Day Trips & Excursions
Five Alternative Sights in Italy
A blog post for Just You, February 2021
"Lake Garda isn’t exactly short of breathtaking sights, yet the 13th century Scaligero Castle still stands out, sitting serenely on the edge of the lake and jutting out into its turquoise waters..."
Hopping Mad About Croatia
A blog post for Just You, January 2021
"Natural beauty, epic history and gorgeous food: Croatia doesn't cut any corners. Discover the country's dizzying array of delights by taking to the sea on this island-hopping adventure..."
Five Spanish Cities You Must Visit
A blog post for Just You, December 2020
"A holiday in Spain doesn’t have to mean baking on the beach. Make time for these wonderful cities, packed with historical wonders, irresistible eateries and incredible cultural attractions..."
Tuscany: Golden and Glorious
A blog post for Travelsphere, November 2020
"Think of this sun-drenched Italian region and you will picture rolling hills and patchwork fields hemmed in by stately cypress trees, and ivy-engulfed farmhouses swimming in golden light..."
Petra, Jordan: A Day in the Rose Red City
A blog post for Just You, October 2020
"It’s such a vast area that a short stroll off trodden paths can mean finding yourself alone on mountains, in canyons or even at the foot of a seemingly undiscovered Nabataean building..."
Australia: Where the Wild Things Are
A blog post for Travelsphere, August 2020
"If you stay patient, you might be rewarded with glimpses of spiky echidnas or bizarre duck-billed platypuses, two of Kangaroo Island's shyer residents (and both egg-laying mammals)..."
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..."
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..."
European and Worldwide Brochure 2020
Catalogue content and itineraries for Travelsphere, November 2019
"Round off your holiday with an included excursion to 'The Sound of Music' mecca Salzburg, one of Europe's best preserved historic cities, and hardly changed since the days of Mozart..."
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..."
The Yucatan Peninsula: Land of the Maya
A travel itinerary for The Xpeditions Way, October 2019
"Wander through the remains of structures dating back over two millennia, swim inside sacred cenotes, and enjoy up-close-and-personal wildlife encounters on this awesome adventure..."
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..."
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..."
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..."
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..."
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..."
Explore Lisbon and Around
Website copy for Pantiel, September 2018
"Lisbon’s dining scene has picked up an enviable reputation in recent years, with Michelin-starred restaurants such as Alma, in the hip Chiado district, garnering international acclaim..."
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..."
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..."
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..."
What to See in Alexandria, Egypt
A blog post for Osiris Tours, May 2018
"The city’s distinctive appearance comes from its mix of Greco-Roman architecture with typical Egyptian elements. And this is at its most pronounced at the Catacombs of Kom el-Shoqafa..."
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..."
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..."
Oliver’s Travels Guide to Cornwall, England
A destination guide for Oliver's Travels, January 2018
"When it comes to natural good looks, Cornwall is king. Cliffs tumble down to crashing waves, countryside opens out under blue skies and unspoiled beaches curve around the coastline..."
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..."
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..."
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..."
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..."
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 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..."
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..."
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..."
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..."
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..."
Inspiring Iceland: A Photo Workshop
A tour itinerary for Photo Xpeditions, July 2015
"Set fair within the North Atlantic Ocean, Iceland is a dramatic island of wild contrasts; a living, breathing land that gurgles, rumbles, spits and spews with geothermal and volcanic activity..."
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..."
Legendary Japan: A Photographic Journey
A tour itinerary for Photo Xpeditions, March 2015
"Japan is a country where the traditional and the modern collide; where age-old customs and rituals cling on while the thrust of modernity hurtles ahead through neon-lit, concrete cities..."
Lake Garda: Italy’s Shimmering Jewel
Website copy for Discover Lake Garda, February 2015
"Lake Garda has been charming visitors with its natural beauty for centuries - enticing them all with a romantic mix of dazzling waters, mighty mountains, gentle plains and medieval towns..."
Why You Should Visit Torbay This Valentine’s
A blog post for Discovery Holiday Homes, January 2015
"You’ve nearly survived the darkest, dankest, bleakest month on the calendar and, with any luck, so has your other half, so why not reward yourselves with a romantic Valentine’s trip..."
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..."
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..."
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..."
Luxury on the Emerald Isle
An article for Private Air Magazine, March 2014
"Home to rolling green hills and vibrant meadows, with stately homes splashed all across the country, Ireland is a majestic, whimsical place to visit. So long as you don’t mind a little rain..."
Something for All Seasons in Mont-Tremblant
An article for Private Air Magazine, January 2014
"Mont-Tremblant is currently hot property. And as more and more people discover the area’s divine natural beauty, it's fast becoming the place to invest in a holiday or retirement home..."
Securing a Second Home in the Finger Lakes
An article for Private Air Magazine, November 2013
"The Finger Lakes has always been popular with New Yorkers, as a relaxing respite from the busy city. But in recent years, affluent city folk have begun committing to longer residencies..."