As is becoming an annual event, 'once in a lifetime extreme weather' has brought climate change issues to the fore. More on this December later - let's start at the beginning, and the sunniest winter on record and the start of some very unpredictable seasons.
New year, new adventures. If you're looking for somewhere exciting and different to go in 2016, take a look at 5 of the emerging backpacking hotspots for the year ahead. These are 5 utterly unique destinations not to be missed if you're in search of a travel experience like no other...
I ended up studying in the UK, paying the same as someone born and raised there. Yet before I set foot in London to study I had absolutely no connection to the UK. So what makes me, a Swedish citizen of Indian descent, any less of an 'overseas' student than an Indian citizen? Answer: my passport.
With dwindling record sales, stale chart offerings, an abundance of TV talent shows and more generic tunes than you can shake a stick at, it does seem...
There are plenty of things that make Stockholm easy to promote abroad, from the impossibly cute look of the Old Town to the super-creative food, music and shopping scenes, which have left much bigger cities playing catch up in recent years. Here are five more reasons why you should visit Stockholm in 2016.
Anxiety, you see, doesn't care if you're taking a holiday. It's not something you can leave at home; like your hairbrush or that second bottle of after-sun lotion. Anxiety wouldn't want to miss out. With new countries, new towns and cities, and of course, air travel, comes a wealth of new dangers, threats and uncertainties. Anxiety is in its element.
You know that magical moment when you've flown somewhere at night, only to open the curtains the next day and see an incredible, unexpected world outside your window. That's how my time in Slovenia began! ALMOST.
When we're posting those iconic 'plane wing' photographs, we're simultaneously dying inside. We hate flying. Relaxed, confident travellers, we are not. Our travel bags usually consist of Kalms, Immodium, Gaviscon and Asprin (or in Laura's case, straight up Valium).
Daffodils may be blooming here in the UK, but that doesn't mean you have to pack away your down jackets and snow boots just yet. There are plenty of destinations where the white stuff is guaranteed, from high-altitude ski resorts in the Alps and log cabins in Lapland to more far-flung 'chillspots' like Greenland and Antarctica. Read on for eight guaranteed winter wonderlands...
From kicking back in a salsa bar to learning about local cuisine in a cooking class, Puerto Rico is a hotbed of cultural experiences, and whilst we love whiling away the day on a spectacular beach, we can never resist the opportunity to sample some local life. Here are some of our favourite local Puerto Rican experiences...
Craving to unwind, be pampered and have a taste of La Dolce Vita in grand style? When in Rome you can do so at the Jumeirah Grand Hotel Via Veneto's superb Time Restaurant & Wine Bar.
On the borders of Windsor Great Park, less than an hour from London, Coworth Park, a luxurious Georgian country house hotel, was the ideal base for our hiking and history mini-break. And, if we'd been in the mood for a horsey weekend, there's an equestrian centre on site where we could have arranged an escorted horseback ride or lessons. Or just up the road is the famous, 300 year-old Ascot Racecourse.
It is Valentine's day, and for the first time ever, an enormous multi-faith, multiple wedding has been arranged in Mt Abu, Rajasthan. It takes place in a big bowl of dust which is still called 'The Polo Ground', but which probably hasn't seen any polo played since the days of the Raj, when this pretty hill retreat was the holiday resort and sanatorium for British civil service officers and their families.
Earlier this year, TFL ran a high profile advertising campaign with the concept of 'Share the Road'. Out of interest, how's that working out for you? Because it sure as heck isn't working out where I'm concerned.
It's not so surprising to hear that Kasia and I visited Barcelona again last week. We do love a little trip there! What is less known, however, are the reasons why we went this time and what we got up to.
When I was twenty I dropped out of college and travelled alone, overland to India. I didn't tell my parents where I was until, some months after my disappearance, I sent them - from Mt Abu in Rajasthan - one of those thin blue airmail paper letters. It was 1973 and back then it was possible to travel through Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan - the old hippy trail - not so much the Silk Road as the cheesecloth road.