'It's freezing!' everyone seems to be crying in the UK as if we have never seen winter before. I was in need of something, or some things, to get me through these dark days. Why don't we all embrace the season and the Danish art of 'hygge', or cosiness?
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Jane Egginton is the author of over 40 travel guide books and countless magazine and online articles. Jane writes about travel, as well as food, drink and wellness and specialises in South America âÂ especially Brazil and East London â particularly Hackney.
My intention is to let go of negativity and the past, and the candle in my meditation stops in a little dark cave, its light inviting me to stay with it. It seems emblematic of the lodge itself, dark, primeval, womb-like, a place of death and burial and also of re-birth.
17/11/2016 14:23 GMT
As a travel writer and yoga teacher people are often asking me for advice and information, so it struck me it would be good to get something down 'on paper'. I thought hard about what were the most important things to me.
30/08/2016 11:46 BST
Why didn't someone tell us this before?' a 40-year-old at the the ashram in India asks me. It is a good question. Much of what we learn on our Yoga Teacher Training we could all do with knowing. I describe the training as teaching us how to be, as much as how to be a yoga teacher.
21/10/2015 13:37 BST
Today may well now be a golden age for Irish film and television, with the industry in 2015 worth several hundred million pounds. Long gone are the days when programmes depicting the Troubles, which began in 1969, were filmed overseas.
28/09/2015 18:50 BST
DO book train tickets from Delhi in advance. Tickets get sold out quickly, it's a fun way to travel and taking a car is a lot more expensive. Oh and do book your flights to India as far in advance as possible.
24/04/2015 16:00 BST
'Where should I go in Goa?' As a travel writer, it was a question I kept getting asked by people travelling in India. The answer was, I didn't know. Goa is a state, rather than just one destination, and the character and appeal of its beaches are constantly changing.
09/04/2015 10:23 BST
'It doesn't matter where or how far you go... the important thing is how alive you are,' said Thoreau. After 25 years of travel writing it is something I am only just beginning to appreciate. More and more I feel what is relevant is not where I travel to, but how I travel.
21/01/2015 16:03 GMT
Anyone travelling to the hotel in Cornwall by any method other than car qualifies for this gift. Why don't more hotels offer incentives like this? The term 'eco hotel' rarely translates into something tangible for the visitor, let alone something they can actually contribute to and be part of.
19/01/2015 13:26 GMT
'One's destination is never a place but a new way of seeing things'. It's not often I find inspiration in an in-flight magazine but the words of Henry Miller, one of my favourite authors, jump out at me.
13/01/2015 12:05 GMT
I first met Richard Beard on a Arvon writing course and shortly afterwards enrolled with NAW. I have written a number of travel books but never my own creative project. As my material is essentially memoir, I was in danger of becoming swamped by the psychology of my own story. I had the building blocks of the idea but the form seemed out of reach.
02/12/2014 17:26 GMT
The train has barely left London when I realise, to my horror, that my Apple Mac charger does not fit the plug socket. With that my plans to work on the five-hour journey go out the window. 'Oh yes, these trains were fitted before those I-thingys', the conductor says rather too cheerfully.
31/10/2014 10:36 GMT
I love juicing. I am well aware of the health benefits. But I am not good with machinery. It doesn't interest me. So, I am likely to choose a juicer like I would a handbag: on looks alone. My best friend, a shoe designer, once went into a computer shop to buy a laptop. The assistant asked her what kind of thing she was looking for.
31/10/2014 10:35 GMT
'You are going to be amazed,' Juan Carlos my guide, exclaims as we set off on a tour of the largest of the Canary Islands. Juan tells me that almost half of Gran Canaria forms a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
13/10/2014 14:31 BST
Martinhal prides itself on offering barefoot chic at the beach and my friend and hairdresser, Nancy and I, who have come to experience Martinhal's first yoga week, don't put our shoes on all week. We patter from our beautiful wooden cubed beach room with beachfront view to our 'pod' complete with beanbags, overlooking the ocean.
17/09/2014 12:20 BST
When the London riots erupted three years ago, Hackney was on fire. Alecky Blythe, who wrote <em>London Road</em>, a sell-out at the National Theatre, took to the streets to record the voices of the people involved.
09/09/2014 15:54 BST
'This is the perfect breakfast drink', our otherwise tactiturn barman announces as he puts a Prestige Fizz - Bombay Sapphire gin with vermouth, celery, cucumber and mint topped with champagne - on the 30-foot-long bar.
27/08/2014 15:17 BST
There is a lot of laughter at Sunset Mountain. Llena is a tiny, wiry Brazilian, with incredible energy and a real gift for communication. 'It is as if her words go inside you,' someone from our group of 20 people says.
27/08/2014 15:16 BST
London's Notting Hill Carnival has its roots firmly in the culture of the West Indian island of Trinidad, but since 2003, Jamaican Twist - the only Jamaican float to take part - has been an integral part, winning a host of awards.
21/08/2014 15:36 BST
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