Category: Travel Miscellany

4 simple steps to cheaper hotel rates, with TravelPony

4 simple steps to cheaper hotel rates, with TravelPony

There’s a new social hotel booking site on the scene that’s well worth a look.  TravelPony was launched just a few months ago and offers a new way to search for hotel deals.  Competitive pricing is the order of the day here and rates can be anything between 10%-70% below those of the major travel […]

The world's best Pinot Noir

The world’s best Pinot Noir

The Mission Hill Family Estate in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley region has beaten 14,000 wines from 62 regions around the world to win a coveted International Trophy, the competition’s top award, for its Mission Hill 2011 Martin’s Lane Pinot Noir (Decanter World Wine Awards under £15 category, London, October 2013). It is the first time […]

Top 5 luxury dining spots in Jamaica

Top 5 luxury dining spots in Jamaica

Jetting off to the Caribbean is a once in a lifetime holiday that you’ll want to remember for all the right reasons. It’s the kind of trip through which you’ll build memories for a lifetime and it really is worth investing in luxury. Once you’ve secured your comfortable flights, booked your luxury villa and are […]

The world's most insane rope swings!

The world’s most insane rope swings!

Like thrills? Then about these extreme rope swings? This first video shows people swinging on a rope underneath the Corona Arch of Moab in Utah. The filming was done by YouTube sensation Devin Graham over a two day period; it’s a pendulum style swing anchored at five different points and made from 150 feet of […]

An iconic Australian event: the Woodford Folk Festival

An iconic Australian event: the Woodford Folk Festival

Australia’s iconic annual event, the Woodford Folk Festival, held in Queensland’s Sunshine Coast hinterland, just one hour’s drive north of Brisbane, is back for its 28th year with their most ambitious programme ever. This ‘festival of festivals’ will feature over 500 acts in 28 venues with 1,235 shows across six spectacular days and nights. Offering the […]

Departure roulette... would you play?

Departure roulette… would you play?

Picture the scene.  You arrive at the airport ready to travel to your destination, only someone asks you whether you wish to play ‘departure roulette’ and go on an expenses-paid trip to an altogether different location. Heineken set up this scenario at JFK Airport and here are just some of the reactions and outcomes. If […]

The new iPhone 5S

The new iPhone 5S

The new iPhone 5S has finally arrived. The following video outlines some of the new features on offer, most notably being touch ID which can be used to improve the phone’s level of security as well as for online purchases. What do you think of the new phone and its features? Will you be upgrading?

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - the ultimate World Cup experience

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – the ultimate World Cup experience

The World Cup, in all its splendor, is considered by some as the premiere sporting event in the world. Although the Summer Olympics are a global event, the experience is different. The world comes together to celebrate the competition and camaraderie of sports. The World Cup is another kind of event. The world comes together, but […]

Make a splash at the World Puddle Jumping Championships!

Make a splash at the World Puddle Jumping Championships!

Competitors from across the UK are being invited to make a splash at the inaugural World Puddle Jumping Championships, being held at Wicksteed Park, the home of children’s play, this Autumn. The Kettering park was founded by Charles Wicksteed, who invented the modern day slide and swing, as part of his vision to inspire and encourage […]

Top 3 Barcelona surprises

Top 3 Barcelona surprises

Hopping on a jet to Barcelona at the spur of the moment during the height of tourist season is not a smart move. I did it anyway, and my first 48 hours in town could inspire a whole book of travel “don’ts”. Yet even dumb choices can have wonderful outcomes. In this case, leaping before […]

Feasting, fishing, shooting and world class golf in the Scottish Borders

Feasting, fishing, shooting and world class golf in the Scottish Borders

In less than four hours you could be living the idyllic British sporting life. In less than four hours, a sleek train could whisk you from the bustle of central London to the quiet green banks of the crystal clear River Tweed, where the only sounds are the swish of your salmon line and the […]

Recipe of the week: Pan-fried line fish on warm Nicoise salad, parmesan cream sauce and leek angel hair

Recipe of the week: Pan-fried line fish on warm Nicoise salad, parmesan cream sauce and leek angel hair

This dish is an adaption of the traditional Nicoise salad and was originally made in South Africa using the kob fish (kabeljou), a well-known saltwater fish that is readily sourced from local fishing villages. Wild sea bass would also work well as an easily sourced responsible alternative for those living in the northern hemisphere. Soft […]

New York state: one of the best regions in the US for fine dining and creative cooking

New York state: one of the best regions in the US for fine dining and creative cooking

New York state continues to be recognised as one of the best regions for fine dining, award-winning wine and creative cooking in the USA. Home to the famous ‘Culinary Institute of America’, which is noted as the world’s premier culinary college, the State offers food fans a chance to experience America’s passion for cooking. With […]

Something different for football fans heading to Brazil in 2014

Something different for football fans heading to Brazil in 2014

As football fans turn their minds to the FIFA World Cup in Brazil, the more adventurous can choose Rainforest Cruises‘ new World Cup Manaus Amazon Cruise for a different view of the tournament. Manaus is the gateway to the Brazilian Amazon and one of the 2014 World Cup cities. It plays host to four group games […]

5 things you need to know about taking your phone abroad

5 things you need to know about taking your phone abroad

Now that pretty much everyone has a smart phone, taking your phone abroad has become more complex.  Simply turning it off will not prevent you from being changed hefty data roaming fees.  Here are a few simple tips to make sure you don’t get a huge mobile phone bill when you return home from your […]

The fake city of Paris... in China!

The fake city of Paris… in China!

Do you remember our blog post about the Chinese replica of the Austrian village of Hallstatt? They built a full scale replica of the Apline village in the Guangdong province of China. Well, it doesn’t stop there – the Chinese have also designed replicas of Italian, German, English and French towns. One such place is Tianducheng, […]

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