History & Heritage
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..."
France: 17-Day Language Tour
A travel itinerary for Educational Journeys, June 2020
"From the Provence of Van Gogh to Paris' Louvre Museum, the cultural landscape of France unfurls in a swirl of vineyards, olive groves, Renaissance cities and incredible architecture..."
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..."
Ukraine: A Big Country with a Big Heart
A destination guide for the Council of Europe, May 2020
"It may be one of Europe's largest countries, but Ukraine isn't huge by landmass alone: big landscapes await travellers at every turn, from the Carpathian Mountains to the Black Sea..."
Indonesia: 13-Day Language Tour
A travel itinerary for Educational Journeys, May 2020
"Java offers adventures including traditional tea harvesting, Buddhist pilgrimage temples and Balinese cooking classes, fully immersing students in the culture and language of Indonesia..."
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..."
Lithuania: Active Adventures and Medieval Riches
A destination guide for the Council of Europe, March 2020
"A rich seam of medieval influence runs through Lithuania’s culture, from its many dark wood carvings, to its raucous celebrations of peasant music, to its taste for beverages like mead..."
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..."
Finland: Snowscapes and Bright Lights
A destination guide for the Council of Europe, February 2020
"Visitors to Finland are just as likely to find themselves tracking elk and bear deep in a snow-dusted forest as they are to be watching an up-and-coming band play in a cool Helsinki bar...."
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..."
New Caledonia: 9-Day Language Tour
A travel itinerary for Educational Journeys, January 2020
"With swaying palms, turquoise seas, a rich cultural heritage, and French-inspired restaurants and boutiques, New Caledonian capital Noumea's like a miniature Paris in the Pacific Ocean..."
Slovakia: Historic Architecture, Natural Wonders
A destination guide for the Council of Europe, January 2020
"Slovakia packs an incredible number of cultural attractions into a relatively small region, with travellers able to see UNESCO World Heritage sites, national parks, ski resorts and more..."
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..."
Switzerland: 14-Day Language Tour
A travel itinerary for Educational Journeys, December 2019
"Nestled on the shores of Lake Geneva, Montreux attracts artists and writers inspired by the beauty of the lake, vineyards and mountains. It's the perfect base for improving our French..."
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..."
Greece: 15-Day History Tour
A travel itinerary for Educational Journeys, December 2019
"Take a trip to the cradle of Western civilization. Discover ancient attractions in Athens, natural wonders in Kalambaka, sandy shorelines in Spetses and fascinating culture in Thessaloniki..."
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..."
Latvia: Urban Gems Amid a Wilderness
A destination guide for the Council of Europe, November 2019
"With its Baltic coastline and vast expanses of woodlands, wilderness and water, Latvia is a small country blessed with more than its fair share of natural - as well as urban - attractions..."
Peru: Splendors of the Land of the Inca
A travel itinerary for The Xpeditions Way, November 2019
"Riding a vintage luxury train - with smart wood-paneled interiors - through the dramatic peaks and valleys of the Peruvian landscape is just one of the high points of this unique adventure..."
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..."
Sweden: A Modern Nordic Nation with Ancient Roots
A destination guide for the Council of Europe, October 2019
"To the north of the country lies Swedish Lapland with its stunning snowscapes and dancing Northern Lights, while to Sweden's south, gently rolling hills and lush green scenery abound..."
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..."
Hungary: A Landscape Shaped by an Epic Past
A destination guide for the Council of Europe, September 2019
"Hungary exudes a very unique character, with proud Magyar residents and a history filled with Romans, Ottomans and Habsburgs helping to carve out a land of architectural marvels..."
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..."
Spain and Portugal: History and Gastronomy
A travel itinerary for The Xpeditions Way, August 2019
"On this 11-day deep dive into Portuguese and Spanish culture, discover the centuries-old Moorish and Jewish influences that have shaped these two enchantingly distinct countries..."
Estonia: A Melting Pot of Cultural Influences
A destination guide for the Council of Europe, August 2019
"Historic attractions abound in Estonia, from medieval castles to graceful 18th century towns. Yet Estonia’s urban population is extremely forward-looking, with tech highly important here..."
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..."
2019-2020 Travel Catalogue Copy
Catalogue content and itineraries for Discover Corps, January 2019
"We will complement our time on the Serengeti with an island adventure. Stroll the snaking streets of Stone Town, exploring its former Slave Market, Sultan’s Palace and Old Arab Fort..."
Vila Vila Collection Website Content
Website copy for Vila Vita Collection, November 2018
"Beautifully imagined and lovingly decorated, our exclusive portfolio properties enjoy enviable coastal settings where traditional Algarvean lifestyles persist and raw, unspoilt nature thrives..."
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..."
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..."
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..."
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..."
The Best Towns on the Amalfi Coast
A blog post for City Wonders, April 2018
"A slithering stretch of cliff-edged coastline wedged between forested hillsides and sapphire blue seas, the UNESCO-listed Amalfi Coast is certain to make travellers weak at the knees..."
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..."
Hotel Villa Franca Website Content
Website copy for Hotel Villa Franca, March 2018
"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..."
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..."
JSB Journeys Website Content
Website copy for JSB Journeys, February 2018
"We do all our research first hand, so our recommendations are personal. We've slept in the hotels, eaten at the restaurants and handpicked the guides that will join you on your journey..."
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..."
2018-2019 Travel Catalogue
Catalogue content and itineraries for Discover Corps, January 2018
"Discover lush rainforests, deserted beaches and bubbling hot springs - while also caring for injured animals at a wildlife rescue centre - on this family-friendly expedition to Costa Rica..."
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..."
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..."
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..."
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..."
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..."
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..."
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..."
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..."
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)..."
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..."
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..."
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..."
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..."
2017-2018 Travel Catalogue
Catalogue content and itineraries for Discover Corps, January 2017
"We know that the most memorable travel moments rarely happen on a giant tour bus. They come through experiencing a brand new place through the eyes of those who call it home..."
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..."
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..."