China on the horizon

2018 has been a quieter travel year for me, but we are heading east in a couple of months’ time to visit China! We were looking for somewhere warm and malaria free to spend some time in November and Hainan, a subtropical island in the South China sea came up – handily there are now…

In other news…I’m writing a book!

It’s been a little quiet around here this summer but just in time for that ‘back to school’ feeling, I can finally reveal that I will be writing a travel guidebook. It will be a regional travel guide, but a bit different to your usual Rough Guides/Lonely Planets. The focus will be on what makes…

Summer days in Sardinia

Sardinia is a great place to slow down. We often pack our holidays full of things to do every day, but sometimes it’s just nice to relax. So a four-night break in June was perfect to unwind a bit. We stayed on the east coast of Sardinia at Arbatax for three nights, filling our time…

Bison Beer Crafthouse – a great place for drinks in Brighton

I keep meaning to add more Brighton content here but always forget. But I had to share a great new bar we visited last weekend, the Bison Beer Crafthouse. You’ll find this place on North Road (not North Street!) right in the heart of the North Laine. It’s really easy to spot due to the…

The magic of Forodhani at Eid (a Stone Town sight you shouldn’t miss)

“At Eid, everyone wanna go Forodhani”. The words of our guide rang in my ears as we surveyed the sea of joyful families and friends spilling out of the gardens and into the road along the seafront. An Eid night celebration at Forodhani Gardens in Zanzibar is something to behold. Dazzling colours, peaceful crowds picnicing…

Why you should visit Herculaneum instead of Pompeii

Staying in the Naples or Sorrento area during a trip to Italy? The region is home to two fascinating archaeological sites in Herculaneum and Pompeii. But if you only have one day to spare, which should you visit? We visited both last year and although it’s amazing to see such a famous site as Pompeii,…

What to see at Brighton Fringe this May

It’s Brighton Festival and Fringe time again – for me the best time of the year to be in town. You can’t walk down New Road without tripping over people handing out flyers for their alternative cabaret/theatre/comedy shows, many of them in eye-catching outfits. But with so much on, from the Warren to the Spiegeltent…

Five landscapes you have to see on your South American trip

South America isn’t short of spectacular landscapes, many of which I’ve been lucky enough to visit over the past ten years. Stunning salt flats, dramatic table-top mountains, thousands of waterfalls and snow-capped volcanoes, there’s something for everyone. Not to mention the world’s longest river, the Amazon which drifts through thousands of acres of primary rainforest….

Flamingos, llamas and salt lakes – a Salar de Surire photoblog

Salar de Surire is a dazzling small salt flat in the Atacama Desert of northern Chile, about halfway between Iquique and Arica. Although not as large or impressive as Salinas Grandes in north-west Argentina (which remains one of my favourite-ever travel days), it’s home to a large population of three species of flamingo, including the…

Visiting Parque Nacional Lauca from Arica, Chile

Snow-capped volcanoes, lots of alpacas and vicunas and the bluest of skies – all things you can expect to see if you make the journey up to Parque Nacional Lauca from Arica in Chile. Read on for more about this intriguing but little visited corner of Chile. There’s a place on the Arica-La Paz highway…