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The perfect one-day itinerary for Luang Prabang

The perfect one-day itinerary for Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang is an absolute gem of a town, and it’s worth spending at least a few days there to relax and get into the feel of the place. However, if you’re just passing through with 24 hours to spare, what should you prioritise? In […]

New Year’s Resolutions for travellers, tourists and trailblazers

New Year’s Resolutions for travellers, tourists and trailblazers

Shake up your travel habits and get the most out of your next trip with these five New Year’s travel resolutions! 1. Stay somewhere quirky Chains of hotels are good for one reason (you know exactly what you’ll get) – but also incredibly boring for […]

A tour of Bangkok’s canals and khlongs

A tour of Bangkok’s canals and khlongs

Following on from last month’s rainy-season themed post, it seems fitting to dive back in with a look at Bangkok’s canals and khlongs. These watery backroads show a different side of the capital, and are a great way to spend a chilled out morning or afternoon. […]

S’Amarador: one of Mallorca’s most beautiful beaches

S’Amarador: one of Mallorca’s most beautiful beaches

Mallorca is brimming with beautiful beaches – particularly along its eastern and southern coasts – but secluded S’Amarador is surely one of its best. Down in this more rural corner of the island, away from the bustling resorts of Alcudia, Pollenca and Magaluf, faded windmills […]

Should you visit South East Asia in the rainy season?

Should you visit South East Asia in the rainy season?

The rainy season in South East Asia is a tempting proposition. Cheaper flights, abundant accommodation – and who knows? You might strike it lucky and get days of glorious sunshine. After all, almost everywhere you read seems to describe the rainy season here as having […]

The Royal Crescent Hotel, Bath: Spa Review

The Royal Crescent Hotel, Bath: Spa Review

Sitting on natural hot springs, it’s no surprise that Bath boasts some of the finest and most indulgent spas in the UK – the Romans clearly hit watery gold when they first started using the city’s springs for bathing and relaxation. I was lucky enough […]

Pimalai Resort & Spa, Koh Lanta: Review

Pimalai Resort & Spa, Koh Lanta: Review

Tucked away at the far end of beautiful Koh Lanta, gazing west across the calm Andaman Sea, lies the gorgeous Pimalai Resort. One of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, this stunning hideaway offers a level of style, serenity and solitude that is hard […]

5 Top Tips for Surviving a Long-Haul Flight

5 Top Tips for Surviving a Long-Haul Flight

Long-haul flights can be a drag. I’m always amazed at the different ways people try to survive these journeys: particularly those who just sit there and drink can after can of beer. (Each to their own, but I can only imagine how rough you feel […]

Same, same but… different? 10 Ways that Laos is Completely Different to Thailand

Same, same but… different? 10 Ways that Laos is Completely Different to Thailand

During a recent spell of gallivanting around South East Asia, I spent some time in Laos: the landlocked sibling of its surrounding countries. Having spent a fair bit of time in Thailand, I (naively) thought that Laos would be somewhat similar. Surely the food would […]

Hardware Société, Paris: the best breakfast in Montmartre?

Hardware Société, Paris: the best breakfast in Montmartre?

Paris is for lovers, and lovers of all things brunch are richly rewarded at this Aussie-style cafe transplanted to a Montmartre side street. I was recently staying in the area, and – despite my undying love of pain au chocolat – was after something slightly […]


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