Features writer, pro photographer & the blogger behind www.go-eat-do.com.
Stuart Forster is an award-winning features writer and photographer with a passion for travel. You can read more from Stuart on his blog, www.go-eat-do.com.
His written work has been published in publications including ABTA Magazine, Esquire, Forbes and National Geographic Kids. He has contributed to books such as 1001 Cars to Dream of Driving Before You Die, Driving Holidays Across India and National Geographic's Secret Journeys of a Lifetime .
Stuart is also an experienced professional photographer and a director of www.whyeyephotography.com. His work has been published in several national newspapers, plus magazines and books around the world. He undertakes photographic commissions and also submits stock images to agencies such as Rex Features and 4 Corners Images. He was shortlisted for the 2013 National Geographic Traveller Photographer of the Year Award.
All that I knew was that I'd be served Swiss cuisine but that the food would be something other than raclette and fondue. According to the rules of Dinner at Home, hosts are not allowed to serve either of those traditional Swiss dishes.
When it comes to wildlife, nothing can be guaranteed, but few people return from Churchill without spotting polar bears. Large numbers of the animals gather in the region while waiting for the Hudson Bay to freeze. When it does they head out onto the ice to hunt seals.
Instagram, the popular photography sharing app, currently has more than 500 million active users. For travellers that means an array of pictorial insights from which to draw inspiration. You'll find selfies, landscapes, cityscapes and carefully arranged food photos. Some accounts show holiday snaps while other streams display travel images by professional photographers.
The most sought-after advertising spots are those dovetailed around the Super Bowl's halftime show, in which some of the biggest names in music have performed. Coldplay will take to the stage this year.
All cities have stories. One of the joys of urban photography is conveying them with a camera. Dresden, the capital of Saxony, has many tales to tell and may well be the most photogenic of all Germany's big cities.
Why is the commercial exploitation of Christmas so readily accepted in the United Kingdom? Why don't people make an effort to lobby their Member of Parliament for change? Why don't Britons register complaints at the stores and malls displaying Christmas signs and décor unseasonally early?
Travel isn't always about touring capital cities and A-list attractions. To gain nuanced impressions of a nation sometimes it's far more rewarding to head to small towns and villages, where the pace of life is gentler. Quietly observing everyday scenes from the shaded seat of a provincial café is as much a part of experiencing France as snapping selfies in front of the Eiffel Tower.
People chatter while enjoying coffees plus the shade of parasols outside of cafes just paces from florists' stalls. It's easy to understand why locals know this colourful part of the Croatian capital as Flower Square. As I'm learning, Zagreb has a café culture to rival any southern European city.
A hundred summers ago Opatija, on the Adriatic coast, was regarded one of Europe's finest seaside resorts. Head there today and you'll find an attractive Croatian town overlooking the shimmering water of Kvarner Bay.
You'll feel sore in the morning I was warned, ahead of my first time on horseback in years. But when you're out West and have the chance to go riding, isn't that the kind of thing you worry about afterwards? I reckon so...
Austria's Vorarlberg region is one of the world's leading winter sport destinations. The techniques employed on the mountains around Lech and Zürs in the early part of the 20th century became integrated into the Alpine skiing technique that would, in time, be taught in ski resorts around the globe.
When you head off on vacation, do you simply want to reach your hotel, unpack and spend a couple of weeks enjoying a relaxing change of scenery or do you consider switching accommodation while you're away?
For many travellers the Netherlands is all about Amsterdam, although plenty of other places in the country warrant a visit. Rotterdam, the nation's second city, is a viable destination for a weekend break and has much to offer, particularly if you're an architecture aficionado.
The Canadian province of Saskatchewan has much to offer foodies who enjoy a casual approach to dining and big flavours. As you might expect from one of Canada's western provinces, steaks are popular but there's also plenty more for discerning diners.
Clouds hang low and heavy over Tyneside as I make my way towards the Port of Tyne to board the MS Marco Polo. It's one of many cruise ships that now dock on the river that became famous for exporting coal and shipbuilding.