Mid-January, ten years ago, the colours and sunshine of my first day in San Miguel had me pinned. A week later, I met the person who was to become my husband. Today, we are raising three young children.
The 9-5 life isn't for all of us and with the ever expanding opportunities presented to us by the internet more and more of us are looking at new ways to make money, ways that also allow us to live with flexibility and get much more out of life. Here are 5 reasons why you should quit your job to go travelling.
Yep. You know us. We are the ones who post photos and updates from exotic places on Facebook. We are the ones whose fashion collection make up of cultural rags from all the countries we have been. We are your friends. Your terrible, terrible friends who travel.
It's about 50 miles from Selma to Montgomery in Alabama, and it's 50 years this year since civil rights supporters made that walk three times. The release of the movie Selma tells the story of those walks, with David Oyelowo as civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jnr.
The memories of your first holiday in a catered ski chalet might be from back in the days when you would be served either spaghetti bolognaise, coq au vin or boeuf bourguignon in strict rotation, by a girl called either Arabella, Pandora or Lucinda.
In Britain the start of Lent is marked with paltry pancakes. In Brazil, the whole country throws one of the biggest parties known to this planet, and we are quivering like a whippet at a racetrack in excitement. Baby, it's carnival time, and here's how to do it.
A design junkie's heaven, you're greeted by red ceramic tigers, crocodiles and cat buddhas, arty-farty mannequins with ski helmets and a double sided glass fireplace to defrost you as you enter.
We have come to the serene Diani Beach, on Kenya's south coast, near the border with Tanzania. Lions and elephants roamed here only a few decades ago when it had been mostly bush and undeveloped land.
I am a huge fan of Cornwall and it's somewhere I try to visit at least once a year to get my fix of their wonderful fresh air and gorgeous sea views. Last summer, my parents and I had the pleasure of visiting Carbis Bay, near St Ives, for the first time and staying in one of the self-catering holiday apartments at Hawke's Point.
When I'm old and lonely I don't want my life to read: He was born and then he died and not much happened in between! I want to make my son and family proud, I want to sit in my old chair and tell tales of triumph!
For the next four months, I will be completing my university degree. Then, from the end of May, for possibly the first time in my life, I have no idea what I'll be doing. I'm both excited and completely terrified.
Valentine's Day is approaching and travel bloggers everywhere are busy writing posts about the most romantic settings, or tales of love overseas. I'm not joining them, for frankly 'love on the road' can produce more interesting stories than sitting on a beach in Thailand watching the sunset...
So you're engaged. Congratulations! And now you're both off on a rollercoaster of wedding planning to make sure one of the most important days of your life goes without a hitch. This is also a time when you realise you have a wonderful excuse for a holiday of a lifetime.
Being an intrepid traveller is both a gift and a curse. Your natural curiosity takes you to the most incredible places on the planet, places other people could only dream of. But inquisitiveness doesn't always work out. If you find yourself facing a travel disaster, it can be extremely stressful. Here are 7 common travel disasters and tips on how to deal with them...
Do you ever go through moments of wanderlust when you just sit there and stare into the open space picturing yourself somewhere far away? Most people have.
Throughout these journeys I have developed my own travel style. I know what I like and what I don't. I know the best ways to get what I want out of a trip. However, my attitude is very different compared to the way I approached travel ten years ago. So, how interesting would it be to go back in time and give my younger self some travel advice?