What was there to do on these two paradise islands? Other than swim, snorkel, walk their perimeter and relax on the beach... not very much! What a beautifully unfussy life! No one was in a hurry or clutching a mobile phone. There was no TV or radio blaring.
Unlike the cities of its closest neighbour United Arab Emirates, the Sultanate of Oman hasn't quite let go of its exotic past just yet. If you're expecting the glitz and glam of Dubai or the skyscrapers of Abu Dhabi, you'll be disillusioned.
Choosing to travel is so wonderful so much of the time that it is easy for everyone (travellers included) to forget that it is like any choice in life: when you choose one option you have to forgo whatever the other option may be.
So, university has begun and you are past the Fresher love for your new town or city. You reminisce about your Gap Year or wish you had taken a year to really "find yourself". Easter and summer breaks offer the perfect opportunity to break out of the library and travel. But which kind of cultural experience are you after?
I have been travelling for just over six months and haven't put finger to keyboard for the whole time beyond the weekly reassuring email home. The good English girl that is still left in me feels like I should apologise for being so slack and not meeting expectations.
I find music and travel both utterly addictive. After one short trip away, I return with post-travel blues, desperate to go on another one. The same with music - I'm incapable of listening to one song, then turning off.
A journey to Burma is something of a surreal experience. Scenic mountains, endless forests, enchanted temple ruins and a captivating culture with a distressing past running through the veins of the sovereign state.
For most of us, travel is one of life's biggest pleasures. We hop on board a plane, leave our lives behind, and absorb ourselves in a different way of life. We relax on beaches and explore cities. A few times while we're away, we'll utter the words "I don't want to go home" and "I wish I could stay here forever". But how true is that?
If I've learned one thing while travelling solo, it's that the majority of people are good, honest and helpful. I've actually felt less safe in areas of my home city of London than places people would often be nervous about visiting like Honduras or Brazil.
Getsemani is the last residential neighbourhood of Cartagena's 'old town'. A colonial city on Colombia's Caribbean coast, Cartagena was recognised as a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1984.
There was plenty of magic in the process of receiving and tasting each course. However, this was just the first stage. It was heightened further by watching others receive their food, and gauging their delight and surprise.
With the easter holidays round the corner, and the summer holidays following shortly on their heels, many of us are starting to seriously think abou...
With pockets of social groups and subcultures - from the super rich in Chelsea and ultra-glamorous in Mayfair to the vintage fans of Portobello Road and the artists in Hoxton Square - finding somewhere to fit in is easy. That's why London is for everyone.
Marrakech is by no means an expensive destination. In fact, for all its beauty and culture, you won't need to fork out very much at all. But fall into the common tourist traps and you could end up spending more than you'd budgeted for.
If there's one tip I have for a first time backpacker, it is this: pack light.It sounds obvious, but almost no one does it. Trust me, when you're out there - wherever it may be - there is something immensely satisfying about rocking up to the overnight bus with a bag that can fit under your seat.
Situated almost exactly where the shoelaces would be on the boot of Italy, which is how I described its location to almost everyone who asked and received instant recognition, the Amalfi Coast is made up of several towns spanning an unfathomably picturesque coastline, easily one of the most beautiful in the world, as a quick Google will confirm.