Author Archive for Amanda O'Brien

The Boutique Adventurer was started by Amanda O'Brien in November 2016. Amanda spent over 15 years working for big global companies in marketing. During that time she took every possible day of holidays and managed to visit over 80 countries with her beloved Nikon DSLR in hand. Her blog focuses on luxury adventures in emerging destinations that end with a high thread count on the sheets in the evening. The blog is designed for travellers over 35.

6 great gastronomic experiences to have in Nova Scotia

6 great gastronomic experiences to have in Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia is a stunning area of Canada located on its East Coast. This beautiful province is mostly surrounded by water. This makes for a temperate climate that suits wine production, great local produce and amazing seafood. If you love your food and wine this is a brilliant destination. Here are six gastronomic highlights of […]

5 luxurious places to stay in southern Scotland

5 luxurious places to stay in southern Scotland

Scotland does luxury very very well. This is not necessarily something you would expect from the home of the deep fried mars bar but Scotland is a truly wonderful destination for the luxury traveller. Here are five wonderfully luxurious places to stay in Southern Scotland: 21212 Restaurant With Rooms 21212 is a Michelin star winning restaurant […]

5 reasons to move Baltimore to the top of your travel plans

5 reasons to move Baltimore to the top of your travel plans

For most of us, Baltimore is not necessarily top of mind when it comes to places to go on a US holiday. But it absolutely should be! Move over Portland, Oregon – there is a new hip, foodie city on the horizon! 1. Fantastic restaurants Baltimore is bustling with interesting and innovative restaurants. Its location means […]

5 of the most luxurious foodie places to stay in Australia

5 of the most luxurious foodie places to stay in Australia

The level of luxury in hotels in Australia has risen markedly in recent years. The model for luxury in Australia often combines some of the country’s stunning natural attractions with a high thread count on the sheets and amazing food and wine. All five of the hotels on this list are located in an area […]

Top 5 luxury hotel experiences in Las Vegas

Top 5 luxury hotel experiences in Las Vegas

Hotels in Las Vegas are far more than places to sleep. They are actual tourism destinations! Las Vegas is synonymous with luxurious over the top experiences and activities and the hotels on offer are no exception. Here are my top 5 Luxury Hotel Experiences to have in Las Vegas: The Bellagio The Bellagio is one […]

Top 10 things to do in Reykjavik

Top 10 things to do in Reykjavik

Reykjavik has come a long way since I first visited in 2004. It was a charming city then, but it did feel small. It has now become an exciting and innovative capital filled with art, great food, cutting-edge architecture and loads to do. Most visitors to Iceland are justifiably focused on seeing Iceland’s natural attractions […]

10 eating experiences you must have in Colombia

10 eating experiences you must have in Colombia

My expectations for food in Colombia were not high. I envisaged quite a bit of meat and a lot of black beans! I was very pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food in Colombia – and it is generally amazing value! I visited Bogota, Cartagena, Medellin and La Macarena in my time in Colombia […]

5 reasons why you must visit Southern Iceland

5 reasons why you must visit Southern Iceland

Iceland has become a much more popular destination in recent years – and deservedly so! Its landscapes are absolutely jaw-dropping, it offers out of this world scenery and, of course, the Northern Lights. Many people visit Iceland as a long weekend and base themselves in Reykjavik, doing the Golden Circle Tour and visiting the Blue […]

London's 5 most interesting eating experiences

London’s 5 most interesting eating experiences

London has come a long way when it comes to food over the last 15 years. Not only has it escaped its previously terrible reputation for dreadful food, it is now home to some of the top restaurants in the world. One of the latest trends in London food has been to turn eating into […]

Top 5 highlights of Cartagena, Colombia

Top 5 highlights of Cartagena, Colombia

Lovely Cartagena is located on the Carribean coast of Colombia. A couple of years ago articles about Cartagena suddenly began appearing in travel magazines and I was immediately drawn in by the gorgeous coloured houses. I was delighted to discover that this practice is highly recommended by the local government and the owners are expected […]

5 of the best boutique hotels in Colombia and Panama

5 of the best boutique hotels in Colombia and Panama

After many years of being known as one of the most dangerous countries in the world due to their Narcos and extremist groups, Colombia is now coming out the other side and becoming one of the hottest up and coming travel destinations. I recently spent a month in Colombia and Panama and found these countries […]

5 eating experiences in the Napa Valley you must try

5 eating experiences in the Napa Valley you must try

The Napa Valley is an absolutely stunning area – and it is food and wine heaven! I have been obsessed with California Chardonnays since leaving there – and before I went, I thought that I didn’t like Californian wine! These days Napa Valley food receives as much attention as their amazing wineries. A few tips […]

5 must dos on the Napa Valley wine train

5 must dos on the Napa Valley wine train

I was absolutely delighted when I heard that the Napa Valley had its very own wine train and that it utilized classic Pullman carriages! What a fabulous way to spend a day in the stunning Napa Valley! The wine train offers a range of different journeys from evening to day, themed to unthemed, with and […]

10 of the loveliest experiences to have in Nepal

10 of the loveliest experiences to have in Nepal

Nepal is best known for trekking and a lot of hard physical work! However there also many non-physically exhausting wonderful experiences that Nepal has to offer. Here are my top ten: 1. Dinner at Krishna Dwarikas Kathmandu Dwarika’s Krishna is most likely the best restaurant in Kathmandu and possibly in Nepal. It is the place […]