We've all heard of the festival season. Usually, revellers are looking to dodge the cold weather in the winter months, rather than embrace it - there's nothing more dismal than Glastonbury without sun. So you may be shocked to hear that, for many pleasure-seekers, it's November and the true season has only just begun!
Smug travellers will regale you with tales of how they got off the beaten track and how they avoided the major sites and discovered a part of a city or country other tourists never got to see. I on the other hand hardly think its worth flying to the other side of the world and not seeing the major attractions, they are after all "must sees and must dos" for a reason.
My perception of Amsterdam has always been a sleazy city with little to offer families. After becoming a mother some years ago the last place I've ever wanted to visit was Amsterdam. However a recent visit proved me wrong. Here are just a few of the things you could do when visiting with your family.
Sadly, much of the China of most Westerners' lyrical imagination has been blown away by the winds of time. Or rather, the events of history. A fondness for wooden structures and 5,000 years worth of legendary warring has led, inevitably, to many ancestral halls and statues being razed to the ground. But in Hangzhou, the horizon will be instantly recognisable to visitors from any country.
'What's that in the water?' asks Kathleen, pointing ahead of the boat. We're standing on the deck of the Glen Tarsan, a former fishing vessel now converted to take wildlife and other cruises off the west coast of Scotland. We've left Skye behind and are sailing in wonderful sunshine towards the little island of Canna (population: 12).
There is something about the spirit of Manchester that welcomes you right in. I'm not sure if it's the cosy bars, the music-mad locals, the ease in being able to walk everywhere, or the Mancunian accent (I love the accent), but each time I visit something draws me further into the heart of this city and now, I find it difficult to leave.
Bolivia is big on "The Gringo Trail" with back packers wanting the adrenaline rush of cycling down the world's most dangerous road along with the surreal experience of a tour through the salt flats of Uyuni. However, for the older more sophisticated traveller (I'm including myself here) it's also possible to discover Bolivia's more cultural side along with a taste of adventure.
How long does it take to view a well-known tourist attraction such as the Taj Mahal? Some people might say a couple of hours, others might spend a full day at the attraction in Agra, India. Perhaps I went a tad overboard in spending three days attempting to seek out the best views of the UNESCO World Heritage Site?