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

UK

5 Quintessentially English Weekend Breaks!

I’m normally one for travelling as far away as possible, but recently I’ve been considering the charms of locations a bit closer to home. For one reason and another I’ve been planning and booking a few weekends away in good old Blighty of late, and it’s been making me feel slightly guilty for overlooking my homeland.… Continue reading 5 Quintessentially English Weekend Breaks!

Musings

The Versatile Blogger Award!

Many moons ago now, the wonderful Travelators kindly nominated me for a Versatile Blogger Award! I was very chuffed to be in such great company (see their other picks here) and to have a shout out from them. Their blog is a wonderful account of how to fit travel in and around a career, and they draw… Continue reading The Versatile Blogger Award!

Canada · The Americas

Forget NYC, Come to Toronto: Top 5 Things to Do and See

Guest post by Lifting Anchors! A lot of people dream of visiting New York, London, Paris, but sometimes the cities in Canada get overlooked. Lonely Planet ranked Canada the #1 destination to visit in 2017. Over here we have a lot to offer, but the city you should definitely have on your list is Toronto.… Continue reading Forget NYC, Come to Toronto: Top 5 Things to Do and See