There is a kind of loneliness here. Australia forces a sensory of self that holds no prisoners. It's a strange juxtaposition, resting somewhere between a launching pad for the fearless and a refuge for the fearful. You're exposed in your remoteness, yet somehow comforted by the thought of it.
Unlike its southerly competitors, East Africa can offer both a safari holiday and a beach holiday in one easy trip. The famous Indian Ocean coastline of Tanzania is just a couple of hours (and sometimes even less!) from several world-class game viewing areas.
If I've learned one thing while travelling solo, it's that the majority of people are good, honest and helpful. I've actually felt less safe in areas of my home city of London than places people would often be nervous about visiting like Honduras or Brazil.
The downside of a mini-break with your little sister is that there is no sex. The upsides are that you can only pack one set of clothes (in my case, three jumpers, and no change of socks) and still have an absolutely lovely time.
So, I'll be travelling solo... with the three kids. Are you imagining mature, responsible, well-seasoned travellers between the ages of seven and 14? I'm talking about twin boys, who've just turned five, and a little girl, barely two. They are newbie international explorers and I am mad.
It turns out, once I'd cleared up any pre-conceptions about the food scene, I fell as hard for New Zealand's beauty as I did for the man who brought me there. First step: extend that map in my mind to include a 'must revisit' pin. Second step: learn to drive...
Summer in Rome is baking hot and very crowded, and autumn and winter can be chilly and wet. Come March, however, the city is bathed in sunshine and trees start to bud with new life. Spring is a great time to visit Rome, and we've listed five reasons below.
Getsemani is the last residential neighbourhood of Cartagena's 'old town'. A colonial city on Colombia's Caribbean coast, Cartagena was recognised as a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1984.
There was plenty of magic in the process of receiving and tasting each course. However, this was just the first stage. It was heightened further by watching others receive their food, and gauging their delight and surprise.
If you are taken ill on holiday, depending on the condition, you could see yourself being charged thousands and even hundreds of thousands of pounds for medical treatment and the cost of being flown home could cost up to £45,000 just for the ride!
After our massages, we had a swim in the indoor pool and then enjoyed some time relaxing in the spas sauna and stream rooms. We also read our books lazing in our robes on the loungers by the pool before heading back to our room.
By visiting these places before they become popular you'll have the rare opportunity to enjoy them before they become overly commercial and lose some of their charm. Get your trips booked and see these beautiful countries while they're still at their best.
Considering myself to be a reasonably well-read connoisseur of Spanish literature, I looked forward to "Q is for Quixote: Great classic writers." With good reason, as it turned out. Yet I discovered that I didn't know quite as much about Spain's literary world as I thought with Orti introducing me to some authors I'd never heard of.
We were told that someone requiring treatment for Aids had died because they could no longer afford to pay their medical bills. Wives of some of the workers started to turn up at our house (R now worked from home as the company offices had no electricity) with babies and small children, asking for help we couldn't give.
Maybe it's just time to admit that flying isn't for me. I'm not going to disembark fresh faced after a peaceful eight hour nap and I'm sure as hell not going to learn to stomach crappy airline food.
Not only are developers ruining London for the people who actually live here, the development of HS2 is going to destroy some of Britain's most idyllic countryside, all for a train line that many will not be able to afford to travel on.