Category: Travel Miscellany

Every traveller's nightmare: losing all your photographs

Every traveller’s nightmare: losing all your photographs

In the old days of photography, if a precious picture (and by that I mean a print) was destroyed for some reason, you had the negatives that you could fall back on. So long as they were still intact, you could get a re-print. The advent of digital photography has changed all that. People often […]

The top 5 seafood restaurants in Boston

The top 5 seafood restaurants in Boston

Having lived in Boston for a few years, I came to appreciate what fresh seafood really can taste like.  Being on the coast has major advantages, like fish caught the same morning, lots of availability, and a sustainable mindset.  When looking for where to dine on seafood in Boston, there are many places to choose […]

For the best food, festivals and fun, head to Montreal, Canada

For the best food, festivals and fun, head to Montreal, Canada

Just like the United States postal service’s motto, “Neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet, nor hail” shall prevent Montrealers from throwing a fabulous festival. Be it musical, comedy, fashion, dance, circus, film or food & wine based, they’ve got it covered, and leave it to those crazy/generous Canadians to throw many a bash for free-particularly […]

Interview with Kat Judge, Owner and Head Chef of AliKats Mountain Holidays

Interview with Kat Judge, Owner and Head Chef of AliKats Mountain Holidays

Kat Judge, along with her husband Al, runs the chalet company AliKats Mountain Holidays based in Morzine, France. They offer truly exceptional catered Alpine chalet holidays to their guests. Ever since Al and Kat met at a fancy dress party in Stoke Newington in 2006, they talked about moving from London to the Alps to […]

Recipe of the week: Filet Oscar

Recipe of the week: Filet Oscar

The Filet Oscar is a classic recipe that blends two true heroes in ‘surf and turf’ with an authentic American steakhouse twist. “Oscar Style” literally means topping one of the finest steaks, the filet, with the fresh taste of asparagus, generous servings of lump crab meat and a creamy Béarnaise sauce. The result is a […]

4 ways to cure wanderlust in between travel

4 ways to cure wanderlust in between travel

When I returned from Japan a few years ago, it took a while to get back to myself. I was sitting at my desk writing emails, but my heart was wandering the crowded streets of Kyoto. I was squished on a subway that was delayed and packed beyond capacity, and all I could do was […]

The common man's guide to luxury travel on a budget

The common man’s guide to luxury travel on a budget

Traveling in luxury is something most people dream of and very few people manage. Some of it depends on where you were born but a lot of it surprisingly also depends on smart planning. After all those years of my parents hammering it down my head it finally starts making sense how important planning is. […]

How to pay less for international roaming

How to pay less for international roaming

Staying in contact with friends and family when you travel can cost a bomb and although the European Commission just dropped international roaming rates in Europe for European residents on 1st July, people from the UK alone are still estimated to spend £500 million on roaming fees this summer – it happens to the best […]

Top tips for the perfect holiday house party with friends

Top tips for the perfect holiday house party with friends

Who doesn’t love a party? And I’m pretty sure anyone reading A Luxury Travel Blog likes travel as well… A growing segment of the upward trend in private vacation rentals is down to group travel for friends and families looking for that special place to celebrate that special occasion – or simply any excuse for […]

6 reasons to love Mallorca this Summer

6 reasons to love Mallorca this Summer

Mallorca has been in the news for all the wrong reasons recently but – outside the raucous party resort of Magaluf – discerning travellers will find plenty to love about the Spanish island this Summer. British chef Jamie Oliver and his family, racing driver Freddie Hunt (son of the late James Hunt), and former ‘Baywatch’ […]

19 facts about the world's no. 1 foodie region - the Basque Country, Spain

19 facts about the world’s no. 1 foodie region – the Basque Country, Spain

The world is full of lists – I don’t know about you but I love my lists, they just seem to make life so much easier. Decisions are simpler; you know which fashion brands to wear, which hotels to go to before your friends do, which gadgets to choose to be super cool and, of […]

5 of the best Sunday brunches in Marrakech

5 of the best Sunday brunches in Marrakech

For a hectic, bustling city like Marrakech, the serene peace and quiet of a relaxing Sunday brunch can feel like an oasis of calm, in the midst of the chaotic week. And with many of the city’s resorts and restaurants now recognising how popular of a ritual the weekend brunch really is, visitors to the […]

Recipe of the week: Aztec Energy Bars

Recipe of the week: Aztec Energy Bars

Aztec Energy Bars are prepared with a cornucopia of oats, nuts and dried fruits, but what really sets them apart is a traditional Mexican grain – the nutritional, and gluten-free, powerhouse of amaranth that was a staple of the ancient Aztecs. Amaranth was a food of the gods in the Aztec world, used in ritual […]

Party at the Fairmont Peace Hotel, Shanghai

Party at the Fairmont Peace Hotel, Shanghai

As mentioned in previous posts, I was honoured last month to be invited to ILTM (International Luxury Travel Market) Asia 2014, held in Shanghai. This is an exclusive invitation-only event and this year the official party for the event was hosted by FRHI Hotels & Resorts and held at The Fairmont Peace Hotel on Shanghai’s […]

5 'cheats' to improve your hotel stay anywhere in the world

5 ‘cheats’ to improve your hotel stay anywhere in the world

A holiday should be the best two weeks of the year. You’ve saved, planned, and as you walk out of the office the excitement kicks in. It’s not always rainbows and pots of gold though and the whole thing can be fraught with difficulties and frustrations, whether it be finding the best deal or unwanted […]

Recipe of the week: Pan-seared aubergine and fennel salad

Recipe of the week: Pan-seared aubergine and fennel salad

You are in for a treat with this Moroccan-inspired salad that is both refreshing and smoky, and perfect for a Summer’s day al fresco lunch. Using the freshest ingredients, and with a bit of imagination, you can picture yourself eating it overlooking the bustling Djemaa-el-Fna square in Marrakech. Serves 6. Enjoy! Ingredients 3 aubergines 2 small fennel bulbs 3 […]

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