I get a real kick when I drive through Bournemouth on my way to work and see paddleboarders or surfers splashing about in the sea. This is the true value of this place - you can swim in the morning or the evening after a day's work (if like me, you're happy to brave the cold) or walk on the sand to get inspired. It's priceless.
In August 2015 I spent 3 days on the Jurassic Coast in beautiful Dorset with my family. My 7-year-old son's interest in dinosaurs, fossils and all things Jurassic, inspired the trip and we went in the hope that, other than wonderful memories from a break away as a family, we would return home with a real fossil or two.
This place, which in area is the same as 50 football pitches, is dripping with the history that encapsulates the story of the British Isles... These jewels in the National Trust crown have drawn people for a huge variety of reasons. Whether as a place to escape the rat race, a place to be at one with nature or a place to fire the imagination.
So how do the products get their stars? It's simple, it's about taste, judge's taste the food in its naked state without the branding or fancy packaging. It could be a slice of bread, a scoop of ice cream, a teaspoon of butter, a flavoured oil, or a pie - sweet or savoury. If it needs cooking, the producer's instructions are followed to the letter.
Children or no children, beaches in winter are all about wild seas, rugged walks and the type of gear normally associated with polar expeditions. And nowhere on earth (or quickly reached on a short-break) does those beaches better than the UK. These are the places to teach your children the true value of things they take for granted, like walking upright and body heat.
If you ever find yourself in need of crystal meth candy or bath salts (the kind you really do put in your bath) Albequerque's got what you're looking for. Following on the heels of the likes of Baltimore and New Jersey, it's the latest in a long line of locations to milk the cult status of a tv show - in this case HBO's Breaking Bad.