018
"With days spent perusing Picasso-stuffed museums and evenings spent strolling leafy cafe-lined boulevards, Palma mixes the vibrancy of a city with the go-slow vibe of a seaside town..."
Chasing Dan Brown’s Inferno in Florence
A blog post for City Wonders, June 2018
"The cradle of the Renaissance, Florence is home to countless artistic treasures and beautiful buildings, so it makes an extraordinarily atmospheric setting for a mystery novel like Inferno..."
TravelSupermarket Guide to Kefalonia, Greece
A destination guide for TravelSupermarket, May 2018
"In Assos and Fiskardo, you will find rare examples of the island’s once-prevalent, candy-coloured Venetian architecture, which was all but wiped out by a devastating earthquake..."
Fodor’s Guide to Inverness and Around, Scotland
A destination guide for Fodor's Travel, May 2018
"Defined by its spectacular topography, the Great Glen brings together mountains and myths, history and wild nature, then lets you wash it all down with a dram of the world’s best whisky..."
TravelSupermarket Guide to The Maldives
A destination guide for TravelSupermarket, April 2018
"Idyllic, luxurious, fabulous - holidays in the Maldives are all this and more. The pristine white-sand beaches are so ubiquitous that flip flops may well be the only footwear you'll require..."
Silverkris Guide to Dusseldorf, Germany
A destination guide for Silverkris (Singapore Airlines in-flight magazine), April 2018
"For an alternative shopping experience that’s a world away from the polished luxury of the Königsallee, hop on a tram to Unterbilk, a hip neighbourhood to the south of the city centre..."
TravelSupermarket Guide to Faro, Portugal
A destination guide for TravelSupermarket, March 2018
"A protected wilderness of tidal flatlands, shingle islands and blue lagoons, the Ria Formosa nature reserve is home to more than 270 species of water birds and other aquatic creatures..."
Silverkris Guide to Bangkok, Thailand
A destination guide for Silverkris (Singapore Airlines in-flight magazine), March 2018
"Bright, brash, stylish, spiritual and utterly frenetic: Bangkok manages to be all these things and infinitely more. It's impossible to nail down the character of this fluorescent megacity..."
TravelSupermarket Guide to Santorini, Greece
A destination guide for TravelSupermarket, February 2018
"Santorini has a legendary status among travellers. There’s something otherworldly about the multi-coloured cliffs that jut out of the sea, topped with a sprinkling of whitewashed houses..."
Lez Go Travel Website Content
Website copy for Lez Go Travel, January 2018
"A honeymoon hideaway in the South Pacific. An under-the-radar rum bar in Bermuda. Or a cooking masterclass in Rome. Whatever it is you desire, we know exactly how to find it..."
TravelSupermarket Guide to Vienna, Austria
A destination guide for TravelSupermarket, January 2018
"Waltz off for a weekend to Vienna and prepare to be dazzled. This capital is elegant, cultured and deliciously decadent, with coffee houses and chocolate cake as good as invented here..."
Silverkris Guide to Frankfurt, Germany
A destination guide for Silverkris (Singapore Airlines in-flight magazine), December 2017
Germany’s suited and booted financial hub is – at first glance – all business. But step out from the bank-filled, skyscraper-jammed centre of Frankfurt to discover ample old-world charm..."
TravelSupermarket Guide to Cyprus
A destination guide for TravelSupermarket, December 2017
"For a small island, Cyprus packs a very big punch. And while many travellers might associate it with rowdy resorts and wild nightlife, all-inclusive holidays in Cyprus offer so much more..."
TravelSupermarket Guide to Menorca
A destination guide for TravelSupermarket, November 2017
"Among Spain's Balearic Islands, Menorca tends to be the overlooked little sibling, living in the shadow of its bigger, brasher sisters, Ibiza and Majorca. But this little isle packs a big punch..."
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..."
TravelSupermarket Guide to Budapest, Hungary
A destination guide for TravelSupermarket, October 2017
"With a treasure trove of architectural styles, ornate spas powered by natural hot springs and a dining scene that majors in delicious wines and hearty food, Budapest is high on romance..."
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..."
TravelSupermarket Guide to The Bahamas
A destination guide for TravelSupermarket, September 2017
"Ah, the Bahamas. The name alone conjures up blissfully clear waters, warm white sands, and coral reefs teeming with underwater life. Yet its 700 islands and coral reefs vary dramatically..."
TravelSupermarket Guide to Belfast, N. Ireland
A destination guide and itinerary for TravelSupermarket, August 2017
"Belfast is prime city break territory. Not only is the Northern Irish capital compact enough to cover on a short break, it’s also full of top-drawer attractions and a burgeoning foodie scene..."
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..."
TravelSupermarket Guide to Fuerteventura
A destination guide for TravelSupermarket, July 2017
"While most of its sister islands have pockets of heavy development, volcanic Fuerteventura has been moulded more by nature than by man, and possesses a barren, desert-like beauty..."
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..."
TravelSupermarket Guide to Salou, Spain
A destination guide for TravelSupermarket, April 2017
"Salou isn't your typical Spanish beach holiday destination. Yes, it has more sun, sand, siestas and sangria than you can wave one of those little straw donkeys at, but that's just the start..."
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..."