Category: Travel Miscellany

Feasting on bear in Finland

Feasting on bear in Finland

In my continued hunt for great customer service on behalf of American Express, I wanted to try some traditional Finnish food during my stay in Helsinki and the Savotta restaurant, just a short walk from my hotel, was recommended to me. Located right on the Senate Square, this restaurant takes you back to the charm […]

Best luxury Tanzania safari sundowner spots

Best luxury Tanzania safari sundowner spots

We all love a sundowner when on safari – a cold gin and tonic or glass of wine as the sunsets in a million colours before you, after a fantastically thrilling day game viewing, is absolute magic. It’s a time to sit, think, recount every detail of everything you saw. The sun sets in Africa […]

Hockey in Helsinki

Hockey in Helsinki

On my recent trip to Helsinki, I wanted to not only see some of the main tourist attractions, but also experience what Finnish people do and so, when someone suggested I take in an ice hockey match, that sounded like a great opportunity to do just that. Ice hockey – or simply hockey as they […]

Interview with Bennett Stevens, Director of Luminous Journeys

Interview with Bennett Stevens, Director of Luminous Journeys

Born and raised in California where his family ran a charter yacht business for more than 20 years, Bennett Stevens was stricken with an incurable case of wanderlust in 1996 and took to the road. He “serpentined” his way around the world and wound up in southeast Asia where he managed to survive as a […]

The southern hemisphere's number one Warbird airshow - Warbirds Over Wanaka

The southern hemisphere’s number one Warbird airshow – Warbirds Over Wanaka

Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow is one of Wanaka’s major biennial events. It is a truly spectacular airshow featuring military fighter aircraft from the last 100 years, as well as modern jets from the present. Held over Easter weekend in April, the town of Wanaka New Zealand is almost always at capacity during this popular event. […]

One of the world’s most difficult dog sledding races

One of the world’s most difficult dog sledding races

Since the first event in 2005, the Grande Odyssée has been one of the world’s most difficult dog sledding races. The Grande Odyssée 2014 will take place over 11 days, including nine stages and covering a total distance of 750 kilometres, with 30,000 metres of vertical climb. The time trial will take place in Samoëns […]

Recipe of the week: Balboula (barley) couscous of 7 vegetables

Recipe of the week: Balboula (barley) couscous of 7 vegetables

Balboula is the original Berber version of couscous. Made from cracked barley, it is a delicious dish which is as good as it is hard to find on a restaurant menu. In a world where we are concerned with eating so many carbohydrates, and regular couscous is just like pasta in this regard, balboula offers […]

Surf your way into shape - in luxury - on Portugal's Atlantic coastline

Surf your way into shape – in luxury – on Portugal’s Atlantic coastline

Located on Portugal’s Atlantic coastline renowned as one of the most popular surfing destinations worldwide, The Oitavos embraces its oceanic surroundings with a new ‘Surf Into Shape’ package enabling guests to achieve the ultimate surfer’s body. The new package combines surf lessons and tailored workouts with rejuvenating VOYA spa treatments and healthy eating. Surfing requires […]

5 ways to enjoy Christmas and New Years in the city

5 ways to enjoy Christmas and New Years in the city

With chalets filling up fast, and little availability left for Christmas and New Years in many of the popular mountain destinations, a city escape may just be the alternative winter holiday you’ve been looking for. With so many amazing short-term city apartment rentals available year round, you will not be hard-pressed to find a last […]

Apps for the discerning traveller

Apps for the discerning traveller

Travelling is now simpler than ever thanks to the power of smart devices and social media. Nowadays any morsel of information you could possibly require is accessible through the touch of a button (well, buttons are sort of obsolete now, but you get the idea). Not only is this inspiring more people to travel, but […]

3 places to try for al fresco drinks in Madrid

3 places to try for al fresco drinks in Madrid

Back in the 1930s, Ermest Hemingway wrote “Nobody goes to bed in Madrid until they have killed the night”. This remains true to this day since, if there’s one thing the Spanish seem to do well, it’s know how to relax and enjoy themselves on a night out. With this in mind, here are three […]

10 more of the weirdest things eaten by travel bloggers

10 more of the weirdest things eaten by travel bloggers

Our 10 of the weirdest things eaten by travel bloggers blog post from a few months ago proved to be quite a hit, so we here we are back with more weird and wonderful offerings. So, if you think your taste buds might be tempted by a spot of barbecued donkey or perhaps a scorpion […]

3 unusual restaurants you have to experience in London

3 unusual restaurants you have to experience in London

London is packed with restaurants and there are so many culinary delights to sample, but these three restaurants are on another level entirely – you’ll realise this from the moment you walk in.  If you are visiting London, or you are already a resident, here are three dining experiences that will blow your mind… Shaka […]

Recipe of the week: Pork and coriander jiao zi (boiled dumplings)

Recipe of the week: Pork and coriander jiao zi (boiled dumplings)

This week’s recipe is from North-Eastern China, a region famous for its delicious jiao zi (dumplings). Small parcels of minced meat spiced with sesame oil, ginger and Soya sauce are wrapped in a wheat flour pastry case. Jiao zi are served with a traditional Chinese sauce – light Soya sauce with just a dash of […]

The 4 best ways to see the Monaco Grand Prix

The 4 best ways to see the Monaco Grand Prix

The Monaco Grand Prix is the highlight of the F1 racing calendar; the race that every driver wants to win. Set in stunning surroundings between the glistening Alps and the azure waters of the Med, it attracts the most expensive yachts, finest cars, and most beautiful people. In this environment the last place you want […]

Paris is magic at Christmas: a special tour to spellbind your kids!

Paris is magic at Christmas: a special tour to spellbind your kids!

When winter sets in and Christmas fast approaches, Paris gets dressed up with millions of lights and sparkling colours. Christmas trees pop up everywhere and merry music can be heard drifting on the evening air. Adults and children alike will love the magical atmosphere all around. If you are still looking for an exceptional Christmas […]

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