Arriving by a glamorous 20-minute seaplane ride from Pula, I was enamoured by the lush pine forests, white sand beaches and crystal clear waters of the island below. For a moment it felt as though I was flying over a tiny island in the Indian Ocean, alas this was in fact Croatia - my first visit, yet to land, I was already sold.
It's this time of the year again: everyone I know at uni has jetted off on wonderful journeys of self-discovery, whether helping indigenous communities in the Brazilian rainforest or spending three months hitchhiking the Silk Road. Even though I can't help but turn my nose up at expeditions like this, when I got asked to come to China to teach for three weeks, with all expenses paid (and yes, I do mean flights), I couldn't say no.
The sun was setting on the vibrant skyline of Helsinki when I arrived. Finland's buzzing capital is every bit the diverse and design-orientated hub its proud locals would have you believe.
Despite its reputation as a stagnant state-run economy, over the past few years the Cuban government has passed pro-business reforms that have unleashed a flurry of entrepreneurial activity. How and why has this happened, and will Castro Inc. stick to the plan?
Far removed from the days of holiday brochures, with three or four images of a hotel as the only guide to a two weeks stay, customer's demands for information regarding their accommodation is growing forever more ravenous.
21st century modernism, ancient pyramids, magical sinkholes, and firefly lullabies. That was the enchanting mix that awaited us in Yucatan.... Casa ...
For most, travelling with your siblings is something only endured when you're younger: an experience limited to annual family holidays in Spain; brutal fights in the back of a car during a claustrophobic road trip around France; or trying to drown each other in a swimming pool somewhere in Europe.
Edinburgh is a festival city for the whole of August, come rain (it does) and shine (likewise) we locals struggle to negotiate our day-to-day lives through the festival crowds, but we do so with a smile.
That's what's so wonderful about wildlife. It can give you such cause for great joy without doing anything, but being there. No one had paid to be on the beach, to get a ticket to watch the animals. This was nature giving us a free show, as it always does.
It seems strange to suggest thinking about the process of cancelling a holiday at the time of booking, but holidays are one of the most expensive items a consumer may buy each year and they need to think about it in two ways
Set in a 1,000-acre ecological reserve, against the backdrop of the crystal clear waters of the Aegean sea, and the magnificent pine forests of the Cassandra Peninsula, Sani Resort nestles in an idyllic location. Made up of 4 distinct properties, catering for different guests needs, the buzzing marina is the heartbeat of the resort.
A seemingly spur of the moment decision, we decided to escape and have an adventure with our four little ones. I knew only too well that life was too short to put it off. This decision changed the way we lived immediately. For all of us.
For anyone who reads my blogs, knows that I enjoy a spa day. Massages, lunches in the sun wearing just a towel, constant swimming and generally acting like a Don in beautiful grand settings. What's not to love?
As somewhat nervous travellers, we're always looking for tips on how to reduce the stress of travel. Over the years, we've honed our travelling skills to make life on the road relatively simple. Below are the ten travel hacks that have changed the way we travel
Before travelling somewhere, I always like to hit up friends for recommendations, so this was no different when travelling to Los Angeles. On a list filled with the obligatory trips to the Hollywood Sign and Walk of Fame, one eating spot made multiple appearances - Connie and Ted's
It took me years to open my eyes to this issue. My daughter has interacted with dolphins in Africa, and I participated in photo ops with dolphins as a child in Florida. At no point did we do this thinking it caused pain and suffering to the very animals we wanted to meet and show affection towards. But now we know different. Now, we are different. And we have a responsibility as parents and as compassionate citizens to educate our children and others about the truth.