Category: North America

Photograph of the week: Santa Monica Muscle Beach

Photograph of the week: Santa Monica Muscle Beach

A young man uses the exercise rings on Santa Monica’s Muscle Beach at sunset. Located just south of Santa Monica Pier and dating from the 1930s, this is the original Muscle Beach; its more famous sibling, two miles south in Venice, was not established until the 1950s. In the past, Hollywood stars such as Kirk […]

5 luxury vacation homes you could exchange with your own

5 luxury vacation homes you could exchange with your own

Here’s a luxury travel secret that owners of luxury second homes need to know. Anyone who has a rental property and has looked into the possibility of swapping their home with other like-minded owners will be aware that there’s a plethora of home exchange sites out there. House swapping has seen increasing popularity over the […]

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5 hotels to watch the sun set

Twilight hour, golden hour, magic hour – call it what you want, the setting of the sun is a photographer’s dream, creating nature’s canvas in the sky and filling it with an array of colours and styles: pink, orange, red, yellow, golden, amber, mauve, purple; soft and calm, fiery and streaky, clear and majestic. We […]

6 reasons you should start exploring British Columbia

6 reasons you should start exploring British Columbia

British Columbia is one of Canada’s most beautiful provinces, and one of the most action-packed! Whether you’re looking for a city break, some outdoor adventure or perhaps a ski holiday, BC is the place to be. Here are six reasons why you should choose a holiday to British Columbia next year: The great outdoors There’s no doubt […]

5 unique, lesser-known destinations

5 unique, lesser-known destinations

The worst part of being a tourist visiting the worlds most popular attractions is all the other tourists. Long lines, crowded spaces, having to stand on a friend or relative to prevent people from obscuring your photographs. The solution then, is to go somewhere quiet and less travelled, but of course you still want to see […]

6 secret beaches from around the world

6 secret beaches from around the world

If you ever wanted to spend time on stunning beaches away from the usual tourist hotspots, and experience a Robinson Crusoe beach setting, then take a look at some of the world’s beaches which currently remain under the radar. Here’s our list of six little-known beaches from around the world. Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam A […]

Easter Island

6 of the best regional sporting events

Sport taps into a universal sense of passion and enthusiasm. With the excitement running up to the Olympic games in Rio de Janiero next year, we looked into some of the more local sporting events that are worth a look – and might otherwise be missed. So here are six of the best regional sporting […]

The history of the San Francisco cable car

The history of the San Francisco cable car

San Francisco is a city hailed for its landmarks, from the Golden Gate Bridge to Alcatraz Island. However, there is one particular icon which has endured the test of time and today still attracts tourists in their hundreds: the cable car. The San Francisco cable car system is a true icon of the city, and is […]

The 4 bears of Canada and how best to see them

The 4 bears of Canada and how best to see them

Luxury comes in many forms; sometimes it is in 1000 thread count bed sheets, sometimes in the magic of seeing a bear in his natural habitat. Three species of bear call Canada home; the polar bear, king of the Arctic, the grizzly with his hump and long claws and the black bear who is the […]

5 fantastic ways to experience the Okanagan Valley

5 fantastic ways to experience the Okanagan Valley

Think of a sunny destination and Canada may not immediately come to mind, but did you know that the Okanagan Valley in the southern interior of the westernmost province of British Colombia, boasts more hours of sunshine than Rio de Janeiro or Hawaii? Another astonishing aspect of this increasingly popular tourist destination is the diversity […]

10 things to enjoy in Maine

10 things to enjoy in Maine

As I rapidly discovered when planning 10 days in Maine, this part of America is enormous and trying to visit it all (or even more than a small corner) in 10 days isn’t possible. Instead we picked the area we most wanted to visit – the coastline between Kennebunkport and Camden. Next time we can […]

Quebec puts the "great" back in "outdoors"

Quebec puts the “great” back in “outdoors”

Utah’s Arches National Park was closed because of traffic gridlock on Memorial Day. Being awed by Yellowstone’s Old Faithful is challenging with parade-size crowds jostling for the same experience. While I patriotically appreciate the beauty and history of America, I also abhor crowds. I found the natural beauty and fascinating museums I was seeking plus […]

6 ways to enjoy craft beer in Denver

6 ways to enjoy craft beer in Denver

With more breweries per capita than any other state, Colorado is famous for craft brew. Denver is often referred to as the “Napa Valley of Beer,” and more beer is produced in the Mile High City than any other metropolis in the US. Most microbreweries aim to source ingredients as locally as possible, and there […]

7 luxury locations for VIP jetsetters

7 luxury locations for VIP jetsetters

You don’t have to visit L.A for Hollywood glamour; there are plenty of other destinations where the world’s fashionable elite convene to experience luxury at its finest along with superb and discreet service where your every need is catered for. Here are the top seven destinations for the jet setting elite: Cannes Home to the […]

5 can’t miss experiences in Chicago

5 can’t miss experiences in Chicago

Chicago is sometimes overlooked by visitors, who have heard more about NYC, Miami and San Francisco, but it’s a delightful discovery that many miss out on. As a New Yorker, I loved strolling along the riverfront, with its aquamarine water (a beautiful color, thanks to water from Lake Michigan), the clean air, lack of crowds, […]

The USA - a destination for all seasons

The USA – a destination for all seasons

It shouldn’t necessarily come as a surprise that a continent-sized country has something to see all year round, but British visitors to the USA do still tend to trend towards the obvious places in the obvious months. Nothing wrong with that, per se, because there are very good reasons for going to, say, New York […]

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