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?
I stopped analysing a long time ago if the question was an enviously malicious put-down or a genuine, earnest search for content. Either way the answer is usually, "No one. Just me." And those words fuel me.
After a recent trip to Istanbul, my love for Turkish Delight bubbled over and I scoffed every piece I was offered, no matter the flavour or colour. Back home, I wanted to make my own, with a flavour I couldn't find in Turkey Yeni Raki or 'Lion's Milk' which is also the country's national drink..
London has heaps of history, a bucketload of charm, photo opportunities by the dozen and so much romance to offer that you could echo Samuel Johnson's famous quote: "When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life."
The touristic and historic cities of Bogotá, Cartagena and Medellin are brimming with culture, innovation and energy. Colombia is known for valuable emeralds, rich coffee, beautiful woman, salsa dancing and the rise and fall of the world's most infamous drug lord Pablo Escobar.
Which lodge is "best" is a near-impossible to question to answer. Different areas come into season at different times of year and factors like a change of manager can make all the difference, both positive and negative.
While I refuse to advocate running away to the beach, Goa, Thailand, or other places filled with long-term backpackers trying to delay growing up, I have seen that when you're trying to build a strategy for your life, it can be helpful to step out of your typical daily routine for a bit, without necessarily going all Eat Pray Love about it.
All is not lost however, despite English men being in short supply, mercifully, with London being the diverse mixing pot that it is, there is a welcome supply of Europeans relocating to the capital. Great for our economy, and more importantly, great for my sex life.
February is traditionally the month for celebrating romantic relationships, while the single ones get pissed and end up being sick into a bin or in the bed of some stranger, but at HuffPost UK Lifestyle, we're tired of it.
It seems as though these big hotels just assume that everyone is claiming on expenses so they can get away with charging guests to use their Wi-Fi. It is very arrogant and completely unacceptable.
Alice came with the house. She is the maid. An observant, motherly figure in her late fifties, Alice could have been a character in a silent film. It was possible to walk into a room and not know that she was there, levitating through the house like a human hovercraft.
Travelling isn't cheap and for some people, a gap year purely for leisure is out of the question. But it's not all lost. Many people travel and work at the same time and sometimes this is the better option.