Category: Travel Miscellany

5 reasons why Sri Lanka should be on your holiday bucket list

5 reasons why Sri Lanka should be on your holiday bucket list

Let’s be honest – in terms of travel destinations Sri Lanka is hot right now. And there’s a lot to love about Sri Lanka, from stunning beaches to world heritage sites and luxurious hotels. We are seeing a surge in interest from travellers for luxury holidays in Sri Lanka at the moment, equally driven by […]

6 of the best places to eat gelato in Rome

6 of the best places to eat gelato in Rome

When you’re craving gelato on a hot day in Rome, anything cold will do. But some gelato is definitely better than others – avoid any gelateria where the gelato is piled up high, in shades of neon blue and lime green, and look out for places which use fresh, seasonal ingredients. There’s plenty of good […]

Top 5 must-try culinary experiences in Rome

Top 5 must-try culinary experiences in Rome

After much archaeological explorations and piazza perusing, food is on the top of the list for every traveler to Rome. Food tourism in the eternal city is an educational and cultural activity in its own right. It is an experience that allows you to savor the city’s age old traditions, all the while providing you […]

5 of the best pintxos bars in San Sebastian

5 of the best pintxos bars in San Sebastian

One of the highlights of our latest trip to Spain was our time in San Sebastián and, more specifically, our pintxos tour with Iñigo Tames (highly recommended) from San Sebastián Food, a culinary enterprise based in the basement of the Hotel Maria Cristina where we stayed. Pintxos – if you’re not already familiar – is […]

Failed Turkish coup reinforces the notion that airline seats are commodities

Failed Turkish coup reinforces the notion that airline seats are commodities

On a Friday in late July, the world watched tanks rather than planes rolling down the runway at Istanbul’s International airport. Though the coup attempt proved was short-lived, its impact on promoting air travel to and through Turkey was catastrophic. Specifically, Turkish Airlines had spent significant time and money establishing itself as an elite global […]

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How to have secure, unrestricted internet access abroad

Having spent time in China, I can tell you that being unprepared for intermittent internet access was rather frustrating. Although China is undoubtedly among the world’s most censored countries when it comes to internet access, there are a number of others where it is complicated also. Apart from restricted internet access, online security is a […]

Head to Edinburgh and discover 6 talents you didn't know you had

Head to Edinburgh and discover 6 talents you didn’t know you had

As Autumn draws near and the sun sets earlier each day, it’s a great time to think about replacing walks in the park, or al fresco dining, with using the early evenings to discover a talent you didn’t know you had. Edinburgh is home to some of the best and most unusual learning experiences. Cook like […]

How to automatically backup your phone every time you charge it

How to automatically backup your phone every time you charge it

Backing up your phone can be a bit of a chore sometimes, especially as you travel. You have to fire up your laptop, connect your phone, launch the relevant software and wait. Imagine, though, if you could back up a phone – be it Android or iPhone – without the need for a laptop at […]

Short stay: Bette Davis Suite, Hotel Maria Cristina, San Sebastian, Spain

Short stay: Bette Davis Suite, Hotel Maria Cristina, San Sebastian, Spain

The elegant Hotel Maria Cristina is a member of the Luxury Collection, has 136 rooms and was designed by Charles Mewès – a French architect who was also behind the Ritz hotels in both Paris and Madrid. Since its opening in 1912 it has been a firm favourite with celebrities and international high society and, […]

6 favourite Whistler restaurants

6 favourite Whistler restaurants

So much fresh air, so much exercise, so hungry! Where are the best spots to eat in Whistler? Whistler has over 130 restaurants, cafes and bars with something to tantalise the taste buds of every cuisine and every budget. And that is one of its charms. Whether you want a gourmet dinner or a really […]

The smart money is heading to Rio - now

The smart money is heading to Rio – now

The general expectation is that there will be a tourism boom during a large event such as the Olympics. However, the smart money realises that the exceptional demand on services raises costs to unjustified levels whilst simultaneously reducing the quality of services on offer (the best of the best being reserved for so-called VIPs). The […]

Funders of the michelin guide

Road to the table – why is it Michelin-starred?

On the face of it, they are strange bedfellows, tyres and exquisite fine dining. Granted, I’ve had my share of steaks that could have easily doubled as a tyre, such was the toughness and near impossible chew-ability but leaving that aside I reckon there must be quite a few millennials who are unaware of the […]

The 5 best places for sweet treats in Barcelona

The 5 best places for sweet treats in Barcelona

Barcelona is home to its fair share of eateries, offering everything from tapas and traditional Catalan cuisine to some of the best paella you’ll ever taste. But if you’re looking to satisfy your sweet tooth, there are plenty of amazing spots just for desserts that will make your mouth water way more than a plate […]

4 of the best Ireland food experiences

4 of the best Ireland food experiences

Planning your vacation in Ireland? You’re probably dreaming of the rolling green fields, clean Atlantic air and pristine, rugged coastlines. You’ve most likely been told about the mild, sometimes rainy weather that’s neither too hot nor too cold and to expect up to 16 hours of daylight in the summer months – perfect conditions to […]

5 great reasons to visit Umbria right now

5 great reasons to visit Umbria right now

With its rustic elegance, Italy’s central Italian region of Umbria is considered the “green heart of Italy”. One of Italy’s most famous regions for green scenery, olive oil and wine production, and Medieval hamlets, it has been the focus of attention since the August 2016 earthquake which hit a fault line through the regions of […]

7 luxury experiences in Florence

7 luxury experiences in Florence

Florence is perfect for a luxurious city break. Being surrounded by so much beauty is a luxury in itself, as you’ll discover when you take a stroll across the ancient Ponte Vecchio or enjoy a private tour of the Uffizi. Here are some ideas to make your trip even more indulgent. Book a room at […]

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