Europe · Finland

Helsinki: an architectural walking tour

Set against the crisp blue Baltic sky, Helsinki’s buildings are breathtakingly striking. Finns take design exceptionally seriously; just take a look at any of the furniture or homeware shops around the city and you’ll find beautifully crafted pieces made with precision and careful consideration. Everything is functional, classy and refined. The same level of detail extends… Continue reading Helsinki: an architectural walking tour

Europe · Tips and Tricks · UK

The Quick (and Very Dirty) Guide to London on a Budget

London – as with any major city – can be eye-wateringly expensive if you let it. For tourists and travellers who want to soak up as much of the capital as possible, the costs can soon start to add up, particularly when pricey food and drink options are added to transport and sightseeing fees. I therefore… Continue reading The Quick (and Very Dirty) Guide to London on a Budget

Asia · Thailand

Linger at Loy La Long: One of Bangkok’s Best Boutique Hotels

It’s rare that a hotel is the star of the show: more often than not, it’s where you grab a good night’s sleep and hopefully a decent breakfast before heading out for the day’s adventures – particularly so if you’re on a budget. And in a buzzing city like Bangkok, it’s even rarer that the… Continue reading Linger at Loy La Long: One of Bangkok’s Best Boutique Hotels

Europe · UK

10 Reasons Why You Should Visit the Cotswolds this Spring

The Cotswolds is pure gold for tourists seeking out the English idyll of old – and even more so for the coach tours and guides that routinely deliver bus-loads of visitors to the various villages. The area itself is still an astonishingly untouched glimpse of countryside life from another era, with staggeringly beautiful villages and… Continue reading 10 Reasons Why You Should Visit the Cotswolds this Spring

Europe · UK

A spring walk in Stratford-upon-Avon

This week I was lucky enough to be in Stratford-upon-Avon – a gorgeous, ancient town which is even more picturesque on a sunny spring day. Stratford is normally heaving with tourists, but head there on a weekday outside the height of summer (particularly a Monday, after the busy weekend) and you’ll almost feel like you… Continue reading A spring walk in Stratford-upon-Avon

Australasia

Nan Tien Temple, Australia: the largest Buddhist temple in the Southern Hemisphere

If you had three guesses as to where the largest Buddhist temple in the Southern Hemisphere is located, I can almost guarantee that you wouldn’t go for the industrial outskirts of a town called Berkeley, an hour or two south of Sydney. Amazingly, this is where the beautiful Nan Tien Temple is located, a modern… Continue reading Nan Tien Temple, Australia: the largest Buddhist temple in the Southern Hemisphere

10 Things I Hate (and Love) About You · Europe

10 Things I Hate (and Love) About You: Budapest

As I’ve said elsewhere, I don’t harbour particularly warm, fuzzy feelings towards Budapest. To cut to the chase, it made it onto my ‘list of places I’ll never go back to’, and for all the wrong reasons. In all honesty, Budapest mystified me – I’d gone with everyone else’s praise for the city ringing in my ears;… Continue reading 10 Things I Hate (and Love) About You: Budapest