Travel Blogs

Seattle Discoveries - The Big Four

Black Tomato | Posted 17.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Black Tomato

Seattle is one of America's most exciting destinations right now. Well, think about it, cosmopolitan city surrounded by astounding natural scenery with endless opportunities for exploration. It's the ultimate city break destination; split your time between the many urban activities on offer and country pursuits in the lakes...

The Coolest Hotels Around the World Right Now

Andrea Magrath | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Andrea Magrath

Is the offer of an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet just not impressing you anymore? These unique properties offer something extraordinary, from infinity pools suspended above the jungle, to a floating suite in the ocean, and a bed 155m deep in a silver mine.

Cuba: A Journey Through Time

Katarina Zimmer | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Katarina Zimmer

It enchants with its complete genuineness, as you can tell by the extreme friendliness of the locals. Spend the day getting lost in the old town's colonial alleys, to stumble across a live rumba dance. At night follow the habaneros to the cooling sea spray of the Malecòn, the city's eight-kilometer long sea-drive.

Hens and Vans for Sale

Stella Vine | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Stella Vine

I imagine driving somewhere in a van, France, Italy, the sense of freedom makes me happy, I stop off at a beauty parlour in some small town and get my nails painted pale pink, my hair extra blonded, I feel good. I by chance get invited out to dinner by some vague male apparition, I go out of curiosity, this is like tripping, I try to see what he looks like, Dennis Weaver in McCloud, crikey.

Planet Appetite: A Capital Taste of Washington DC and its Region

Rupert Parker | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Parker

Tourists flock to Washington DC, the US capital, to view the monuments and museums but they can also dine well, particularly on the seafood coming from Chesapeake Bay.

Dusty Lemon Cardigans, Belgian Chocolates and a Log Cabin

Stella Vine | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Stella Vine

I'd fallen into a little pit of minor despair, (a big black hole, couldn't move), all energy had gone and I was feeling a bit hopeless, thank goodness a quick trip to the Smoke revived me. I walked lots, covered quite a few miles, squashed lots of errands into a few hours, it was nice to be back 'home' in the city with my boy, all be it briefly.

How to Experience the True Venice

Andrea Magrath | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Andrea Magrath

Stow your map. See that long, narrow, foreboding passageway off the main thoroughfare? Walk down there. Venice is a remarkably safe city, and you'll only get so far before you hit the sea, so be brave and wander without direction.

Adventures of Two Metal Heads in Paris

Bytestories | Posted 03.04.2014 | UK Comedy
Bytestories

Being foreigners, our main form of transportation was taxis. What ensued was the scariest time I've ever had in a car, and I've been on road trips with comedians.

Layana Resort and Spa, Koh Lanta

The Spa Spy | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

Arriving by speedboat transfer, then whisked through a world of white sandy beaches and lush tropical greenery, I felt terribly glamorous - like I'd arrived on the set of a Bond film. I know I have a wild imagination, but it sure beats a taxi...

Cantering in the Dark With Stars Out

Stella Vine | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Stella Vine

When I have finished a painting, I find it hard to summon up the confidence to start on another, I can fall into a bit of a pit, so if there are already roughed in works, it's like I'm not really stopping. I'll probably do a different kind of work soon, I'll probably be in a different place. Though these works, feel like my main work, I keep coming back to them.

Lollies and Crinkly Paper

Stella Vine | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Stella Vine

I've been making paintings on hand-made paper for a few years now, I love the feel and look of them, not for the faint-hearted, a few crinkles can scare a canvas traditionalist off, I'm dead proud of them. One collector in LA said his framer had never seen anything like them, which I think is a bit of a compliment...

You Say Tomato, I Say Tomato - One Brit's Love Affair with American Culture

George Gabriel | Posted 21.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
George Gabriel

Readers of my very first blog will remember I couldn't have been more excited when preparing for my inaugural trip across the Atlantic Ocean back in the early stages of 2012. There I sat, carving out the words of my long-anticipated adieu to the green and pleasant land of my birth, to live my very own American dream...

