I closed my eyes and spent a moment trying to just listen to the soothing sound of the choir and block out all the clicking and flashing, but it was genuinely difficult and it made me quite sad.
Here in our modern hotel in the mountains of Moganshan, there were no traces of the area's infamous colonial past that would have had white people served their traditional Christmas fare regardless of practicality, throughout the early 20th Century.
We were a tad skeptical when we heard that Brighton had knocked London out of top spot as the UK's number one restaurant and bar destination by Conde Nast Traveller readers. So we set out to eat and drink our way around Brighton for a weekend to see if the award was justified.
Do you feel like you're in a stagnant pool of post-festive lethargy? Or stuck in a dull puddle of lassitude and stupor? Fear not - it's time to take the plunge and splash out of a trip to somewhere which will blow away the cobwebs of 2014 and whet your whistle for the new year: Bath.
But what of all the other people who do so much to make such safaris happen? The pilot of the light plane that brings you to the remote camp. The cook who rustles up such amazing meals on a campfire. The man who brings you the hot water for your bush shower.
Arriving at Haad Rin beach, Koh Phangan, I padded my way to the quieter end of the pretty 1km bay and propped myself against my backpack among a happy buzz of young sunbathers.
For the first time, this year London will be charging spectators to see its New Year's Eve fireworks. In the following I'll look at what the £10 a head will be spent on and how other New Year's Eve celebrations around the world compare.
I had always told myself that I would continue to travel once my child was born. It is with pride and bags under my eyes that I can say I have. It takes courage, humility, and endurance but it can be done.
At a ripe old age of around 70 fighting throat cancer, he spoke of everything he went through leading up to, during and post the Siege of Sarajevo. We couldn't have been more transfixed and attentive in our lives, in the hope we didn't miss an ounce of his story.
If you've got children, Lapland UK is a truly magical place in every sense of the word. From the moment you arrive, you're transported to the gateway to all things Christmas and if, like us, you're a big fan of this time of year, you certainly wont be disappointed.
The smell of one-sided toast with melted butter - it was always done on just one side under the grill, crisp and melty. Tea for the grown-ups, milk for us. Sitting by the fire that my grandmother had set when she got up at half six, as she did every morning.
Are you the type who just buy a flight ticket and hit the road without sufficient financial backup? Well, maybe you should consider making some money while you travel. Here are 10 ways to earn some extra cash while you make your way around the world: It's time to use your creative skills!
Responsible tourism may not seem to go hand in hand with the USA, particularly when its most shouted-about tourism offerings are often Disneyland and Las Vegas. And yet over the last couple of years, we've been looking more closely at this vast country, and have pulled out the hidden hideaways, cycling and hiking trails...
How much do you know about the Central American country of Panama? Before I went, I knew there was a famous canal and they had their own type of hat. However, what I found was a country with breathtakingly diverse landscape, friendly people, buzzing cities and relaxed deserted islands.
From sophisticated cocktail bars to a foodie scene that'll rival the very best, have a scan over some of our top Scottsdale experiences and be inspired by a destination few know, and even fewer have been lucky enough to visit.
My husband and I worked our way through the hotel's endless attractions, in the weekend break equivalent of ramming your face with Selection Box chocolates on Christmas morning.