Category: Travel Miscellany

A guide to the wine side of Paris

A guide to the wine side of Paris

French wine is unquestionably some of the best and most refined in the world. With so much variety and classics on offer, it can be somewhat overwhelming when confronted with a mouth-watering selection of France’s finest. With so many opportunities and outlets on offer, Paris is the perfect spot for wine experts and novices alike […]

5 of the best dining experiences in Newfoundland & Labrador

5 of the best dining experiences in Newfoundland & Labrador

Newfoundland & Labrador in Canada boasts some of the world’s freshest seafood, and every year foodies from across the globe flock here for delicious fish, lobster and mussels. With the riches of the sea colliding with some of the best game offered across the Americas, local ingredients are available for truly exceptional food. Here are […]

Secret South America: an original take on Patagonia

Secret South America: an original take on Patagonia

Patagonia might not be such a secret after the alleged Falklands War-related rumpus around the last Top Gear special, but this region of Argentina and Chile is still South America at it’s wildest and most unexplored. Hemmed in by the Andes to the west and Tierra del Fuego – the ‘Land of Fire’ – to […]

5 experiences not to miss in Jamaica's Ocho Rios

5 experiences not to miss in Jamaica’s Ocho Rios

Ocho Rios is located on the north coast of Jamaica, in the parish of St Ann, known as the garden parish due to its lush landscape. It’s a beautiful part of the island but, as with all things of beauty, it’s become a popular resort destination. So how about escaping the comfy resort, the pool […]

Interview with Tim Bewer, Founder and Director of Isan Explorer

Interview with Tim Bewer, Founder and Director of Isan Explorer

Originally from Wisconsin in the USA, Tim has lived full-time in Khon Kaen, Thailand since 2007. After a short stint as a legislative assistant, he gave up the 9-5 to become a travel writer-photographer and has since written or co-written over two dozen guidebooks for Lonely Planet and other publishers covering destinations as diverse as […]

Top 10 experiences for food lovers

Top 10 experiences for food lovers

Food and travel are the two loves of our lives, and there’s nothing quite like the appetite to ignite that spark of wanderlust, from the incredible street food in Mexico’s bustling capital to uncovering the hidden local hotspots in Vietnam. So we’ve scoured the globe searching for our favourite culinary experiences, from truffle hunting in […]

Special feature: Ox Pasture Hall Hotel, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, UK

Special feature: Ox Pasture Hall Hotel, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, UK

Just before Christmas we decided to have a short getaway in North Yorkshire, staying at the Ox Pasture Hall Hotel, a small country hotel just a few miles out of Scarborough. Not only was this my first time in this part of the country – despite it being only about 3 hours’ drive from home […]

Chicago’s top three hotels for luxurious fun on the Magnificent Mile

Chicago’s top three hotels for luxurious fun on the Magnificent Mile

Three of Chicago’s luxury hotels are situated on the Magnificent Mile’s prime location of Water Tower Place. They have world class spas and attractive swimming pools plus excellent restaurants. They are located above or across the street from some Chicago’s finest shopping venues and two acclaimed theaters: the LookingGlass Theater and the Broadway Playhouse.  The […]

Sicily:  a tantalising combination of food, wine, history and culture

Sicily: a tantalising combination of food, wine, history and culture

It is hard to think of anywhere that food, wine, ancient history and culture can be found in such abundance as in Sicily, from its cities right down to the smallest villages. Every season offers chances to participate in ‘sagre’ local festivals, to taste local delicacies, enjoy cultural events in ancient Greek amphitheatres, admire colourful […]

5 luxurious activities in Barcelona

5 luxurious activities in Barcelona

Barcelona is one of the most attractive cities in Europe for travelers. Its Mediterranean character and gastronomy, the spectacular architecture of Gaudi, the sea and its beaches or the famous soccer team FC Barcelona makes Barcelona more than just a lovely town. Barcelona changed (a lot and for the good!) with the opportunity of the Olympic […]

Recipe of the week: Prawns ceviche

Recipe of the week: Prawns ceviche

This is a simple, fresh and flavourful dish, traditional in Central and South American cuisine. A light dish that can be enjoyed as an appetizer, as a party hors d’oeuvres or as an afternoon snack. Shrimp is quickly cooked, finished with fresh lime and orange juice, spiked with a dash of ginger and jalapeño− you […]

Tokyo: tourism, temples and... toilets!

Tokyo: tourism, temples and… toilets!

The toilet seat in my hotel bathroom lifts as I approach it. It’s warm when I sit down, and it flushes itself once I’ve finished. The lid even closes by itself afterwards should I forget. Yet, despite all this self-automation, I am not exaggerating when I say there are 15 different buttons to control the […]

The best alternative activities in Las Vegas

The best alternative activities in Las Vegas

Although Las Vegas is known as a gambling mecca, it is also a city which boasts many other fun activities too. It is a place which caters for any type of traveller, whether you are someone who likes to stay up all night partying or prefer to curl up with a good book. We’ve drawn […]

Best African sundowners to enjoy post-safari

Best African sundowners to enjoy post-safari

There is nothing like coming back from the dusty exhilaration of a safari to watch the sun dip majestically below the horizon with a chilled beverage in hand. From lagers to liqueurs, Africa serves up sundowners that are uniquely their own and sitting on a lodge deck or relaxing at the campsite for a sunset […]

3 unique yet luxurious experiences in Marrakech

3 unique yet luxurious experiences in Marrakech

When attending PURE Life Experiences in Marrakech last year, I knew I’d be in for some pleasant surprises. My last visit to the city had been 25 years ago and I was aware there had been many changes, particularly with respect to Marrakech’s luxury offering and with the introduction of a number of high end […]

8 classic experiences in Banff, Alberta

8 classic experiences in Banff, Alberta

Banff National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the heart of the Canadian Rockies in Alberta, Canada. The township of Banff is part of the National Park and is strictly maintained to keep its wild and pristine essence, which is off the charts gorgeous. The town is nestled in the mountains, which […]

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