Top 10 Places to Visit in the North East

Ceri Tinley | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ceri Tinley

Hadrian's Wall is probably one of the finest examples of a Roman engineering project you are ever likely to see. Spanning 73 miles from coast to coast, and with over 20 different places to visit around the wall, you could spend days here. Housesteads is perhaps the wall's most dramatic site, and as the best preserved Roman Fort in the country, will probably give you the best insight into Roman life.

In Search of Enlightenment: Destinations to Revive a Weary Soul

HomeAway.co.uk | Posted 10.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
HomeAway.co.uk

When the chaos of everyday life gets a bit much, it's time to take a break that will revive your body and soul. While holidays lounging on the beach may be restorative, some of us look for an experience that will leave us with more than just beautiful photographs and happy memories.

Hollywood Retreats: Sunset Marquis

The Spa Spy | Posted 09.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

Steeped in history, the Sunset Marquis has been a renowned Rock n' Roller's destination since its doors opened off the Sunset Strip in 1961. A stone's throw from many of Hollywood's top music venues - it's been a home from home for many a rock royalty...

Seven Hotels Featured in Films This Year

Trivago.co.uk | Posted 07.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Trivago.co.uk

Some hotels served as filming locations, such as Boston's Fairmont Copley Plaza in American Hustle and the Aria Resort & Casino in Last Vegas. Others were used to signify other locations, such as Los Angeles' Langham Pasadena...

It's Business Time on Gran Canaria

Matthew Hirtes | Posted 07.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Matthew Hirtes

If you've ever read any of my back catalogue, you probably won't have me pegged as a business traveller. Check the profile pic if my work's totally new to you. Yes, I've got an economy-class mugshot, haven't I?

Safety and Preparation for Travel in India

Lauren Razavi | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Lauren Razavi

In just a few weeks, I'll be heading to India for the very first time. I know that I already love the people, the food and the culture, so even with a lot of other things to do in the period before I go, my excitement is already reaching a huge peak.

Spa and the Strip: Aria Resort, Las Vegas

The Spa Spy | Posted 04.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

If you don't need a bit of a detox after a trip to Las Vegas then you aren't doing it right. But why not indulge in some TLC while you are still there? Aria is one of the newest five star hotels to land in the Nevada town and it is a tower of glamour, offering a huge menu of treatments in a vast luxury spa far, far away from the casino halls and neon lights.

Greetings From the Land of the Rising Sun

Martyn Sibley | Posted 03.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Martyn Sibley

After the grueling flight, we got to our Tokyo hotel with ourselves and the wheelchair etc intact. After checking in at 2pm Japan time (and missed a nights sleep while flying), we planned to have a short nap, go out for dinner and climatise to our new time zone. Instead, waking up at all was impossible and we slept through to 5.30am.

Planet Appetite: Hotel Illa d'Or, Puerto Pollença, Mallorca, Spain

Rupert Parker | Posted 03.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Parker

Founded in 1929, Illa d'Or has hosted a host of celebrities including Winston Churchill and Agatha Christie on their visits to Puerto Pollença, Mallorca - it's just been refurbished to a very high standard indeed.

Best Holiday Deals in Spring

Mark Hodson | Posted 28.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mark Hodson

This is a great time of year for getting a deal on a holiday. The peak January booking period has passed, and the early summer rush is still a long way off, so travel companies are looking to boost their cash flows by landing some bookings, even if that means offering some juicy discounts.

Wonderful Weimar - the Cultural Heart of Germany

Petra Shepherd | Posted 21.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Petra Shepherd

Weimar in the heart of Germany is renowned for its cultural heritage, palaces and parks. Many writers are drawn here due to its association with Goethe and Schiller, whose houses have been converted into museums,

Travel Eye: Budget Accommodation in Southeast Asia

Karen Edwards | Posted 18.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Karen Edwards

Bargains don't pop up too often these days, meaning we're all holding out for "the right moment" to take that perfect trip. Well, that's where the wonderful region of Southeast Asia comes in. Because once you've bought the flight ticket, you'll find bumming around the area is actually pretty cheap!

For the Love of Skiing

Ceri Tinley | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ceri Tinley

It is a well-known fact that people are often brought together by the love of a particular sport, and skiing is no exception. Having hobbies in common is one of the things that can cement a relationship, make it grow, and make it stronger.