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Delicious drives in the UK: Cartmel Peninsula to the Lake District, via Furness

Delicious drives in the UK: Cartmel Peninsula to the Lake District, via Furness

On the second day of my ‘delicious drive’ with Hertz, I drove further along the A590 to the market town of Ulverston – the birthplace of Stan Laurel of Laurel & Hardy fame and home to a Laurel & Hardy Museum – before before bearing left and following the coast road in the direction of […]

Top 5 new hotels in Vietnam

Top 5 new hotels in Vietnam

Vietnam is moving from strength to strength as a travel destination. Its fast-growing economy, large youth population and foreign business investment have all provided fantastic opportunities for the hotel industry. Traditionally, Vietnam has never offered the same amount of super high-end luxury that nearby Southeast Asian countries could. There was a limited choice of ‘crème […]

Top 7 destinations to see wildlife in its natural habitat

Top 7 destinations to see wildlife in its natural habitat

As wildlife is now becoming more endangered than ever there are many different nature preserves that are doing everything they can to protect the wildlife. All of the hotels below are not only luxury places to stay and see wildlife in their natural habitats, but they are also assisting in the conservation of National Parks […]

Delicious drives in the UK: Lancaster to the Cartmel Peninsula, via Kendal

Delicious drives in the UK: Lancaster to the Cartmel Peninsula, via Kendal

Cumbria isn’t one of the easiest counties to get around if you don’t have your own transport. Not only is it the third largest county in England, but it is also the second most sparsely populated, meaning that most things tend to be a drive away. The county is far easier than many people realise […]

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Dreaming of Dubai: 5 top experiences for my next trip

I’ve been to Dubai a couple of times, but each trip was rather brief. Yet I had enough time to appreciate the amazing contrasts in a city where sheikhs have fulfilled their dreams, but ancient traditions live on. I spent time in the opulent Burj al Arab, filming the incredible palatial surroundings of the Royal […]

14 books to read before you go to India

14 books to read before you go to India

At Ampersand we feel that to really make the most of your holiday it pays off to swot up and do a bit of homework before you fly. Indians are avid readers and throughout the country, as well as at airports and hotels, you will find excellent bookshops, stocking titles on everything from art and […]

6 great reasons to go skiing in Japan

6 great reasons to go skiing in Japan

With a landscape that is 70% mountainous, it’s unsurprising that Japan’s terrain has some of the best skiing conditions in the world – just look at snow-topped spectacle Mount Fuji. Unique weather conditions teamed with a unique culture make Japan a destination well worth packing your skis for. 1. Powder snow If snowball fights are […]

Cruise the mighty North American rivers

Cruise the mighty North American rivers

The rivers of North America have long been transport routes.  They helped the early travellers explore the continent.  Today they are a marvellous way to slowly explore the countryside. Is it the Mississippi in the south or the St. Lawrence in the north that pulls at your heart strings?  let us look at the options. […]

5 of the world's most breathtaking hot air balloon flights

5 of the world’s most breathtaking hot air balloon flights

Driving or hiking through incredible scenery is something most of us love to do on holiday. But imagine, instead, serenely floating above spectacular landscapes for a true birds-eye view of the beauty of nature.  Taking a hot air balloon flight over some of the most memorable locations on earth is something you are likely to […]

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How to transform your travel passion into a lucrative, fulfilling business

Back in the 19th century, the renowned author, Robert Louis Stevenson said, “I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” Two centuries later, nothing much has changed, at least in terms of the innate human desire to travel. Travel is a basic human […]

Elegant evenings in Vienna: Fete Imperiale

5 of the most elegant evenings in Vienna

If you can’t spruce yourself up in Vienna, where else could you? While Austria’s capital boasts tons of old-world-glamour, the idea of true elegance often stops at the individual. Consequently, a few less savvy visitors stick out in elegant evening wear among a crowd of casual locals attending a concert or opera. Here are five occasions your […]

5 of the most amazing luxury resorts in Bali

5 of the most amazing luxury resorts in Bali

Bali is repeatedly voted as the world’s best tourist destination, and it doesn’t take a genius to work out why. With white sand beaches, emerald green rice terraces, immersive culture and authentic spirituality, to many people this Indonesian island perfectly encapsulates the idea of an exotic, tropical paradise. Home to some of the world’s best spas, […]

5 Kenyan parks to find the endangered rhino

5 Kenyan parks to find the endangered rhino

Kenya is known for its authentic and natural parks that make it a top safari destination. But few people are aware that Kenya also plays a very big role in conservation efforts. The rhino, being an endangered species, has had the Kenyan government making great efforts to see that it protects it. Rhino sanctuaries have […]

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Tour de France 2017 – the best place to stay in the Alps

Here’s my idea of heaven, two weeks in Chamonix, in the summer, with my bike and with the Tour de France for company. This year’s edition of the Tour de France pays two visits to the Alps, July 8th & 9th, after which the race then departs for the Dordogne, to return on the 19th […]

Top 7 bars where you can sip classic cocktails in Havana

Top 7 bars where you can sip classic cocktails in Havana

It’s not easy to find 5-star luxury in Cuba — the island is still developing. But you can find some of the best rum cocktails in the world here, and you’ll have a taste of Cuba’s glamorous past in every sip. While you’re in Havana, make sure to order some drinks in the city’s most […]

5 of the best boutique hotels in Salento, Italy

5 of the best boutique hotels in Salento, Italy

Don’t travel to Salento searching for Four Seasons or Mandarin Oriental Hotels, as you won’t find them. Salento is all about boutique hotels, family run businesses and authentic experiences far from the madding crowd. It is all about simplicity and slow-living. I have traveled through white-washed villages and extensive olive groves to find 5 of […]

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